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Relieve patients' pain using small needles.

What does an Acupuncturist do?

To oversimplify, the job of an acupuncturist is to stick long, thin, metal needles into people. But far from inflicting pain, the practice of an acupuncturist actually heals. It is a painless type of alternative healing that dates back thousands of years.

As an acupuncturist, you use your skills to alleviate a wide range of medical problems like headaches, asthma, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain, stroke repercussions, and even addictions. It is believed that there are 365 acupuncture points in the body, and your job is to identify which points to manipulate depending on your patient’s medical issues.

You start a session by asking your patient to describe the location and severity of their pain. You then choose the needle size that will help best with their specific problem and insert the needle into the problem area. Placing needles at the right points releases endorphin hormones in the brain, blocking the patient’s pain. In some cases, a few needles will suffice. In other cases, you may need to insert several. Some patients are cured after only a few sessions while others require regular monthly appointments.

But your job isn’t just about stopping pain. Acupuncture seeks to promote, maintain, and restore health, as well as prevent illness. So occasionally you’ll have patients without specific medical problems. They just feel off and need a quick session to get them back into alignment.