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Acupuncture Therapy

Therapy offered by the Buxton Osteopathy Clinic

In addition to the specialist treatments offered at the Buxton Osteopathy Clinic, we provide a range of further therapies designed to address various physical ailments.

Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture is a safe and effective natural therapy that is used to awaken the body’s natural processes to ease pain and encourage healing.


Acupuncture treatment is a safe and effective natural therapy that is used to awaken the body’s natural processes to ease pain and encourage healing. It is one of the foundations of the Chinese Medicine. It involves inserting extremely fine, sterile, single use needles into specific points in the body. These points have been found effective in relieving pain or for the treatment of specific health issues.

An acupuncture treatment generally involves multiple therapies and can include elements of tui na (say: tweyna) massage, cupping, gua sha (scraping massage with a softly carved tool such as jade stone) or moxibustion (burning of the dried mugwort plant) as well as acupuncture needles. Multiple sessions are needed to address the issue well and encourage healing.

Oriental perspective:
Acupuncture therapy is based on the concept of Qi that flows through channels along the human body. Qi is not well defined but it can roughly be related to air you breathe, dynamic exchange of various gases produced in the body (such as nitric oxide and carbon dioxide), as well as nutrients carried by blood. These pathways are correlated both with the vascular and nervous systems. They are interconnected with the internal organs at a deeper level.

The insertion of needles at the appropriate locations acts to restore balance and helps the body to return to homeostasis. Acupuncture adjusts the flow blood in the body leading it to areas where it is deficient and draining it where it is excessive. In this way, acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of Body and Mind.

Western perspective:
Stimulation of the peripheral nerves in the skin causes a cascade of physiological changes. Acupuncture stimulates chemicals, hormones and neurotransmitters which are released by the brain and organs to influence the self-regulating systems of the body. Many points lie in the close neighborhoud of improtant nerves which regulate hypothalamus. Used primarily for pain relief it increases the body’s natural pain killers releasing endorphin and serotonin in the pathways of spinal cord and brain.

Acupuncture and Tui Na massage can (MAY?) help with the majority of health concerns, both acute or chronic.
Examples include:
1) Musculoskeletal problems, such as neck pain, upper/low back pain, frozen shoulder, knee pain, tennis elbow / golfer’s elbow,
sciatica, sore scar tissues, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia and injuries;

2) Digestive disorders such as weak digestion, indigestion, ulcers, belching, constipation or diarrhoea;

3) Internal problems such as asthma, chronic fatigue / ME, type-2 diabetes, hypoglycaemia or hypertension;

4) Neurological issues: Bell’s palsy, MS, stroke or trigeminal neuralgia;

5) Dermatological issues: acne, eczema, psoriasis or urticaria;

6) Ear, nose and throat: cough, dizziness, hay fever, sinus infection, sore throat etc;

7) Genito-urinary and gynaecological problems: impotence, infertility, menstrual disorders, PCOS or urinary tract infections;

8) Pregnancy support: morning sickness, abdominal pain, anxiety, oedema, fatigue, habitual miscarriage, breech presentation
and induction of labour;

9) Emotional issues: anxiety, anger and bad temper, depression, insomnia, tension and stress.

The Tui Na massage and acupressure can help with a plethora of children ailments. I have a good experience in treating babies
and children with issues such as digestion problems, physical retardation, dyspraxia, hyperactivity, anxiety, lack of focus and so on.


“I have had two sessions with Ela so far, which involved a detailed chat about my health and my medical issues, a relaxing and soothing massage followed by acupuncture. Ela is very welcoming and professional, and was incredibly informative, she talked me through the process and why it works the way it does. She also gave me some really useful information on some herbal remedies for me to try out at home. I certainly feel that I benefited from the sessions, and have already recommended her to friends of mine.”

“I was recommended to see Ela by a friend for a chest pain I was experiencing. After the Tuina massage I instantly felt more open and positive almost like there was also an emotional release. My chest pain has gone and the whole experience was lovely. Ela was kind yet professional and intuitively knew what to do with my body after me explaining my symptoms. ”

“Really friendly lovely lady. Listened to my issues with my back + shoulders, and she treated me accordingly. She really worked on the areas she could feel were bad. I feel that it has been a beneficial treatment for my health problems and that her advice was sound.”

“I felt listened to. It was very holistic. I was given some good common-sense health advice. Ela was very professional but friendly. I felt that she knew her treatment very well and practiced it confidently. This made me feel confident as well.”

Ela Pekalska Phd, Dip.Ac., Dip.Tui Na

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  • Ela Pekalska Phd, Dip.Ac., Dip.Tui Na

    Ela Pekalska Phd, Dip.Ac., Dip.Tui Na

    I was a researcher originally. I got a (cum laude) PhD degree from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in 2005. Since then I have worked at university there, and in Manchester, on mathematical models and algorithms that would help to learn from data. I analysed medical data as well. I co-authored 40+ publications and wrote a scientific book.

    I changed my carrier path into Chinese medicine because my kids had multiple health problems and I needed both tools and skills to help them on daily basis. I succeeded.

    I am a fully qualified Tui Na practitioner (Shulan College in Manchester, 2015), which means I use therapeutic medical massage, cupping, gua sha and heat therapy in my treatments. I also hold a diploma in classical massage (Poland, 2014). In addition, I trained as a life coach. This allows me to inspire people for a lifestyle change as well.

    I am a fully qualified and insured acupuncturist (Shulan College + Jade College, 2017). I am licensed to practise in High Peak. I am a registered acupuncturist with the Acupuncture Society, which ensures its members adhere to a high standard of practice. I am a member of the British Acupuncture Federation.

    My foundation lies in the Chinese medicine, but I have been exploring other avenues as well. These are the Japanese approach to acupuncture, Tan and Tung acupuncture, abdominal acupuncture or dry needling. I am also fascinated by the possibilities of electro-acupuncture which I plan to practise in the near future. I am knowledgable about nutrition and I’m starting to work on my Chinese herbology diploma this year.

    I keep learning and extending my skills all the time. During my studies I have done numerous CPD courses, including paediatric massage, abdominal acupuncture, gua sha, cupping and cosmetic acupuncture. In addition, I have been studying online – the courses of the experts in fields of Chinese medicine and orthopaedic acupuncture. I am an active member of forums and groups that aim to share the most effective approaches in the realm of oriental medicine and medical acupuncture.

    As a therapist, I am still a scientist inside. I can move and both at depth and width, and integrate oriental and western approaches. This is unique what I offer to help you heal.

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