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)

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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.

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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.

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.

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.
Lynne Wilkins is a fully qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist, and has extensive experience assisting clients with a broad range of matters. She is fully insured and regulated.
"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: (coming soon) 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

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.

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.

We have a clinical aromatherapist within our team, who provides both CBT therapy alongside aromatherapy and aromatherapy massage. Fully regulated, degree level educated and indemnified

We have a specialist team that attend the clinic on a quarterly basis to provide Medical Thermal Imaging - this screening is a non-invasive form of screening, particularly used alongside or as an alternative to mammograms, but can be used to detect the early signs of cancer without the need for radiation based tests.

Physiotherapy with a special interest 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.

Career and life coaches 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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