Welcome, and thank you for visiting Sam Hargreaves Acupuncturist.
My name is Sam Hargreaves (DipAc AAC BSc) I am a professional acupuncturist with over 16 years experience in treating a wide range of health conditions. I work with people from all walks of life and backgrounds, coming to me with a diverse range of issues.
I've undertaken 3 years full time training at the Northern College of Acupuncture. I am a member of the Association of Acupuncture Clinicians (AAC) and I regularly hone and update my knowledge and skills with continuing professional development (CPD).
I focus on relieving symptoms quickly and integrating emotional stress, psychological and lifestyle triggers that are affecting your health. I also work somatically with the nervous system, polyvagal theory and various types of breath work. All of the work I do is trauma informed.
My Okehampton acupuncture clinic covers the areas of South Zeal, Sticklepath, Winkleigh, Hatherleigh, North Tawton, Bow and Tavistock. My Teignmouth acupuncture clinic covers the areas of Dawlish, Kingsteignton and Newton Abbot.
Whether you have depression, IBS or back pain. Making the decision to see an acupuncturist can be a life changing step to take for your health. Please read on to find out more about how I could help you.
Acupuncture therapy and Chinese Medicine has a documented history of 2500 years and is thought to be over 4000 years old. Acupuncture has a holistic view of health, looking at diet, lifestyle, exercise and focuses on both your presenting symptom and the underlying causes. Over time it's been refined into a clear and precise treatment modality.
In recent decades it has gained international recognition as a valid treatment that can affect many health issues. Currently NICE (National Institute for Health Care Excellence) recommends acupuncture for chronic pain, migraine and tension headaches
Acupuncture stimulates the skin, muscle, fascia and nervous system of the body. It activates your natural healing response, affecting the body, emotions and mind. Various techniques are used including insertion of very thin, sterile needles, gua sha (skin stimulation), cupping (pulling the muscle) and moxabustion (warming the body).
People come to me for help a wide range of issues. These are a few of the more common conditions I regularly see in acupuncture clinic:
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Tension type headaches
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
RSI (Repetitive strain injury)
Menstrual pain and gynaecological issues
I qualified in 2007 from the Northern College of Acupuncture, and have worked in private practice since. Early in my acupuncturist practice I co-founded The Acupuncture Works community clinic in Manchester and currently work at the Exeter Acupuncture Project, providing affordable acupuncture treatments. I've trained in the fields of somatic bodywork and breath work and have an interest in the Polyvagal Theory and its impact on health and trauma.
I incorporate a number of acupuncture modalities into my practice including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), 5 Elements, Dr Tung acupuncture and Tan's Balance acupuncture modalities. I have practiced Daoist Qi Gong, yoga and tantra for over 19 years. And I'm a semi professional musician and enjoy running through muddy puddles on Dartmoor when I get the chance.
Testimonials from my clients...
“After my first treatment my brain fog had gone and I had a wonderful feeling of well being. After subsequent treatments my fibromyalgia has diminished.
I now wake up thinking of subjects to paint! Honestly Sam, the treatment has been worth while for this alone. I can’t thank you enough for that.”
Thank you again for my sessions with you. They served
as a kind of whole or rounded therapy, certainly not merely physical.”
-Ms M.K, RETIRED
“I was impressed that you got to the nub of my situation quickly and put me at ease with the acupuncture as I’m needle phobic. I was delighted how different I felt after just one session – I felt a significant change in my
migraines and my outlook on life had really shifted.”
-HEIDI, (LIFE COACH)
'I came to see Sam in Teignmouth for arthritis in my knees. After more
operations than I remember and so much pain that pain killers didn’t touch it, I tried acupuncture.
Brilliant! I noticed a difference after the first treatment. And after 5 sessions I’m walking without a stick and feel much more confidant. The difference after using the electro acupuncture was amazing.'
KEITH, (RETIRED HEALTH WORKER)
“Three hours after the labour induction treatment my partners waters broke at 5.15. Still in labour but midwife says baby will be here today. I've said it before and I'll say it again, your a genius. So could we cancel her appointment for next Tuesday!”
-NATHAN (HAPPY FATHER)
“I’ve had regular acupuncture for pain due to all the typing I do for my company. I have to say I’m amazed at the results. Each time I visited you my forearms became less and less painful, now I only need an occasional 'top up'
I particularly appreciated the thoughtful, professional and sensitive way in which you handled my sessions. Thankyou”
-GERRY (MASSAGE THERAPIST)
First appointments are £65 and lasts for 1.5 hours.
Followup appointments are £50 and last for 1 hour.
I accept payment in cash, cheque or by bank transfer. And card in my Okehampton clinic.
A typical course of acupuncture would be weekly for 3-5 sessions depending on the condition treated, followed by periodic maintenance sessions. This will vary depending on why you are coming for treatment. Please contact me to discuss your specific requirements.
Cancellation Policy: Note that if you want to cancel an appointment I require 48 hours’ notice; otherwise you will still need to pay for any sessions missed.
Your first session will last 1.5 hours and we will explore your reasons for coming. Including your medical history and current health symptoms. Your health from a physical, emotional and psychological view point will be taken into account to create a Chinese Medicine Diagnosis. This often allows a new perspective and understanding of how and why health conditions happen.
Once the acupuncture is applied to the body there is usually 20-30 minutes of deep relaxation as the treatment takes effect.
A course of acupuncture treatment is an opportunity to look differently at lifestyle, diet, emotions and stress which are impacting on your health. And put some of these
The simple answer is No.
When giving acupuncture we look for a sensation on the acupuncture point, which is called the DeQi in Chinese medicine. This can be a dull ache or tingle. If this ever feels on the point of painful we immediately reduce the sensation to a comfortable level. My focus with acupuncture is always to create relaxation and relieving of tension in the body. Some people like a strong feeling on the acupuncture points and others less. I follow you and your bodies signs of relaxation to find the appropriate level of treatment.
This depends on what you are coming for and how you respond. Some people respond very quickly and 1-3 sessions are all that's needed.
For more long term chronic health issues a course of 5 weekly sessions is usually recommended. We will then review progress, often at this point you can either finish treatment or move to a maintenance treatment every 2-5 weeks.
Some people find they get so much out of treatment that they come regularly for health and well being maintenance. This can be weekly or monthly. I regularly review and discuss how treatment is going to create a clear treatment plan to maximise your progress.
This is common and something i work with regularly. Acupuncture is a very different experience from receiving injections. If you have a fear of needles discuss it with me, I have many strategies to make the session comfortable and a lot of experience in this area.
Everything that is said within the acupuncture session is kept private - In this way it is similar to counselling or psychotherapy. At the beginning of the session we have a brief check-in for you to express and share what is happening. Clients regularly find this highly valuable and it will often influence the direction of the acupuncture treatment.
Note that there are some situations where you may be a risk to yourself or others, and there the law requires that I notify an authority; in these cases I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. Breaking confidentiality is very rare though, I have never had to do it in my 14 years of practice and only happens after the person concerned has been informed.
Usually I am asked this question by people who are nervous about coming for acupuncture or have have a disability which means they find movement difficult.
You are welcome to bring someone else to your appointment if necessary. Most of the time clients are happy to attend on their own for follow up sessions.
However if your reason for coming has an emotional component you might find it harder to talk freely with someone else present. In these circumstances I recommend attending on your own. If not for the first session, then for followups.
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