Hypnobirthing

My name is Ashley and I offer bespoke hypnobirthing classes in York as well as specialist hypnotherapy and counselling services for your entire maternal journey.

Since I trained in 2011, hypnobirthing has grown in popularity- with lots of options on offer. I teach from a very personal and passionate perspective and my goal is to take you from feeling anxious about birth to feeling positive, empowered and yes, even excited! Check out the next course dates!
My classes are about meeting individual needs and providing the information to support you in making choices about your birth whatever they may be.

I teach The Calm Birth School™ course, which is a practical and fresh approach to hypnobirthing and gives you simple but effective tools to encourage relaxation in pregnancy and confidence in your body for empowered birthing through self hypnosis, mindful breathing and essential antenatal education.

Hypnobirthing with the Calm Birth School:

Private Courses from £325

Group Courses from £250

This is what you’ll receive when you book a Private Hypnobirthing course with me

· 10 Hours Face to Face + A preparation for birth session

· The Calm Birth School Handbook

· 5 x MP3 Audios for practice

· Access to TCBS Facebook Community

· Additional notes, articles, tools for practice

Further information about my hypnobirthing classes and treatment plan for Birth Trauma can be found at www.miracleinthemaking.co.uk.

– See more at: http://www.yorkclinic.com/therapies/hypnobirthing.aspx#sthash.IyLkFZ9G.dpuf

Massage Therapy at York Clinic

There are six types of massage available at York Clinic. This blog introduces each one and explains to how to decide which is right for you.

Aromatherapy Massage uses therapeutic plant oils to strengthen and deepen the effects of a massage. It is often used for chronic pain, anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia. However, aromatherapy can help with a wide range of health issues. It is an excellent way of maintaining health and preventing the imbalances which give rise to illness.

Deep Tissue Massage uses slow strokes and firm pressure to release tightness in the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It releases chronic patterns of tension in the body, restoring movement and alleviating pain and muscle spasms. It can also break up and eliminate scar tissue.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a gentle, rhythmic and flowing massage that stimulates the lymphatic vessels and immune system to cleanse, relax and relieve pain. It is both preventative and remedial and can be applied to a wide range of physical conditions.

PhysioPod™ DEEP OSCILLATION® Massage is a gentle form of massage therapy. A DEEP OSCILLATION® massage machine is used to reach tissue up to 8cm below the skin, without needing to apply the level of pressure normally experienced in a deep tissue massage. It is particularly effective in treating recent and painful injuries that are sensitive to touch. It is likewise appropriate for elderly people and others with delicate skin.

Pregnancy Massage can make you more comfortable and helps to prepare the body for birth. It can improve circulation and sluggish bowel movement, release tension and compressed nerves, reduce stress and anxiety, relieve pain and improve sleep. You can have a pregnancy massage at any time after your first scan, including after your due date.

Sports Massage involves the use of deep massage, soft tissue manipulation and exercise advice to address aches and pains caused by sport, injury or the stresses and strains of daily life. It can improve circulation and lymphatic flow, increase or decrease muscle tone and length, remodel scar tissue, increase flexibility, and prepare the body for a sporting event. Sports massage can be combined with acupuncture.

Swedish or Therapeutic Massage is about relaxing the whole body. It enables the body to function more efficiently by improving circulation, relaxing muscles, aiding digestion and, by stimulating the lymphatic system, speeding up the elimination of toxins.

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How do I know which type of massage I need?

If you are unsure which type of massage you need or would like some more information, there are three options.

1)    Contact York Clinic’s on 01904 709688 or email@yorkclinic.com

2)    Have a look at the Massage Therapy page on our website. It includes links to individual practitioners’ pages, which describe what and whom they treat.

3)    Make an appointment with Elizabeth or Christine. They are trained in a variety of massage styles so can advise you which suits your needs.

