The Podiatric Medical Acupuncture level 1 Course is accredited by the College of Podiatry.
It is designed specifically to meet the needs of busy podiatrists with an interest in acupuncture for the treatment of musculoskeletal and associated disorders of the lower limb. A western medical diagnosis is encouraged, however traditional Chinese concepts are combines with Western medical acupuncture to equip students with a general understanding of acupuncture and how it has evolved over the centuries.
Students will be introduced to techniques showing how myofascial trigger points and classical acupuncture points can be combined and integrated in to your daily practice for the benefit of the patient.
The course will present evidence based research in acupuncture to support its teaching.
There is a strong emphasis on health and safety, needling techniques, contraindications and the importance in the selection of specific classical acupuncture and or myofascial trigger point in the management of common musculoskeletal conditions affecting the lower limb.
This allows students to develop confidence and experience in the use of acupuncture. Students are encourage to critically evaluate and reflect on their own clinical practice and where applicable, challenge the existing evidence base. The program will provide the required knowledge and understanding in the physiological effects of acupuncture on pain management and the healing process. Learning Outcomes: On completion of the Medical Acupuncture Course successful students will:
1. Have knowledge of the indications and contra-indications of manual acupuncture.
2. Have an understanding of myofascial pain and its management.
3. Have a theoretical understanding of the history of acupuncture, meridians, and classical five-element theory.
4. Have an understanding of local, segmental, central and physiological effect of acupuncture in pain management.
5. Have an understanding of the meridians, their course, diagnosis and pathology relating to each meridian.
6. Have an understanding of point selection in the management of musculoskeletal disorders affecting the lower limb.
7. Have knowledge and understanding of how to deliver evidence of clinical reasoning and reflective learning, based on one’s own clinical practice.
8. Have an understanding of how to critically appraise research in acupuncture and relate the finding to improve own practice.
9. Have knowledge and understanding of how to practise in a safe and prudent manner, and to recognise emergency conditions and other circumstances that may necessitate referral to, or consultation with, their health care providers.
This course combines the use of both myofascial and classical acupuncture points. Its primary aim of treatment is on enhancing the healing process and addressing the underlying cause of a disorder and not necessarily on addressing pain as pain is only a symptom.
Once you have finished the course you may register with the British Medical Acupuncture Society.
Entry requirement for the course
The Podiatric Medical Acupuncture course is designed specifically for HCPC registered podiatrists. Candidates must hold a current malpractice or professional liability insurance policy, which covers them for the use of acupuncture. Candidates must be in good health, since the course involves a practical component. Note: This course is not suitable for pregnant students as the health and safety of the mother and foetus is paramount.