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_About Chris


Therapist Chris Tappenden’s passion for Chinese medicine stems from more than twenty year’s participation in Chinese martial arts and his own positive experiences of acupuncture when Western medicine had failed.

‘My first encounter with acupuncture was lifechanging. I had nurtured an interest in Chinese culture through my involvement martial arts, but it was my own experience at the hands of a qualified acupuncturist that convinced me of the benefits of Chinese medicine.’

Chris graduated from the London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (LCTA) in 2009, with a degree in Acupuncture (BSc) and a Diploma in Tui Na. More recently he has studied cosmetic acupuncture under the leading practitioner Radha Thambirajah and was awarded the Certicificate of Cosmetic Acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, in Reading in 2010. He has had further and comprehensive training in auricular acupuncture, and Qi Gong (Chinese exercise and breathing techniques).

Chris was persuaded to try acupuncture when he suffered debilitating and persistent swelling, stiffness and pain following knee surgery for a sporting injury. He was cynical that it would workat first, but noticed an improvement after the first session and by the third, his pain had vanished.

Alongside his work at the Healing Road, Chris provides pre and post-match treatments at New Ash Green Rugby Club in Kent, and chair-side massage for the staff at Wandsworth Prison. He also performs staff treatments for local employers at fundraising events.


The Healing Road offers a range of therapies to improve wellbeing and treat pain and discomfort, including:

Auricular Acupuncture
Cosmetic Acupuncture
Tui Na Massage
Conditions Treated

The clinic provides a relaxing and peaceful environment to ensure that you get the most from your treatment. This newly-converted facility is three minute’s walk from the centre of Westerham and has designated parking.

About Chris


The Healing Road Clinic, 5 Hortons Way, Westerham, Kent TN16 1BT
7713 637841

Chris Tappenden
Lic Acu, Lic Tui Na BAcC, MicHT, FHT. Insured