Emma Vickers Lic Ac BAcC
I am a qualified acupuncturist and massage therapist. I trained at the International College of Oriental Medicine (ICOM) in West Sussex full-time for three years, where I gained my BSc degree in Acupuncture which I passed with first-class honours.
I am passionate about acupuncture and the health benefits that it brings. I became interested in acupuncture for my own health and was so impressed by the profound effect it had that I decided to train to become a practitioner myself. I used acupuncture to help conceive my son who was born in 2011, and used acupuncture throughout my pregnancy, to induce the labour and in post-partum recovery.
Throughout the three- year study, I was actively working with and treating patients, alongside observing senior acupuncturists. Since graduating I have also attended extra study programmes including supporting women through IVF, treating menopause, treating pregnant women to turn babies in breech presentation and treating patients with musculoskeletal issues.
The ICOM course is the oldest in the UK and combines Chinese medicine with comprehensive Western medicine modules (anatomy, physiology and pathology) so that all graduates are qualified to work alongside NHS healthcare professionals.
I am a fully accredited member of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and am also qualified in several massage disciplines, including Acupressure, Swedish and Indian head massage.
My treatment approach
I use several approaches within my clinic including Five Elements and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but I also use the contemporary application of Stems and Branches philosophy which underpins my clinical picture for each patient.
Stems and Branches is a classical Chinese approach which looks at life cycles and natural patterns to identify areas of potential weakness, so that the practitioner can strenghten the patient’s constitutional energy. It incorporates the categorising of phenomena (as seen in Five Elements correspondences and Yin/Yang theory) and so is perfectly applied in addition to other approaches. It also allows us to gain a greater understanding of the potential root cause of a patient’s problem and provides appropriate acupuncture points which will target the area of weakness much more effectively.