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.
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
We offer free 20 minute consultations
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.
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.
Helen has completed full training in facial rejuvenation acupuncture, which is a popular treatment for people seeking non-surgical intervention.
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
Latest news from the Shaftesbury Clinic
30 May 2016
Acupuncture and the menopause; hot flushes Acupuncture is increasingly used for many different conditions, but one that may not at ...View More
10 Apr 2016
Some common questions on how we work alongside allopathic medicine "But what will my doctor say?" Take a look ...View More
05 Apr 2016
We are always happy to answer any questions that people put to us about acupuncture. One of the ones ...View More
18 Aug 2015
by Helen Smallwood, acupuncturist, Shaftesbury Clinic This blog post will concentrate on the use and research regarding acupuncture and mental ...View More