“I went to Ben with a slightly apprehensive attitude to acupuncture, unsure if it would help me – but willing to try anything after years of problematic shoulder tension. He made me feel very at ease and happy with the procedure and the results were just amazing – within a moderately small amount of treatments my shoulder is feeling 10x better. Thank you!“
Acupuncture is a treatment which can relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions and may encourage the patient’s body to heal and repair itself, if it is able to do so. Acupuncture is now being used in mainstream medicine by GPs, physiotherapists and in the NHS. In Bristol acupuncture is used in the NHS in pain management clinics. If acupuncture is considered to be a viable treatment option then this will be discussed with you. There is no obligation to have acupuncture if you are unsure. I use acupuncture to treat musculoskeletal injuries and painful conditions. In a treatment fine, single use, sterile, stainless steel needles are used to release tight painful areas.
What sorts of conditions respond to acupuncture?
Acupuncture is effective in a wide range of painful conditions and is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain; eg back, shoulder, neck and leg pain. It has been successfully used to treat headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, chronic muscle strains and various kinds of rheumatic and arthritic pain.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommends a course of acupuncture and or manual therapy (up to 10 sessions over 10 weeks for the early management of persistent non-specific low back pain. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence also recommends acupuncture for tension type headaches and migraines. I have a BSc honours in Acupuncture from Kingston University after studying at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading for 3 and half years. I am registered with the Registered with the British Acupuncture Council which ensures professional qualified safe ethical treatments. When you choose to visit a BAcC member you can be sure of: Bachelor of Science degree in acupuncture which included anatomy, physiology and other appropriate elements of western medicine Adherence to the Council’s Codes of Safe Practice and Professional Conduct Compliance with current health and safety legislation Full medical malpractice and public/products liability insurance cover Up-to-date practice skills maintained by mandatory continuing professional development.