My name is Brandon, i am an acupuncturist certified in microsystems and orthopaedics and also currently a final year student in traditional chinese acupuncture. I have qualifications in massage therapy, although taking more courses to deepen my knowledge and skills in medical massage.
I have been to the Calais refugee camp offering basic first aid, acupuncture and massage care twice, 4 days trip for each and it was a success. Managing to treat more than 200 hundred people on each trip where there is a great need of pain management due to MSK injuries, swellings, sprains, strains, headache, blocked nose, backache etc... Some of them were coming just to get a back and neck massage for 10 minutes and relax.
A lot has been achieved on those two trips with great results. Acupuncture and massage therapy is well known and effective for pain management and rehabilitation, decreasing swollen tissues and able to offer a temporarily pain relief. I have few great stories to tell on the effectiveness and practical asset of offering acupuncture care at the camp with testimonials from other healthcare professionals having worked with me on my previous trips.
I am planning on going back for one more 3 to 4 days trip running again my clinic before the winter hits us hard and help people in great need, however, having financed entirely the first two trips and having to pay high rent and private student loans plus other life expenses back home working a lot on a minimum wage job ( i am a support worker/ healthcare assistant), i am afraid i won't be able to finance this upcoming trip without a little help from y'all good people.
600 pounds would help me finance my trip there, basic food, cheap hostel, transport and also buy necessary equipment to deliver my care, like special heat cream to use for those who do not want acupuncture but ok with a massage, an electro-acupuncture machine (it is a machine which sends tiny electrical impulses in the tissues via the acupuncture needles, same principle as a tens machine but deeper), a machine like this could help me treat more people at once as for now i use a lot of manual manipulations to stimulate a tissue response and healing and of course buy much needed acupuncture needles as i used over 2000 on my last trip last week, cupping cups (very popular therapy amongs the refugees) and support strapping bandages. Also depending on how much i raise, if more than expected, buy a portable solar panel to get electricity in the caravan i work at, which could enable me to use specialised heat lamps for the treatment of various sprains and strains and pains.
Acupuncture and oriental medicine is very well known and appreciated within the different communities present at the camp, everytime i am going there i get a lot of interest and a fully packed busy caravan working without proper break from the time i open to the time i decided i need to go ( average of 8 to 9 hours a days non stop). A lot of the same people come back 2 to 3 times a day to get their treatment which is great as it allows me to deliver proper care and get some serious therapeutic results which put a smile on the face of the residents whom notice a improvement in their sufferings and bring their friends along to get treated.
I would like to go back in about 3 weeks time again.
I would finance the trip myself again but i can't and i need equipment which i can't afford without help. It is for a great cause, well appreciated at the camp from the residents and other volunteers around and a very important project of mine. I run this clinic alone, treating 3 to 5 people at once in a donated caravan i rent for free on site through an amazing friend of mine who organised those for various medi-care.
I would like to thank you in advance for your interest and donations,
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