Robert Redfern

Sport & Indust Injuries

Abdominal Strain

The rectus abdominis are a pair of muscles lying in the wall of the abdomen passing from the pelvis up to the lower edge of the rib cage. These are often strained by over-use in training or possibly due to a direct blow or by lifting heavy objects. Injury may also occur during a sudden, rough movement as would happen in a judo fall.

Abductor Pain

If the legs are forced apart during a sports injury, the result can be a strain of the abductor ligament. This is situated at the top of the inside of the thigh. Electro-Acupuncture can also be useful in treating this problem.

Achilles Tendonitis

In this condition pain is felt in the Achilles tendon just above the heel. The tendon is often painful to touch. Rupture of the Achilles tendon is uncommon. However, should the tendon be partially or completely ruptured competent orthopaedic treatment must be sought. Electro-Acupuncture is then a useful assistant to recovery.

Ankle Injuries and Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are often caused by a forced sideward movement to either the inside or the outside of the ankle. The ligaments on each side of the joint capsule may be stretched or torn and may bleed internally or externally.

Biceps Tendonitis (Inflammation of the Biceps Tendon)

This gives pain along the front of the shoulder joint where the long head of the biceps lies. The injury is common in sports which require vigorous shoulder rotation such as throwing or swimming. Pain is most commonly felt when the arm is reaching in a backwards direction.

Bunion pain (Hallux Valgus)

This is pain in the big toe joint and is common in older sportsmen. Excessive uses of tight footwear combine over the years to cause bunions, which are swellings of the joint at the base of the big toe. This is often followed by diversion of the joint from its original straight line, towards the outer side of the foot, the characteristic deformity of hallux valgus.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Tight arm bands or heavy hand work can sometimes cause a pressure neuritis and typical pain and tingling (in thumb, index, middle and part of the ring fingers). This is characteristic of carpal tunnel syndrome. The fingers often feel abnormally large. Some patients describe their fingers as feeling like a “bunch of bananas”. If there is no improvement after two weeks consult your doctor.

Calf Strain

Calf muscles lie in the back of the lower leg. There are two main muscles, the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. They both insert into the Achilles tendon which attaches to the heel bone. These muscles are injured through insufficient warm-up, sudden changes of direction, (such as in tennis and squash) fatigue during the closing minutes of a game, or direct violence, such as a kick.

Dead Leg – Thigh Pain

Any muscle may receive a direct blow thereby causing temporary stiffness with pain. The term dead leg is reserved for the muscles on the front and side of the thigh. The direct blow will cause internal bleeding with resultant swelling, pain and the loss of function.

Golfer’s Elbow

This is a similar condition to tennis elbow but occurring on the inner side of the elbow. It affects the origin of the common flexor muscles situated on the inner aspect of the forearm. Pain is caused by bringing the open palm upwards against resistance and also by forming a grip in certain positions.

Elbow – Tennis

This is usually an over-use injury in which the origin of the extensor muscles situated in the back of the forearm are overstretched and become inflamed. Pain is felt on the outer side of the elbow on gripping, lifting or controlling any heavy object such as a bat or racquet.

Hamstrings – injury

These muscles lie on the back of the thigh. They affect the movement of both hip and knee joints. They are frequently injured in sports, during fast movements, such as sprinting, overstretching, and kicking a ball. Fatigue and lack of warm-up are other factors as are uncoordinated movements and direct violence such as a kick or blow from behind.

Bruised Heel – Heel Spur

In these injuries pain is felt beneath the heel, which is often due to simple bruising. This can occur when landing during jumping or hurdling.

Hip Injuries

The hip is a strong joint and is seldom injured during sport. The outer aspect of the thigh, at the level of the hip, can sometimes be injured by direct contact with the ground or other unyielding surface. Recovery from bruising may take 2 weeks.

Cartilages

These are usually damaged due to violent movement of the knee while the foot is stationary, such as twisting.

Pain and swelling will result and the knee joint may lock and give way. One or more of these symptoms may be present. While qualified medical help should always be sought treatment with Electro-Acupuncture should help curb the pain and swelling.e ground or other unyielding surface. Recovery from bruising may take 2 weeks.

Lateral Ligament Strain

Injury occurs when strain is put onto the outside of the joint as in a tackle or from a bad landing such as in basketball when the player lands on the outer side of the foot.

Ligaments

These are situated on the inner (medial ligament) and outer (lateral ligament) aspects of the joint. These prevent excessive sideways movement. Inside the joint are the cruciate ligaments which prevent excessive forward and backwards movement. Ligaments are injured when the joint is forced into unnatural positions. At the front of the knee is the ligamentum Patellae which attaches the knee cap to the front of the Tibia.

