ACUPUNCTURIST


Job Description

An acupuncturist is a complementary health practitioner who takes a holistic approach to the maintenance of health and the management of disease, with a focus on improving overall wellbeing.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese holistic therapy based on the theory that the body depends on life energy, known as qi, being in balance. Acupuncturists correct imbalances in the body by inserting fine needles into acupuncture points, thus maintaining or restoring good health and wellbeing.

The correct manipulation of qi can treat a range of emotional and physical conditions, such as:

  • neurological and stress-related disorders;
  • the relief of pain and allergies.
  • gastrointestinal disorders;
  • musculo-skeletal disorders;
  • respiratory and circulatory disorders;
  • gynaecological disorders;

Acupuncturists conduct one-to-one consultations with their patients, using their skills and knowledge to treat a wide range of health problems.

The first consultation may last up to an hour and a half to allow the acupuncturist to take a detailed case history before making a diagnosis and beginning treatment. Subsequent sessions may take 45 minutes to an hour. The duration of the treatment programme varies depending on the severity of the problem. Some patients may require only a few sessions, while others may need 20 or more.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • making a diagnosis and devising a personalised treatment plan;
  • explaining the diagnosis and treatment to the patient and responding to their questions and concerns;
  • taking a detailed case history, which typically involves questioning patients about their condition, all aspects of their physical and emotional health and history, lifestyle and diet as well as sometimes taking their blood pressure;
  • taking a pulse and examining the tongue to aid diagnosis;
  • keeping patient and financial records;
  • treating by inserting fine needles into the skin at particular locations to stimulate the energy flow along meridians (energy channels) and the body's own healing response;
  • incorporating other treatments, such as moxibustion (burning herbs to warm insertion points), electro-acupuncture (stimulating insertion points with small electric currents), acupressure (to loosen and relax muscles), and cupping;
  • assessing patient progress through questioning and examination as well as reviewing treatment plans if necessary;
  • organising and promoting your practice.

 
CONTACT

08141868880

1 Trans-Amadi Road, Port Harcourt.