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To book an appointment at the York Clinic, please contact us on 01904 709688. Reception is open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at email@yorkclinic.com or use our contact form. We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Aromatherapy

What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy massage combines the therapeutic benefits of essential oils with a variety of massage techniques to help to improve your emotional and physical wellbeing. It is often used for chronic pain (pain that lasts a long time), anxiety, depression, stress and insomnia. However, aromatherapy can help with a wide range of health issues and, combined with a sensible lifestyle, is an excellent way of maintaining health and preventing the imbalances which give rise to illness. Having regular aromatherapy massages will bring a noticeable improvement in well-being and general health: Circulation is improved, muscles are relaxed, joints become more flexible, the immune system is strengthened, toxins are eliminated and energy flow is balanced. On an emotional level, stress and tension are replaced by feelings of relaxation and contentment.

How does it work?

The essential oils, which are extracted from plants, are massaged into the skin using a variety of deep and light massage techniques and pressures. The effects of the massage are intensified by the use of essential oils and vice versa. Each treatment is tailored to your needs so the therapist selects and blends the oils at the start of each session. Every essential oil has its own therapeutic
properties, acting on muscles, nerves, circulation, skin, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, reproductive and endocrine systems. (The endocrine system is a network of glands that produce and release hormones that help control many important bodily functions).

It is important that you visit a professional aromatherapist as they are qualified to blend essential oils. “Essential oils are concentrated, volatile plant extracts that vary in strength due to their naturally occurring individual chemical components. They can eventually enter your bloodstream and should therefore be diluted before being applied to the skin. Your aromatherapist will know which essential oils to blend for you and which carrier oil to use for the massage treatment.” (From the IFPA).Aromatherapy pictures (3)

People often ask which type of massage they need…

Many people are confused by the variety of massage techniques that exist and think that they need to specify what they want when they book an appointment. However, you don’t need to decide in advance. The therapists are trained to advise you – that’s what they’re here to do! At the beginning of your first session the aromatherapist will discuss your particular problem or condition, your general emotional and physical health and your medical history, along with any worries or fears that you have. Aromatherapy treatment is a relaxing treatment that takes place in an environment where you feel comfortable and at ease. Therefore it is not always necessary for patients to undress for an aromatherapy treatment. Hand, arm, face and/or foot massages allow the oils to be absorbed into the skin and provide the therapeutic benefits of touch. Even the aroma of the essential oils has a profound psychological effect capable of influencing our emotions and mood.

Aromatherapy can help with a wide range of health issues. These include:

AnxietyAromatherapy pictures 2

Depression

Insomnia

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and digestive problems

Headaches and sinus problems

Grief and bereavement

Muscle soreness and stiffness

Muscle spasms and cramping

 

And finally, you don’t have to have something specifically ‘wrong’ with you to benefit from an aromatherapy massage. Aromatherapy massage is a wonderful way to rebalance the body, creating an overall sense of wellbeing and helping you to cope with the stresses and strains of daily life.

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There are two qualified professional aromatherapists at York Clinic, Elizabeth and Christine. To book an appointment or for more information, please contact York Clinic on 01904 709688 or email@yorkclinic.com. We will respond to you as soon as possible.

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York’s Acupuncture Roadshow: Acupuncture Awareness Week 2016.

Rebecca Adlington7th-13th March is Acupuncture Awareness Week, an annual event coordinated by the British Acupuncture Council. This year the focus in on sports injuries; the ambassador for the event is Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington. She has acupuncture for a shoulder injury that developed during her swimming career and is treated by Andrew Jackson who trained in York at the Northern College of Acupuncture.

To celebrate Acupuncture Awareness Week, a group of York’s acupuncturists have come together to form the York Acupuncture Network. They are putting on an acupuncture roadshow, working with gyms and sports clubs around York. The acupuncturists, including York Clinic’s Ben Elliot and Debbie Priestley, will appear at the majority of leading venues in York including David Lloyd, Energise and York Sports Village. People will be able to talk to the acupuncturists, watch an acupuncture demonstration and try having acupuncture themselves.

York is a national centre for acupuncture. There are over thirty qualified acupuncturists working in York, including nine at the York Clinic. Also, the Northern College of Acupuncture is based in York, on Micklegate. It is one of the leading acupuncture colleges in the country and the only one in northern England; it was co-founded by York Clinic’s director Hugh MacPherson.