Medial Ligament Strain (Sprain of the Ligament on the Inner Side of the Knee Joint)

Injury occurs when strain is put onto the outside of the joint as in a tackle or from a bad landing such as in basketball when the player lands on the outer side of the foot.

Lower Leg Injuries

These injuries are the classic sports related injuries. They are common to long distance runners, aerobics teachers and athletes who change, too often, the surface on which they train and compete. Qualified medical help should be sought to remove the possibility of stress fractures and Anterior Tibial Syndrome. Electro-Acupuncture should help in many cases and help control the pain in more severe situations.

Metatarsalgia (Pain on the Ball of the Foot)

This is pain under the ball of the foot where the supporting ligaments of the metatarsal heads become strained in the line of the toe joints. This is common in people whose work involves a lot of standing. It can also be caused by running or jumping on hard surfaces, or running in hard soled shoes. Appropriate footwear and metatarsal support is essential in these cases.

Neck Injuries

Neck injury is often caused by forcible extension (a backwards movement) of the head. While Electro-Acupuncture can be useful in treating this, it is wise to seek a qualified medical opinion.Lumbar Spine.

The most common cause is narrow discs in the lower lumbar spine. Discs separate the vertebrae and cushion each from the next. Qualified medical opinion should always be sought but Electro-Acupuncture will usually prove to be the ideal “first aid” and can often be totally successful in the relief of low back pain.

Improvement of Physical Performance using Electro-Acupuncture

A recent study was carried out in Norway that tested the exercise response to electrical stimulation. An electrode was applied to Large Intestine 4 (Li4) and the treatment was continued for thirty minutes on each hand.An improvement in running, swimming and ergo meter cycling was regularly observed following this stimulation. Apply Electro-Acupuncture over large intestine 4 (LI4) for approximately 10 minutes on each hand. This can be carried out during the rest period prior to sporting activity and need be carried out once daily only.

This improvement in physical performance is almost certainly due to the release of natural chemicals in the body. The most important of these is endorphin.

Painful Arc (Specific Form of Shoulder Pain)

This is a condition that gives pain when the arm is brought up above the head. During the middle part of this movement pain is felt in the painful arc syndrome. It’s due either to inflammation in one of the tendons around the head of the humerus, or inflammation in the bursa, (situated just beneath the acromion), lying between the acromion, and the head of the humerus.

Rectus Femoris

This muscle lies on the front of the thigh running from hip to knee. It is injured, in the main, by sprinting and kicking movements.

Shin Soreness

Sometimes known as shin splints, this is common in runners. It produces pain on or next to the tibia (the major bone in the lower leg) when standing, walking or running.

Shoulder Joint

This is a common injury and should be treated vigorously. Electro-Acupuncture is usually effective in treatment of the pain. If shoulder pain is left for more than a month then a frozen shoulder may ensue in which stiffness of the joint, as well as pain, occurs. In a chronically painful shoulder that is also stiff, then physiotherapy is an essential approach to treatment.

Tenosynovitis (Inflammation of Forearm Tendons)

This is inflammation in the extensor muscles, running down the back of the forearm. It is caused by repetitive movements such as rowing, screwdriving, etc. This tendon often becomes swollen and feels rough (when the wrist is moved). If not treated early enough rest and strapping with a crepe bandage is required. Electro-Acupuncture is therefore an ideal “First Aid”.

Thoracic Spinal Injuries (to the Chest Spine)

Sometimes an injury is sustained to the middle of the spine. Many sportsmen and women suffer with facet joint problems (the small joints at the back of each vertebra). Electro-Acupuncture is an excellent method of treating this problem.

Wrist Injuries – Sprains

Bruised, cracked or fractured ribs are common in contact sports and, characteristically, cause pain that is aggravated by deep breathing. Modern treatment does not favour local strapping of the ribs, and therefore some treatment for the pain is essential to facilitate normal breathing. Occasionally rib pain may be caused by the muscles between the ribs being strained. Electro-Acupuncture is ideal in both cases.

Heart & Circulatory Problems

Angina

Angina is pain occurring on the left side of the chest and radiating down the left arm, and occasionally up into the left side of the jaw. It is due to a lack of blood supply to the heart muscle. Other measures are often required, such as a change in diet (avoid fatty foods such as red meats, milk and dairy products); stopping smoking. You should also pay attention to lifestyle and endeavour to limit stress and physical activity. Electro-Acupuncture can only be regarded as a symptomatic approach to this problem.

Chilblains

These are relatively common in cold climates and Electro-Acupuncture offers a useful method of treatment.

Circulation Improvement – Raynauds

This may improve circulation problems. These can range from cold hands and feet, to more serious conditions where circulation is markedly interrupted, such as Raynauds’ syndrome. This is a condition where the fingers and toes go white, sometimes blue and in severe cases almost black. If yours is a hand problem, treat the points for upper limb. If you suffer with the feet use the points for lower limb. In all cases also use Liver 3 and Pericardium 6 (Liv3 – P6).

