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Traditional Acupuncture

About Pauline Boardman BSc(Hons) Acupuncture, MBAcC

Pure Health Acupuncture

Philosophy

Pauline first became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a way to promote good health in 1994 when she trained as a Shiatsu practitioner. She has worked with a wide variety of physical and emotional problems in her Shiatsu clinic, workplaces and in mental health support groups.

Realising she had a passion to help people improve their health and well-being she went on to expand her knowledge and skills in TCM by studying for 3 years at the prestigious Northern College of Acupuncture, graduating with a BSC (Hons) Acupuncture.

Pauline is a member of British Acupuncture Council (BAcC), which is the UK's main regulatory body ensuring that all training is to the highest standards and that all members work to strict ethical, clinical and safety guidelines and professional conduct are met by it's members.

Continuing professional development is a compulsory requirement for practising acupuncturists and Pauline regularly attends seminars to broaden her skills further to ensure patients receive the best treatment possible.

 

"When you touch one thing with deep awareness,
 you touch everything.
"

- Lao Tzu 

 

Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital
energy. For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness. In certain instances, traditional acupuncture can be an effective therapy to help restore balance and promote physical and emotional harmony.

 
ACUPUNCTURE
Cupping and Gua Sha

Acupuncture is becoming one of the most popular therapies in the West. People use acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions and the evidence base in support of its use is continually growing.

Acupuncture promotes the smooth flow of qi or energy that that runs through the body and addresses any imbalances that could result in ill health and pain including promoting relaxation and well-being.

Modern research has shown acupuncture to:-

  • Provide pain relief - by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues to release endorphins and alter the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz 1987; Zhao 2008)

  • Reduce inflammation - by promoting the release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kim 2008; Kavoussi 2007; Zijlstra 2003)

  • Improve muscle stiffness and joint mobility - by increasing local microcirculation (Komori 2009)

Please click on the link below for the British Acupuncture Council's fact sheets which provide accurate and unbiased general information for a variety of conditions. They provide summaries of research and how acupuncture may be of help.

Cupping or ‘myofascial decompression’ can be thought of as a reverse massage. The tissues are sucked up into glass, plastic or silicone cups which are then either left in place or moved over the lubricated skin in a gliding motion to release tension in muscle, fascia and connective tissue.

 

Gua Sha involves the scraping of lubricated skin with a specialised tool to increase microcirculation to the tissues and to create a therapeutic anti-inflammatory effect. 

 

Both treatments can leave red petechiae marks on the skin although these usually only last a few days and are painless. 

Shiatsu and Therapeutic Massage

Shiatsu and Therapeutic massage help to relax the soft tissues of the body and facilitate the body's own healing and repair processes. The benefits include:- 

·       Increased blood flow to facilitate the transportation of nutrients and oxygen and encourage healing.

·       Increased lymphatic flow. The lymphatic system helps to rid the system of toxins and waste products.  

·       Reduces stress and tension. Bodywork techniques can help to relax contracted muscle fibres and connective tissues. This can reduce pain by allowing the free flow of blood and lymph around the tissues as well as releasing any compression of nearby nerves.

Shiatsu is given through loose clothing, it is a traditional form of bodywork that is based in Traditional Chinese medicine.

Prices for Treatments

Most appointments will last about 45 to 60minutes although this may vary depending on the nature of your visit.  Your first appointment may take up to 90 minutes.

 

Acupuncture:  £40 per treatment

Auricular Acupuncture £40 per treatment

 

Therapeutic Massage:  £40 per treatment

 

Cupping (30 minutes):  £25 per treatment

Shiatsu  £45 per treatment

GET IN TOUCH

Pauline Boardman

Telephone

07989 121530

 

Privacy

Purpose of privacy notice

 

The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (the GDPR). This legislation replaced the previous data privacy law, giving more rights to you as an individual and more obligations to organisations holding your personal data.

One of the rights is a right to be informed, which means we have to give you even more information about the way in which we use, share and store your personal information.

