Combining traditional Chinese medicine with modern medical acupuncture, we use a holistic approach including massage, exercises and other lifestyle advice. This means we can tailor our treatments to your specific needs.
When all other treatment types had been exhausted (medicines, other holistic therapies and even surgery), acupuncture gave me hope that I could get back to a life without pain. Richard made me feel comfortable with his easy manner and friendly professionalism and now I feel like I have been put back together.”
– Alex N.
What to expect
We’ll have a brief chat about what’s going on and I may do some quick investigations. From this I’ll let you know if I think my approach is a good option for you, and give an indication of how many treatments you might need, and how often. You’ll also get to meet me and ask any questions you may have.
The Initial Consultation
This session lasts 90 minutes. I’ll ask lots of questions, perform any examinations and get to the bottom of what I think is going on. There will then be time for a treatment and I’ll also give you advice on how best to manage the condition yourself between sessions.
At each treatment I will check on your progress. While each treatment is different, I’ll then usually insert a few needles, perhaps do some tui na massage or other techniques and let you rest with the needles retained for a period of time.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is usually not worth having only one or two treatments. It is very rare that people see significant and lasting improvement in that time. Like medicines, acupuncture is dose-dependent. You wouldn’t take one antibiotic and expect it to treat an infection effectively.
A course of 6 treatments is enough for many people. But sometimes more than one course is required to obtain the kinds of results you want. There are a number of factors that determine how quickly you can expect to respond to treatment, but conditions that have been around for longer tend to take longer to resolve. I will give you an idea of how many treatments you are likely to need at your free consultation. Book yours now.
For most pain conditions I recommend starting with twice weekly treatments. However, some conditions require time for the body to adjust after each session so weekly treatments are preferred.
For acute injuries and certain other conditions, you want treatment as frequently as possible – in some cases even daily.
As you see improvements, treatments can be gradually spread out.
I will recommend the ideal frequency of treatment during your free consultation and if you are unable to commit to that, we’ll discuss whether it’s worth trying less frequent treatment.
I have found that frequent treatments result in much quicker results and overall less treatments required.
You may have heard that acupuncture is a good preventative treatment and that you should come for regular maintenance treatments. I think this is a good idea for some people, but I also don’t like anyone to feel like they need to keep coming forever. For this reason, I generally tell people when I think they don’t need to come for treatment any more. This may be because they’re better or because I think we’ve got as far as we can with my approach.
There are certain cases where you may be symptom-free but will be prone to re-injury. In these cases I’ll usually recommend a couple more treatments.
If you’re looking to maintain good health or optimise your performance, I think there’s a better option. Visit our page on prevention and maintenance to learn more.
The Initial Consultation is £65 and includes the first treatment.
I then usually recommend you start with a course of 5 treatments for £210. When you buy a course of treatments, you get a discount on my standard rate and free attendance at any classes and workshops I run during that time.
If you need further treatment after your first course, we’ll discuss this at your last session. You can then either purchase another course of treatment, or pay the standard rate of £45 per session.