Because life should have no pressure points
For an active lifestyle: flexibility and function; mind and body
To create new life: First, create optimum conditions
Recover and Relieve: What does it mean, to feel like yourself again?

Welcome to Shaftesbury Clinic

Established in Bedford in 2008, this popular acupuncture clinic has developed a reputation for professionalism and integrity, and prides itself on providing high quality acupuncture treatments with highly trained and regulated acupuncturists. Most of our patients come via word-of-mouth, and our excellent reputation lead practitioners of other disciplines to join us, so that alongside acupuncture, our colleagues offer Counselling and Psychotherapy: Behavioural, Psychodynamic, CBT, Integrative, Person Centred and Solution focused; Naturopathy, Nutritional Therapy, and Reflexology; Western Medical Herbalism, and Laser Hair Removal. As we expand, we have other professions eagerly waiting to join our busy clinic, and will also be offering sports therapy and osteopathy very soon.

Our Vision

High-quality complementary and integrative care provision: Patients can confidently access fully trained and insured practitioners, who work with integrity and professionalism, and are members of stringent regulatory bodies.

Our Values

High quality care; based on degree-level empirical training, continued professional development and the increasing evidence base, directed to the improvement of the lives of our patients

High quality care; based on degree-level empirical training, continued professional development and the increasing evidence base, directed to the improvement of the lives of our patients

Integrity, respect and dignity; valuing patient choice and the existence of modalities of treatment that may serve better than others, being honest about outcomes

Enabling patients to access complementary and integrative healthcare confidently, by supplying the information and support to allow them to make an educated choice

Team working; to enable an integrated approach, liaising with GP’s, consultants and other care-givers, alongside other complementary and integrative practitioners within the clinic as per the patient’s wishes

Community; Shaftesbury Clinic has always been a community-orientated organisation, we value the network of local patients, medical practitioners and other complementary practitioners with whom we have built constructive and warm working relationships, and we endeavour to continue this for the benefit of our locality. We are also proud to be able to provide jobs and work opportunities to colleagues who share our ethos

Sustainability; within the changing healthcare landscape, we believe patient choice is paramount, and that as national health resources dwindle, it is increasingly important to empower patients to take their own care into their hands and work with the professionals that can assist them. Alongside the western medical practitioners who are the first line in care, we can provide sustainable support that the patient access to improve their lifestyle choices and future health and wellness

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We offer free 20 minute consultations

Acupuncture Services

Because life should have no pressure points
Traditionalism meets empiricism at Shaftesbury Clinic: Traditional acupuncture has been practised for over 2000 years, and modern scientific research continues to shows its effectiveness for many conditions from pain, to depression, to IBS, to pregnancy and fertility and many things between. Studies have shown up mechanisms of action of how acupuncture works, this has proven its effects on the nervous system and brain, endocrine (hormonal) system, cardiovascular (blood circulatory) system and many other measurable effects that can be seen in blood samples and on MRI and other types of scans.

The acupuncturists at Shaftesbury Clinic are very interested in research and development, and we stay in touch with the latest findings and techniques from research.

Helen Smallwood curates research and information pages for many, many conditions, and we are more than happy to discuss the relevance and application of acupuncture for you. We offer free 20 minute consultations by appointment, in order to facilitate this, as we understand the importance of knowing about what acupuncture can offer, before deciding whether it is for you.

Acupuncture can be beneficial for many physical problems, and is also a good strategy for the stresses and strains of today's modern hectic lifestyle. If you have a specific condition in mind, please see our condition pages Condition Information for more links and information, you can also access the original research from there if you wish. Alternatively please don't hesitate to get in touch, we're always happy to talk about what we do.
To create life, you need a stress-free existence first.

Acupuncture can be helpful for those wishing to conceive who may be experiencing difficulties, or undergoing Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). A large number of patients use acupuncture for fertility reasons in the UK (Bovey et al, 2010) the same is true here at Shaftesbury Clinic. There is a great deal of scientific evidence to support the use of acupuncture in fertility and ART.

