Acupuncture and Dry Needling foundation course August 2020

Event details

£550 (10% discount for a limited time!)

Katie Bell Physiotherapy & Wellness

346 Ecclesall Rd South
S11 9PU
United Kingdom

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53.3480676, -1.5226964

Our unique blend of online and face-to-face teaching has helped make us the standout education provider for acupuncture and dry needling training. With carefully curated online content allowing you to access high quality education whenever and wherever you want, whilst also helping to reduce accommodation costs for those of you needing to travel to the face-to-face component, we have continually evolved our acupuncture foundation course to meet the demands of our delegates.

Curated and delivered by Dr. Carl Clarkson, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, who has taught acupuncture globally for over 10 years to a wide range of healthcare professions, including physiotherapists, chiropractors, nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, massage therapists, dentists and sports therapists, 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.

Expert research knowledge is combined with practical, clinically relevant teaching to ensure course delegates receive a fully evidence-based approach to the implementation of acupuncture. This foundation course has clinical reasoning at the heart of delivery, making sure that course delegates are able to make fully informed decisions on how and when to introduce acupuncture into a client’s care package.

What does the course allow you to do?

Acupuncture and dry needling is an increasingly popular treatment of choice for the general public, and continues to be an important factor in deciding which healthcare provider to access.

Used primarily for both acute and persistent pain, as well as for stress and anxiety, overactive bladder, hot flushes/flashes, nausea and addiction, clinicians who use acupuncture do so as an alternative to invasive interventions and medication, and to allow more traditional approaches to take place where pain may impede its application.

On completion of training, course delegates will feel confident that they can use acupuncture and dry needling as part of their everyday practice safely, confidently and effectively.

Course Aims & Objectives

On successful completion of a Breeze Academy acupuncture and dry needling foundation course, course delegates are expected to demonstrate:

  • Effective needling techniques upon the four limbs, trunk and spine, head and face
  • Integration of acupuncture into their usual practice
  • Suitable identification of prominent and commonly used acupoints
  • A clinical reasoning basis to the treatment of clients with acupuncture and dry needling
  • Knowledge of prominent, pertinent, and up-to-date evidence supporting the use of acupuncture
  • An understanding of contra-indications, precautions and potential side effects of acupuncture and dry needling
  • Theoretical knowledge, from both a Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, on how acupuncture works
  • Safe application of needling at all times
  • Effective management of needling side effects


  • A regulated healthcare professional, or in the final year of training to become a regulated healthcare professional


Online learning prior to face-to-face ONLINE

  1. 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
  2. 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

  3. An introduction to meridians - the essential map needed to guide you on locating acupoints

  4. 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.

Day 2

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).

Day 3

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

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

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.