Dr. Alexander uses a combination of traditional and western approaches, in which fine needles are inserted into specific points of the body. This is followed by electro-acupuncture and manipulation if necessary. We are also able to provide massage to complement the acupuncture.
During acupuncture nerve endings are stimulated and various hormones are released, e.g. endorphins and encephalins, which have a calming effect on the body and can stimulate healing. Acupuncture needles also work by releasing contracted muscles which are pressing on nerve endings and so causing pain.
There are also large nerve ganglia near the spinal cord which are thought to control some of the main body organs by activating the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves. These can be needled as well as using other points. Massage of these points can also help to a lesser degree.
Dr Alexander has been practicing acupuncture for 25 years, initially training in Sri Lanka and China gaining the World Health Organisation Diploma in Acupuncture. She works part time in the Rheumatology department for Barnet Trust and has published articles on her work.
Some conditions suitable for treatment:-
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- Headaches or Migraine
- Facial Pain / Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Allergies inc. Hay Fever / Asthma / Eczema
- Stress / Anxiety
- Menopausal Symptoms
Fine needles are inserted using a combined traditional / western approach followed by electro-acupuncture and manipulation if necessary. Massage is available on site which can complement the acupuncture.
Following acupuncture for painful conditions Dr Alexander often uses a cyclo-therapy massager, which pulsates in a whirlpool action from the centre, promoting blood circulation and aiding muscle relaxation.
She also uses a Biolamp, invented by Chinese scientists and physicians in the 1980s. It uses an infrared lamp through a ceramic plate composed of 37 mineral elements to provide a unique spectrum of electro-magnetic energy. This is used in all the Chinese clinics - sometimes instead of electro-acupuncture.
We use a powerful laser machine for laser acupuncture which is totally painless as no needles are inserted. It has been proven to be very good at treating frozen shoulder in a clinical trial at Manchester University. It is also useful for Achilles tendonitis and any other tendon or muscle problems. Some treatments are part of a research project so the charge is only £20.