Adam cook - Acupuncture at HeadStart Sports Massage Clinic

Adam Cook


BSc (Hons) Acupuncture, LicAc, MBAcC

After being a musician and teacher for many years (music & diving!) Adam retrained as a Chinese medicine practitioner after receiving acupuncture as a last resort for his long-term back pain. The profound change in physical and mental wellbeing which weren’t directly related to the improvement of his back pain, led Adam to study integrated TCM and 5-Element acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading, where he received a first class BSc honours degree.

One of the big things he discovered during his training was the way Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture, Cupping & Gua Sha) is often misunderstood in Western Culture. He went into the course focusing on the benefits treatments can bring – just as with the HeadStart approach – and he uses all of these techniques as tools to help the body heal, rebalance & recover. He’s a complete Star Wars, motorcycle and music nerd so rest assured that any sessions with Adam will be effective, personalised and interesting!

Adam regularly attends post-graduate courses on subjects ranging from Sports medicine to mental health, and is passionate about continuing to expand his knowledge to provide the best possible treatment. His most recent course looked at how your emotional state & personality traits affect your relationship with pain & body – another way to create very specific personalised treatments that are effective in treating symptoms long-term.

Why work with me?

It is my goal to relieve your symptoms whilst working with you to address the root cause and achieve long-term relief. To me Acupuncture, as well as the other Chinese therapies, are tools to create change. I spend a lot of time researching my patients, and following the current literature on why and how to use Acunpuncture to treat a range of symptoms and conditions. Because Chinese Medicine works on musculo-skeletal issues as well the nervous system many patients find that they get additional unexpected improvements from appointments, not just the initial problem they presented with.

Acupuncture taster:
30 minute introduction to acupuncture, including pulse and tongue diagnosis, with a simple short treatment focusing on your main complaint. These short appointments would be great for MSK issues, Stress and anxiety, Headaches, or just to experience the different approach of Chinese medicine.

Introduction to Cupping:
30 minute Chinese cupping treatment (sometimes referred to as myofacial decompression) where a vacuum is created in a class or plastic cup and applied to the problem area to release the tissues. Treatments will focus on a single problem area (back, shoulder, thigh etc), static and/or sliding cupping will be used depending on the patient. Cupping promotes circulation and muscle repair, and releases tension in the tissues. Some marks are likely but resolve within 2-5 days, the marks left by cupping are not a bruise and are not tender after treatment.