High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Hypertension is common in the civilised world. Effective treatment is vital. Without it there is a risk of a stroke. It is therefore essential that treatment is monitored by either taking the blood pressure yourself or seeing your doctor. Use Electro-Acupuncture and see your doctor.

Palpitations

Palpitations are caused by the heart beating irregularly. It often feels like a fluttering in the left side of the chest. In some cases palpitations are caused by reaction to foods, particularly coffee. It is therefore advisable for those who suffer palpitations to avoid coffee completely in addition to using Electro-Acupuncture, as this can produce a swifter improvement.

Circulation Improvement – Raynauds

This may improve circulation problems. These can range from cold hands and feet, to more serious conditions where circulation is markedly interrupted, such as Raynauds’ syndrome. This is a condition where the fingers and toes go white, sometimes blue and in severe cases almost black. If yours is a hand problem, treat the points for upper limb. If you suffer with the feet use the points for lower limb. In all cases also use Liver 3 and Pericardium 6 (Liv3 – P6).

Low Blood Pressure (hypotension)

It is essential that HEALTHPOINT treatment is monitored by either taking the blood pressure yourself or seeing your doctor. Use Electro-Acupuncture and see your doctor.

Genito Urinary Problems

Cystitis

Inflammation of the lining of the bladder, can be treated with Electro-Acupuncture. This is most common in newly married or pregnant women. If no benefit is observed it is important to seek proper medical advice.

Bed-wetting (enuresis)

Electro-Acupuncture offers useful assistance to enuresis and is particularly worth trying in children.

Prostate problems and Irritable bladder

Difficulty in passing urine due to prostate obstruction, can be treated with Electro-Acupuncture if obstruction is not severe. Irritable bladder can also be treated in this way. If no benefit is observed it is important to seek proper medical advice.

Urinary incontinence

In older people urinary incontinence is common. Also in women who have had many children, there is sometimes difficulty in holding the urine especially when coughing or straining.

Urinary retention

This occurs most often in elderly men and is most commonly due to enlargement of the prostate gland situated at the base of the bladder. If it is recurrent, it is important that the opinion of a urological surgeon is sought. The approach with Electro-Acupuncture can be very useful if the retention is caught early.

Miscellaneous Disorders

Anxiety and Stressful States

This can be treated effectively using Electro-Acupuncture.

Appetite Reduction

Electro-Acupuncture may prove useful when used in conjunction with a balanced, healthy diet.

Hyperactivity

This is common in young children, particularly little boys. There are often associated food allergies, commonly sugar, food additives and colourants, milk and dairy products. Avoiding these items in the diet is an important part of treatment.

Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis is the most common eye disease in the Western hemisphere. Because of its exposed position, the conjunctiva comes into contact with more micro organisms than any other membrane. Bacteria, such as pneumococcus, staphylococcus or streptococcus, cause some cases although allergies and some viruses can also cause conjunctivitis. A virus called adenovirus causes other cases. This virus can be spread in many ways including swimming pools, wet towels, etc. The infection usually starts in one eye and is spread to the other quite readily. It usually results in red, irritated eyes and disappears in three days to a week. If the symptoms linger, go to the eye doctor. The infection can enter the cornea and create little clouded areas that may affect vision.

Symptoms:

  • Red, irritated eyes
  • “Glued” eyelids from discharges overnight upon wakening in the morning
  • Sensitivity to light
  • A feeling of itchiness and griminess

Post-Viral Syndrome (M.E.)

This is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome or M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). M.E. is one of a whole group of Post-Viral syndromes. These are conditions characterised by extreme fatigue, aching muscles, poor memory and in many cases abdominal symptoms (bloating and flatulence). They continue after a viral infection such as flu, glandular fever or a non-specific viral infection. These conditions can continue for many months and in some cases, years. Electro-Acupuncture can help in post-viral syndrome, but it should be combined with other measures such as the following.

  • Avoidance of sugar, coffee, alcohol, milk and dairy products.
  • Take plenty of rest. Do NOT push yourself beyond the limits with which you can comfortably cope.
  • Take high doses of B group vitamins, Zinc and magnesium.
  • Stop smoking (if you do). Avoid polluted places (such as city centres or factories) as much as possible.

Depression

Electro-Acupuncture can be useful in the treatment of some cases of depression.