Acupuncture for sports injuries:

Many people, whether professionals or amateurs, sustain injuries whilst doing sports activities. The most widely advertised remedies are oral painkillers and ice or heat packs. However, painkillers often mask the problem and don’t always address any potential underlying issues. Traditional acupuncture can help to identify the root cause of a problem, improving a patient’s understanding and management of symptoms for a more positive long-term outcome.

Ben Elliot and Debbie Priestley both specialise in treating sports injuries. They practise acupuncture and sports massage, combining the two as appropriate. To find out more about how the two forms of therapy compliment one another, see Debbie’s website and our earlier blog post. Ben Elliot’s patient Alice (38) says: “I developed Posterior Tibial Tendonitis through running and was unable to take part in any of the sports that I enjoy, for a prolonged period of time. I’d seen Ben [Elliot] before for a shoulder injury so I knew that acupuncture would definitely be part of my recovery programme. I had a number of sessions with Ben and found that it reduced my pain and promoted healing. I’m now back running and would defiantly recommend acupuncture to anybody suffering with a sports injury.”

Acupuncture roadshow timetable:

York Sport Village, Wednesday 3rd March, 3-8pm.

Fitness First, Monday 7th March, 3-8pm.

Energise, Tuesday 8th March, 9:30am-3pm.

Poppleton Sports Centre, Wednesday 9th March, 3-9pm.

David Lloyd, Friday 11th March, 9:30am-8pm.

KP Club Pocklington, Saturday 12th March, 9am-3pm.

For more information about the York Acupuncture Network and their roadshow, see their Facebook page and Twitter feed. To book an appointment at the York Clinic with Ben or Debbie, please contact us on 01904 709688. Reception is open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at email@yorkclinic.com or use our contact form. We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

PhysioPod™ DEEP OSCILLATION® massage now available at York Clinic

Debbie Priestley has practised acupuncture and sports massage at York Clinic for 14 years. She is now offering a new kind of massage, using a PhysioPod™ DEEP OSCILLATION® machine. She is the only PhysioPod™ therapist in the York area.PhysioPod

PhysioPod™ DEEP OSCILLATION® massage is a gentle form of massage therapy. Using a massage machine, Debbie can treat people in the acute (i.e. early and most painful) stages of an injury. The machine allows her to work on tissue up to 8cm below the skin, without needing to apply the level of pressure normally used in a deep tissue sports massage.

How does it work?

Debbie and the patient are both connected to the PhysioPod™ DEEP OSCILLATION® machine. The patient holds a metal bar and Debbie is connected to the machine via an electrode that is stuck to her body with an adhesive pad. This creates an electrical current so that when Debbie places her hands on the patient, electrostatic pulses permeate into their body. The pulses pass through the skin and fat layers, into the muscle below. Debbie can control the frequency of the current as appropriate. While the massage might create a warm or buzzing sensation, the electrical circuit is not completed so the machine can’t deliver an electric shock.

What can it be used for?

The gentleness of the pressure applied to the skin means that it is particularly effective in treating recent and painful injuries that are sensitive to touch. For the same reason, it is appropriate for elderly people and others with delicate skin.

The DEEP OSCILLATION® massage works best when focussed on a specific area of the body. As well as manipulating the muscle itself, it can help to reduce pain, inflammation, swelling and bruising and can break up fibrosis and scar tissue. Debbie can also treat certain types of lymphoedema (see note below) and has found it particularly effective for cosmetic facial treatments, such as reducing the build-up of fluid that causes bags under the eyes.

The evidence.

The effectiveness of PhysioPod™ DEEP OSCILLATION® massage has been demonstrated in a number of in vitro and clinical studies. You can find out more about PhysioPod™ on their website.

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There is more information on Debbie’s website about her work. The text in this blog is adapted from Debbie’s website.

Lymphoedema: Debbie will need to discuss this with you in advance. Please contact her on 07944 445371, before 7pm please.

To book an appointment with Debbie, please contact the York Clinic on 01904 709688. Reception is open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at email@yorkclinic.com or use our contact form. We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Image courtesy of PhysioPod™.

Counselling and hypnotherapy for alcohol and its related issues.

Suzanne Chamier
Suzanne Chamier. Counsellor, Hypnotherapist, Life Coach and Psychotherapist.

