Liz Kidd Acupuncture
Acupuncture in Aylsham & Fakenham
Welcome to Liz Kidd Acupuncture
Here at Liz Kidd Acupuncture, I am passionate about helping my patients reconnect to their healthy self.
As Abraham Lincoln said:
‘It’s not the years in your life that count, but the life in your years’.
For me, it is vital to know that the quality of our lives is absolutely the best that we can make it.
Whether you are:
- ·currently suffering from a recent injury
- coping with a longer-term condition that impacts your day-to-day life
- ·struggling with life’s changing phases
- ·or just feeling not quite right, out of sorts, not yourself
The joy of acupuncture is that it can help with any and all of these things, whether they are physical, mental or emotional.
What can acupuncture help with?
In clinic, I regularly see people for many different issues, such as…
- ·muscular or skeletal pain anywhere in the body
- ·arthritis, or wear and tear on joints
- ·migraine and headache,
- ·longer term conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, long covid, and rheumatoid arthritis
- ·mental and emotional health, including anxiety and depression,
- ·menopause and menstrual health,
- ·pregnancy support
Acupuncture is a time-tested therapy that has been practised for thousands of years, both as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with Western medicine. In the West, more people are turning to acupuncture for lasting solutions to their health problems. Robust scientific research backs up what many people have known for years ….
… acupuncture works
Hi, I’m Liz
I’m an acupuncturist, mum of two boys and lover of the beaches and countryside of our beautiful county of Norfolk.
It is a delight to treat all my patients, whatever they need help with. When someone says they feel better, lighter or more like themselves since their last treatment then that is a happy day for me because their quality of life has improved!
I qualified at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, earning a BSc (Hons). This means I can integrate two schools of acupuncture – TCM concentrates on the symptoms of a patient’s illness and is well suited for treating a wide range of physical, mental and emotional conditions, whereas Five Element Acupuncture focuses on treating the underlying constitution of the whole person, hence on the person who has the illness, rather than the illness itself. Being able to use both gives me multiple powerful ways to treat you.
My membership of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) guarantees Liz Kidd Acupuncture follows a rigorous code of safe practice and hygiene.
Liz Kidd Acupuncture
How Acupuncture Can Help
Acupuncture can help the mentally, physically and emotionally. Here are just some of the amazing things I can help you with
If you have physical pain, whether from a recent injury, an old injury, arthritis or wear and tear on joints or muscles, then acupuncture can help you.
My experience tells me that people I see in clinic feel the benefit of treatment for conditions such as:
Arthritis (knees, hips, fingers, toes, neck, back)
Acupuncture provides relief by creating a local “micro-injury” which stimulates the production of our natural painkilling ENDORPHINS, increases BLOOD FLOW and reduces INFLAMMATION. Creating a ‘micro-injury’ (the needle insertion) can stimulate the body’s own healing response which can help with old, chronic injuries.
So often chronic conditions also come with the unwelcome additional challenges of fatigue, insomnia, anxiety & sometimes digestive disturbances.
Acupuncture treats these conditions as well as the “headline” condition, treating you as an individual not a symptom.
In April 2021, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a new guideline for chronic pain. We are delighted to see that acupuncture is one of only four treatments recommended, while most painkillers should no longer be prescribed.
Pain during the menstrual cycle, known as dysmenorrhea, is an extremely common condition. It can occur in the run up to, or during, or after the period. Painful periods can be caused by varying western conditions such as endometriosis or fibroids, or hormonal factors or it may be that no apparent cause can be found.
My diagnosis pays close attention to the pain, what it feels like and where it is. The appearance of the menstrual blood can determine the state of the flow. What your mood, energy, sleep and digestion may be like at different times during your cycle are all factors that I would consider.
As with all conditions, acupuncture attempts to find the root cause and has been proven to be very effective at treating this type of pain.
Acupuncture can help with ~ morning sickness ~ tiredness ~ migraine ~ headache ~ backache ~ pelvic pain.
From week 36, regular, weekly PRE-BIRTH TREATMENTS can help with preparation for labour. A study in in 2002 concluded that “…acupuncture reduces the experience of pain in labor.”
