What is Involved?
Paediatric acupuncture involves various methods, mostly without needles. I use shonishin which is a Japanese style of treatment, the word translates to ‘children’s needle’. Shonishin involves gentle yet rhythmic stimulation of acupuncture points and channels using small smooth metal tools, usually with tapping or stroking. I also use paediatric tuina, a type of massage and if appropriate I use a specialist laser pain which is pain free. Sometimes older children are quite happy to try having a needle inserted, very often they easily tolerate it and even enjoy the sensation. This is usually only approached once they are comfortable with coming for treatment.
Treatments are short, usually lasting about 15 minutes. I may also provide you with a home treatment plan and show you how to complete the routine. At times there may be dietary changes I recommend, or other lifestyle changes, but these are discussed and explored together. At the first appointment we have a talk about your child’s health and history, and they will receive their first treatment. This first session lasts about 30 minutes.
Each child is different and has different needs and whilst the treatment needs to be effective it is also very important that the experience is a positive one for the child and parent. Children tend to respond very positively to treatment and enjoy the sessions.
Paediatric acupuncture is suitable from babies up to teenagers and can be useful in the treatment or management of lots of conditions both emotional and physical. Please feel free to contact me with questions or to discuss your child’s individual needs.
Free 15 minute Telephone Consultation to discuss your child’s needs.
Child Consultation and First treatment: 40 minutes @ £30
Age 0 - 12 Follow Up Treatment: 20-25 minutes @25
Age 12-16 Follow Up treatment: 30 minutes @£30