Acupuncture is a physical therapy involving the insertion of very fine
needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain or for
therapeutic purposes. It originated in the Far East and its use
can be traced back more than 2000 years. The subject of active
scientific research since the late 20th century, acupuncture is
now recognised worldwide for its therapeutic effects, and is
recommended by the World Health Organization to tackle
Therapist: Dr Jixing Cheng
Acupunture and Physio
Therapeutic & Pain Relief
First introduced to Europe in the 1960s for pain control, medical scientists continue to provide evidence for acupuncture’s biological effect. It is shown to elicit the release of neurohormones, such as endorphins and enkephalins, which are naturally occurring morphines that help control pain. With the help of science, the traditional therapy has now developed into many techniques for different conditions. In the UK, acupuncture has been accepted by conventional medical practice. Medical acupuncture has been successfully integrated with physiotherapy as part of the management of a number of conditions such as headache, low back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee.
All of the physiotherapists at The Valley Clinic have been trained in the use of acupuncture. Dr. Jixing Cheng, medical acupuncturist at The Valley Clinic, is vastly experienced in treating all manner of conditions.
Acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable and single-use to ensure safety.
The needles are so fine that patients often cannot feel them being inserted.
Dr. Jixing Cheng MB ChB Beijing 1985, NHS Directory, ATCM Reg.
Jixing is a medically qualified practitioner with substantial experience in both orthodox medical and complementary practices. Before working in the UK, he was a senior lecturer at Beijing Medical School, and now continues to share his knowledge as a tutor and supervisor at Leeds University Medical School.
Jixing provides private medical acupuncture service in a GP practice in Leeds and also at The Valley Clinic by special appointment.
Jixing would be happy to have a free, preliminary discussion by phone to determine whether the therapy he offers would be of benefit to you.
Endogenous opioid compounds produced by the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. They produce analgesic and a feeling of well being.
Any hormone produced by neurosecretory cells, usually in the brain.
Enkephalin is a naturally occurring peptide that has potent painkilling effects and is released by neurons in the central nervous system and by cells in the adrenal medulla.
A headache or cephalalgia is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck. It can be a symptom of a number of different conditions of the head and neck.
Back pain is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, discs, joints or other structures in the spine. Back pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. Back pain often results from weak core muscles.
Osteoarthritis (OA) also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease or osteoarthrosis, is a group of mechanical abnormalities involving degradation of joints, including articular cartilage and subchondral bone. Symptoms may include joint pain, tenderness, stiffness, locking, and sometimes an effusion. A variety of causes—hereditary, developmental, metabolic, and mechanical deficits—may initiate processes leading to loss of cartilage. When bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, bone may be exposed and damaged. As a result of decreased movement secondary to pain, regional muscles may atrophy, and ligaments may become more lax.