CHARLES STREET CLINIC - It's Acupuncture Awareness week and we have another fantastic offer for you!
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Welcome to the latest edition of the Charles Street Clinic e-newsletterWe have had some very positive feedback from our first newsletter and hope you all found the articles informative and interesting.

Our Facebook page is also proving very popular. There are regular upates - from exercises and postural advice to smoothie recipies and flu prevention tips - so please click on the button below to hear about our latest news, offers and promotions.

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Acupuncture Awareness Week Offer

Free 15 minute consultations with our acupuncturist Louise Stevens available during March.

To book call the clinic on
01305 265333

and quote 'NEWACUPUNCTURE'.

Tackling back pain at work

Back pain, neck and muscle problems are the most common cause of sick days in the UK, according to the Office of National Statistics, accounting for almost 31 million days of lost work last year. And with more and more of the workforce doing less manual labour and becoming more sedentary, the problem is only set to rise. Talking to the BBC, Prof Steve Bevan, director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at the Work Foundation, said, "Sitting is the new smoking. The more sedentary you are the worse it is for your health."

There is, however, a lot you can do to counteract the effects of a desk job and keep pain free:

  • Make sure your workstation is set up correctly. The relationship between chair, keyboard and monitor height is crucial.
  • Get up from your desk as often as possible. Taking little breaks to get a drink, for example, will make you more mobile and comfortable in the long run.
  • If you need to read something, stand up and read it.
  • Go for a walk at lunchtime.

There are also a number of exercises that you can do at your desk to maintain mobility and posture, which we have posted on our Facebook page – click here to see them.

Acupuncture Awareness Week

Next week is Acupuncture Awareness Week and the theme this year, fortuitiously it would seem, is resolving lower back pain. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends acupuncture as an excellent evidence-based therapy for back pain, together with osteopathy and physiotherapy.

Acupuncture involves the use of very thin needles, which are inserted at various points over the body. These needles help to enhance circulation and relieve the pain caused by ‘stagnation’ of blood and energy (Qi). When inserting a needle, endorphins are also released into the bloodstream, which are our own natural painkillers. Recent research has shown that when a needle is inserted into a specific acupuncture point, the limbic area of the brain, which is associated with pain, is switched off. This can be essential for managing chronic pain conditions.

Acupuncture can do much more than manage back pain and Louise Stevens, our acupucturist, is keen to show potential patients the depth and scope of this traditional medicine.

Louise is offering a FREE 15 minute consultation during March. If you would like to know more about Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, and how it may be able to help you, please call the clinic on 01305 265333. For more on Acupuncture Awareness week click here.

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