Acupuncture – Myofascial trigger point release using acupuncture

The workshop had been designed to teach you to diagnose and locate trigger points and their referral patterns in myofascial tissues, to use acupuncture needles to de-activate trigger points, and to apply appropriate stretches to affected muscle to restore full range of movement.

This 1-day practical hands on workshop is an Introduction on how to treat trigger point in the neck and shoulder using acupuncture, and will offer you both the theoretical and practical approaches that are used in the Western style management of myofascial trigger points. It has been especially designed for acupuncture practitioners, and offers an insight into the theory and western evidence based background of trigger points, as well as practical needling sessions under supervision.

It will offer you a safe and stimulating environment, in which trigger point acupuncture techniques will be examined and practised, to enhance your professional development. You will be introduced to the basic principles and theory underpinning the principles of trigger point therapy, which was founded on the work of Travell and Simons. During the day the anatomy of muscles, muscle function and range of motion will be explored to aid in the management of myofascial trigger points.

Can I attend?
This course is suitable for: The workshop has been uniquely devised for practising therapists who hold professional insurances that cover them for the use of acupuncture within their scope of practice, and who have an interest in developing and enhancing their clinical skills.

Acupuncturists, (BAcC, ATCMA, CNHC)
Osteopaths / Chiropractors (Dry needling)
Physiotherapists, (AACP, BMAS) etc.
The course is not intended for those who have received no training in any form of acupuncture.

What will I learn ?
By the end of the session participants will:

By the end of the day you will have developed an understanding of the basics of the western concept of pain; have refreshed and revised your understanding of the basic muscle/tendon unit, and developed an understanding of diagnosis, location of trigger points.

You will learn how to apply appropriate needling technique to de-activate trigger points and develop an understanding of appropriate muscle stretching.

The course will offer you a structure for clinical reasoning that is evidence based, and current literature will be explored to review the evidence of efficacy.

Research, patient trials, and selected case studies will be used to show how trigger point techniques may be integrated into a treatment.

Information you need to know before booking
Pre course reading / literature Baldry, P. (2002) Management of Myofascial Trigger Point Pain Baldry, Acupuncture in Medicine; 20(1):2-10. Hecker, H.U (2008) Colour Atlas of Acupuncture. Thieme, Stuttgart. Legge, D. Close to the bone (2nd or 3rd edition). Redwing Book co.

Refreshments and lunch sadly are not provided.
You will need to bring a pen or pencil, we will be providing everything else; full colour course notes, all of the training equipment etc.
There is no formal assessment, but a quiz style knowledge check at the end of the day will allow practitioners to check their own knowledge from each day.
All participants must ensure that they are able and willing to give and receive needling from other students (under supervision) or from the tutor.
This course is not suitable for women who are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant.
A Health Screening Questionnaire must be answered and signed before the start of the course.
Students who may be fasting for religious other reasons must inform the tutor before the course commences.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Can I update my registration information?
Yes, by emailing us

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?
Yes. If you’re just changing the name, then there is no charge.

If you want to change the date of your course, then there is no penalty up to 4 weeks before the course but after this charges may apply and the full range can be found on our website

Is it OK if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?