Needle duo to open Friday sessions in Heanor centre

A NEW affordable type of health treatment will open its doors to the people of Heanor on Friday - as a pair of acupuncture experts set up shop in town.

Mum-of-two Marianne Longdon and her colleague Ellie McLean are to open Derbyshire’s first community acupuncture clinic on Friday afternoons at the Wilmot Street former fire station.

The pair are slashing the cost of the traditional Chinese needle treatment by using a ‘working class’ acupuncture model, successful in America.

Marianne, 47, said: “I really want more people to experience acupuncture.

“Many people say to me, ‘I would love to try it, but I can’t afford it’.

“We are coming from the point of view of - ‘how can we make this affordable’?”

Marianne and Ellie, who previously treated patients on a one-to-one basis, say the ‘community’ model sees them treat two patients at a time.

Marrianne continued: “You treat more than one person at the same time in the same room.

“You are not going to treat more than two people in an hour.

“But if you can treat two people in the space of time it would to treat one, then it naturally means it will be half the cost.”

Marianne said the average treatment at the new Heanor Friday clinics will cost around £20 as opposed to the usual £40 fee you would pay for a one-to-one session.

Screens are arranged around the treatment beds to ensure privacy.

Marianne says her and Ellie, from Ashby-de-la-Zouch in North West Leicestershire, will ask you some questions, make a diagnosis and insert the needles. Once the needles are in place and doing their work, the acupuncturists will do the same with the next patient.

Marianne said she became interested in the treatment around five years ago as she suffered from migraines.

In 2009 she undertook a degree at the College of Traditional Acupuncture, in Warwick, and began practising the treatment from October last year from her home at Pentrich Lane End in Pentrich.

She said: “People come to see me for very specific things, but it’s usually pain. It can be back pain, shoulder pain, hip, whatever. It’s a good way of giving yourself an MOT.”

The clinic is open for treatments from Friday, March 23 from 1pm until 6pm. To make an appointment call 07902 259 485.