York Clinic’s Suzanne Chamier has a lot of experience of working with people who want to cut down or give up drinking. Through counselling and/or hypnotherapy she can help you to understand your relationship with alcohol and the effect it has on your life. Then, as you begin to cut down, she can help you to replace drinking alcohol with new, healthy and positive habits.

There is a lot of information out there about alcohol, often generating more questions than answers. This can make it difficult to know whether and when to seek help. The answer is simple: you can ask for help or advice at any time. If you’d like to make and appointment with Suzanne, please contact the clinic on 01904 709688. Further contact details can be found at the bottom of this blog.

The rest of this blog will address two of the other questions frequently asked about alcohol: How much is too much? And why is that too much (i.e. what might happen to me)?

How much is too much?

The government has recently issued new guidelines. They state that there’s no safe level of alcohol consumption, but suggest that neither men nor women regularly drink more than 14 units per week [2]. Units represent the quantity of pure alcohol in a drink. One unit is roughly the amount of alcohol that an average adult can process in one hour. This varies from person to person, but, in theory, if a healthy adult drank one unit of alcohol, there should be little or no alcohol left in their blood after an hour [1]. Here is a guide to what units mean in terms of individual drinks [3]:

Alcohol units guide

So 14 units looks like this [2]:

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There are times when even a small quantity of alcohol might become dangerous, such as when you’re driving or operating machinery, if you’re pregnant or breast feeding (the recommendation is not to drink any alcohol at all during pregnancy), if you’re taking certain medications (check with your doctor), or if you cannot control your drinking [2&3]. As well as keeping to a weekly limit, it is recommended that at least two days of the week are alcohol-free. Binge drinking is considered to be drinking twice the daily limit in one sitting (8+ units for men, 6+ units for women) [4].

The effects of alcohol on the body

Some of the effects of excessive drinking are well known, such as mood swings, aggression, dehydration, memory loss and impotence. However, the potential effects on the body are more far reaching than you might imagine [5]:

Effects of Alcohol on the Body

The potential benefits of cutting down your alcohol consumption are numerous, including better sleep, reduced risk of injury and illness, weight loss, increased energy, improved memory, saving money, and better relationships with friends and family [3].

What to do next

If you’d like help with cutting down on alcohol, dealing with an alcohol addiction, or would just like to talk to Suzanne for professional and confidential advice, please make an appointment by contacting the York Clinic on 01904 709688. Reception is open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays, and from 9am to 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at email@yorkclinic.com or use our contact form. We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

References and links to further information:

  1. NHS guide to alcohol units.
  2. Image/information from the Drink Aware website.
  3. Image/ information from ‘How Much is Too Much?’, a leaflet produced by the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University.
  4. For more information, please see the NHS webpage about binge drinking.
  5. Image from the World Health Organisation’s ‘Brief Intervention Manual’.

HEARTS therapy: Hands on, Empathy, Aromas, Relaxation, Texture, Sound


Elizabeth Reid Dunkerley
is offering a new treatment at York Clinic – ‘HEARTS’, a therapeutic approach drawing on the most relaxing techniques of several complementary therapies. Here she explains more about it…

The HEARTS ProcessHEARTS

Developed by Ann Carter BA. Dip.Health ED., Cert. ED. Cert NLP., Dip. NM

Hands on
Empathy
Aromas
Relaxation
Texture
Sound

HEARTS was developed by Ann Carter in the mid-1990s at a cancer care centre at a large hospital in Manchester to meet the needs of individuals at different stages of their illness.

The different aspects of HEARTS can be used in any combination for people who are anxious, find it difficult to relax or unable to sleep. HEARTS was designed to be used where conventional massage techniques were inappropriate and in any situation where well intentioned touch could be beneficial to the patient. All HEARTS treatments are given through a fabric covering so that patients remain clothed

The treatment will always include Hands on, Empathy with the hands and Textures, Sounds of tranquil music or the human voice and Aromas are optional but enriching elements. The combination of components of HEARTS make the therapy time truly client focused and Relaxing.

HEARTS is a versatile approach using a combination of relaxation techniques to help calm and rebalance the body and mind with profound results.