Diabetes

A condition in which the body cannot properly use sugar and starches (carbohydrates) from the diet, because the pancreas is not producing enough of the hormone insulin. As a result, sugar accumulates in the blood and tissues and this causes defects in various parts of the body. All types of diabetes can be controlled with diet, or insulin replacement. Appropriate vitamin and mineral supplements can also be of great value

Eye Pain

Eye pain occurs for many reasons, but is perhaps most commonly associated with migraine where the pain appears to be behind the eyes. If this becomes chronic, a qualified ophthalmologic opinion is essential. Cataracts, Conjunctivitis, Glaucoma and Squinting have been found to respond to Electro-Acupuncture in some cases.

Fainting Attacks

If fainting attacks occur regularly then a medical opinion should be sought. It is perfectly reasonable to use Electro-Acupuncture as detailed here.

Fever

Electro-Acupuncture offers a symptomatic approach to fever but the cause must also be treated. This may involve a course of antibiotics if a bacterial infection is present.

Fluid Retention

This may arise for many reasons. In women it is often due too hormonal imbalance. In some cases it can be due to heart failure, particularly in elderly people. In these cases a proper diagnosis is necessary. Electro-Acupuncture can be useful in treating some cases of fluid retention.

Bruised Heel – Heel Spur

In these injuries pain is felt beneath the heel, which is often due to simple bruising. This can occur when landing during jumping or hurdling.

Hangover

This is a useful treatment system to use the morning after a heavy drinking session.

Hay fever

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to grass and flower pollens and is therefore a seasonal affliction. Electro-Acupuncture can be useful in treating this problem and will sometimes suffice. A homeopathic approach using homeopathic grass and flower pollens is a worthwhile adjunct. If an attack has started, treat Sinusitis (and/or asthma) points as well for relief.

Hiccoughs (Hiccups)

Hiccoughs can be a particularly troublesome complaint. Electro-Acupuncture offers useful help. It is often worth combining this with drinking a glass of cold water whilst holding the nose and therefore holding the breath. This has the effect of splinting the diaphragm as Hiccoughs are a spasmodic contraction of the diaphragm.

Hot flushes – Menopause problems

Hot flushes most often occur during the menopause, and are due to a hormonal imbalance that occurs at this time. They are particularly troublesome to treat and Electro-Acupuncture offers a safe and often effective method of coping with them. Treatment should be carried out on a regular basis even though at the time of treatment no hot flush may be occurring.

Hyperactivity

This is common in young children, particularly little boys. There are often associated food allergies, commonly sugar, food additives and colourants, milk and dairy products. Avoiding these items in the diet is an important part of treatment.

Immune Deficiency

Treat these daily, when suffering from anything that affects the immune system such as a viral infection (i.e. colds, laryngitis, etc.) These points can be useful in some mild cases of post viral syndrome or M.E. in this cases treatment needs to be given twice a day.

Impotence

Impotence may be helped using Electro-Acupuncture.

Insomnia, Snoring and Sleep Apnea

This is lack of sleep, which most commonly occurs for no apparent reason. Purely symptomatic approaches (sleeping tablets) therefore tend to be have been the rule. Electro-Acupuncture can help reduce dependence on these sleep inducing drugs. Consider anxiety and stress points.

Pruritis (itching)

If Pruritis is accompanied by a rash medical advice should be sought. Electro-Acupuncture offers a useful approach in the treatment of itching in general, but if there is an underlying cause a doctor’s advice should again be sought.

Jet lag

These points need to be treated several times during the flight as well as for a day or two afterwards.

Lactation – Mastitis

Lactation, to start or increase the flow of breast milk. Mastitis, or nodular mastitis is a harmless condition of tender lumps in the breast and is experienced by many women at some time in their life.

Descreased Libido

Electro-Acupuncture can be a useful approach to decreased libido and will work in some cases. This treatment cannot be regarded as aphrodisiac. Also consider anxiety and stress points.

Lactation – Mastitis

Lactation, to start or increase the flow of breast milk. Mastitis, or nodular mastitis is a harmless condition of tender lumps in the breast and is experienced by many women at some time in their life.

Post-Viral Syndrome (M.E.)

This is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome or M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). M.E. is one of a whole group of Post-Viral syndromes. These are conditions characterised by extreme fatigue, aching muscles, poor memory and in many cases abdominal symptoms (bloating and flatulence). They continue after a viral infection such as flu, glandular fever or a non-specific viral infection. These conditions can continue for many months and in some cases, years. Electro-Acupuncture can help in post-viral syndrome, but it should be combined with other measures such as the following.

  • Avoidance of sugar, coffee, alcohol, milk and dairy products.
  • Take plenty of rest. Do NOT push yourself beyond the limits with which you can comfortably cope.
  • Take high doses of B group vitamins, Zinc and magnesium.
  • Stop smoking (if you do). Avoid polluted places (such as city centres or factories) as much as possible.