The misery of hot flushes, night sweats, brain fog, anxiety, insomnia, low mood can be debilitating for some. Acupuncture can provide support, whether this is in addition to HRT or instead of it. Whatever works for your body!
But don’t just take my word for it – Dr Louise Newson, the renowned menopause specialist, suggests Acupuncture can be helpful.
These are conditions that can affect your whole being – how you feel, think, your ability to interact with others and your normal daily functioning.
Any of this sound familiar:
~ difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep ~ headaches ~ digestive upset ~ mood swings ~ tearful ~ panic attacks ~ poor appetite or ~ sugar/caffeine cravings ~ feeling low ~ no motivation ~ fatigue ~ frequent colds?
What makes Acupuncture so helpful is its ability to treat body and mind together. They are utterly interdependent. Inseparable.
Stimulation of certain acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation.
·They have been proven to alter the brain’s mood chemistry by altering levels of serotonin, endorphin and dopamine.
How Acupuncture works
Here at Liz Kidd Acupuncture, our treatments are evidence based. Acupuncture has been proven to:
- ·influence the flow of endorphins – the brain’s natural pain reliever,
- ·increase blood flow,
- ·reduce inflammation,
- ·promote local healing and
- ·regulate the production of hormones in several areas, including serotonin, oestrogen and progesterone.
There are two different ways we can try to explain this:
The traditional theory of acupuncture
This theory is based on the concept of qi, or energy flow. Simplistically, when somebody is in pain their flow of qi is considered to be stuck. Treatment selects points along the channel where the pain is, in order to encourage the qi to flow more freely.
The aim is to trigger your body’s own healing process and to restore physical, emotional and mental equilibrium. Treatment is designed to affect your whole self, not just your symptoms so, over time, you might begin to feel better in other ways too – you may sleep better, feel your mood is more even, have better energy, find other small niggles resolve, or reduce.
Or, in terms of modern science.
My professional organisation, the British Acupuncture Council, summarises this as follows:
There are studies that have proven some of the functioning mechanisms. These are technical, but some of the possible effects are :
- ·modulation of sympathetic tone and motor reflexes (i.e. smooth the bodies fight and flight responses at an unconscious level)
- ·restoration of the default mode state (i.e. the section of the brain which is active when the person is not focused on the outside world)
- ·modulation of parasympathetic activity (i.e the sections of the brain which govern ‘rest and digest’ and other tasks only undertaken when at rest, and feeling safe.
- ·modulation or activation of the immune system.
A landmark study recently published in Nature showed a mechanism that is related to one specific acupuncture but not another. This study demonstrated that vagal-adrenal anti-inflammatory axis in mice was driven by the stimulation of the point ST36 but not ST25 [2.] The importance of this study is that it suggests a specific effect of an acupuncture point. In other words, the mechanisms of acupuncture are not simply general effects which occur regardless of where the needles are inserted.
 Nature 2021;Oct;598(7882)(1476-4687 (Electronic)):641-45. doi: doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04001-4
Acupuncture can help….
I am trained in both TCM (traditional Chinese acupuncture) and FIve Element Acupuncture. These two modalities, whilst overlapping in one sense, give me the tools to treat a comprehensive range of conditions and imbalances from both a symptom and a root cause perspective.
- pain management – acute and chronic
- back pain
- shoulder pain
- osteoarthritic knees, fingers, neck, hands
- tension headaches
- gut issues
- long covid
- hormonal, menopausal and gynaecological issues
- stress related issues
- hayfever (allergic rhinitis) and other allergies
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10 Penfold Street
Session takes up to 90 mins and includes your first treatment
Session takes up to 1 hour
Please give me as much notice as you can of a cancellation, as that enables me to offer the slot to someone else who may be waiting.
I ask for the full charge to be paid if less than 48 hours’ notice is given of cancellation.
Private health Insurance
You can check whether your health insurer covers some or all of your acupuncture treatment on the British Acupuncture Council page I am happy to provide you with receipts, including my professional registration number, to facilitate your claim.
Aylsham: Parking available in the town centre market place or the Butlands car park off Mill Road (footpath through to Penfold Street)
Fakenham: parking is conveniently available directly in front of the clinic in the Market Place car park.