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 within our subsidiary - Bedford Consulting Rooms - our colleagues now offer a broad range of additional high quality services, as outlined in 'Other Clinical Specialisms' below. Please only contact Shaftesbury Clinic for Acupuncture, for all other specialisms please go via Bedford Consulting Rooms.

Covid-19 : We are now open for all treatments, in line with the British Acupuncture Council COVID-19 Secure Guidelines - see our Blog for updates and guidelines please click here for our Coronavirus Update

Our Vision

High-quality acupuncture provision with integrity: A team of highly trained, professional acupuncturists, working in a multi-disciplinary practice, using their expertise to tailor their practise to patients’ unique needs.

Our Values

Exceptional care; from British Acupuncture Council members, who have undertaken a minimum of 3,600 hours’ training, with 400 or more hours in a clinical setting.

Keeping up-to-date; acupuncturists who complete continued professional development, keep abreast of the current research and share best practice, to help enhance the lives of patients.Respect, integrity, and dignity; supplying information to allow patient choice, being realistic about expectations, and upholding dignity and privacy 

Team ethos; to find our niche within an integrative healthcare environment, liaising as per the patient’s wishes with their other care-givers i.e. GP’s, consultants, or other independent practitioners (e.g. nutritionists, osteopaths)

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. Within our subsidiary at Bedford Consulting Rooms, we are proud welcome professional practitioners from other specialisms within our highly-appointed treatment rooms

Sustainability; placing utmost value upon patient empowerment within a healthcare landscape that is changing. As the resources of the national health service are spread increasingly thinly, the role of the patient, alongside professional caregivers, will increasingly influence how they choose and access services. Alongside the primary care services, we can provide services that are aimed at prevention, wellness, and lifestyle choices; in addition to addressing symptoms or chronic conditions through our modality

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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)

Read more in depth here: http://shaftesburyclinic.com/fertility/

Acupuncture has long been very popular used for cosmetic reasons.

Louise 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.

See Specialisms Page 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.

Read more with research references: http://shaftesburyclinic.com/specialisms/

...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

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates a broad range of Psychological support and counselling services, offering CBT, NLP, EMDR, Person Centred, Analytical, post traumatic, and specialised clinical psychology.

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates Nutritionists - complementary health practitioners who apply nutrition science to promote clients' health by identifying possible nutritional imbalances which may be causing health issues, and work with clients to address these with nutrition plans. Naturopaths use a range of alternative methods of diagnosis, a looking for certain predispositions in the body, in the prevention of disease and using lifestyle changes and supplements, herbal medicines, exercise and tissue salts to address clients' concerns. Complementary medicines offer approaches which complement Western Medical Approaches and clients should let their healthcare providers know they are using these.

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates Medical Herbalists who use plants whose traditional uses are supported by scientific research and clinical trials. Degree-level trained, they take a holistic approach to illness and can prescribe herbal remedies. Many patients are referred to a Herbalist by their GP. Complementary medicines offer approaches which complement Western Medical Approaches and clients should let their healthcare providers know they are using these

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates a reflexologist. 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 is theorised to promote healing by stimulating the nerves in the body and encouraging the flow of blood. Complementary medicines offer approaches which complement Western Medical Approaches and clients should let their healthcare providers know they are using these

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates physiotherapists. Physios use a whole-person approach to help people affected by injury, illness or disability. They use modalities of movement, exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Our specialist physiotherapists also provide gait and walking support to children with disabilities, and separately pelvic health physiotherapy for issues such as continence, pelvic pain and dysfunction

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates clinical psychologists who use psychological methods and research to enable positive change to clients' live.. 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.

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates health screening professionals offering professional services including health checks and medical tests. Separately, the audiologists offer hearing screening and provision of hearing aids

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates and has a range of professional hypnotherapists working with clients to address many issues of mental wellbeing, addiction, phobia, self-esteem, motivation and resilience.

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates a sport physician able to address issues of MSK and sport injury with diagnostic tests and treatment such as ultrasound and joint injections.

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates yoga and Pilates practitioners. Yoga is a traditional practise accommodating 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: (coming soon) an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits.

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates aesthetic practitioners who are fully trained to advise and address client's facial aesthetic concerns

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates 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.

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates a Speech and Language Therapist. This area of expertise specifically looks at helping adults and children with speaking, pronunciation and swallowing issues. The therapist may provide specific exercises for the individual, that are tailored to the issue at hand. It is a long established intervention, and our therapist is fully degree level qualified with broad experience within the field, with full indemnity.

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates a clinical aromatherapist, who provides aromatherapy and aromatherapy massage. Fully regulated, degree level educated and indemnified

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates a physiotherapist with a special interest in pelvic health, helping clients to improve their pelvic floor function, be it to improve post-operative recovery, help with bowel and bladder control, or continence, helping both men and women, fully regulated and insured practitioners.

Our subsidiary Bedford Consulting Rooms is based in the same building, accommodates career and life coaches, who help people to make the most of their skills, plan out training and development, and to find their way through complex or unclear paths.

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