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Elizabeth is a practising complementary therapist providing aromatherapy and massage therapy treatments at the York Clinic on Tuesdays and Saturdays. She is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists and is on the Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register. Elizabeth has undertaken further study and training in the areas of the HEARTS Process, advanced massage, aromatherapy and massage in cancer care and stress management.

Elizabeth will be writing a couple of case studies in the area of the HEARTS Process and cancer care and would like to offer a complimentary HEARTS treatment to two individuals who are willing to participate as a case study. All information given will be treated in confidence and the individual will not be named. The area of the case study is to look at the present history of the patient, the choice of HEARTS treatment, followed by the effectiveness and results of a HEARTS treatment and feedback from the patient. If you are willing to participate, Elizabeth is ideally looking for one person who is currently in a caring role looking after someone with cancer and one person who is presently at any stage of their cancer journey. The HEARTS process is an area of pure relaxation.

Further information about Elizabeth can be found on the York Clinic website, or on her own website. To book an appointment, please contact the York Clinic on 01904 709688 or email@yorkclinic.com. For more information you can email Elizabeth directly at contact@elizabethreiddunkerley.com.

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Image: By Sam Caplat (https://www.flickr.com/photos/samcaplat/4521089467) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

Starting a New Year: Dealing with Depression

Starting a new year with depressionThe start of a new year can be a difficult time, especially if you’re living with depression. Everyone around you seems to be reflecting on the past year, discussing their achievements and highlights, and making ambitious plans and resolutions for the coming twelve months.

Depression makes it difficult to think positively about the past or future. In fact, it can be difficult to think about the future at all, and New Year’s resolutions are often counterproductive because they can create unrealistic expectations and become a source of self-imposed stress. This needn’t be the case.

One of the counsellors at York Clinic, Suzanne Chamier, has recommended an article about dealing with depression. It sets out five key pointers for beginning to overcome depression – small and achievable steps that you can take to care for your mind and body. They don’t require stressful targets, dramatic resolutions or strict time-frames.

This is how the authors of the article introduce the situation:

“Depression drains your energy, hope, and drive, making it difficult to do what you need to feel better. But while overcoming depression isn’t quick or easy, it’s far from impossible. You can’t just will yourself to “snap out of it,” but you do have some control—even if your depression is severe and stubbornly persistent. The key is to start small and build from there. Feeling better takes time, but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day.”

Here’s what they suggest:

1. Cultivate supportive relationships. There are number of ways of doing this. You could turn to friends and family members who make you feel loved and cared for, try to keep up with social activities even if you don’t feel like it, or join a support group for depression.

2. Get moving. Including exercise and activity in your daily life needn’t involve something as costly (and public) as joining a gym. You could park your car in the farthest space from the door each time you go to the supermarket, or dance around to some music at home for a few minutes.

3. Challenge negative thinking. Perhaps the most difficult for people living with depression. The key points are allowing yourself to be less than perfect and trying to spend time with positive people.

4. Do things that make you feel good. This might be something as simple as making time for 8 hours sleep a night, or you could revisit a hobby or activity: “While you can’t force yourself to have fun or experience pleasure, you can choose to do things that you used to enjoy.”

5. Eat well. “What you eat has a direct impact on the way you feel.” Eating a balanced diet and eating regularly will help your brain and keep your moods more level.

You can read the whole article here.

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As well as trying these self-help tips, you might be interested in professional help. There are a number of suitable therapies available at York Clinic, including acupuncture and the ‘talking therapies’, such as counselling.*

To book an appointment at York Clinic, please phone 01904 709688 between 9am and 6pm on weekdays, or between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at email@yorkclinic.com, or use our contact form.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

For more information about the different talking therapies available at York Clinic, have a look at our website, read our blog poston the subject or have a look at Suzanne Chamier’s website. All treatment at York Clinic is confidential.

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*Research suggests that acupuncture or counselling could provide an alternative to antidepressant drugs for people with ongoing depression.

What is Colonic Hydrotherapy?

Anatomy of the colonFor all round good health we need to pay attention to our digestive system. This includes the colon. Colonic Hydrotherapy, also called Colonic Irrigation, is the process of cleansing the colon with warm water to flush out the impacted faecal matter, toxins, mucous and parasites that build up over time. Cleansing the colon with water is not a new concept. Inner cleansing was practised by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, and in traditional Chinese and Indian civilisations.

