Nick J Short, Traditional Acupuncturist
Having originally trained as an engineer I then spent 20 years in the retail sector, for Marks and Spencer. This was a very rewarding time, working with some wonderful staff in retail stores and then in the company Head Office in Baker Street, London. (Shopfitting project management and Fire and Safety).
I then set up my own freelance safety consultancy. In this I was able to help a relative who was suffering from severe shoulder problems after 30 years as a typist. I looked for something to help more, and did some basic training in Shiatsu, liked the logic of the Chinese approach …and ended up completing a 3 year Diploma in Shiatsu!!
As I practised safety and Shiatsu, both part time, and then taught Shiatsu I became more captivated by Chinese Medical theory – So…
I completed a 3 year degree course in Traditional Acupuncture at LCTA in Finchley London.
This has deepened my knowledge and appreciation of Chinese Medical Theory, which I still find a remarkably logical way of looking at diseases / conditions which we humans suffer from.
I believe the critical key to treating ANY client is in diagnosing what is going on in that person – how their body has reacted to a particular injury /infection/ trauma, NOT just looking at the problem itself in isolation.
This individual diagnosis is an integral part of practising Chinese Medicine.
I have happily continued my studies of this fascinating form of medicine and health care, and have been happy to train in and use western methods where this will enhance a treatment for a particular client. (e.g acu-taping, also known as Kinesio or neuro-muscular taping, or deep-tissue needling).
Whilst acupuncture is, and will always remain my primary modality, I am happy to treat using other forms, such as:
- Electro-acupuncture – very effective for pain relief
- Cupping (great for muscle problems)
- Moxibustion – great for depleted energy and most arthritic pain
- Acu-taping – excellent for joint problems or injury
- Deep-tissue needling– good for releasing trigger points in muscles
- Auricular acupuncture – in the form of “seeds to go” applied at the end of a treatment. This allows the client to continue helping themselves.
All of these modalities complement each other, and I happily use or incorporate whichever will help you. After discussion you of course.
I have found in the last few years that acupuncture itself is remarkably effective for many of my female clients, many of whom have or are going through normal mid/late life changes, such as menopause or later, “wear and tear” problems, (e.g. arthritis).
Now, I find the majority of my clients are women suffering from such problems, and happily, we are able to alleviate many of the unpleasant symptoms which seem to be accepted as be normal at this stage of life.