Erin Meyers, Acupuncturist
Putting Knowledge into Practice
Ever since high school anatomy class, I have been fascinated by the body and how it works. Thank you, Mr. Stanley!
I pursued that interest through college, studying anatomy, physiology and neurobiology. I put all that book and lab knowledge into practice, and started lifting weights and competing in triathlons.
After achieving a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, I started working in a lab at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics. That’s when I discovered acupuncture.
Injury & Acupuncture
I injured a shoulder while working out, and the injury just didn’t seem to heal. A coworker suggested I try acupuncture. I was slightly skeptical, but nothing else had helped so I was ready to try anything.
I made an appointment with a sports acupuncturist. After that first treatment, I felt like one giant ache walking out of the treatment room (although that quickly cleared up). But that ache actually convinced me that acupuncture was more than just a placebo effect, or too gentle for real pain.
After a few visits my shoulder issue cleared up, but what really amazed me is that the chronic headaches- that I’d had most of my life- had also completely stopped.
After several years of enjoyable work as a lab scientist, I was interested in a career change. I immediately enrolled in acupuncture college because of the profound effect acupuncture had on my life.
Sports Acupuncture at the Southwest Acupuncture College
At the Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado, I specialized in sports acupuncture. I was fascinated by, and excelled at, orthopedic anatomy; trigger point acupuncture; and sports medicine acupuncture.
I completed a clinical internship at the University of Colorado, where I treated runners, volleyball players, and basketball players, as well as other athletes. I also completed three sports-medicine-specific clinical rotations at the college’s clinic.
I don’t “just” do acupuncture! Chinese medicine teaches us to be holistic- that is, to value and treat the entire human body. I know that manual therapy is also vital to healing, in addition to acupuncture. So I have also become certified in kinesiology taping and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) through RockTape.
Acupuncture and Fitness
Acupuncture and fitness are both integral elements for me to live a balanced, energetic, healthy life.
I have been certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) since 2015. I fell in love with fitness in college while taking a weightlifting class, and have been lifting heavy things ever since.
I’m also a Level 1 Pole Instructor with the Pole Fitness Alliance. Pole fitness is a really fun workout, which uses your whole body to become stronger, more balanced, and more confident.