Who has acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture for help with specific symptoms or to relieve specific pains like osteoarthritis of the knee. Some use acupuncture because they feel generally unwell but have no obvious diagnosis. Others choose acupuncture simply to enhance their feeling of wellbeing. Acupuncture is considered suitable for all ages including babies and children. It can be used effectively alongside conventional medicine. 

What can it do for me?

Some people turn to acupuncture for help with a specific symptom or condition. Others choose to have treatment to help maintain good health, as a preventive measure, or simply to improve their general sense of wellbeing. Because traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather than specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of conditions.

Remember that acupuncturists treat the person, not just the condition which they have, so each patient's treatment plan will be different. However, you can always ask your practitioner about other patients' experiences, to give you an idea of what to expect. Many people return to acupuncture again and again because they find it so beneficial and relaxing.

In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific lower back pain.

You can get more information on current scientific research into the effectiveness of acupuncture by visiting www.acupuncture.org.uk or by Contacting Matt who is a registered BAA Acupuncturist. 

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About Matt Symonds Acupuncture

I graduated from the Northern College of Acupuncture in York with a Bsc Acu (hons) in 2016, I am a fully accredited member of the British acupuncture Association (BAA) and a registrant of the British acupuncture Federation BAF. This means every patient I see can feel  confident that I am fully insured and all treatments comply with the high standards of the BAA and BAF codes of practice.

What drew me to learn acupuncture? In my early teens I had acupuncture to help me with asthma, I later had treatment to help with sports injury recovery and lower back pain. Through having treatments I found something that helped me and want to be able to offer the same help to others, and be able to share this medicine with others. 

 I have lived  in Harrogate all my life,  so it is naturally where I want to practice and offer treatments to those in the area. I feel that Harrogate has a lot of healing energy, which started with the spring water all those years ago, and enhanced by the large open spaces within the town. Harrogate offers a great location to offer acupuncture and help to heal others. 

 Whether you are new to acupuncture or have experienced it before, I look forward to meeting you.