Helen Smallwood

Helen Smallwood qualified from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (Warwickshire) after three years’ training. She has a Licentiate in Acupuncture and a First Class honours degree (BA) in Traditional Acupuncture accredited by Oxford Brookes. Her degree is validated by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board BAAB.

Philip Rose-Neil

Philip Rose-Neil qualified from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (Warwickshire) after three years’ training. He has a Licentiate in Acupuncture and a First Class honours degree (BA) in Traditional Acupuncture accredited by Oxford Brookes. His degree is validated by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board BAAB.

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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.

Facial acupuncture has been shown in studies to improve skin elasticity “These results suggested that FCA improved facial elasticity in women aged 40 and 59” (Yun et al, 2013) it may also improve the appearance of wrinkles as the local effects may induce new collagen production (Seong et al, 2008).

Overall skin appearance may be improved by stimulation of blood flow, which may in turn improve lymph drainage and in addition by improving the balance of hydration and oils in the skin “results suggest that cosmetic acupuncture increased the water and oil content of facial skin” (Donoyama et al, 2012).

Acupuncture is also well documented in research for its anti-inflammatory properties, and has been shown to improve appearance and inflammation of lesions in acne (Byeong et al 2010). Acupuncture has also shown promise in research into it effects on skin conditions of the face such as melisma (CHai et al, 2014) Helen trained in facial rejuvenation acupuncture with Virginia Doran in 2008.

Younghee Yun, Sehyun Kim, Minhee Kim, KyuSeok Kim, Jeong-Su Park & Inhwa Choi; Effect of Facial Cosmetic Acupuncture on Facial Elasticity: An Open-Label, Single-Arm Pilot Study Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013; 2013: 424313. Published online 2013 Jul 28. doi: 10.1155/2013/424313 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3745857/

Seong, Eun-Jin; Kim, Hwan-Young; Ahn, Min-Seob; Kim, Hun-Young; Jo, Eun-Hee; Park, Min-Cheol; (2008) Treatment of Wrinkles with Oriental Medicine The Journal of Korean Medicine Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology and Dermatology Volume 21, Issue 3, 2008, pp.184-199 http://www.koreascience.or.kr/article/ArticleFullRecord.jsp?cn=JAKO200819464011745

Donoyama, Nozomi; Kojima, Ayumi; Suoh, Sachie; Ohkoshi, Norio. Letters: Cosmetic acupuncture to enhance facial skin appearance: a preliminary study Acupuncture in Medicine30.2 (Jun 2012): 152-3. http://aim.bmj.com/content/30/2/152.extract?sid=4291bfc5-72e6-415a-9373-01755433f8d3

Byeong-Kook Son, Younghee Yun, In-Hwa Choi (2010) Original papers: Efficacy of ah shi point acupuncture on acne vulgaris Acupunct Med 2010;28:126-129 doi:10.1136/aim.2010.003004 Volume 28, Issue 3 http://aim.bmj.com/content/28/3/126.long

Qianyun Chai, Yutong Fei, Huijuan Cao, Congcong Wang, Jinzhou Tian, Jianping Liu (2014) Acupuncture for melasma in women: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials Acupunct Med 2015;33:254-261 doi:10.1136/acupmed-2014-010633 http://aim.bmj.com/content/33/4/254.abstract?sid=7389a4a6-bbbb-49fc-bb4d-23c52c44ce85

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, from post-operative nausea and vomiting (Somri et al, 2001; Norheim et al, 2010; Liodden at al, 2010), hospital-induced constipation (Anders et al, 2012), infantile colic (Reinthal et al, 2008; Landgren et al, 2010) neurogenic pruritis (Stellon, 2005), bedwetting (Floares, 1999), neurological benefits in cerebral palsy (Umlauf, 1995), disorders of the facial muscles (Ferreira et al, 2014)

