Ben Elliot PGDip MBAcC NAMMT(RM)
The Clinic On The Green
York Clinic For Integrated Healthcare
296 Tadcaster Road
Ben treats a variety conditions and specialises in treating musculo-skeletal injuries and conditions with a combination of massage and acupuncture.
People use acupuncture for many different purposes, and research into the field is creating a growing evidence base in favour of acupuncture for many conditions. Some people come for treatment of a specific issue or symptom, whereas others come to improve general wellbeing.
Chinese tradition states that acupuncture addresses imbalances within the body by stimulating specific points on channels of energy called meridians. If you find this difficult to get your head around, you might be interested to know that ongoing research is collecting evidence on how acupuncture affects stress hormones, pain relieving hormones, female sex hormones and hypothalamus function (1, 2, 3). Furthermore, neuro-imaging technology has enabled us to see that areas of the brain are activated when acupuncture points are used, and these areas differ depending on the point used (4).
These advances have meant acupuncture has become more accepted in recent years with 83% of GPs thinking that acupuncture can be clinically useful, and 72% seeing that it can be cost effective (5)
(1) Bo-Ying Chen M.D. Acupuncture Normalizes Dysfunction of Hypothalamic-Pituitary- Ovarian Axis
(2) Ji-Sheng Han. Acupuncture and endorphins
(3) Liao YY, Seto K, Saito H, Fujita M, Kawakami M. Effects of acupuncture on adrenocortical hormone production. (II) Effect of acupuncture on the response of adrenocortical hormone production to stress.
(4) Dhond RP, Kettner N, Napadow V. Neuroimaging acupuncture effects in the human brain.
(5) Lipman L, Dale J, MacPherson H. Attitudes of GPs towards the provision of acupuncture on the NHS.
About Remedial Massage
Remedial Massage is used for both muscular and skeletal problems as well as benefiting the circulatory and respiratory systems. It also aids the body’s healing and repair processes, restoring structural balance and preventing a recurrence of the problem.
Not only can Remedial Massage help to heal an injury, but it is also extremely useful in preventing the injury from occurring in the first place. This is done by using specialised massage techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body.
Remedial Massage can help with an enormous range of complaints and conditions, helping to prevent intrusive surgery and long term medication. Also, in a general sense, the processes of massage are seen to relieve stress and tension and so contribute towards a better quality of life. Reducing stress and tension can also promote a better quality of sleep. Good sleep is important to the healing process.
A typical treatment will consist of a consultation and examination from which I can determine the origin and extent of your injury or problem. From there, the massage session usually takes around 30 minutes depending on the nature of the problem and you as an individual. This will usually be followed by a series or movements or manipulations to help stretch your muscles and return them to full health. We may also discuss simple changes you could make to improve your diet, sleep and posture, as well as activities to try help you get better, and prevent any further problems in the future.
There are many many things that Remedial and Sports massage can treat and each person will likely have a different recovery time. When you first come in for treatment we will discuss the likely time span of your treatment plan and continually re-evaluate as the treatment progresses.
Importantly, your recovery time can be reduced by following simple lifesyle advice and by us working together to provide your body with the best environment for recovery outside of the treatment room. This is an extremely important part of the process as the treatment it self provides the basis for recovery, however the recovery itself will occur between appointments.
Training, qualifications & experience
Ben studied acupuncture at the Northern College of Acupuncture (NCA) in York, completing a Post Graduate Diploma and is also a qualified Remedial and Sports Massage therapist. Ben treats a variety conditions and specialises in treating musculo-skeletal injuries and conditions with a combination of massage and acupuncture.
He is a member of the British Acupuncture Council and National Association of Massage and Manipulative Therapists. When he is not practicing Acupuncture he works at York University within the Complementary Medicine research team and is part of the teaching staff at the NCA.
Sessions last between 45 and 60 minutes and cost £38.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
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