Introduction of Acupuncture for physiotherapists


Western medical acupuncture (WMA) practice by physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals has substantially increased in the last decade worldwide.  Acupuncture is one of the many skills employed within physiotherapy as part of an integrated approach to the management of pain and inflammation.

Goal of the course

  • Introduction to the application of acupuncture as treatment of pain.
  • To research the pain-theory in the management of musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Evidence based  treatment using Acupuncture in Physiotherapy.
  • To provide to the participants new skills and techniques as treatment.

Day  1 –  “Introduction  to  acupuncture  and  pain “

  • History of acupuncture
  • Pain theories  and  how acupuncture works
  • Evidence based acupuncture for physiotherapy
  • Elements of TCM

Day  2  –  “ Acupuncture  points “

  • Meridian pathways – Measurement in acupuncture
  • Needle types – Special needles
  • Needling methods
  • Acupuncture points  introduction

Day  3 –  “ Acupuncture  points “  (cont.)

  • Acupuncture points  introduction  (cont)
  • Proportional Acupuncture points
  • Common acupuncture points

Day  4  –  “ Principles of point selection “

  • Patient selection – Inform  consent
  • Establishing treatment protocols
  • Local points: Elbow, Shoulder, Knee, Neck, Back, Hip, Ankle, Wrist/ Hand, Foot
  • Important point categories.

Day  5 –  “ Acupuncture and Physiotherapy”

  • Incorporating acupuncture into physiotherapy ( group task )
  • Complications of acupuncture
  • TENS and  acupuncture
  • Auricular Acupuncture and  physiotherapy