Reflexology for Children

London Acupuncture or Reflexology for Babies and Children

Acupuncture or Reflexology for Babies and Children:

Charlotte Steed specialises in the treatment of babies and children ranging from new-borns to teenagers.

She has completed post-graduate specialist training in Japanese Acupuncture and Children's Needle Therapy in the Treatment of Children at Westminster University.

Shonishin: Children's Needle Therapy

Our clinics use acupuncture, reflexology, hopi ear candles and soothing massage techniques in addition to Shonishin (children's needle therapy), which is a unique and specialised paediatric style of acupuncture that developed over 250 years ago in Japan.

It recognises that children do not like needles and has instead developed specialised treatment techniques, many of which are non-invasive and thus not frightening to the child.

In Shonishin, a variety of instruments have been developed based on the nine needles described in the classics. These tools can be pressed, rubbed, tapped or scraped on the skin instead of inserted, to give different kinds of gentle stimulation.

When applied for short periods of time in simple systematic patterns, these simple treatment techniques have been found effective for a wide variety of paediatric problems from birth through to age five or older.

Key Principles of Acupuncture/Reflexology for Children:

  • The diagnosis of children follows the same pattern as adults, we look, hear, ask and feel and tailor the treatment to a child's presenting condition. The sessions are extremely gentle. We often incorporate massage, palpation and warming techiques like moxibustion to aid recovery.

  • A parent or guardian must be present if the child is under the age of 16 and a consent form must be signed.

  • Some techniques are easily taught to parents so that they can use it regularly at home, thus increasing frequency of treatment and allowing parents to participate actively in the treatment of their children. This tends to reinforce the effects of treatment, and helps make the treatment enjoyable.

Our London Acupuncture/Reflexology Clinics | Children's Conditions:

Our London Acupuncture/Reflexology clinics can safely support Western Medicine and may help these children's conditions:

    Digestive disorders
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Teething
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Vomitting
  • Nutritional Allergies
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Oral thrush

  • Respiratory disorders
  • Chills and Fever
  • Sinusitis
  • Hayfever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Bronchitis
  • Ear Infections
  • Colds and flu
  • Coughs
  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia

  • Infectious diseases
  • Immunisation side effects
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Tonsilitis
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Otitis media

  • Other conditions
  • Allergies
  • Night tremors
  • Convulsions and fits
  • Rashes
  • Eczema
  • Autism
  • Down's syndrome
  • Hyperactivity
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Infantile paralysis
  • Myopia
  • Bed wetting | noctornal enuresis
  • Urinary tract infections

  • Mental-emotional conditions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleeping Problems | Insomnia
  • Low energy
  • Grief
  • Shock
  • Fear
  • Anger/rustration
  • Guilt
  • Worry

Shonishin Children's Needle Therapy treats:

Irritability, impatience, excessive crying at night in infants; hyperactivity; attention problems in small and school age children; dream disturbed sleep; indigestion; diarrhea; constipation; allergies; chronic stuffy or runny nose (from repeated colds and/or allergies); asthma (including allergic asthma, exercise induced asthma); weakened immune system - the child that catches cold frequently or has recurrent viral infections; bedwetting; stammering or stuttering; weak constitution, including infants with inadequate weight gain, frail children that are not as active as others; rashes, for example nettle rashes; urticaria; eczema; hernia; neurological problems resulting for example from polio, cerebral palsy, spina bifida; ear infections, usually chronic and repetitive; chronic kidney disease such as nephritis, nephrosis.

If your child's condition is not listed, please email The London Acupuncture Space in London and we will happily respond to your enquiry.
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