Liz Earley Acupuncture
Treating the person...not just the symptoms.
For centuries, acupuncture's holistic approach to healthcare has been sought by people across the globe.
This traditional ancient healing practice of Chinese Medicine brings balance to the whole body by attending to the root cause of the illness, as well as treating the symptoms - it is a 'whole person' therapy.
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Hi, and welcome to Liz Earley Acupuncture.
Having personally benefitted from holistic therapies since my teens, I was inspired to study at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York where I gained a First Class BSc (Hons) degree.
As an acupuncturist, I fully embrace a holistic approach to healthcare, and I use my skills and experience of acupuncture and cupping therapy to ensure my patients receive the very best care they need.
Being wholly patient-focused, I am truly passionate about helping people and delivering a personalised treatment in a safe, calm and tranquil setting.
As part of my professional development, I am a member of the Association of Acupuncture Clinicians (AAC), British Acupuncture Federation (BAF) and a support tutor at the Northern College of Acupuncture.
If you are considering treatment, please contact me to see how these therapies could help you.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Frequently asked questions
How does acupuncture work?
The insertion of very fine sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on your body connects with your 'Qi' (life force or energy) to trigger your own healing response. It aims to restore balance in all aspects of physical, emotional and mental well-being.
Does acupuncture hurt and is it safe?
Acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use and very fine. Some people may notice a mild tingling or dull ache as needles are inserted but the sensation usually disappears within a few seconds. During treatment, people can often feel a deep sense of relaxation.
Acupuncture has proven to be safe when practiced by a fully qualified practitioner.
What other treatment approaches are used?
To enhance and support recovery, your treatment may also include:
* massage techniques and cupping therapy (suction cups placed on the skin) to promote blood circulation and encourage the flow of Qi. This can relieve muscle tension and promote tissue cell repair.
* electro-acupuncture which involves passing a small electrical current between needles to enhance the stimulation of the points.
* auricular therapy in which points on the ear correspond with the anatomy of the whole body. The NADA protocol therapy (5 needles in each ear) is a standalone treatment and is used for a wide variety of health issues.
* diet and lifestyle advice.
What happens at my appointment?
At your first appointment, I will carry out a medical consultation by asking you questions relating to your general health, well-being, lifestyle and past medical history. I will also look at your tongue and check your pulse - in Chinese Medicine these are part of the diagnostic process.
Based on my findings and your priorities for treatment, I will then formalise an individualised treatment plan based on your presenting signs and symptoms. Specific acupuncture points will be selected to address these.
Once the needles are in place, you are then left to relax for up to 20 minutes before they are removed.
The initial acupuncture consultation should take approximately 75-90 minutes (60 minutes for cupping massage/NADA therapy) and includes a treatment.
Follow-up appointments take approximately 60 minutes (50 minutes for cupping massage/NADA therapy) which includes a review of your previous treatment(s) and any adjustments are made to your point prescription if necessary.
How many treatments will I need?
As each patient case varies, the number of treatments needed depends on how responsive you and your body are to treatment, as well as the following factors:
- Minor, non-chronic injuries/conditions - an improvement is usually seen within 4-6 treatments
- Major or chronic injuries/conditions - 10-12 sessions are recommended
- Severe or long-term chronic conditions - a significant resolution of symptoms may take up to 20 sessions
As acupuncture has an accumulative effect on the body, a course of regular (ie weekly) treatment tends to produce greater results. The number and frequency of visits you may require is discussed at your first consultation.