It's taken a month of talking about it, an intense 3 hours setting it up and I'm now ready to embrace social media. It's not that I was feeling lonely and wanted to make friends or that I felt my life was seriously lacking news of what Cheryl Cole had for dinner, it's that I have felt for some time that nobody has the foggiest clue what acupuncture does!
It's fascinating the wealth of responses I get when I introduce myself as an acupuncturist... "So do you just work on feet?" "Is that where you stick needles into people?!" "My friend had acupuncture. Her physio did it". Or you know they're really out of their depth when they just say "oh that's interesting". People just really don't know what it's all about.
What's really interesting to me is that when you talk about it, people are always amazed at what acupuncture can treat. It's not just back and knee pain, and once explained to people the wealth of health conditions that I treat and how beneficial acupuncture can be, the general response is that they wished they'd known about it sooner.
So, I'm using this social media phenomenon as a vessel to carry the message that acupuncture can treat anything! It's been good enough to treat the Chinese for thousands of years and I'm sure their only complaints weren't just niggly backs and dodgy knees!
My aim is to give you little snippets of what I've been up to during the week, the sort of health complaints I've been treating, and if you're lucky I may even thrown in something inspirational to keep your interest high. And if all that fails, I will go to the lengths of retweeting Cheryl Cole's dinner so you can be assured there'll be something for everyone!
I hope you'll also be able to use this space as a forum for debate and if you have any general questions or are concerned about your health, please do pose them here or you can always pick up the phone if you'd prefer. I'm always happy to give any advice I can, provided I have the relevant information.
So good luck to you and me (I'm still getting my head around it) and I look forward to blogging at you.
Verity Allen - BSc, BA, MBAcC, Lic Ac