Why have a colonic?

The colon contains billions of friendly bacteria which help to detoxify waste matter and protect against infection. Internal and external factors such as stress, processed foods, smoking, artificial additives and medication can change the balance in the colon and compromise the digestive system. In turn, impacted faeces and other waste products build up in the colon and can cause a number of health problems. Firstly, this decomposing matter is toxic. The toxins can re-enter the blood stream making us feel ill, tired or weak. Secondly, impacted material impairs the colon’s ability to assimilate minerals and the bacterial-produced vitamins. Finally, a build-up of material on the colon wall can inhibit muscular action, causing sluggish bowel movements and constipation. Removing this toxic matter through Colonic Hydrotherapy can help with constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, gas, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), weight gain and normalisation, fatigue, lethargy, candida, leaky gut syndrome, headaches, migraines, cellulite, asthma, allergies, and skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Normally, several treatments will be needed to fully cleanse the colon and restore bowel regularity.

What happens during a treatment?

The process is described by the Association and Register of Colon Hydrotherapists (ARCH): “Warm filtered water is introduced into your colon through a small tube called a speculum that is gently inserted about an inch and a half into your rectum. As the warm water enters, you’ll feel a fullness as your colon fills up, then a relaxing feeling as it empties. The water pressure and temperature are carefully controlled and all waste is drained away discreetly in a closed system with absolutely no mess or odours. This filling and emptying is repeated several times and massage is applied to your abdomen.” ARCH have also produced a video of a typical Colonic Hydrotherapy session.

Colonic Hydrotherapy should only be carried out by a qualified practitioner using specialist, disposable equipment. The practitioners at York Clinic are members of relevant professional bodies: ARCH, the Register of Integrative Colon Therapists and Trainers (RICTAT) and/or the Institute of Professional Colon Hydrotherapy (IPCH).

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To book an appointment for Colonic Hydrotherapy at York Clinic, phone 01904 709688 between 9am and 6pm on weekdays, or between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at email@yorkclinic.com,or use our contact form.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

For more information about Colonic Hydrotherapy, see Keren Wheeler’s website.

 

New evidence of long-term benefits for people with chronic neck pain

Neck pain wordleResearchers in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York, including York clinic’s Harriet Lansdown and Hugh MacPherson, have carried out a large scale investigation into whether chronic neck pain can be relieved by Alexander Technique or acupuncture.

Chronic neck pain is a difficult condition to treat. The literature shows that, generally, single interventions do not provide long term benefits. In this study, funded by Arthritis Research UK, the researchers compared Alexander Technique and acupuncture with usual care. They concluded that, when compared with usual care alone, both Alexander Technique and acupuncture reduced pain and associated disability over a 12 month period.

The research, published in Annals of Internal Medicine, recruited 517 patients from GP practices in Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and York. Participants were randomly put into three groups and monitored over 12 months. One group received usual care only, which included prescribed medications and visits to GPs, physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals. The second group received usual care plus up to twenty 30-minute lessons with teachers from the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique. The final group received usual care plus up to twelve 50-minute sessions of acupuncture based on traditional Chinese medical theory and delivered by members of the British Acupuncture Council. Twelve months after treatment finished, results showed that pain was reduced by 32% for those receiving acupuncture, and 31% for those undertaking Alexander Technique lessons, compared to those receiving usual care alone.

Hugh MacPherson, senior research fellow at the University of York and York Clinic’s director, said: “We found statistically significant reductions in neck pain associated with Alexander Technique lessons and acupuncture at all time points. This is an important finding because for the first time we now have clear evidence that these two interventions provide longer-term benefits for chronic neck pain.”

To find out more about the research, you can read a summary of the published article.

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To book Alexander Technique lessons with Mary Greene or an appointment with an acupuncturist, phone 01904 709688 between 9am and 6pm on weekdays, or between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at email@yorkclinic.com,or use our contact form.  We will respond to you as quickly as possible.

A version of this blog was also published by York Clinic’s Harriet Lansdown.