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Acupuncturists

Diagnose, treat, and prevent disorders by stimulating specific acupuncture points within the body using acupuncture needles. May also use cups, nutritional supplements, therapeutic massage, acupressure, and other alternative health therapies.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Develop individual treatment plans and strategies.
    • Adhere to local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and statutes.
    • Insert needles to provide acupuncture treatment.
    • Identify correct anatomical and proportional point locations based on patients' anatomy and positions, contraindications, and precautions related to treatments, such as intradermal needles, moxibustion, electricity, guasha, or bleeding.
    • Collect medical histories and general health and lifestyle information from patients.
    • Treat patients using tools, such as needles, cups, ear balls, seeds, pellets, or nutritional supplements.
    • Analyze physical findings and medical histories to make diagnoses according to Oriental medicine traditions.
    • Maintain and follow standard quality, safety, environmental, and infection control policies and procedures.
    • Educate patients on topics, such as meditation, ergonomics, stretching, exercise, nutrition, the healing process, breathing, or relaxation techniques.
    • Dispense herbal formulas and inform patients of dosages and frequencies, treatment duration, possible side effects, and drug interactions.
    • Maintain detailed and complete records of health care plans and prognoses.
    • Assess patients' general physical appearance to make diagnoses.
    • Formulate herbal preparations to treat conditions considering herbal properties, such as taste, toxicity, effects of preparation, contraindications, and incompatibilities.
    • Apply heat or cold therapy to patients using materials, such as heat pads, hydrocollator packs, warm compresses, cold compresses, heat lamps, or vapor coolants.
    • Consider Western medical procedures in health assessment, health care team communication, and care referrals.
    • Evaluate treatment outcomes and recommend new or altered treatments as necessary to further promote, restore, or maintain health.
    • Treat medical conditions, using techniques such as acupressure, shiatsu, or tuina.
    • Apply moxibustion directly or indirectly to patients using Chinese, non-scarring, stick, or pole moxa.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
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    Workplace Documents
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    Graphic Literacy
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    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Therapy and Counseling

      Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 84360/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 40.56/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

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    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Independence

    Tools

    • Therapeutic heating or cooling units or systems
    • Therapeutic heating or cooling pads or compresses or packs
    • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps
    • Neuromuscular stimulators or kits
    • Hypodermic needle

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Operating system software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Electronic mail software
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