I qualified in 2007 with a degree in acupuncture from Salford University. Yesterday I was chatting with someone who was curious, wanted to know more about what i did (via facebook messenger). Not only did this form of communication force me to be concise but I had to try and explain with words only – and I really liked my response.
I realised that my continous need to improve (from a lack of good self esteem) is actually beneficial – it drives me to continue learning, to not get complacent and that benefits my patients immensely. My degree was in ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’ a branch of acupuncture (also known as 8 principles) that considers our internal workings, that looks to improve the communication within our bodies to allow for a better homeostatic balance in our selves, and this grounding serves me well for most people.
However, as humans are incredibly complex, one way of working doesn’t suit all. So over the years I have amassed a wealth of techniques such as scalp acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, 5 element acupuncture, Korean acupuncture (sa’am technique), ‘motor point acupuncture, Japanese acupuncture, ‘balance method’ to name but a few. All of these slightly different methods open up more options for me in terms of point choices, needling techniques (duration/depth/manipulation) to enable me to give you the best care possible at that moment, which can mean you experience different things at different sessions.
I also utilise cupping, massage and gua sha when body work is needed, and even electro acupuncture when needed (to further stimulate the points)
I have read articles from a Chinese medicine perspective, and a more ‘Western’ perspective, reading and understanding the impact of inflammation, of neurotransmitters, our embryological development, advances in understanding sleep (when I did my psychology degree – they couldn’t explain why a lack of sleep had such profound mental and physical effects). The effects medications can have on someone, and what I as an acupuncturist can do to help alleviate some of those negative side effects (I wrote my dissertation on the role of Acupuncture on managing side effects of HIV medications).
Whilst i don’t claim to be an expert – i have also looked at supplementation and nutrition and their roles in our health, and can give suggestions based on my experience to help you make small changes that might make all the difference to your health. With that said – if you don’t want to change anything I will support you in that choice too!
Writing this wee blog has shown me how much i have learned in the years since graduating, its amazing how quickly these things become second nature and therefore forgotten what i have learned! This need to learn/improve gives me the skills and knowledge to provide the best possible care I can, and give you the unique, bespoke treatments you and your body needs to maximise your health.