About Dr Carol Graham (Acupuncturist)
- Advanced Diploma Applied Science (Acupuncture)
- Post-graduate Certificate in Japanese Acupuncture
- Member of Australian Traditional Medicine Association (ATMA)
- Registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
“Hi, my name is Carol, and I love to help anyone whose body is suffering from pain, or whose life is affected by a health problem (such as living with anxiety, or having no energy or enjoyment of life), and to help restore them back to having full, happy lives again.
I have been a full-time acupuncturist since 2008, though I started helping people at a much earlier age; when I was at boarding school, I was handsomely paid for my massage skills (‘Chicken in a Biscuit’ was like gold in my eyes!).
How I Came to Acupuncture
After study in Community Welfare, I worked for five years in Fortitude Valley as a Youth worker connecting and supporting homeless young people, and then as Coordinator of a sexual health program. I loved this work but had a break to start a family.
My first child Moses had very bad reflux, and had to be taken to a hospital emergency department. He received some traumatic investigations and strong medications, but there was little improvement in his condition. I then took him to see an acupuncturist, who was able to sort out his reflux with some simple acupuncture, herbs, and good practical advice (i.e. putting his bed on a tilt).
This inspired me to become an acupuncturist, with a view of opening a paediatric acupuncture clinic. However the journey of parenting and moves around the globe slowed up my study. After 14 years(!) I finally graduated, but as I was no longer surrounded by babies my focus changed. Some of my fellow students and I organized our own study trip to China, and we spent a month working in 3 different Chinese Medicine hospitals.
In the meantime I had qualified and worked as a massage therapist.
After my return from China, I discovered the world of Japanese acupuncture, and now this is the basis of my treatments. I have completed many post-graduate courses and seminars, including the Kiiko Matsumoto style, Manaka Protocols, Advanced Moxibustion training, meridian therapy, Auricular Therapy, and Paediatric Acupuncture. For example, in 2015 I attended a 3 day seminar in Japan on advanced techniques by two master acupuncturists (Masaaki Nakano and Mitsunori Seino). This was the first time one of the masters had ever taught non-Japanese practitioners, and acupuncturists from all over the world came to learn, including from Switzerland, Mexico and Brazil. I was privileged to then spend an entire day studying under the personal direction of another master, Tsuyoshi Shimamura, in his clinic.
All of this training has provided me with a rich variety of different skills to incorporate into my treatments.
Children and Needle-Sensitive Clients
One of the techniques I have received specialised training in is the use of Acupuncture Tuning Forks. A variety of these Forks have been developed for different acupuncture points, and when they are tapped and placed on these points, they provide an effect in the body very similar to acupuncture, except more gentle. I use these Forks on children, clients whose bodies are very sensitive, or those who dislike the idea of acupuncture needles.
Correcting Structural Problems
During the past 6 years I have also studied Ortho-Bionomy, which I incorporate into my practice. It is a gentle technique which triggers the body to correct alignment problems. The techniques were developed by a British osteopath, and involve specific positioning and light compression. Ortho-Bionomy helps stimulate long-term changes in the body to maintain its correct structural balance and optimal functioning.
Conditions of special interest
I enjoy treating a wide variety of conditions, however I have a particular interest in treating children and those with thyroid disorders.*
Having a variety of modalities and styles allows me to fashion a treatment which matches the individual client and their health issues.
outside of work
My children and my work keep me busy, however I also love bush walking, travel, and singing in a choir.“
*Being so skilled with treating thyroid problems has led to Carol being dubbed “The Thyroid Queen”.
Carol is a person of strong family values and is well respected within her profession; she is a much-valued member of our team.