Shadowing a DoctorJune 17, 2015
Acupuncture is an ancient healing method that was originally practiced in China thousands of years ago and is now practiced around the world. Acupuncturists are alternate healthcare practitioners who healing by inserting needles into pressure points in the body. This type of work is very hands-on and is well suited for those who want to heal people without the use of medicines.
- Understanding Acupuncture
Acupuncture makes use of a number of fine needles that are inserted into the body at particular points in order to relieve stress and improve flexibility in the body. Although the scientific evidence regarding this practice is still controversial, acupuncture is gaining a lot of popularity around the world.
Acupuncture works on the principle that insertion of needles into accurate locations can help to release endorphins which help the body block pain and discomfort. It has also been noted that practicing acupuncture rarely causes any adverse effects so it is considered a safe practice as long as it is conducted by a trained acupuncturist.
Accurate placement of the needles is vital in this specialty. To work in this field it is most crucial that you are detailed oriented and very skilled with working with your hands. You also need to be patient and a good listener so you can put your patients at ease before starting the procedure.
- Training Requirements for an Acupuncturist
In order to become an acupuncturist, it is necessary to sufficient training and knowledge in anatomy, biomedicine and nutrition. Some students may finish a course in several months while others could take years of studying to become an expert in this field.
During the training period, students undergo both theoretical as well as practical aspects of acupuncture. Chinese acupuncture techniques are taught along with various kinds of bodywork training and clinical practice. One of the most crucial aspects of acupuncture training involves the understanding of the concept of ‘chi’ or how energy flows throughout the body.
Once you are qualified, you can work as an independent acupuncturist.
- Working As An Acupuncturist
As an acupuncturist you will work with people from different kinds of backgrounds. You will commonly find people coming to you with headaches and migraines but you will also have to treat a lot of sports injuries and arthritic patients.
After an initial consultation, you will have to give your clients a detailed consultation and a treatment plan.
Once the process begins, patients usually feel relaxed and may even fall asleep during a session.
- Career Opportunities In This Field
Acupuncture is a very fast growing field and there are numerous opportunities to grow. In fact, it is currently one of the fastest growing careers in the healthcare sector.
Obtaining your degree from a well-known, accredited university or programme will increase your employability and income potential. Since most acupuncturists work from private clinics, success will depend on how you promote yourself and grow with experience.
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