Traditional acupuncture is a healthcare system based on ancient principles which go back nearly 2,000 years. It is ideally suited to addressing the complex issues facing care home residents.
'The care staff will often come and ask me to help a certain resident who might be distressed or agitated ... or if someone has had a fall or is feeling stiff that morning, they will ask me to go and help.'
BAcC Member, South West
Acupuncture provides a substantial contribution to the healthcare of the UK, with an estimated four million treatments given annually. Some members of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) are already working within the care home environment and the BAcC is keen to bridge the gap between traditional acupuncturists and the care sector.
The following characteristics make traditional acupuncture ideal for use in care homes:
Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person as well as specific symptoms it can be effective for a range of conditions.
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Acupuncture is a very safe intervention and adverse events are rare, especially when the practitioner is fully and properly trained. British Acupuncture Council membership is a mark of assurance that guarantees high standards of professionalism, training and safety. Any patient receiving acupuncture from a BAcC member can expect the highest standard of professional care.
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At the heart of traditional acupuncture lies a person-centred therapeutic approach which recognises each patient as a unique individual. All signs and symptoms are considered within the context of the whole person, their story, preferences, past experiences, and
current needs and wishes.
Acupressure is a non-invasive therapy based on the principles of Chinese medicine. Acupressure is ideal for helping residents with a wide range of complaints, especially those with dementia, for whom invasive therapy with needles will not be possible. Acupressure and other non-invasive treatment techniques are often used by acupuncturists to address a broad spectrum of wellbeing issues.
You can find out more about how this system of healthcare could be of benefit to your residents by watching our films:
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