Specialisms

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.

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.

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.

References:
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)

References:
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.

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.