This new privacy notice came into effect on 25 May 2018. 

 

 

Who are we?

 

Northallerton Pure Health Acupuncturist is the data controller (contact 07989121530 or pauline.boardman@hotmail.co.uk. This means we decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. 

 

 

Whose information does this privacy notice apply to?

 

This privacy notice applies to information we collect from:

• patients;

• prospective patients;

• former patients;

• people who subscribe to our newsletters;

• visitors to our website;

• job applicants and our current and former employees.

 

 

What is personal data?

 

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. Examples of personal data we may hold about you include your contact and appointment details.

 

Special category data is a sub-category of personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation. Examples of special category data we may hold about you include your patient notes.

 

 

How do we process your personal data? 

 

We comply with our obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. We use your personal data for the purposes set out below.

 

Sections 1 – 15 apply to our patients, prospective patients, former patients and visitors to our clinic.  Records are kept on paper and locked away when not in use:-

 

1. We use your name, address, telephone number and email address to make and rearrange appointments. We are unable to send or receive encrypted emails so you should be aware that any emails we send or receive may not be protected in transit. We will also monitor any emails sent to us, including file attachments, for viruses or malicious software. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send us is within the bounds of the law.

 

2. We use your name, address, telephone number and email address, only if we have your explicit consent, to send you marketing materials. We are unable to send or receive encrypted emails so you should be aware that any emails we send or receive may not be protected in transit. We will also monitor any emails sent to us, including file attachments, for viruses or malicious software. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send us is within the bounds of the law.

 

3. Some patients and prospective patients return pre- 1st appointment questionnaires or tell us about their medical conditions and medication by email or online enquiry forms. We are unable to send or receive encrypted emails so you should be aware that any emails we send or receive may not be protected in transit. We will also monitor any emails sent to us, including file attachments, for viruses or malicious software. Please be aware that you have a responsibility to ensure that any email you send us is within the bounds of the law.

 

4. We keep a permanent attendance register which records all appointments for patients attending our clinic to keep a record of when you were treated for tax purposes and to secure potential evidence in the event of a criminal prosecution, civil litigation, insurance claim or complaint to my regulatory body, the British Acupuncture Council.

 

5. We may use your date of birth to help identify patients with the same name to avoid mistakes being made as to safe and appropriate treatment, for identification purposes if referring a patient to another health practitioner, and for identification purposes if writing to a registered medical practitioner so that they correctly identify the patient.

 

6. We use your presenting complaint and symptoms reported by you for the purposes of making a full traditional diagnosis, formulating treatment strategy and treatment planning.

 

7. We use any relevant medical and family history you have told us for making a full traditional diagnosis, formulating treatment strategy and treatment planning.

 

8. We use your GP’s name and address in the event that we need to contact your GP including in an emergency and because it is a mandatory requirement in the British Acupuncture Code of Professional Conduct.

 

9. We use our clinical findings about your health and wellbeing for making a full traditional diagnosis, and formulating treatment strategy and treatment planning.

 

10. We keep a record of and refer to that record of any treatment given and details of progress of your case, including reviews of treatment planning to enable us to: review the full traditional diagnosis, treatment strategy and planning; and to secure evidence in the event of criminal proceedings, civil litigation, an insurance claim or complaint.  

 

11. We record and use any information and advice that we have given, especially when referring patients to any other health professional, to help you to receive the most appropriate treatment and to secure evidence in the event of criminal proceedings, civil litigation, an insurance claim or complaint.  

 

12. We record any decisions made in conjunction with you to help you to receive the most appropriate treatment and to secure evidence in the event of criminal proceedings, civil litigation, an insurance claim or complaint.  

 

13. We keep accident records for any patients, visitors or staff who are involved in accidents at our clinic in accordance with UK Health and Safety legislation including the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) to comply with the law and to secure evidence in the event of criminal proceedings, civil litigation, an insurance claim or complaint.  

