Acupuncture in Bristol & Bath

Traditional acupuncture is a safe and effective method for treating over 90 common conditions (World Health Organisation). These include back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis of the knee, frozen shoulder, stress, anxiety and depression, migraines, headaches and insomnia, infertility, dysmenorrhoea (painful periods) and premenstrual syndrome.

I am an experienced practitioner, able to treat all of the above, and specialise in treating musculoskeletal disorders, stress, anxiety and depression.

I am also trained in a variety of Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapies, such as:

  • Cupping;
  • Gua Sha;
  • Moxibustion;
  • Tui Na Massage;
  • Tai Chi and Qi gong.

All of these can work together with the core treatment and help treat a diverse range of conditions. Find out more about acupuncture’s uses and benefits here.

I am available for home visits, and you can find me at the following locations during the week:

Bath Weekday Clinic

Wednesdays & Thursdays 10am – 5pm, Fridays 10am – 1pm

Seasons Natural Health Store
10 George Street, Bath BA1 2EH
Bookings: 01225 430 519

Bristol Weekend Clinic

Saturdays 11am – 4pm

Bristol City Yoga – Stokes Croft Studio
16 Backfields Lane, Bristol, BS2 8QW
Bookings: 07976 706 656

What is Acupuncture? How Does It Work?

Traditional acupuncture is a holistic medicine, meaning that each patient is treated as an individual: a unique person. See ‘What to Expect’ below for more information on how I will assess you and your needs.

Through the use of ultra-fine sterile needles on specific energetic points, acupuncture helps to regulate the vital energy or Qi (pronounced chee) in the body, thereby helping to restore the body’s natural homeostatic balance.

In Chinese Medicine it is believed that pain and disease occur when the body’s Qi has been hindered.  This can be due to mental or emotional causes, as well as physical injury or infection.  Through the use of needles the body’s Qi can begin to flow freely again, thereby helping to restore and maintain the body’s natural equilibrium.

Recent research involving MRI scans shows that acupuncture triggers the brain to begin the healing process by calming the central nervous system, regulating hormones and releasing endorphins.

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What to Expect

Your First Session

During your first treatment you will have the opportunity to talk about your needs. This session lasts up to 90 minutes and includes a detailed medical history, physical examination and your first acupuncture treatment. Please bring details of any medication you are taking.

The details of your consultation and any and all treatment are both strictly confidential.

Subsequent Sessions

All follow up appointments will last approximately 45-55 minutes. During the early stages of treatment it is suggested to have weekly treatments for a short period of time. As treatment progresses, the sessions are spaced out more.

Acupuncture Needles

The needles used are very fine, solid and are made of high quality stainless steel. They are individually packaged and sterilised. Insertion of the needles is painless. Once a needle has been inserted patients may feel a dull ache or tingling sensation.

How to Prepare for Acupuncture

It is best to have eaten a small amount of food prior to your treatment. Please wear looser fitting garments to maximise comfort levels and to help me when inserting needles, although a gown is available if needed.

After your Treatment

Please avoid strenuous exercise and alcohol, and try to relax as much as possible for the rest of that day.

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“I found Roland to be a highly competant and professional practitioner who helped to cure my symptoms. He is very personable and approachable, and made me feel at ease during the course of my treatments ”