Bournemouth Acupuncture & Back and Neck Pain Clinic

55 Howard Road, Queens Park, Bournemouth, BH8 9EA 01202 948530

Opening Hours: Mon - Sat, 8:45 - 19:00 (home visits available)

Acupuncturist, back and neck therapist and low level laser consultant in Bournemouth, Dorset.


Who comes to our Acupuncture Clinic Bournemouth?

Many people come to our acupuncture clinic in Bournemouth from throughout Dorset, including Poole and Christchurch, for help with specific symptoms or conditions. These might include anxiety states, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulatory problems, depression, facial paralysis, fibrositis, high blood pressure, indeterminate aches and pains, infertility, menstrual problems, migraine, rheumatism, sciatica, skin conditions or ulcers.

Acupuncture by a fully qualified and experienced acupuncturist is a safe treatment for all. It has proved to be effective in pregnancy management and for the relief of pain in childbirth. Acupuncture can also be helpful for individuals trying to overcome addictions such as those related to smoking, alcohol, food or drugs.

Some people may visit our acupuncture clinic in Bournemouth as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they feel unwell in themselves without being ill in the western sense. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine for the treatment of both acute and chronic diseases. As with any therapy, the response to acupuncture can vary from one person to another.

What does Acupuncture feel like?


Most people's experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Needles are inserted either for a second or two, or left in place for about 20 minutes, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall wellbeing.

What will happen on my first visit to the Acupuncture Clinic?

Your first consultation will take place at our Bournemouth based clinic which is an easy distance from Poole and Christchurch. It may take slightly longer than the subsequent sessions because the acupuncturist needs to assess your general state of health, in order to identify the underlying pattern of disharmony and give you the most effective treatment.

You will be asked about your current symptoms and what treatment you have received so far, your medical history, your diet, digestive system, sleeping patterns and emotional state. This will allow our trained acupuncturist to discover how the energies are flowing in your body. The acupuncturist is likely to feel your pulses on both wrists, noting their quantity, rhythm and strength. The structure, colour and coating of your tongue also gives a good guide to your physical health.


Once enough information has been gathered to determine the likely causes of your problem, the acupuncturist can select the most appropriate treatment. The aim is discover which energy channels need adjusting to rectify your specific complaint and which require treatment to boost your overall energy and vitality.

There are around 500 recognised acupuncture points on the body, of which around 100 are commonly used. Stimulation of specific areas on the skin affects the functioning of certain organs in the body. However, these areas may not be close to the part of the body where the problem is experienced. For example, although you may suffer from headaches, needles may be inserted in your foot or hand.

The acupuncturist may supplement the needle treatment with moxa, a smoldering herb which is used to warm acupuncture points to encourage the body’s energy to flow smoothly. Other methods of stimulating acupuncture points include using laser and electro-acupuncture.

How often will I need to come to the clinic for Acupuncture treatment?

In traditional acupuncture each person is considered unique and therefore the number of treatments required depends on the individual. Some changes are usually felt after three to five treatments. Normally you are recommended to visit your acupuncturist once or twice a week at first, although some conditions may need less frequent attention. Sometimes the effects of treatment are dramatic and only one or two treatments are needed. However other conditions may need treatment over several months.



At our Bournemouth Acupuncture clinic we also offer electro-acupuncture which is different from conventional Acupuncture. By this method, small clips are attached to the needles and then connected to a machine that produces tiny electrical pulses. A combination of high and low frequencies produces a long-lasting effect on pain and inflammation.

Electro-acupuncture is especially indicated for the treatment of osteo-arthritis as well as a wide range of muscle and joint disorders. Sports injuries show particular improvement especially tennis/golfer's elbow, frozen shoulder and knee/ankle strains.

Electro-acupuncture is also used to stop smoking. Up to 3/4 treatments may be required.

Bournemouth Acupuncture

John Hamblett has been practising in his Bournemouth clinic for many years. He is a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Specialising in body mechanics and sports injuries, he is also interested in nutrition and the effects that diet, lifestyle and exercise have on the health.

Our Bournemouth Clinic also specialises in testing for food Intolerance and Allergies. Please contact us for details on: Tel 01202 948530

  • Acupuncture
  • Allergy testing
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Back pain treatment
  • Back treatment
  • Sciatica
  • Neck treatment
  • Sports injuries
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
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