Acupuncture, Dental anxiety, Tuina

Study Backs Acupuncture For Reducing Dental Anxiety | Dentistry news | Dental News | Cosmetic Dentistry Guide

Study Backs Acupuncture For Reducing Dental Anxiety | Dentistry news | Dental News | Cosmetic Dentistry Guide.

Having a background in Dental hygiene, I welcome little reports like this. Whilst acupuncture and Chinese medicine are a lot more than just a relaxing, feel-good treatment, it’s ability to relieve anxiety are well documented. Many people have a fear of going to the dentist. The problem is, that minor work which can be fixed easily gets put off until complex treatment is required. Many people wait until they’re in pain before visiting the dentist, which frankly is too late!

For patients very nervous of going to the dentist, an acupuncture session prior to treatment might be helpful. My advice would be to start simple. Find a dentist you like, someone who is prepared to talk you through treatment and be kind and patient. Most traditional acupuncturists would be happy to time your acupuncture treatment prior to your appointment with the dentist. We can also leave you with some ear seeds, that can help prolong the feeling of relaxation.

Dentistry has moved on considerably since the days of extracting teeth without anaesthesia and aggressive restorative work. Most Dentists are focussed on providing conservative and preventative treatment which should lead to minimal amounts of work being required.

There are also a number of other uses of acupuncture within the dental field. TMJ dysfunction/pain for example, pain following complex extractions/infections, recurrent mouth ulcers, sensitive gag reflex and trigeminal neuralgia.

Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Tuina

Celebrate Chinese New year of the Dragon with half price Tuina massage

2012 heralds the Chinese new year of the dragon! By nature, dragon years have a special sense of flamboyance and charisma. The dragon year represents a good time for new beginnings and ventures and a time of tempestuous tempers. Business and making money can seem all too easy however so too can spending it so we’re all reminded to keep a sense of caution!

Horoscopes are a good bit of fun but are unfortunately unlikely to predict what this year has in store for us. What I want for 2012 is to develop and promote Tuina massage. In the past, I’ve had plenty of tuina massage myself and been so impressed with the results that I’ve been training in tuina with Errol lynch of Tuina UK.

Tuina (“twee-na”) is a form of massage widely used in Chinese hospitals for the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems. The patient remains fully clothed and is covered with a thin sheet. The practitioner employs a variety of techniques such as ‘gun-fa’ (hand rolling), ‘rou-fa’ (kneading), stretching and mobilisation of joints as well as utilising acupressure points.

As an acupuncturist, I use tuina in combination with acupuncture to treat a broad range of problems but I also offer tuina as a stand alone treatment for generalised muscle tension and to promote relaxation. It’s great for sporty people who have overworked their muscles but also for older people who are experiencing general aches and pains. In short, it’s important for all of us to maintain a certain level of flexibility and ease of movement.

To celebrate Chinese New year of the dragon, I’m offering a half price ‘tuina taster’. A 45 minute massage for only £15 (usual price £30). I’m based in Trinity st, above Sante Health shop (see website for contact details). The offer is open until the end of March.