Acupuncture has been used for over 2000 years in China for various ailments and for general wellbeing. The traditional chinese medicine (TCM) approach to acupuncture is a complex philosophy incorporating use of meridians (energy channels) which are mapped along specific points in the body. Choice of acupuncture points to use as a treatment using TCM is based on looking at the appearance of the tongue, palpating pulse points, medical history and also consideration of the time of year / weather conditions (5 elements approach). Some of the TCM assessment methods and treatment approaches do not translate well into a Western / medical framework which relies more heavily on scientific evidence.
As a passionate researcher, but also someone who respects and embraces a holistic approach to healthcare, Lynn has found it is possible to combine the two philosophies to adopt a truly effective treatment approach which enables the powerful therapeutic benefits of acupuncture to be practiced within a scientific framework. This ensures that the patient receives a thorough medical assessment and diagnosis but is treated with a holistic approach, utilising both TCM and Western approaches where appropriate.
Lynn is a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, which requires members to adhere to a strict code of conduct and requires considerable continuing professional development ie, attendance of courses and evidence of ongoing learning in order to maintain membership. Acupuncture practiced by physiotherapists is particularly effective as it is often used in conjuction with other physical techniques, rather than a stand alone treatment. Acupuncture is widely used in the NHS and is now recognised by many healthcare experts (including NICE – National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence) as an effective treatment for many conditions.