Pregnancy is an exciting and joyful time and you want the best for yourself and your baby. If your health is affected during this time, York Clinic’s experienced practitioners can offer safe drug free relief to help you feel better. The two therapies that are especially useful are massage and acupuncture.
Here at York Clinic we have Christine, Debbie and Michaela who are fully qualified to give pregnancy massages and Ali, Amanda and Harriet, who are fully qualified in pregnancy acupuncture and founding members of the Yorkshire branch of the Acupuncture Conception to Childbirth Team (ACT Yorkshire).
Complementary therapies may be an effective option at a time when many women choose to avoid taking medicines. Call us if you have any problems with…
- poor circulation
- aches and pains
- stress and tension
- nausea and sickness
- high/low blood pressure
- migraine and headaches
- back ache
- pelvic pain (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction)
Acupuncture is very safe for you and your baby but do check your acupuncturist is qualified in pregnancy acupuncture and is a member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).
Acupuncture may be able to help turn breech babies. As well as acupuncture a technique called moxibustion (the smouldering of the herb artemisia vulgaris latiflora) may also be used. Moxibustion (also known as moxa), which has been used for centuries to turn breech babies, is a herb which is compacted into a cigar shaped stick then lit and allowed to smoulder near (but not touching), specific acupuncture points. Scientific studies have found that results for the turning of breech babies may be in the region of 80% success rate.
Acupuncture and labour
Towards the end of pregnancy and past the due date, acupuncture is often used to encourage the natural process of labour. Acupuncture treatment can occasionally have a very rapid effect, but generally speaking it may take at least a few days to work.
After the birth
Acupuncture can be used by new mothers to increase energy levels, to promote healing and to combat the ‘baby blues’. It also may be very helpful in treating mastitis.
Research into acupuncture and pregnancy has been found to reduce:
- the symptoms of morning sickness. (2002, Adelaide University)
- the experience of pain in labour and shorten delivery time. (2002, Skilnand)
- pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy (2005, Institute for the health of Women and Children, Sahlgrenska Academy Gothernburg, Sweden)
- depression during pregnancy. (2004, Stanford University)
If you would like to book an appointment or more information on acupuncture or pregnancy massages please contact York Clinic, phone 01904 709688 between 9am and 6pm on weekdays, or between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays. Alternatively, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our contact form. We will respond to you as quickly as possible