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Managing Painful and Stiff Back, Neck and Shoulders
Acupressure massage for painful shoulders using a tennis ball

Back pain? Stiff neck? Painful shoulders? These problems seem to be affecting many people now, and it is no surprise. As many attempt to work from home due to coronavirus your desk set-up may be less than perfect. A combination of poor posture, incorrect desk set-up and insufficient breaks all lead to pain.

You can read about the correct ergonomics for desk work in a blog I wrote about acupuncture, massage and posture for neck, shoulder and back pain. If you work from a laptop and do not have a laptop riser, why not use a stack of books to raise your screen up to eye level? If you can, invest in an external keyboard and mouse if using a laptop. A height adjustable chair is also important.

GB20 is located under the occipital in the tender depression between the muscles
GB20 Fengchi

There are two acupuncture points which I find vital for neck and back pain, and both can be massaged by using a tennis ball, or other hard ball. GB20 Fengchi and GB21 Jianjing:

GB20 Fengchi is located below the occipital bone, in the depression between the sternocleidomastoid muscle and trapezius muscle.

GB21 Jianjing is located at the highest and most tender point of the shoulder, between the spine and tip of the shoulder.

To use acupressure on these points, lean back against a wall with a tennis ball between you and the wall (see image at top). Push gently, release and repeat. To access GB21 start by standing side on and leaning into a wall and tennis ball. Then roll the ball down the back by turning 45 degrees. You can apply static pressure or roll on the ball, but do not roll on the spine.

Acupuncture point GB21 is located on the top of the shoulder
GB21 Jianjing

Yoga postures I often recommend for back pain are Cat Pose and Cow Pose. If you’re used to yoga, you can flow from one into the other and repeat as many times as you like, articulating through each vertebra as you transition.

I hope these tips will help you to manage any pain you are experiencing. Do you want more advice on this issue? I am currently offering online appointments via Zoom. Contact me to find out more.

Acupressure massage can be used in place of acupuncture for online appointments 22 Apr 2020

BY: Sunny Jaspal

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Online Acupuncture

ONLINE ACUPUNCTURE: ACUPRESSURE, DIET, EXERCISE AND LIFESTYLE ADVICE

Acupressure massage can be used in place of acupuncture for online appointments

Acupuncture without needles?

Acupuncture is more than the insertion of needles. It involves a diagnosis based on your symptoms and the acupuncturist’s observations. From this basis we formulate an acupuncture point prescription plus specific dietary, exercise and lifestyle advice.
Online acupuncture sessions will consist of the above, with the acupuncture point prescription being demonstrated by me and administered with acupressure and massage. 

The virtual session was so much better than I imagined and the way you explained everything was so clear. I have already started with the massage techniques and the yoga and there already seems to be a small improvement.

Feedback from Joanne Moore

You can find out more about online acupuncture treatment here, including information on fees and concessions.

Acupressure using acupuncture points for hay fever 06 Apr 2020

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How to Use Acupressure on Acupuncture Points for Hay Fever
Acupressure using acupuncture points for hay fever

Coronavirus may be stalling our lives somewhat, but nature continues to bloom into spring. As it does, the pollen count rises and back come the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Many of you have asked about acupuncture for hay fever, so here are some points you can use with acupressure.

It’s worth noting that hay fever can be very stubborn, so if you find this treatment unhelpful, please do not despair. Come along for an acupuncture treatment when things return to normal, as it’s a stronger intervention than acupressure as so more likely to bring relief.

I have briefly covered this topic already. You can read more about allergic rhinitis and acupuncture here. Please note that as well as having a course of acupuncture when the symptoms arise, you can have treatment in the winter months to strengthen the body in preparation for the following season.

There are many acupuncture points we could and these depend on your presenting symptoms and underlying health. However today we will cover a few general points to help with the symptoms of itchy eyes, runny nose or congestion, headache and sore throat.

Acupuncture points BL2 Zan Zhu and LI20 Ying Xiang for hay fever
BL2 Zan Zhu and LI20 Ying Xiang

Each of these points is located bilaterally (on both sides of the body). When using acupressure (finger pressure) please follow these instructions:
Apply downward pressure to the point with thumb or finger for a few seconds. Release and then reapply as many times as you would like. Be sure not to hyperextend the thumb or finger joints.

