Est. for over 30 years
16A HIgh Street, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1AD
Western medical acupuncture is available at The Bexley Osteopathic Clinic with one of our senior associates, Hilary Whitaker. The Bexley Osteopathic Clinic is licensed by the London Borough of Bexley to carry out acupuncture treatments with Hilary being registered with the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
Acupuncture is a medical technique where fine, sterile needles are gently inserted into the skin at key points to stimulate certain tissues. Modern research shows that this can affect many of the body’s systems with Hilary helping to relieve pain in the lower back or a tension type headache.
Acupuncture may be able to help many people for a number of different problems but rather than just give a long list of possible benefits we would suggest that you give Hilary a call to see whether she feels that this type of treatment might possibly suit you and your problem. We feel that this is far better than making an appointment then finding that in your case it is not an appropriate treatment form.
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On your first visit you will be asked general medical case history questions and the pros and cons of the treatment will be explained to you. If you and Hilary are both happy to proceed, you will be given a consent form to sign and the session can continue.
It is advisable to wear loose clothing so that it can be easily rolled back to allow needle insertion. Obviously it may be necessary to move or remove (with your permission) some outer clothing in order to examine and diagnose your problem.
You should make sure that you are not rushed beforehand, have eaten and have had enough fluids during the day - although not immediately before just in case you feel faint or nauseous – although unlikely this is possible especially if you have had a problem with needles / injections before. If you think this might be a problem, do let Hilary know when you first ring and if you do make an appointment fell free to bring someone along with you. Some people can feel different after acupuncture. To be safe, it is wise to make sure that you are going home afterward and obviously not drive after unless totally safe to do so.
Sometimes the needles can leave a mark / bruise on the skin especially if you tend to bruise easily. For most people this is not a problem but do bear in mind if a needle needs to be inserted in a visible area. There is also a chance of pin prick bleeding from the needle site so we would not recommend wearing anything white or precious when you come for treatment.
In order to give a balanced overview on this website, we have taken the less usual step of pointing out a lot of possible negatives, because we want you to be able to make an informed decision as to whether you wish to try acupuncture. Don’t forget though that acupuncture has been used by millions of people around the world for many, many years.
Only single use disposable needles are used at this clinic. Each needle comes in a sterile, sealed pack and the needle is in a holder so that the tip that goes into the skin does not need to be touched.
Some clinics will put the needles in, then leave the patient in the room on their own while they treat other patients. At this clinic, Hilary is normally in the room with you all the time you have the needles inserted - we only treat one patient at a time.
Anyone at an increased risk of bleeding due to blood thinning medications (steroids or anticoagulants) or bleeding disorders
Anyone with an increased risk of infection, reduced immunity or damaged heart valves
Anyone with poor circulation should not have needling in the extremities
Anyone suffering from connective tissue disorders such as scleroderma
If you have a phobia about needles
There may of course be other specific issues which will only become evident when the case history is taken. Do please bring along a list of any medications you may be taking. Please also tell Hilary if; you have ever had any ‘fits’ or ‘funny turns’, have a pacemaker or other electrical implants, any cosmetic implants, or any blood borne diseases such as HIV-AIDS.