This foundation course has a truly global reputation and has cemented Breeze Academy as one of the leading providers of acupuncture and dry needling training worldwide. Delivered by Dr. Carl Clarkson, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an active researcher in the field, the course consists of a unique blend of online and face-to-face teaching, and ensures that course delegates are able to feel confident using acupuncture and dry needling as part of their everyday practice safely, confidently and effectively
Course Aim & Objectives
For healthcare professional to be safe, confident and effective in the application of acupuncture for the benefit of acute & persistent pain and wellbeing.
- To implement safe & effective needling techniques, throughout the body
- To create targeted needling protocols for the benefit of pain & wellbeing
- To appraise & synthesise the evidence base alongside clinical experience
- To adopt a pragmatic approach to clinical reasoning for needling interventions, that compliment your existing skills
What Will You Learn & Achieve?
With comprehensive study materials provided both during the online and face-to-face components of the course, you will receive a fully evidence-based approach to the implementation of acupuncture, allowing you to make fully informed decisions on how and when to introduce acupuncture into a client’s care package.
You’ll discover the large body of prominent, pertinent and up-to-date evidence supporting the use of acupuncture, whilst at the same time developing your needling skills so that you can provide dramatic results for your clients, offering them the complete package of pain relief and wellbeing.
More specifically, you will be able to demonstrate the following needling skills and theoretical knowledge:
- Effective needling techniques upon the four limbs, trunk and spine, head and face
- Suitable identification of prominent and commonly used acupoints
- An understanding of contra-indications, precautions and potential side effects of acupuncture and dry needling
- Safe application of needling at all times
- Effective management of needling side effects
You will leave the course feeling confident that you can use acupuncture and dry needling as part of your everyday practice safely, confidently and effectively.
What Topics Will You Cover?
With theoretical knowledge and application reviewed from both a Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, this foundation course takes you through a large number of applications and techniques, allowing you to confidently apply acupuncture for the treatment of acute or persistent pain absolutely anywhere in the body, as well as for stress and anxiety, for overactive bladder, for hot flushes/flashes, and for general wellbeing.
Who Would Benefit From This Course?
This course is designed for any regulated healthcare professional looking to offer more to their clients, whilst also wanting to advance their own career and professional development. From Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Sports Therapists, to Physicians, Nurses and Occupational Therapists, we have had the pleasure of teaching a large range of professions across the last 10 years, both in the UK and worldwide.
Why Study With Breeze Academy?
Global Reputation & Experience
Curated and delivered by Dr. Carl Clarkson, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, who has taught acupuncture globally for over 10 years, this foundation course has a truly global reputation and has cemented Breeze Academy as one of the leading providers of acupuncture and dry needling training worldwide.
Unique Blend Of Online & Face To Face
Carefully curated online content, both before and after the face-to-face component, allows you to access high quality education whenever and wherever you want, helping to reduce accommodation costs for those of you needing to travel to the face-to-face component, whilst also providing you the option to revisit learnings in a much more meaningful and engaging format.
Fully Evidence-Based Approach
Expert research knowledge is combined with practical, clinically relevant teaching to ensure you receive a fully evidence-based approach to the implementation of acupuncture. This course has clinical reasoning at the heart of delivery, making sure that you’re able to make fully informed decisions on how and when to introduce acupuncture into a client’s care package.
You will need to be a regulated healthcare professional, or in the final year of training to become a regulated healthcare professional.
Worried about Covid Cancellations?
If you have to cancel your course booking because of a Covid related issue, we will assign you to the next available course that suits you.
Online learning prior to face-to-face - ONLINE
Prior to the face-to-face session, you will complete safety lessons on our online platform. You will learn:
- Contraindications and precautions
- Adverse events
- How to deal with adverse events
Needle insertion fundamentals take you through video demonstrations of how we choose needle size, and how we can clinically reason our acupoints choices, no matter which part of the body is needled
An introduction to meridians - the essential map needed to guide you on locating acupoints
Pain physiology and the impact acupuncture has on descending inhibition
Face-to-face day 1
Here, you will begin your needle insertion techniques, with the primary focus upon the upper limb.
By the end of day one, you will have been introduced to prominent acupoints commonly used for ailements affecting the shoulder, elbow and the wrist and hand. Furthermore, we will look to integrate your online learning, specifically around needling safety and clinical reasoning.
Face-to-face day 2
On day two, you will progress your basic needling skills to apply to the lower limb and spine. We will build upon the clinical reasoning lessons from day one through case studies, and explore the physiological impacts of needling in acute and persistant pain.
By the end of day two, you will have gained confidence in your needling skills, and have a deeper understanding of what informs our decisions to needle a client (and subsequently, how to choose which acupoints are best suited).
Face-to-face day 3
We will begin the final face-to-face session by consolidating your upper, lower and spinal needling techniques. You will have a short safety test to complete, where you will be required to describe needling safety (contraindicatoins, precautions) before demonstrating safe needle insertion into the thoracic spine.
The lessons on day three focus upon the head, neck, ear before progressing to dry needling techniques. Furthermore, we will explore the theoretical and practical aspects of needling for systemic ailments such as hot flushes, overactive bladder, and stress. We will conclude the face to face aspect to the course with case studies and Q&A.
Online learning post face-to-face sessions - ONLINE
To contextualise acupuncture and dry needling within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), you will access a number of lessons that discuss TCM philosophy through our online platform.
Your assessment, where several mutli-choice tests focused upon case studies, will also be access through our online platform.
Post course support - ONLINE
Following completion of your final online training element, you will continue to receive support from Dr. Clarkson via email or tele-conferencing to help guide you when beginning to introduce acupuncture into your usual practice.