We have, arguably, one of the best acupuncture professionals in Bristol working at C1 – Ben Tolson

Ben Tolson Ben has been practising complimentary therapies since 2004.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Acupuncture after studying for 3 and half years at the College of Chinese Integrated Medicine and so knows his stuff and is able to use the most modern techniques to help you.  He has taken post graduate courses in numerous areas ranging from sports injuries, trigger point therapy, fertility issues to digestive complaints so is able to understand and deal with most problems.  He started his career as a sports massage therapist which has given him a broad range of experience in treating most musculoskeletal problems and pain.  He 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.

If you are unsure if acupuncture is for you Ben offers a free 15 minute consultations.

What is acupuncture?

Most of us are pretty aware what acupuncture is but for a definition we say that acupuncture is the technique of inserting and moving filiform needles in ‘acupuncture points’ on the body with the aim of restoring health and well-being and, so, treating pain and disease.  Acupuncture is thought to have originated in China and is now most commonly associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) whose acupuncturists tend to perceive the TCM concepts in ‘functional’ rather than structural terms.

Additional Info

Researchers using the protocols of evidence-based medicine have found good evidence that acupuncture is effective in treating nausea and chronic low-back pain, as well as many other things such as neck pain and headaches.  The World Health Organization, the National Centre for Complementary and Alternaltive 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 occuring opioids may be released into the central nervous system during acupuncture treatment, thereby reducing pain.

2. Changes in brain chemistry, sensation and involuntary body functions: studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing 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, such as 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, resulting in removal of pain causing chemicals and restoring normal function to the area being treated.

There is general agreement that acupuncture is at least safe when administered by well-trained practitioners.

Ben adds:

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.

Who can Acupuncture help?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat most musculoskeletal problems as well as a great deal of other problems.  Here are some of the conditions Dr H and Ben treat 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 on Ben’s blog



First Appointment (60 mins):£45
Follow Up Appointments (45 mins):£40

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