BL2 Zan Zhu is located at the medial end of each eyebrow. A great point for redness, pain and swelling of the eye.

LI20 Ying Xiang is located at the midpoint either side of the nostrils, in the nasolabial groove (the line than forms when you smile). Great for congestion and sneezing.

Acupuncture points LR2 and LI4 for hay fever
LI4 He Gu and LR2 Xing Jian

LI4 He Gu is located on the hand between the thumb and first finger Squeeze these together and at the highest point of the bulge of muscle you will find this point. Useful for painful swelling and reddening of the eyes, sore throat and headache.

LR2 Xing Jian is located on the feet between the first and second toe, half a thumb’s width from the margin of the web. For red swollen and painful eyes and throat pain.

Questions? Comments? Please contact me: hello@sunnyjaspal.com

Acupuncture point Yin Tang 02 Apr 2020

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Creating a Nurturing Practice at Home
Acupuncture point Yin Tang is located midway between the eyebrows

During these Corona times while we are unable to come together for treatment, I wanted to give you some ideas on how you can replicate the peacefulness that comes from an acupuncture session. And the health benefits of acupressure on acupuncture points, so that you continue to work on whatever issue you were having treatment for.

This week I wanted to share a Yoga Nidra recording with you. Many of you know that I am a fan of Yoga Nidra and often recommend doing this practice daily to help with maintenance of stress, anxiety and depression. In these strange times we are living through there has never been a greater need for this. Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is a form of guided meditation that takes place lying down. I have been enjoying the free downloads from the Yoga Nidra Network and wanted to share one with you today titled Simply Calm – listen here.

Acupuncture Point: Yin Tang

In keeping with the yoga theme for this week, I have chosen a point that is referred to as the Third Eye, or Ajna Chakra in the yogic tradition.

Yin Tang is located midway between the medial ends of the eyebrows. This is a point I often use in treatments for its ability to calm the mind and treat insomnia. It can also be used for nasal congestion, headache and eye disorders.

Instructions for acupressure: Apply downward pressure to the point with thumb or finger for a few seconds. Release and then reapply as many times as you would like. Be sure not to hyperextend the thumb or finger joints. You should be apply to feel a pleasant sensation but no pain.

Questions? Please contact me: hello@sunnyjaspal.com

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Clinics Closed – Open Online

Hello, I wanted to update you my practice during the COVID-19 outbreak.

As acupuncturists our priority is to consider the health and wellbeing of our patients, and to make sure we do all we can to prevent the spread of this pandemic. Clinics will therefore be closed until things return to normal.

However, if you have a pressing concern please do contact me. Phone/video consulations are available with advice given in the form of acupressure, diet and exercise.

Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe, stay connected and stay postive 🙂

Discover ways to mind your mental health 06 Feb 2020

BY: Sunny Jaspal

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Five Ways to Mind Your Mental Health
Discover ways to mind your mental health

1 in four of us will experience a mental health issue each year. There are many ways to improve our mental health, including getting professional help, talking about it, and taking time for self-care. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Talk About It – It could be to your friend, a family member, your GP or a professional counsellor. Talking is the first step, helping you to acknowledge what’s going on.
  • Eat Well – Eating good food gives us the brain power we need to deal with whatever is going on. Eat too little and you’ll be physical and mentally exhausted. Eat the wrong foods (too much sugar, caffeine, alcohol) and you’ll have even more ups and downs.
  • Sleep – Lack of sleep makes us irritable, emotional and can lead to depression. Of course, sleep issues often accompany mental health issues. But if you’re able to, try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. If not, try meditation such as yoga nidra (You Tube has videos).
  • Exercise – Regular exercise improves mood, helps us to sleep and wards off chronic illness. A brilliant tool for stress management, just choose activities which you enjoy and aim for at least 3 sessions a week. Yoga, walking and biking are good options.
  • Acupuncture – Regular treatments can be a great way to address mental health and the other symptoms that arise, such as sleep problems and tension headaches. A course of treatment is recommended initially, moving to regular maintenance treatments to keep on top of life’s stresses and strains. Concessions available – please enquire.

