Job Profile:      Acupressurist

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.

Job Information
29,730 52,330 164,710

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

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Acupuncture needle guide tubes Acutonics tuning forks Adenoid sphygmomanometers
Adson forceps Air ion testers Angle tip forceps
Autoclave sterilizers Babinski hammers Bandage scissors
Biohazard containers Blood pressure monitors Buck neurological hammers
Crystal probes Digital electronic acupunctoscopes Digital heat lamps
Dressing forceps Dual head stethoscopes Ear needles
Ear tacks Electroacupuncture stimulation units Electronic muscle stimulators
Filiform acupuncture needles Foot rollers Four sensor probes
Glass cupping sets Gua sha tools Hand exercise balls
Hand rollers Handheld digital thermometers Hemostat clamps
Herb grinders Hydrocollator units Infrared heat lamps
Intradermal acupuncture needles Ion pumps Ionizers
Lancet needles Laser pens Lockable forceps
Magnetic cupping sets Magnetic finger rings Manaka hammers
Massage chairs Massage tables Microcurrent systems
Mineral wave lamps Moxa boxes Moxa burners
Moxa burning bowls Moxa cans Moxa extinguishers
Moxa spoons Needle inserters Needle plungers
Operating scissors Otoscopes Pen probes
Plastic cupping sets Portable heat lamps Positioning bolsters
Press needles Pulsed magnetic field generators Rolling drums
Scissor pincettes Seven-star needles Splinter forceps
Tack tweezers Taylor-type percussion hammers Therapeutic acupuncture magnets
Therapeutic cooling packs Therapeutic heating packs Three-edged bloodletting needles
Tiger warmers Tongue depressors Trancutaneous electrical nerve stimulation TENS units
Ultrasound massagers Vibration massagers Wartenberg pinwheels
Wide grip tweezers

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