Alternative Therapies

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Treatment

AcupunctureAcupuncture and Chinese Herbal Treatment are two major parts of Chinese Medicine.

Acupuncture is a unique physical treatment based on ancient Chinese Philosophy: The human body should be seen holistically, connected by many meridians. The energy(Qi) running through the meridians affects our well-being. Acupuncture helps keep the energy in harmony and balance within the body and the natural surrounding. Recent modern science researches have collected rich evidence of the effectiveness of Acupuncture regarding Pain Relief.

Chinese Herbal Treatment is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Because of its systematic approach and clinical effectiveness it has for centuries had a very great influence on the theory and practice of medicine in the East, and more recently has grown rapidly in popularity in the West. It still forms a major part of healthcare provision in China, and is provided in state hospitals alongside western medicine.

The Department of Health announced that from February 2012, Chinese Medicine Herbalists will be regulated by Health Professional Council alongside with Physiotherapy.

Katherine (also known as Zhi-Hua) has studied medicine since she was 16 years old, after leaving school she spent 5 years training in Nan Jing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and gained a Bachelor Degree of Medicine at the age of 21.  She then worked in Nan Jing Red-Cross Hospital in China, during which time she gained intensive clinical experience in both Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine.

She then came to the UK working as a TCM doctor.  Her fluent English helps her to understand the British culture and her patients very well. Katherine has worked in Bedfordshire since 2005 and joined the clinic in Nov 2010.

If you have any chronic or acute conditions which cannot be dealt with by conventional medicine or treatment appointments are available every Thursday from 9:30am-3:30pm.

  • Katherine is also a member of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine (RCHM)
Clinical Pilates

Pilates exercises are based on a regime of stretching, strengthening and body awareness. This can help to control posture, improve trunk stability and prevent joint injury. Clinical pilates exercises are adapted from the 'traditional' form to retain the benefits but remove potential strain, making them suitable for a wide range of ages and fitness levels.

Is Pilates for me?

Clinical pilates has exercises to suit almost everyone, whatever their age, flexibility or previous fitness regime. Exercises are adapted for those with back or neck pain, shoulder problems or hip and knee problems. Our classes are suitable for ante and post-nata. If you don’t have pain that’s great … Pilates can help keep you pain free, improving your strength, aiding relaxation and giving you a gentle full-body workout.

How will I be taught?

Most clients benefit from an individual session prior to booking a class, in order to assess posture and stability and discuss any concerns or problems. From this session a tailored home programme can be devised for practice at home and this will prepare you for our classes. All our classes are small which allows the physiotherapist to give you plenty of attention; classes include breath exercises for stretching and strengthening

What if I’ve tried Pilates classes before?

If you’ve previously enjoyed classes but are 'out-of-practice', small classes or individual sessions can help ease you back to your previous level. This is especially important if you have sustained an injury and need a graded programme to return to fitness. If you’ve tried a pilates class and didn’t think it suited you, why not try individual approach. Take advantage of one-to-one tuition and support and learn the exercises at home at your own pace. Many people find a class environment difficult it they haven’t had time to master the basics.

Swedish Back & Neck Massage

Swedish MassageAs many of our patients know, Jill Ruffell is one of our longest serving members of staff, treating many patients over the years for their musculoskeletal disorders. Jill has recently gained her certificate in Swedish Body Massage and is now offering massage appointments to clients, mainly for treating backs and necks. Jill will also discuss with each client any other problem areas.

45 minutes: £30
60 minutes: £40

If you would like to book an appointment for Massage please see our Receptionist.