Physio 211Physiotherapy

This well established form of treatment can be used to treat many physical conditions, including back and neck injuries, athritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sports injuries etc. We can also offer rehabilitation for neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, strokes and head injuries. Our approach involves hands on techniques including massage, mobilisation and manipulation, as well as a full range of exercises and postural advice etc.

Chinese medicine

Chinese medicine is an ancient system with a unique approach to health, which has evolved and changed over time so that it remains highly relevant today. It offers simple, but effective solutions to a wide range of both short and long term conditions.

There are five main styles of practice – acupuncture, tuina massage, herbs, qi gong exercises and dietary advice. They may be used individually or in combination and offer an effective alternative or complement to conventional medicine. Your practitioner will be able to discuss them with you and recommend the best approach for your condition.

Chinese medicine seeks to treat the root of health problems by treating the person as an individual and as a whole physically, energetically and emotionally. It looks for connections between the different areas of the body and takes into account all the factors which may be affecting a persons health and life, including accidents and illnesses, emotions and tension, work, diet and sport.

In addition to the hands on treatment practical advice on exercise, relaxation, diet and nutrition may be given.


This is a versatile form of treatment which can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. Very fine needles are inserted into specific points along channels of energy. The procedure is virtually painless and many people experience a feeling of relaxation during and after the session.


Chinese Herbal medicineChinese herbal medicine2

This traditional medicine uses combinations of herbs and minerals to treat a wide variety of conditions. It is especially effective for digestive problems, hormonal changes and skin conditions. A herbal prescription is created on an individual basis and will be changed as the condition changes. Patients usually see the practitioner every two weeks to be reassessed.

Tuina Chinese Massagetuina1

At Apothecary we have a particular specialism in tuina Chinese massage. This  versatile and effective therapy, probably the precursor of acupuncture alongside which it is often used, has grown and developed over the past few thousand years. It can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, both physical and internal, including: joint pain, injuries and imbalances; migraine and tension headaches, IBS and digestive imbalances, asthma and respiratory conditions, menstrual and fertility issues, insomnia and anxiety. The techniques are often gentle, but the effects deep and long lasting. It is usually administered through light clothing.

Shiatsu 21Shiatsu

Traditional Japanese bodywork which is based on the principles and underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine. Like the Chinese techniques it works on the whole, focusing on channels of energy and pressure points. Where there is a lack of flow there will be symptoms or the beginnings of disease. The practitioner draws the atttention to this lack of flow to enable the person to awaken their healing potential. It is usually administered through light clothing and practitioners often use a futon mattress on the floor, rather than a treatment couch.