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