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West Hampstead, North London: 020 8969 0247 Maidenhead, Berkshire: 01628 624544 [email protected]
Mark Lester Osteopath and Acupuncture
Osteopath Mark Lester General Osteopathic Council Registered & AHP recognised by NHS England
Mark is a full member The British Medical Acupuncture Society
Home Visits in Maida Vale W9 NW8 NW3 NW6
Over 30 Years Experience
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This practitioner is available for online video consultations

Mark studied at the British School of Osteopathy and has over 30 years in practice. Qualified in both osteopathy and acupuncture, Mark combines these two approaches to provide the most effective treatment for each individual case.

Mark’s deep understanding of the human body extends to his martial arts practice. He holds a black belt in Karate and also practices Krav Maga.

Mark has four children and one grandson and splits his time seeing patients in both London and the Cotswolds.

Scott: Google Review
“Mark has a warm and confident approach to my back issues. The results speak for themselves; I walk out with vastly reduced pain and more movement. It really helps with the frequency I see him as my work is physically demanding most of the time.”

Victoria: Google Review
“Mark is a pleasure to deal with, he is very thorough in his consultations and always ensures you receive the most effective treatment and leave his care feeling better.”

Health Insurance registration:

Cigna, Aviva, Simply Health, Standard Life Healthcare,
WPA, Pruhealth, Medisure, RSA, Vitality

Please note we ask patients to pay their fees and then reclaim from their insurance provider.

Please ensure you confirm with your provider that your treatment is covered before booking.

We DO NOT offer any direct settlement options for our home visit service. We DO NOT offer any BUPA or AXA appointments for this service.

Mark is available for home visits in Maida Vale and surrounding areas including NW3 Fridays from 1100am – 330pm.

Some Saturdays also are pre bookable in advance and on Request

For our current fees please see our fees page. All visits are 1 Hour  –  £105 to £130 for Acupuncture or /and Osteopathy treatment as required and most appropriate for the patient needs.

**Q: What is acupuncture and how does it work?**

A: Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy and promote healing. Acupuncture can help with various conditions, such as pain, stress, anxiety, fertility, digestion, and more.

**Q: What are the benefits of acupuncture home visits?**

A: Acupuncture home visits offer you the convenience and comfort of receiving acupuncture treatment in your own home, office, hotel, or any other location of your choice. You can save time and money by avoiding travel and parking fees, and enjoy a more personalised and relaxed service. Acupuncture home visits are especially suitable for people who have mobility issues, busy schedules, or prefer privacy.


**Q: How do I book an acupuncture home visit?**

A: You can book an acupuncture home visit by contacting us via phone, email, or online form. We will ask you some questions about your health condition, availability, and preferred location. We will then match you with one of our qualified and experienced acupuncturists who can come to you at your convenience.


**Q: How do I prepare for an acupuncture home visit?**

A: To prepare for an acupuncture home visit, you should:

– Wear loose and comfortable clothing that can be easily rolled up to expose the areas to be treated

– Have a clean and quiet space where you can lie down or sit comfortably

– Avoid eating a large meal or drinking alcohol before the treatment

– Have a glass of water and a light snack ready for after the treatment

**Q: What can I expect during and after an acupuncture home visit?**

A: During an acupuncture home visit, your acupuncturist will:

– Review your medical history and ask you some questions about your symptoms and goals

– Check your pulse and tongue and perform a physical examination

– Explain the treatment plan and obtain your consent

– Insert sterile and disposable needles into the appropriate points on your body

– Leave the needles in place for 15 to 30 minutes while you relax

– Remove the needles and apply pressure or massage if needed

– Give you some advice on self-care and lifestyle changes


After an acupuncture home visit, you may feel:

– Relieved, relaxed, energised, or sleepy

– Some minor bruising, bleeding, or soreness at the needle sites

– Some temporary changes in your symptoms or emotions

These are normal and expected reactions and will subside within a few hours or days. You should drink plenty of water, rest well, and avoid strenuous activities after the treatment. You should also follow the recommendations of your acupuncturist and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Acupuncture is a traditional technique that involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy and promote healing. Osteopathy is a holistic approach that focuses on the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, using manual therapy to restore balance and mobility.

When combined, acupuncture and osteopathy can enhance each other’s effects and provide a comprehensive treatment for various conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, sports injuries, stress, and more. Acupuncture can help to reduce inflammation, relax muscles, and relieve pain, making it easier for the osteopath to manipulate the joints and soft tissues. Osteopathy can help to improve the circulation, alignment, and flexibility of the body, enhancing the benefits of acupuncture and preventing further problems.


Acupuncture is an element within the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) health system, which also includes herbs, acupressure, exercise and diet. Fundamental to TCM are the concepts of yin and yang, opposite but complementary forces whose perfect balance within the body Is essential for well-being. Yin signifies cold, damp, darkness, passivity and contraction; yang signifies heat, dryness, light, action and expansion. The interaction of yin and yang gives rise to qi (pronounced “thee”), which is an invisible “life energy” that flows through meridians, or channels, around the body.

There are 12 regular meridians, which run down the body in pairs, six on the left and six on the right. They are mostly named after the main internal organs through which they pass. Six are primarily yin, associated with “solid” yin organs, such as the liver; six are yang, linked to “hollow” yang organs, such as the stomach. 1Wo further meridians, the Conception and Governing vessels, provide control of the 12 regular meridians. The even circulation of qi around the body is essential for health.

Disruption on a meridian can create illness at any point along It; for example, a disorder in the Stomach meridian (passing through the upper gums) could cause toothache. There are about 365 acupoints along the meridians at which qi is concentrated and can enter and leave the body. It is possible to affect the circulation of qi at these points, and acupuncturists Insert fine needles to stimulate or suppress the flow. Evidence & research: A body of scientific evidence now exists to support the use of acupuncture to treat certain conditions.

Some of the most convincing research into the therapeutic effects of acupuncture, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1988, was carried out by Professor John Dundee of Queen’s University, Belfast. His research confirmed that stimulating an acupoint approximately 5 cm (2 in) above the crease of the wrist closest to the hand relieved and even eliminated nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. According to – 1989 study in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, the same point could also be used to treat nausea following general anaesthetic and chemotherapy.



Acupuncture can help a wide range of conditions  – Mark has great success with Tinnitus

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