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WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE?
Anyone from baby to adults, from short term conditions to long term conditions. It helps to have a mindset that is open to alternative treatments and acupuncture can be very beneficial alongside traditional medical treatment.
It is important to remember that acupuncture cannot cure the underlying disease process but it can be very useful in symptom management.
HOW IS THE WHITFIELD CLINIC DIFFERENT FROM OTHER CLINICS?
The Whitfield clinic uses only Western Medical Acupuncture which is an honest, evidence based approach to using acupuncture with those trained in it having the experience and knowledge of traditional medical care.
Because of the honest approach to accupuncture treatments, patients are not given 'the hard sell' for any other products such as herbal tablets like in some high street Chinese acupuncturist and we do not give false promises.
Western Medical Acupuncture does not seek to diagnose medical conditions by using transitional chinese methods but rather focusing on the symptom management of already known or diagnosed conditions.
The clinic is quiet and home based, offering treatments to the whole family with a special interest in children's care.
WHAT PAYMENTS AND INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?
The clinic currently accepts card payments via a secure iZettle card machine and cash payments.
The clinic can provide receipts for insurance claims, but please check that your insurer will accept the claim first before booking an appointment. The insurer may wish to know how kerry is trained in acupuncture - She has completed training with the BMAS (British Medical Acupuncture Society) and is also a registered BMAS member. Kerry also holds an MBBS in Medicine and the post graduate qualification, MRCPCH with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE ACUPUNCTURE INITIAL CONSULTATION AND FURTHER SESSIONS?
This initial consultation will last up to an hour and will include talking about the history of the problem you wish to be treated, consent and an initial acupuncture treatment. From the initial consultation, we should be able to give a rough idea of how many treatment sessions may be appropriate.
The next sessions will be shorter up to 45 minutes and be more treatment based with a short catch up chat from the last session.
During the session, you will be able to relax on a comfortable treatment bed and the treatment room offers ambient music, whilst have fine acupuncture needles placed in specific acupuncture points depending on your specific needs. You will then be left for anything from a few minutes to 30 minutes with the fine needles in situ, sometimes with occasional stimulation of the needles.
The treatment time, the acupuncture points needled and the depth the needles are placed is all personalised to you and if at any point you feel that the treatment is too strong for you, the needles can be brought out.
WHERE IS THE CLINIC AND IS THERE PARKING?
The clinic is located at in Angmering, in West Sussex, between Worthing and Chichester, in a home based setting.
There is parking freely available on the residential roads outside the close and less than 1 minutes walk away. There is one parking space available in the close (along the fence on the right as you enter the close) but we ask if you can park sensibly not to obstruct anyones driveway as this is a primarily residential area.
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HOW MANY SESSIONS OF ACUPUNCTURE WILL I REQUIRE?
This all depends on the condition and symptoms you are seeking treatment for but we can usually give you a rough idea in the initial consultation of how many treatments you may require.
As a general rule, longer term conditions usually require more treatments (for example, weekly treatments for 2 months) than shorter term recently acquired conditions (which may only need a few sessions). Longer term conditions may need 'top up' treatments to maintain symptom control (which are available at the same price as 'further treatments' with no need for another initial consultation if attending for a previously treated condition.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF TREATMENT?
The side effect profile is low for acupuncture and in fact most people report a sense of well being and relaxation after treatments.
Of course though, as the needles pierce the skin, they can produce minimal bleeding or very mild bruising but on the whole, they do not. Some areas can ache afterwards but usually quickly recover.
As treatments can cause relation and sleepiness afterwards we recommend that you take part in only light activities afterwards if you are affected in this way.
On occasion the treatment can rest in a temporary worsening of symptoms but this is temporary!
WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Below is a list of instances and conditions where medical acupuncture has been used to some benefit:
Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, neck ache, arthritis, joint pain, fibromylagia, plantar fasciitis, pain from hypermobility or injury/strain particular those that create myofascial trigger points and tender points.
For headaches and migraines, particularly if there are areas of tensions or myofascial trigger points.
Abdominal problems such as pain from inflammatory bowel disease, IBS, recurrent abdominal pain syndrome, gynaecological pain such as painful periods.
Fertility issues and alongside/before starting fertility treatment such as IVF. It can also help with other gynaecological issues such as menopausal symptoms like hot flushes.
Pregnancy issues such as morning sickness, SPD, Back ache, headaches, sleep problems, and for general relaxation.
For stress relief, relaxation, anxiety and depression. Because of its relation benefits it can also aid sleep. It can also help alongside your own willpower in smoking caseation.
As part of palliative care, for symptoms such as nausea from chemotherpay, pain from treatment, dyspnoea (shortness of breath), relaxation and pain from the disease itself.
By placing needles around skin lesions such as psoriasis plaques or eczema the skin lesions can be reduced.
Acupuncture can help with the symptoms of hayfever and allergic rhinitis.
In children, many of the above effects apply but in particular children may benefit for anxiety relief or stress relief before exams or an event or for ongoing anxiety issues. It can help in headaches, abdominal pain and backache where children may not be helped by medication or would prefer not to take strong medication. It has been shown to have effect on babies with colic.
If you would like to find out if acupuncture may help you, then please email the clinic.
HOW CAN I BOOK?
The clinic is by appointment only. Appointments can be booked most easily online, but they can also be booked via email or phone. Kerry is not always available to answer the phone due to work commitments, so please leave a message and she will get back to you as soon as possible.
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WHEN IS THIS CLINIC OPEN?
The clinic is currently open 9.30 am -11.30 am Wednesday all day and Friday mornings. Saturday morning appointments are also available from 9am until 1pm.
There may be other appointments available on request and there will be extended opening hours from September 2017.
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HOW DO YOU TREAT CHILDREN WITH ACPUNCTURE?
Babies and children will get the same in depth history taking on initial consultation as adults but their treatment will differ from here.
Children are often 'strong responders' and will need only minimal acupuncture stimulation (few points needled) and the`use extremely fine needles. For babies this may mean only having 1-2 acupuncture points needing to be gently simulated for a very short amount of time for the same effect as you would gain on an adult.
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