Eric Falk Anders, Annette Findeisen, Andreas Nowak, Mario Rüdiger, Taras Ivanovich Usichenko (2012) Acupuncture for treatment of hospital-induced constipation in children: a retrospective case series study Acupunct Med 2012;30:4 258-260 Published Online First: 21 August 2012 doi:10.1136/acupmed-2012-010192 http://aim.bmj.com/content/30/4/258.abstract?sid=45314718-7348-4c41-a03c-297458aaa30e

Arne Johan Norheim, Ingrid Liodden, Michael Howley (2010) Implementation of acupuncture and acupressure under surgical procedures in children: a pilot study Acupunct Med 2010;28:2 71-73 Published Online First: 10 May 2010 doi:10.1136/aim.2009.002220 http://aim.bmj.com/content/28/2/71.abstract?sid=45314718-7348-4c41-a03c-297458aaa30e

Marianne Reinthal, Sven Andersson, Marianne Gustafsson, Kaety Plos, Iréne Lund, Thomas Lundeberg, Karl Gustaf Rosén (2008) Effects of minimal acupuncture in children with infantile colic – a prospective, quasi-randomised single blind controlled trial Acupunct Med 2008;26:3 171-182 doi:10.1136/aim.26.3.171 http://aim.bmj.com/content/26/3/171.abstract?sid=45314718-7348-4c41-a03c-297458aaa30e

Anthony Stellon The use of laser acupuncture for the treatment of neurogenic pruritus in a child – a case history Acupunct Med 2005;23:1 31-33 doi:10.1136/aim.23.1.31 http://aim.bmj.com/content/23/1/31.abstract?sid=45314718-7348-4c41-a03c-297458aaa30e

Iuliu Floares (1999) A study of acupuncture treatment for enuresis in children with mental and physical handicap Acupunct Med 1999;17:2 82-85 doi:10.1136/aim.17.2.82 http://aim.bmj.com/content/17/2/82.abstract?sid=45314718-7348-4c41-a03c-297458aaa30e

Richard Umlauf (1995) Experience of modified yamamoto scalp acupuncture with simultaneous rehabilitation and soft-laser therapy in children with cerebral palsy Acupunct Med 1995;13:2 85-87 doi:10.1136/aim.13.2.85 http://aim.bmj.com/content/13/2/85.abstract?sid=45314718-7348-4c41-a03c-297458aaa30e

Danielly Cunha Araújo Ferreira, Andiara De Rossi, Carolina Paes Torres, Rodrigo Galo, Francisco Wanderley Garcia Paula-Silva, Alexandra Mussolino de Queiroz (2014) of laser acupuncture and auricular acupressure in a child with trismus as a sequela of medulloblastoma Acupunct Med 2014;32:2 190-193 Published Online First: 2 January 2014 doi:10.1136/acupmed-2013-010484 http://aim.bmj.com/content/32/2/190.abstract?sid=45314718-7348-4c41-a03c-297458aaa30e

Somri M, Vaida SJ, Sabo E, Yassain G, Gankin I, Gaitini LA. Acupuncture versus ondansetron in the prevention of postoperative vomiting. A study of children undergoing dental surgery. Anaesthesia 2001;56(10):927-32. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11576093

Ingrid Liodden, Michael Howley, Anne Sameline Grimsgaard, Vinjar Magne Fønnebø, Einar Kristian Borud, Terje Alraek, Arne Johan Norheim (2011) Perioperative acupuncture and postoperative acupressure can prevent postoperative vomiting following paediatric tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial Acupunct Med 2011;29:9-15 doi:10.1136/aim.2010.002915 http://aim.bmj.com/content/29/1/9.abstract?sid=45314718-7348-4c41-a03c-297458aaa30e

Kajsa Landgren, Nina Kvorning, Inger Hallström (2010) Acupuncture reduces crying in infants with infantile colic: a randomised, controlled, blind clinical study Acupunct Med 2010;28:174-179 doi:10.1136/aim.2010.002394 http://aim.bmj.com/content/28/4/174.full?sid=d59db4ae-6847-4c9e-bb25-4ad0ae24dbb5

...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 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.

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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.