 

14. In the event of an adverse incident occurring to any of our patients we report the matter to the British Acupuncture Council and the our insurance company to enable the insurance company to deal with any potential claims and to help the British Acupuncture Council to develop its safe practice guidelines, as well as providing research data and information for the BAcC’s insurers and other interested parties. 

 

15. Where relevant we maintain records of the patient’s consent to treatment, or the consent of their next-of-kin in order to be able to prove that the patient (and/or parent/guardian/next of kin) has given informed consent to treatment to secure evidence in the event of a civil claim, criminal prosecution, insurance claim or complaint.

 

 

Section 16 applies to those who complain about our services.  Again, any records will be kept on paper and locked away when not in use:-

 

16. When we receive a complaint from a person we make up a file containing the details of the complaint. This normally contains the identity of the complainant and any other individuals involved in the complaint.

We will only use the personal information we collect to process the complaint and to check on the level of service we provide. We usually have to disclose the complainant’s identity to whoever the complaint is about. If a complainant doesn’t want information identifying him or her to be disclosed, we will try to respect that. However, it may not be possible to handle a complaint on an anonymous basis. We may need to provide personal information collected and processed in relation to complaints to the British Acupuncture Council or our insurance company.

We will keep personal information contained in complaint files in line with our retention policy. This means that information relating to a complaint will be retained for two years from closure. It will be retained in a secure environment and access to it will be restricted according to the ‘need to know’ principle.

Similarly, where enquiries are submitted to us we will only use the information supplied to us to deal with the enquiry and any subsequent issues and to check on the level of service we provide.

 

 

Sections 17 – 18  apply to our website users:-

 

17. When someone visits our website we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

 

18. We use a third party service, (wix.com), to host our website. This site is hosted at wix.com.

 

 

Sharing your personal data 

 

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential, and will be shared:

 

• with named third parties with your explicit consent;

• with the relevant authority such as the police or a court, if necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject e.g. a court order;

• with your doctor or the police if necessary to protect yours or another person’s life;

• with the police or a local authority for the purpose of safeguarding a children or vulnerable adults; or

• with my regulatory body, the British Acupuncture Council, or my insurance company in the event of a complaint or insurance claim being brought against me; or 

• my solicitor in the event of any investigation or legal proceedings being brought against me. 

 

For further details about the situations when information about you might be shared please see the Information Commissioner’s website at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/personal-information/sharing-my-info/ 

 

 

How long do we keep your personal data?

 

We keep your personal data for no longer than reasonably necessary.

We keep patient records for a period of 7 years in accordance with the British Acupuncture Code of Professional Conduct https://www.acupuncture.org.uk/public-content/effective-practice/bacc-professional-codes.html

 

We will keep your data up-to-date by asking you during treatment sessions if any changes have occurred. Please also let us know in advance if there are any changes to your personal data so that we can ensure we maintain accurate records. Your data will be stored on paper and locked away when not in use. When the time arises to destroy your personal data this will be done via secure paper shredding. In the event that Pauline Boardman falls seriously ill and is unable to continue operating or dies, responsibility for destroying your personal data will lie with Tony Boardman.

 

At any time you may request that changes are made to your contact details. 

 

 

Your rights and your personal data 

 

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have certain rights with respect to your personal data as set out below.

 

• The right to request a copy of your personal data which we hold about you.

• The right to request that we correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date.

• The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for us to retain such data.

• The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time. This right does not apply where we are processing information using a lawful purpose other than consent.  

• The right to request that we provide you with your personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [This right only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with you and in either case the we are processing the data by automated means]. 

• The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing.

• The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [This right only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics].

• The right to be informed if your data is lost. We shall also inform the Information Commissioner’s Office in accordance with the time limits in the GDPR.

• The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

 

For further details about these rights please see the Information Commissioner’s website at https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/is-my-information-being-handled-correctly/ 

 

 

Further processing

 

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Privacy Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing. 

 

 

Contact Details 

 

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact us at pauline.boardman@hotmail.co.uk or speak to Pauline Boardman on 07989121530.

 

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF. 

 

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