Gavin Erickson

Gavin Erickson

Looking for an alternative to painkillers? Rebecca Adlington shares why you should be more aware of this traditional therapy

Needles aren’t items that conjure the image of deep relaxation and healing the soul. They provoke more of a hospital-and-antiseptic vibe for me, which is probably why I’ve always opted to remedy back pain and practiced self-care with massage. That, however, may well change. I was given the opportunity to try my first ever acupuncture session in aid of Acupuncture Week 2016, and as my lovely acupuncturist Emma Perris told me, acupuncture is really rather addictive.

You’ve probably heard of this alternative medicine, but how much do you know about it? Find out how acupuncture could help - and heal - you.

Physiotherapists. Osteopaths. Chiropractors. Anyone who has had a sports injury will probably have seen one of these experts. But how many of us would consider having needles stuck into our sides, even by an expert?

Thursday, 10 March 2016 09:39

Acupuncture Awareness Week

Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington reveals how she's overcoming the pain from her dramatic crash on The Jump.

Thursday, 03 March 2016 10:03

Acupuncture freed me up

Rebecca Newbold has electro acupuncture for an old car accident induced back injury.

The Olympic swimming legend suffered a dislocated shoulder during Channel 4's winter sports show but is returning for Sunday's final following surgery and acupuncture

We’re famously a nation who don’t like to make a fuss, but the ‘grin and bear it’ attitude of many Brits could be harmful for their health, according to a new report released to mark Acupuncture Awareness Week.

Anxiety UK and the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) have launched a joint pilot project which will see members of Anxiety UK being able to access traditional acupuncture through this new partnership.

Throughout the pilot project, data will be collected to determine the effectiveness of traditional acupuncture for treating those living with anxiety and anxiety based depression. This will enable both parties to continue to build a body of evidence to measure the success rate of this type of treatment.

Of those Anxiety UK members who have received traditional acupuncture from BAcC members, 74% reported anxiety was the primary reason for seeking treatment while 62% said it was a secondary reason.