Conditions that may
be treated by Acupuncture
Back, neck, shoulder, tennis/golfer's elbow, Trigeminal neuralgia
Migraine and headache:
This can be treated using either TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) concepts or a more westernised form of Acupuncture. Points selected depend on individual characteristics of Migraine e.g. whether it is related to Hormonal factors or associated with digestion or neck symptoms. Migraine occurring always on the same side is often associated with trigger points in the neck e.g. trapezius muscle above shoulder blade refers pain to the eye region.
Pre-menstrual tension, Painful periods, Menopausal symptoms, Infertility
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diarrhoea.
Rhinitis (inflammation of the nose) may be of allergic origin(70%), Vasomotor Rhinitis (VR) or a combination of both. VR appears to be due to an imbalance of the Sympathetic and Para-sympathetic components of the nervous system. Acupuncture aims to regulate this balance. Acupuncture may also help to clear out sinus infections which have not responded to antibiotic treatment.
Irritable Bladder Syndrome:
Irritable Bladder Syndrome, bladder urgency, or frequency.
Reduced energy and well being, Unexplained fatigue stress, Insomnia
Acupuncture may be used either alone or in combination with other treatment methods
Dr. Fitzpatrick is a Medical Doctor with more than 25 years experience using Acupuncture in his Clinical Practice. He is a member of the B.M.A.S. (British Medical Acupuncture Society) an organisation of registered health professionals with a special interest in Acupuncture.
Nationwide Acupuncture conference
A major Nationwide conference on treating lower back pain, with particular empasis on the role of Acupuncture, is being held in Crown Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown. This is organised by the British Medical Acupuncture Society and is open to all medical professionals.
How many treatments will i need?
The number of Acupuncture sessions required is individual and also depends on the condition being treated and the duration of symptoms.
However, a rough guide for an average Acupuncture treatment course is 4-6 treatments. If the problem is chronic e.g. arthritis, bladder, bowel etc.
then occasional "top ups" of Acupuncture treatment may be required on an intermittent basis.
Is acupuncture painful and is there risk of infection from needles?
All Acupuncture needles used at the Practice are high quality Seirin Acupuncture needles which are single use and disposable.
Many people do not attend for Acupuncture treatment for fear of pain. However, the vast majority of people are reassured by how relatively painless it is and only a very
small number would not complete a course of Acupuncture treatment.
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