by Thalia Perry

Acupuncture Awareness week, which runs from 7-13th March this year, aims to educate people about the benefits and practice of traditional acupuncture. Over 2.3 million acupuncture treatments are carried out each year in the UK, making traditional acupuncture one of the most popular complementary therapies practised in the country today. (1)  Yet many people are still unaware of its benefits.

Take for example sports injuries, a risk not just for professional athletes but for anyone engaging in moderate physical activity. A sudden impact or awkward movement, poor technique or overuse of a group of muscles or joints can lead to pain, swelling and restricted movement. According to a report released to mark Acupuncture Awareness Week more Brits are engaging in exercise now than ten years ago, with over half having experienced an injury and with one in three of those injured never experiencing a full recovery. (1)

Traditional acupuncture is an evidence-based therapy that has been shown to provide pain relief, increase circulation to promote recovery, reduce inflammation, release tense muscles and help restore movement at the site of the injury; all without the use of drugs and with minimal (if any) side effects.

Acupuncture has been used by many of the world’s top athletes, including this year’s Acupuncture Awareness Week ambassador, gold medallist Rebecca Adlington.

But don’t take our word for it, take theirs:

Rebecca Adlington (gold medal swimmer) –

Daniel Kowalski (gold medal swimmer) –

Vincenzo Nibali (cyclist) –

Deedee Trotter (400m medallist) –

Traditional acupuncture is also used by many people to help with a variety of other conditions. If you want to find out more please come and meet STJH CT team acupuncturists, who will be running an information session to mark Acupuncture Awareness Week in the community hub on Wednesday 9th March, 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm.

If you book a treatment during acupuncture week Cristina, Thalia and Zuli will offer you an introductory price of £25 for an hour’s treatment. For information on booking please see the therapist’s page.

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