Yoga and Ah-Shi Acupuncture Study


Information for Study Participants

Please note - applications for this study have now closed.

The following information is for selected participants only.

Your PID Number

All participants who have met the study inclusion criteria will have received a Participant ID number e.g. '1189'. Your Participant ID number or PID is unique to you to ensure anonymity and confidentiality. Please use your PID when completing the scheduling survey.

Scheduling Survey

The scheduling survey shows all of the time slots that are available for participants to choose from to attend the clinic.

Please have your diary to hand and read the instructions below carefully. When you are happy with the instructions just click on the link below to visit the scheduling page.

NB: All sessions will take place at the Oxford Natural Health Centre, 3 Church Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 3JR which has full parking access so please bear this in mind in terms of timings for travel.

1. When you click the link below you will be taken to a Doodle Scheduler which has space for you to enter your PID and to register your availability for the study.

2. At the 'Your Name' prompt, please enter your PID Number only.

3. Then go through and select ALL potential time slots that you are available during the 4 week period that is shown 24/11/14 - 18/1/14.

For the study, you will only be required to attend for 3 x 60 minute sessions over a 14 day period - but the more time slots you select as available the easier this will be to schedule.

4. You can ignore the selections of other participants as these will not affect your own.

5. Once you have made your selections click Save.

6. We will contact you in the next few days to confirm your schedule and book your first visit to the clinic.

7. If you have any queries about the instructions or scheduling please contact James Thirlwall on 07726 945341 or

Go to the Scheduling Survey

Study Details

We are investigating the effects of acupuncture on flexibility in yoga practitioners using a technique known as ah-shi acupuncture.

Ah-shi acupuncture is used to treat muscle or tendon strains, muscle weakness and to release what are known as ‘trigger points’ in muscles (areas of muscular tension which when stimulated result in perceptible tension release).

We have used the ah-shi technique in our clinic for over 8 years and it has been safely, reliably and effectively used for thousands of years in acupuncture clinics across the world.

Why Yoga and Acupuncture?

Regular yoga practitioners are ideally suited to study the effects of ah-shi treatment for two complementary reasons:

  1. Regular yoga practice alerts us to the presence of old injuries, chronic pain or postural imbalances which ah-shi acupuncture is specifically designed to treat.

  2. Yoga practice is by its nature repetitive - so the effects due to treatment can be more easily monitored e.g. you might be able to reach your toes after the treatment whereas beforehand you could not.

What does the study involve?

You will be asked to complete an initial consultation and to attend the clinic where you will be given ah-shi acupuncture treatment 3 times over a 14 day period.

You will then be asked to monitor and report on changes in your overall flexibility and in flexibility relating to injuries you may have before and after your treatment.

Who can apply for the study?

If you are interested in taking part in the study please complete the short 'Participant Study' at the top of this page.

The closing date for submissions is until November 10th. The study will run from November 24th until the end of 17th December 2014.

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