Jo Wright MBAcC – Acupuncturist & Cosmetic Revitalisation Therapist
How She Got Started
Suffering a serious neck injury, Jo decided against surgery which could have left her disabled, and instead sought out alternative treatment. She’d seen acupuncture successfully used on a patient at Bart’s Hospital who was allergic to anaesthetic, enabling them to have their gallbladder removed.
Straight away, she thought: “This is fantastic!” and decided to train to become an acupuncturist, studying for three years at the Northern College of Acupuncture in York. This fitted in perfectly with her move back up North from London.
What is Acupuncture?
Over the last 30 years, people have a greater awareness of acupuncture as a service, but Jo says they still don’t fully understand how it can help, other than as a treatment for pain.
Jo explained that scientists are still trying to discover how exactly acupuncture works, as it has so many health benefits, but we do know that as soon as you put the needle into the body, there’s a cascade effect from the brain, sending the right things to that area. Wherever you put a needle into a muscle, it releases adenosine, which takes inflammation away.
How Long Has Jo Been a Practitioner?
Jo’s been working as an acupuncturist for 24 years, and believes that experience is so important with acupuncture, because it’s a hands-on treatment.
What Can a New Patient Expect?
The first thing is to identify where their problem lies, and Jo says: “I’ve come up with three categories to help with this. The first is when I know I can definitely help them with their condition, and they will get benefit.
The second category is when I’ve helped a lot of other people with the same condition, but not everyone has seen improvements. This is because acupuncture is about the way the body responds to the treatment.
The final category is really ‘they may as well try it, because nothing else has helped’.”
Acupuncture can help with pain, especially nerve pain, and with problems with immune systems and hormone issues. All of these have been scientifically tested with acupuncture as a proven treatment for helping with these conditions.
What Does Jo Like Treating?
As a therapist, she enjoys helping those severe pain, helping people who are taking a lot of painkillers and their quality of life is poor because of it, because she knows exactly how they feel. Acupuncture can make a huge difference, including for those who’ve been told they just have to live with the pain.
Your face relies on everything in your body being in balance. Revitalisation helps repair things on a cellular level, as skin quality decreases as you age. Dermatologists have independently verified that acupuncture can make a difference.
“The lifting effect uses a particular method I was taught by an international expert in cosmetic revitalisation. There are a number of techniques, but what we do is similar to what a plastic surgeon does – we roll up the skin and pin all the skin back, right up onto the scalp,” Jo explains.
“People really notice the tightening of the jaw, and the “pulling-up” effect lasts for a week or more after the treatment. It’s something that you have to keep working at, so to see a big effect that will last you for a few years, you’ll need between 8 and 10 treatments.
How Long Does a Treatment Last?
The cosmetic revitalisation lasts an hour and a half, and the acupuncture takes an hour, with about 25 minutes with the needles. The facial treatment takes longer, because the needles have to be put in in a certain way, and removed very slowly, so as not to bruise the face.
How can Acupuncture Help with the Menopause?
Jo really understands the impact of the menopause, the concerns women have and the severity of symptoms such as hot flushes. Acupuncture can reduce these by 70%, if not getting rid of them completely. Women also suffer from sleep loss, joint pain, brain fog and emotional issues during the menopause, and acupuncture can make a difference, with only a couple of treatments.
Cancer charities are concerned by how often women are often prescribed HRT to combat the effects of menopause, as it isn’t recommended as a long-term treatment after the age of 50. The chemicals can sometimes prolong the symptoms, which is why many women seek out alternatives.
Does Acupuncture Help Emotional Problems?
“Yes, it does. I participated in a big research trial looking at treatments for depression, and it was found that acupuncture is just as good, if not better than, counselling. The findings were published and recommended by NICE.”
“I was given extra training around how exactly acupuncture helps, and one of the things I learned is that mood problems in women can be compounded by hormones prior to the menopause. It’s important for women to try to maintain balance. Stress can be destructive if it’s not dealt with.
A telephone assessment can be made to check you are suitable before booking a course of treatment.