Acupuncture and Anatomy - merging worlds
- Stream: Workshop: Applying Acupuncture
Wednesday 8th May 12:45 - 13:30
Using visual information Lynn will firstly map out the Chinese meridians and then superimpose some of the more anatomical highways that have been suggested in recent years.
Specific points where we as acupuncture practitioners can influence the underlying tissue will be looked at, and practically demonstrated (encouraging audience participation!) We will also show how that connects to our central and autonomic anatomy - explaining some of acupuncture’s wide reaching effects.
The purpose of this session is to review visually and practically the connection between the historical development of acupuncture and its use and the growing body of knowledge that we have regarding anatomy, what drives life, and how to affect the body.
The Chinese developed a system of what are called the meridians or channels, through which Qi flows.
The scientific debate about what Qi is remains lively but if we include the concepts of fascial anatomy, current flow, electromagnetic fields, fluid management (lymphatic and intercellular fluids to name but two) - all of the individual life components that make up living things, we may find astonishing parallels that sit happier with the western scientific mind.
Equally experiencing Qi within the world of acupuncture can sometimes leave us as therapists bewildered, yet having to acknowledge something we can’t quite put our finger on.
Acupuncture points are often ways in to the inner world positioned in gaps and spaces to allow us as therapists to influence the internal via the external.
Tutor - AACP
Lynn initially qualified to use acupuncture as an addition to her physiotherapy skill set in 1989, after a short course in Southampton. At the time, acupuncture was a resurging therapy within the NHS and it offered a way to get past pain inhibition and help restore function after injury faster. In addition, the ability to aid sleep and general immune function whilst healing sat well with her holistic view of patient rehabilitation. Finding results went way beyond her expectations for pain control she undertook a 3-year Chinese Medicine based course at The London College of Acupuncture, qualifying in 1993. From that point, she hasn’t looked back as the use of acupuncture in her treatments has added a dimension she could not have hoped to achieve with physiotherapy alone.
Being a tutor has offered the chance to remain a perpetual student and continually learn. Learning in order to teach keeps her knowledge base up to date and relevant to her practice. These are exciting times for the development and research of acupuncture. Teaching is also huge fun. Not one course has gone by without laughter, camaraderie, learning from each other and a shared experience of an amazing treatment modality.
The AACP has progressed from a small group of likeminded individuals, (Lynn served as Secretary in the early 1990’s) to a dynamic, progressive bunch of folk determined to put acupuncture within physiotherapy on a firm and educated footing. Lynn is proud and humbled to be a longstanding member and received Tutor of the Year in 2016. To be honoured by her peers is the cherry on the cake for Lynn as she continues to deliver CPD days based around acupuncture, anatomy and its effects.