Acupuncture can also help support pregnancy, by relieving morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum), lower back pain, post-caesarian pain and by also giving the mother-to-be emotional support through a time of transition and new life (Smith et al, 2002, Khorram et al, 2005; Xu, et al, 2012; Manber et al, 2010). Acupuncture may also be helpful in labour induction (Lim et al, 2009) and in the correction of breech presentation (Vas et al, 2009; Li et al, 2009; Van den Berg et al, 2008)

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Acupuncture has long been very popular used for cosmetic reasons.

Helen has completed full training in facial rejuvenation acupuncture, which is a popular treatment for people seeking non-surgical intervention.

You may have read about, or seen this technique, which has been televised on both Channel 4’s “How Not To Get Old”, episode 5
and "10 years Younger" (on Channel 4).

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is an intensive treatment, and appointments take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. A minimum of ten treatments is usually needed to see lasting results.

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for more information, references and resources

A gentle form of acupuncture; acupressure, can be used for children, and this can be very effective.

We have treated children from the age of two years, accompanied by their parents. Younger ones may sit on a parent’s lap. Older children are often quite happy to have acupuncture with needles once they are happy with what on entails.

There has been promising research for acupuncture for children in a number of conditions.

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...the benefits of acupuncture without needles

If you cannot tolerate needles, or have a child for whom you think this traditional treatment could benefit, acupressure is an alternative to acupuncture, possessing the same balancing and healing effects.

An acupressure ‘probe’ is used which does not pierce the skin. Very accurate pressure is used on the acupuncture points. This gentle style can be used on children, with their parent or guardian present at all times. It can help children with many challenges such as headaches, sinus problems and bedwetting.

What does acupressure involve? The consultation and treatments are exactly the same process as for acupuncture, except that instead of needles, very accurate pressure is used on acupuncture points. As with acupuncture, these treatments are tailored to your unique needs.

We are able to offer a limited home visiting service for people who are unable to come to the clinic.

We need to make an additional charge for this service to cover mileage, and any parking fees.

Please contact us to discuss your individual needs, and how we can help.