Hot flushes – Menopause problems

Hot flushes most often occur during the menopause, and are due to a hormonal imbalance that occurs at this time. They are particularly troublesome to treat and Electro-Acupuncture offers a safe and often effective method of coping with them. Treatment should be carried out on a regular basis even though at the time of treatment no hot flush may be occurring.

Morning Sickness

While this can be treated effectively by Electro-Acupuncture, treatment before the end of the third month of pregnancy should be given under medical supervision only.

M.S. (Multiple Sclerosis)

The condition results from damage to the sheaths surrounding individual nerve cells. the nerves are unable to function properly, causing problems of vision, sensation and muscular control. Electro-Acupuncture can be effective in providing relief from the symptoms of M.S. There is presently no known cure.

Parkinson’s Disease

A disease of the nervous system, in which muscular stiffness and tremors develop, becoming progressively worse with the passing of time.

Excessive Perspiration

Sweating can occur for many reasons such as fever, general debilitation, stress and tension. In some cases Electro-Acupuncture can be a useful treatment.

Post-Viral Syndrome (M.E.)

This is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome or M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). M.E. is one of a whole group of Post-Viral syndromes. These are conditions characterised by extreme fatigue, aching muscles, poor memory and in many cases abdominal symptoms (bloating and flatulence). They continue after a viral infection such as flu, glandular fever or a non-specific viral infection. These conditions can continue for many months and in some cases, years. Electro-Acupuncture can help in post-viral syndrome, but it should be combined with other measures such as the following.

  • Avoidance of sugar, coffee, alcohol, milk and dairy products.
  • Take plenty of rest. Do NOT push yourself beyond the limits with which you can comfortably cope.
  • Take high doses of B group vitamins, Zinc and magnesium.
  • Stop smoking (if you do). Avoid polluted places (such as city centres or factories) as much as possible.

Pruritis (itching)

If Pruritis is accompanied by a rash medical advice should be sought. Electro-Acupuncture offers a useful approach in the treatment of itching in general, but if there is an underlying cause a doctor’s advice should again be sought.

Restless Legs

Electro-Acupuncture can be a useful approach and has proven to be effective in some cases.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Increasing intensity of industrial, computer, typewriter, and sports activities has led to wider recognition of over-use injuries (generally known as repetitive strain injuries). Over-use relates to repetitive, usually stereotyped, performance of limited movement patterns. These are generally highly specific for the activity concerned e.g. typing, tennis, kicking, using a screwdriver. The first principle of treatment is to rest and to avoid the repetitive action which caused the pain.

Refer to the index, then treat according to the instructions for the part of the body where treatment is required e.g. wrist, elbow, neck etc., and with particular attention to all local tender (Ash-Shi) points. For example, Carpal Tunnel .

Insomnia, Snoring and Sleep Apnea

This is lack of sleep, which most commonly occurs for no apparent reason. Purely symptomatic approaches (sleeping tablets) therefore tend to be have been the rule. Electro-Acupuncture can help reduce dependence on these sleep inducing drugs. Consider anxiety and stress points.

Smoking

Electronic-stimulation is the most effective method of smoking withdrawal and has results 3-4 times better than most other methods. Electro-Acupuncture can help you give up smoking. Acupuncture is very useful for addictions generally. It works largely by stimulating the production of natural opiate substances known as endorphins. This is how Electro-Acupuncture can help smokers ‘kick the habit’. Treat the body points once a day, treat the ear points each time you want to have a cigarette, in other words as a substitute for the cigarette

Anxiety and Stressful States

This can be treated effectively using Electro-Acupuncture.

Stroke Recovery

Electro-Acupuncture can be useful to hasten recovery from a stroke. Possibly, due to lack of early attention, some people never fully recover from a stroke, therefore treatment at an early stage is important. Do not however, under any circumstances start treating in this way until one week after the stroke. A stroke will affect either the arm, leg or both.Treat twice daily in the first instance and combine this with exercises attempting to use the arm or leg (or both if both are affected), as much as possible. It is advisable to consult a physiotherapist as to the best exercises for your particular case.

Thyroid – Balancing

The thyroid gland can sometimes become either over-active or under-active. Electro-acupuncture can be useful in correcting the balance.

Skin Disorders

Acne

Acne is common in teenagers and many topically applied creams are recommended. Unfortunately the results from these creams are generally disappointing. While using Electro-Acupuncture one should pay attention to, amongst other things, bowel function. A change to a high roughage, low mucous diet (Sprout wheat bread, lots of raw vegetables and avoidance of red meat, milk and dairy products, eggs and particularly chocolate) is usually beneficial. Use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide from drug stores to heal spots.