Need advice? Want to book a treatment?
Contact Sunny on 07582 684 756 or hello@sunnyjaspal.com

Acupuncture point LI Hegu 14 Nov 2019

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Headache or migraine?
Acupuncture point LI4 Hegu is commonly used for headaches and migraines.

People often seek acupuncture treatment for headache and migraine. It might be the main issue for their visit, but sometimes it’s one of a multitude of symptoms.

This is one condition that generally responds quickly to acupuncture treatment. A diagnosis is made based upon location of the headache, the nature of the pain plus tongue and pulse diagnostics.

Research has shown that a course of acupuncture is a useful treatment for sufferers of episodic and chronic tension-type headaches. Acupuncture has also been shown to be also beneficial for migraine.

Most commonly acupuncture points on the head and limbs are used. An effective point and one which can be massaged at home is LI4 Hegu (pictured above). This lies between the thumb and first finger on the top of the hand, at the highest point of the bulge when the thumb and finger are squeezed together.

As with any condition treated by traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture, lifestyle and dietary advice are important. This is individualised, as is your treatment.

Want to find out more? Contact Sunny today

Woman with hay fever sneezing 25 Jun 2019

BY: Sunny Jaspal

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Acupuncture and Hay Fever

Woman with hay fever sneezingThe symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, can sometimes be difficult to manage. Perhaps you are someone who doesn’t like to take medicine if there is an alternative approach. Or maybe you find that conventional medicine doesn’t help. I was in the latter group, but by using acupuncture my hay fever symptoms have gone from severe to occasional and very mild.

The research on acupuncture for allergic rhinitis is mixed, with some studies showing that acupuncture may be a safe and effective treatment for allergic rhinitis with benefits over conventional medicine, however other studies state that further trials are needed to access effectiveness. More recently trials have found that acupuncture used alongside routine care for allergic rhinitis has shown benefits.

Studies have also shown how acupuncture may work by regulating mediators of the allergic reaction, stimulating nerves to reduce pain and reducing inflammation.

A typical treatment for hay fever involves using acupuncture points on the arms and legs, plus the face and head. Acupuncture needles are very fine, and even finer needles are used on sensitive areas such as the face.

Acupuncture needles are very fineA course of 6 treatments is recommended to treat the symptoms. To treat the root cause of hay fever, a further course of 6 treatments is recommended in the autumn or winter to avoid the recurrence of symptoms the following year.

Questions about treatment? Want to find out more?
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Discover acupuncture for anxiety. 16 May 2019

BY: Sunny Jaspal

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Acupuncture and Anxiety

Anxiety is a common condition that acupuncturists see in their clinics. It may be situational, related to health issues, but sometimes there may be no obvious reason.

It is thought that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system and causes the release of neurochemicals. This causes biochemical changes which influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Both men and women will benefit from acupuncture treatment. For those who find it difficult to talk about their emotions, acupuncture offers an alternative way to tackle the problem. Children, teens, adults and parents can all seek treatment. Acupuncture will aim to treat the symptom as well as the root problem.

For women, anxiety may be experienced at particular times within the menstrual cycle, during menopause, when trying to conceive, throughout pregnancy and motherhood too.

For more information on this topic please visit https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/a-to-z-of-conditions/a-to-z-of-conditions/anxiety.html

Book online or contact Sunny to find out more – hello@sunnyjaspal.com 07582 684 756.

Traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture in Hertfordshire 02 Mar 2019

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Acupuncture, Cupping, Prenatal & Postnatal Massage
Traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture in Hertfordshire
Acupuncture, cupping, prenatal and postnatal massage available in Hertfordshire – Ware on Saturdays and Letchworth on Wednesdays.

March is the month when we often see the return of hayfever symptoms. Perhaps you’ve been suffering from frequent colds. Did you know that acupuncture can be helpful for both of these conditions? Discover more conditions acupuncture can help with here.

Treatments Update: I’m looking forward to getting stuck in with acupuncture, however I will no longer be offering massage unless it’s prenatal, postnatal or as part of an acupuncture or cupping session. 

Clinics Update: I will no longer be working in St Albans and instead focusing on the Ware and Letchworth practices (same locations).

Letchworth Clinics will take place on Wednesday morning/lunchtime beginning on April 3rd.

Ware Clinics will take place on Saturday morning beginning on April 6th.

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