We offer free 20 minute consultations

Other Clinical Specialisms

We have a broad range of Psychological support and counselling services, offering CBT, NLP, EMDR, Person Centred, Analytical, post traumatic, and specialised clinical psychology.
"Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition science in the promotion of health, peak performance and individual care. Registered Nutritional Therapists use a wide range of tools to assess and identify potential nutritional imbalances and understand how these may contribute to an individual’s symptoms and health concerns. This approach allows them to work with individuals to address nutritional balance and help support the body towards maintaining health. Nutritional Therapy is recognised as a complementary medicine and is relevant for individuals with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing." from BANT. Naturopathy : "Using a range of alternative methods of diagnosis, a Naturopath can often successfully pin-point a predisposition in the body, before the onset of acute disease, and treat the patient with specific therapies and changes in the patient’s lifestyle." from College of Naturopathic Medicine
"Medical Herbalists make use of plants whose traditional uses are backed up by modern scientific research and clinical trials. A Qualified Medical Herbalist has a BSc or equivalent in Herbal Medicine, has studied orthodox medicine as well as plant medicine and is trained in the same diagnostic skills as a GP. However, Herbalists take a holistic approach to illness, treating the underlying cause of disease rather than just the symptoms. They are able to prescribe herbal remedies to be used alongside other medication and treatments, and many patients are referred to a Herbalist by their GP for treatment. Herbal Medicine is suitable for people of any age, including children, who respond especially well to the gentle actions of herbs. Each patient is treated as an individual – a Medical Herbalist recognises that no two patients are the same." from NIMH
Reflexology is a therapeutic method of relieving pain by stimulating predefined pressure points on the feet and hands. This controlled pressure alleviates the source of the discomfort. Reflexologists work from maps of predefined pressure points that are located on the hands and feet. Reflexology promotes healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. In the process, reflexology not only quells the sensation of pain, but relieves the source of the pain as well.
"Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease. The profession helps to encourage development and facilitate recovery." From the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
"Osteopathy has become a modern day solution for treating joint and muscle pain. Visiting your GP for such problems will normally result in a prescription of pain killers, which will only temporarily mask the discomfort. Osteopaths use a combination of movement, stretching, targeted deep tissue massage and manipulation of a person’s muscles and joints to improve function, relieve pain and aid recovery." From Orchard Osteopathy
Clinical psychologists aim to reduce the distress and improve the psychological wellbeing of their clients. They use psychological methods and research to make positive changes to their clients' lives and offer various forms of treatment. They work with clients of all ages who have a variety of different mental or physical health issues, such as: depression and anxiety; mental illness; adjustment to physical illness; neurological disorders; addictive behaviours; challenging behaviours; eating disorders; personal and family relationship problems; learning disabilities.
Pulse Health Screening offer a professional service which includes a variety of health checks and medical tests that assess your present state of health. Many of these are currently unavailable from your doctor, such as bioresonance testing, food intolerance or arterial stiffness testing. We also provide up-to-date diet and lifestyle advice which promotes health and aims to reduce disease risk.
Kinesiology is a scientific study of human or non-human body movement. Kinesiology addresses physiological, biomechanical, and psychological mechanisms. Applications of kinesiology to human health (i.e. human Kinesiology) include biomechanics and orthopedics; strength and conditioning; sport psychology; methods of rehabilitation, such as physical and occupational therapy; and sport and exercise. The word comes from the Greek κίνησις kinesis, "movement" (itself from κινεῖν kinein, "to move"), and -λογία -logia, "study".
Mark Leahy qualified at the London College of Clinical Hypnosis with a Distinction at Post-graduate level, awarded by the University of West London. With a First-class Honours degree in Psychology, Mark is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and an Associate Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH). Mark is a Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist and is also an Approved Therapist for the organisation AnxietyUK. "The subconscious mind is the source of many of our problems and self images. Our beliefs, habits and behaviours are stored as information. The subconscious is a tremendous reservoir of our unrecognised strengths and knowledge. Hypnosis is a natural and effective technique for accessing the subconscious mind – the key to unleashing our potential, changing our unwanted habits and behaviours and finding solutions to our problems and concerns." London College of Clinical Hypnosis
"Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability. It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, work." The Society of Sports Therapists.
Yoga: an ascetic Hindu discipline involving controlled breathing, prescribed body positions, and meditation; a system of stretching and positional exercises derived from this discipline to promote good health, fitness, and control of the mind. Pilates: a system of exercises using special apparatus, designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, and posture, and enhance mental awareness. Tai Chi: an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits.
Meeting rooms, areas for group work and also offices to let within our lovely #workspace at: 4 Goldington Road, Bedford MK40 3NF Please speak to one of our colleagues at Bedford Consulting Rooms for more information. Bedford Consulting Rooms on Facebook Bedford Consulting Rooms on Twitter
The main role of a podiatrist is to help you maintain normal mobility and function in the feet and lower limbs. Podiatrists provide the basis for the ideal walking style and posture and identify any conditions that may require further referral and management. They also relieve pain, treat infections and skin, nail, soft tissue and connective tissue problems. This is achieved in conjunction with other members of a multi-disciplinary health care team. Podiatrists can also give expert advice on footwear, so it is a good idea to take shoes you wear, or train in, on a regular basis to your appointment. We can treat: Calluses/corns Warts Verrucas Ingrowing toenails Infections Diabetic feet Hammer toes Claw toes Flat feet/arches Foot pain - From Orchard Osteopathy
Intense Pulsed Light process that has been clinically proven to permanently* reduce hair growth. The procedure quickly and efficiently eliminates hair from all parts of the body and face and is suitable for virtually all hair and skin types, including dark-skinned clients. The process uses the energy from a light source, which is taken up by the pigments in the skin, hair and blood vessels. The hair is removed by using the light to generate heat in the melanin in the hair, which is transferred to the hair follicle (root) to destroy it. Unlike electrolysis the treatment is non-invasive with no down-time or after effects and is relatively pain-free with some clients experiencing only a slight tingly sensation.

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