Acupuncture has been used since the 1970's as a complementary treatment for many neurological conditions and it has a good reputation for its ability to stabilise and, in some cases, improve many of the symptoms. In recent years, well documented research and modern acupuncture techniques have been introduced to help improve the efficacy of the treatment. 

There are different systems of acupuncture which can be used either by themselves or in combination for treatment:

Body acupuncture:  Can target any area of the body affected in order to help; improve blood circulation, increase relaxation in the muscles and tissues, pain relief, relief from anxiety and insomnia, increase energy levels, improve bladder control and digestive function, among many other benefits.

Scalp acupuncture: A system developed in more recent years specifically for neurological conditions. Here, points are treated along lines on the scalp that lie directly over the specific areas of the brain that control different bodily functions such as mobility, sensation, balance, etc.


Ear acupuncture: This system is based on a theory similar to that of reflexology where specific points of the auricle (external ear) act as reflex points for different parts of the body which can therefore be treated through the ear. This type of acupuncture is particularly effective for stress, anxiety and pain anywhere in the body and it is also used worldwide for the emotional and physical symptoms related to drug and alcohol withdrawal as well as PTSD.






Acupuncture is provided by Sandra Arbelaez who has been involved with the Centre since 2013.  She has studied at the South West College of Oriental Medicine, the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine and the University of East London. Sandra has practiced Oriental medicine since 2001 and is well versed in the complexities of neurological conditions. 

If you are unsure that acupuncture is for you, Sandra will be more than happy to meet with you to answer any of your questions and to discuss how acupuncture may help alleviate your symptoms.


Sandra holds clinics at the Centre on Thursday afternoons from 2 until 4 pm

and on a Friday from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Appointments are  booked through reception. 

The Brightwell offers a caring hand to those who need our help. We provide therapies, services and support to help make everyday life easier for people living with long term neurological conditions.


The Centre receives no funding from the NHS and less than 1% of our costs are met by government schemes. The Centre and our members are grateful for the generosity of community groups, businesses and individual fundraisers that allow us to continue to support people in need. We have also been fortunate enough to recently receive a Covid support grant from the National Lottery, this will be used so that we can continue supporting our members during the pandemic.

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