Acupuncture comes into its own in the Spring!

Spring is here early – which gives us all a welcome boost of warmer temperatures and sunshine. However, the change of season is seen as a challenge to the body and mind in Chinese philosophy. We mirror and reflect the cycles of life and when our system is balanced we are able to adjust with flexibility and fortitude during these times of change.

Contrary to the lovely optimistic feeling that spring can give us, I have seen a lot of patients in the last couple of weeks struggling with this change, be it coughs and colds, emotional discontent (the spring relates to irritability, frustration and anger in Chinese philosophy) or just not feeling themselves.

Here, acupuncture comes into its own, helping to regulate the changes in the natural rhythms our organism encounters during this period. I have many patients who come for a ‘maintenance’ treatment every 3 months around the times of the change of season for this very purpose.

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How to stay on your own two feet during the winter months

1 In cold/freezing temperatures, assume all wet areas are icy.

2 Wear footwear that provides good traction underfoot.

3 Walk in designated walkways; ice and snow may be more prevalent on unused shortcuts.

4 It’s vital to keep your hands and arms free to help with balance . Do NOT walk along looking at your phone!

5 Concentrate on walking, don’t look around but watch where you are stepping and do not multi-task.

6 Move slowly, tilt forward, walk flat-footed (with feet pointing outward) and extend arms slightly away from body to help maintain balance.

If you are unlucky enough to take a tumble and you are still in pain when you get home consider applying an ice pack to the affected area. Yes the thought of it won’t appeal in these wintry months but it is the best way to prevent swelling.

If your back is injured and you feel stiff after a day or two consider calling The Bower Mount Clinic and we will be happy to advise.