Arguably, we have one of the best acupuncture professionals currently working in Bristol – Ben Tolson
Ben has been practising complimentary therapies since 2004. He started his career as a sports massage therapist. This has given him a broad range of experience in treating most musculoskeletal problems and pain. After studying for 3 and half years at the College of Chinese Integrated Medicine he now has a Bachelor of Science degree in Acupuncture. So, he knows his stuff and is able to use the most modern techniques to help you. He has also taken numerous post graduate courses in areas ranging from sports injuries, trigger point therapy, fertility issues and digestive complaints. So, he is able to understand and can help with most problems.
Ben is a great practitioner who will be able to tell you what’s wrong, tell you how he can help and let you know how long this is all going to take.
However, if you are still unsure if acupuncture is for you he also offers a free 15 minute consultations. Just ask!
What is acupuncture?
Most of us are pretty aware what acupuncture is. However, we say that acupuncture is the technique of inserting and moving filiform needles in ‘acupuncture points’ on the body. The aim is to restore health and well-being and, so, treat pain and disease. Acupuncture is thought to have originated in China and is now most commonly associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM acupuncturists tend to perceive the TCM concepts in ‘functional’ rather than structural terms.
Using evidence-based protocols, researchers have found that acupuncture is effective in treating many conditions. These include: nausea, chronic low-back pain, neck pain and headaches. The World Health Organization, the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) in America, the American Medical Association (AMA) and various government reports have also studied and commented positively on the efficacy of acupuncture.
Western science suggests that there are three main mechanisms for acupuncture’s effects:
1. Activation of the body’s opioid systems. Research has found that several types of naturally occurring opioids may be released into the central nervous system. These are your natural pain-killers.
2. Changes in brain chemistry, sensation and involuntary body functions. Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry. This is done by alerting the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Acupuncture also has been documented to affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions. This include immune reactions and processes where your blood pressure, blood flow and body temperature are regulated.
3. Changes in blood flow. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine alters the circulation of blood to the affected area. This can result in removal of pain causing chemicals and restoring normal function to the area being treated.
There is general agreement that acupuncture is safe when administered by well-trained practitioners. So Ben is your man!
The great strength of traditional acupuncture is that it treats each person individually. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Illness therefore is seen as a manifestation of the person’s whole health. I will always try to get you back to health as quickly as possible.
Ben also blends his acupuncture with his Sports Injury skills to give a far more rounded treatment. He’s able to draw from each therapy and select the best technique required to treat your problem at that time.
Who can Acupuncture help?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat most musculoskeletal problems. It has also been used to treat many other problems. Here are some of the conditions Ben treats at our clinic in central Bristol on a regular basis:
|Migraine||Angina||Rotator cuff tears|
|Plantar Fasciitis||Knee pain||Occipital neuralgia|
|Myofacial pain syndrome||Fibromyalgia||Facet joint pain|
|Frozen shoulder||Bursitis||Dysmenorrhoea (period pain)|
|Restless leg syndrome||Tennis elbow||Carpal tunnel syndrome|
and many more are shown in Ben’s blog so have a read if you are at all unsure.
|First Appointment (60 mins):||£45|
|Follow Up Appointments (45 mins):||£40|