Eczema

Eczema is an allergic inflammation of the skin. It commonly occurs in skin folds such as the elbows and knees. Conventional controls of eczema centre on the use of steroid creams. These are often problematical, as long-term use causes skin thinning. Therefore any alternative approach without side effects is most welcome. Eczema can in some cases be due to food sensitivity. The most common foods implicated are milk, wheat, dairy products and eggs. Experimenting in avoidance of these foods can be useful.

General Allergies

Electro-acupuncture can be effective on a wide range of general allergies. Diet can also play an important part in eliminating allergic reactions.

Psoriasis

A recurring scaly eruption of the skin. Psoriasis usually begins between the ages of five and 25. It is not infectious.

Warts and Verrucas

These are small solid growths on the skin, also known as verrucas. There are five types, usually occurring on different parts of the body. All are caused by viruses and are slightly contagious. Treatment by Electro-Acupuncture has shown to be effective in many cases.

Chest Diseases

Asthma

Electro-Acupuncture can offer a successful approach to asthma and although many people have successfully replaced all drugs with electro-acupuncture it should not be taken as a complete substitute for drugs until definite progress is being made, and then only after consultation with your physician. This applies particularly to severe attacks and if no immediate result is obtained with Electro-Acupuncture, the bronchodilator drugs should be taken. If steroids/antibiotics have been taken for some time, advice is needed for actions to boost your own auto-immune system. Avoid the same foods as per eczema as well as avoiding other irritants.

Bronchitis

Bronchitis can occur during the winter months or in more chronic cases, all the year round. It is important that patients with bronchitis stop smoking and avoid polluted places as much as possible such as city centres or factories. If steroids/antibiotics have been taken for some time, advice is needed for actions to boost your own auto-immune system. Avoid foods as eczema.

Cough

If you have a persistent cough you should seek medical advice. If there is no serious cause then treatment using Electro-Acupuncture is a good method of control.

Croup – Laryngeal Tracheaitis

Croup is characterised by severe laryngeal spasm, causing great difficulty in breathing. It is often due to a virus, and can be greatly helped by humidifying the atmosphere (keeping a kettle boiling in the room). Electro-Acupuncture should be used on this condition, treatment often needs to be given half hourly until the acute situation settles.

ENT Problems

Bell’s Palsy – Facial Paralysis

This condition causes the eyelid and the side to the mouth to droop on the affected side. These muscles become weakened as no nerve impulses are reaching them. It can, in some cases be due to a virus. Electro-Acupuncture can be very useful in treating the condition and should be used 2 or 3 times a day until the paralysis has completely gone.

Deafness – Nerve

Deafness may develop in one or both ears at any age There are two kinds of deafness: conductive deafness affecting the middle ear; and nerve deafness affecting the inner ear. Electro-Acupuncture has been shown to give an improvement in some cases.

Bell’s Palsy – Facial Paralysis

This condition causes the eyelid and the side to the mouth to droop on the affected side. These muscles become weakened as no nerve impulses are reaching them. It can, in some cases be due to a virus. Electro-Acupuncture can be very useful in treating the condition and should be used 2 or 3 times a day until the paralysis has completely gone.

Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) – Menieres – Vertigo

Tinnitus is often perceived as a high-pitched whistling sound which is much more noticeable in quiet surroundings. It often accompanies degeneration of the hearing nerve, thus hearing loss is also sometimes experienced. It is a very difficult condition to treat, but Electro-Acupuncture offers relief in a considerable proportion of patients. This represents a substantial improvement on conventional approaches to the problem.

Mouth Ulcers

Mouth ulcers are particularly common and troublesome, they are also often very painful.

Mumps

Mumps is a swelling of the salivary glands. This common infectious disease mostly affects children over the age of two, and occurs in epidemics every three or four years. Colloidal silver has been shown to be highly effective – take 1/2 teaspoonful under the tongue.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis is very common and can occur either in the maxillary sinuses, which lie on both sides, deep in the face below the eyes, or the frontal sinuses, situated on either side of the bridge of the nose. People with sinusitis should consider other treatments to complement Electro-Acupuncture.

Additional approaches to be considered include diet, the avoidance of mucous producing foods such as milk, dairy products and red meat. Attention should be paid to bowel function. Even slight constipation, in those predisposed to sinusitis, can lead to troublesome chronic problems. The reason for this is that the colon is connected to the sinuses as the large intestine meridian ends on the sinuses and has a connection with the large intestine itself (i.e. the colon).

If pain or tension, treat frontal headaches points. Consider hayfever points.

Laryngitis – sore throat

Laryngitis is nearly always an acute problem that involves loss of voice and is often due to a viral infection. Chronic laryngitis should always be investigated by a qualified E.N.T specialist to rule out a more serious problem.

Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) – Menieres – Vertigo

Tinnitus is often perceived as a high-pitched whistling sound which is much more noticeable in quiet surroundings. It often accompanies degeneration of the hearing nerve, thus hearing loss is also sometimes experienced. It is a very difficult condition to treat, but Electro-Acupuncture offers relief in a considerable proportion of patients. This represents a substantial improvement on conventional approaches to the problem.

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis, (or sore throat), is most often due to a viral infection. In some cases however, it can be due to bacteria. If no improvement follows from Electro-Acupuncture treatment it is important to consult a doctor as a course of antibiotics will possibly be required.

Painful Disorder

Ankle Pain

When acute, pain is often due to a sprain. A chronic pain may indicate arthritis.

Arthritis – Pain

Electro-acupuncture is highly effective in the treatment of Arthritis in its various forms. Treatment is based on the part of the body that is affected i.e. elbow, back, knee etc.

Back Pain – General

Electro-acupuncture is highly effective in the treatment of pain in general. As with arthritis, treatment is based on the part of the body that is affected.

Back pain – Lower – Lumbar

This is most commonly due to narrowed discs in the lower lumbar spine. Occasionally the cause can be a prolapsed inter vertebral disc and in these cases the pain often extends into the leg. If this does not respond satisfactorily to treatment a competent osteopathic, chiropractic or orthopaedic opinion should be sought. A very small proportion of these cases will require surgery and removal of the protruding disc. In all cases, however, it is essential to try conservative measures first. Electro-Acupuncture is successful at relieving chronic low back pain in many cases.

Back Pain – Middle – Thoracic – Thoracic Spinal Injuries (to the Chest Spine)

Sometimes an injury is sustained to the middle of the spine. Many sportsmen and women suffer with facet joint problems (the small joints at the back of each vertebra). Electro-Acupuncture is an excellent method of treating this problem.

Neck Pain – arthritis – stiffness

Neck pain is most commonly due to arthritis, sometimes called cervical spondylosis. A qualified osteopathic or chiropractic opinion is often helpful in the treatment of this problem. Electro-Acupuncture however, can be a highly effective method of treatment..

Gout and Pain in Big Toe

Gout is a disorder in which the chemical processes of the body are upset, resulting in excess uric-acid salts collecting in various organs. Men between the ages of 20 and 60 are the most susceptible to gout. The condition rarely affects women. The symptoms are the sudden onset of severe pain, swelling and tenderness of affected joints – for some reason the big toe joints are the most likely to be affected.

Coccyx – Painful – Coccydynia

Pain in the coccyx (lowest segment of the spine) or surrounding area is usually caused by injury and either occurs when sitting or is made worse when sitting. This condition is more commen in women, in whom the coccyx is less well protected.

Cramp

Cramp is due to spasm in the blood vessels supplying the muscles of the leg, particularly the calf. Electro-Acupuncture can be used as a prevention and in many cases will actually prevent cramps from occurring. In the event of a cramp however, Electro-Acupuncture should be used immediately.

Ear Pain – Ear Ache

Earache can arise from a variety of causes, if it is an infection, with a discharge, antibiotics are probably needed. If treated early enough with the Electro-Acupuncture it can often be resolved without resorting to medication. If after 24 hours of treatment there is no improvement you should consult a doctor.

Tennis Elbow – arthritis

Tennis Elbow – arthritis This is due to inflammation of the muscle at the point where it joins the bone at the outer edge of the Humerus.

Facial Neuralgia (Tic Doloreux)

This condition is also sometimes called trigeminal neuralgia. It is characterised by a severe stabbing, often lancing, pain which can occur in various parts of the face. In some cases its severity can even make eating and talking difficult.e Electro-Acupuncture on its own is not the most appropriate form of treatment for either condition.

Foot pain – arthritis

This can be due to strain, but could also be caused by arthritis.

Shoulder pain – frozen – arthritis

This is a common problem and should be treated vigorously. If shoulder pain is left for more than a month then a frozen shoulder may ensue. Stiffness of the joint and pain become troublesome features. In a chronically painful and stiff shoulder physiotherapy is a usual approach to treatment. Now Electro-Acupuncture is an alternative option for treating the pain.

Intercostal neuralgia

This is due to irritation of the Intercostal nerves. These originate from the spine at the back and pass around either side of the chest just below each rib. They can cause pain and breathing difficulty.
Accurate diagnosis is very important because this symptom occurring on the left side of the body could signify angina (heart pain). It could also indicate pleurisy on either side. Treatment for both of these ailments involves other important measures and therefore Electro-Acupuncture on its own is not the most appropriate form of treatment for either condition.

Jaw Pain – arthritis – TMJ

This is sometimes accompanied by tempromandibular arthritis. Treatment with Electro-Acupuncture is often highly effective.

