I started to learn acupuncture quite a number of years ago with Doug's Introductory course in Acupuncture.
I returned to my clinic immediately enthusiastic to implement my new skill. In January 2010, I decided to consolidate and further my skills and knowledge by doing the Advanced Upper Quadrant Course with Doug. As a sports physiotherapist since 1993, I was amazed how acupuncture was such a valuable and complimentary adjunct in treating patients.
I now view the body quite differently when I am treating and quite specifically think about layers of muscles in the body
and what I'm actually targeting when I'm treating. I often say to my patients that my thumbs can only reach so far, but an acupuncture needle can reach a deeper region that may be causing problems.
The course is very anatomically driven, with a thorough review of anatomy and more specifically surface anatomy.
The course is clinically orientated and practical, outlining signs and symptoms that various muscles can present and also putting into perspective other physiotherapy modalities that are required to give a more holistic approach to treatment. Skills are learned that can be put into practice immediately.
Now having done the advanced course, I have returned to my clinic with more knowledge, skill and confidence.