Knee Pain – Arthritis

In older people this is often due to arthritis of the knee, and in younger people, damage to the Cartilages in the knee joint is generally the culprit. Occasionally these Cartilages are torn due to a twisting injury. The knee can sometimes lock when the torn cartilage sticks in the joint making removal of the cartilage (or a part of it) the most likely remedy. Generally though, the use of Electro-Acupuncture is highly effective in treating knee pain.

Neck Pain – arthritis – stiffness

Neck pain is most commonly due to arthritis, sometimes called cervical spondylosis. A qualified osteopathic or chiropractic opinion is often helpful in the treatment of this problem. Electro-Acupuncture however, can be a highly effective method of treatment.

Dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) P.M.S.

This is a common problem and Electro-Acupuncture is often an effective method of treatment. Other measures may also be necessary, one of the useful approaches that can be applied at home is to take zinc and magnesium supplementation as well as Vitamin B6, G.L.A.

Renal (kidney) colic

This is pain due to the passage of a hard object (usually a kidney stone) down the urethra which is the tube passing from the kidney to the bladder. Pain is often severe and Electro-Acupuncture is often a useful method of treatment.

Repetitive Strain Injuries

Increasing intensity of industrial, computer, typewriter, and sports activities has led to wider recognition of over-use injuries (generally known as repetitive strain injuries). Over-use relates to repetitive, usually stereotyped, performance of limited movement patterns. These are generally highly specific for the activity concerned e.g. typing, tennis, kicking, using a screwdriver. The first principle of treatment is to rest and to avoid the repetitive action which caused the pain.
Refer to the index, then treat according to the instructions for the part of the body where treatment is required e.g. wrist, elbow, neck etc., and with particular attention to all local tender (Ash-Shi) points. For example, Carpal Tunnel .

Sciatica

This is pain radiated down the sciatic nerve which runs down the back of the leg onto the outer aspect of the foot. Sciatica does not always mean that there is a prolapsed intervertebral disc (a so-called “slipped disc”) present. The majority of cases of sciatica respond well to a conservative approach as exemplified by Electro-Acupuncture. A very small proportion may require surgery..

Scoliosis – sideways curvature of the spine

Scoliosis, sideways curvature of the spine, may be structural, beginning in childhood or adolescence and increasing until growth stops; or the result of an attempt to relieve pain in the spine, caused for example by a slipped disc.

Shingles

This is an infection due to the herpes zoster virus (this is the same as the chicken pox virus). It results in a vesicular rash often present in a diagonal orientation running downward from the back towards the front. It is often situated somewhere over the chest or the abdomen and is a particularly painful condition.
Electro-Acupuncture can be regarded as an effective method of treatment. In some cases the pain from shingles can become chronic giving rise to a condition known as post-herpetic neuralgia. This is much more difficult to treat but Electro-Acupuncture is always a good option. To prevent the ailment becoming chronic, it is all the more essential to treat shingles vigorously in the acute stage.

Shoulder pain – frozen – arthritis

This is a common problem and should be treated vigorously. If shoulder pain is left for more than a month then a frozen shoulder may ensue. Stiffness of the joint and pain become troublesome features. In a chronically painful and stiff shoulder physiotherapy is a usual approach to treatment. Now Electro-Acupuncture is an alternative option for treating the pain.

Tennis Elbow – arthritis

Tennis Elbow – arthritis This is due to inflammation of the muscle at the point where it joins the bone at the outer edge of the Humerus.

Thumb pain – arthritis

The most common thumb pain is due to Osteo-arthritis, injury or, when it is acute or chronic, rheumatoid arthritis.

Toothache (lower jaw)

Only use Electro-Acupuncture as a stop-gap “first aid” measure prior to seeing the dentist, it is not intended as a substitute for proper dental care

Toothache (upper jaw)

The same comments apply as toothache in the lower jaw.

Varicose Veins

Veins in the legs become swollen and twisted. The condition is increasingly common from the late teens onwards and, in women, it often begins at the time of pregnancy. Electro-Acupuncture can help in providing comfort from the symptoms.

Wrist pain – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This is most often due to strain caused by excessive use. It can occasionally be due to arthritis (most commonly rheumatoid arthritis). Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that is due to compression of the median nerve which passes deep to the front surface of the wrist. When compressed this gives rise to painful tingling sensations in the thumb, index, middle and part of the ring finger. Electro-Acupuncture is an effective way of treating this and the most important points to use are P6 & P7. Also take 100mg vitamin B6 daily.

Abdominal Problems

The rectus abdominis are a pair of muscles lying in the wall of the abdomen passing from the pelvis up to the lower edge of the rib cage. These are often strained by over-use in training or possibly due to a direct blow or by lifting heavy objects. Injury may also occur during a sudden, rough movement as would happen in a judo fall.