Exploring electroacupucnture – from theory to practice

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Exploring Electroacupuncture – from theory to practice

Tutor – David Mayor

Course description
Electroacupuncture is an integral part of successful acupuncture practice. It is very compatible with traditional acupuncture methods and may often help where these have not given satisfactory results.

This one-day clinical workshop will help you feel more comfortable with the theory and practice of electroacupuncture and other related treatment techniques, such as transcutaneous electroacupuncture.

The course will run from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and will be held at Guy’s Hospital in London, a few minutes walk from London Bridge station.

Numbers will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants. A certificate of attendance will be provided (7 hours CPD).

Course structure
The day will be split between lecture-style presentation, demonstration and experiential sessions. There will also be plenty of time for group discussion and development of ideas.

Presentations will cover:
· Understanding electricity
· The neuroscience behind electroacupuncture
· Appropriate selection of electrical parameters and points in treatment
· Evidence from clinical studies and other recent research on what to use, and when
· Contraindications to electroacupuncture, and precautions when using it.

Experiential sessions will allow you to:
· Develop your own rationales in the treatment situation
· Explore treatment possibilities using both needles and surface electrodes
· Use different devices
· Observe and reflect on the changes that occur in response to electrical stimulation.

Learning Objectives for the day
· To develop a fuller understanding of how electroacupuncture works, based on a contemporary neuroscience model
· To become more conversant with the electrical characteristics of the devices used in practice
· To understand when electroacupuncture is and is not appropriate
· To be better able to create your own treatment protocols with a rationale that gives you confidence when using nontraditional acupuncture methods
· To improve your practical skills when using electroacupuncture
· To enhance your critical skills when reading published studies on electroacupuncture
· To integrate electroacupuncture and transcutaneous electroacupuncture into your usual acupuncture practice
· To learn with enjoyment and without stress.

A self-assessment form will be provided for you to complete before the end of the day.

Pre-course reading
Before attending the course, please brush up on what you have been taught about electroacupuncture before.

Also, please take a look at the open access online database at www.electroacupunctureknowledge.com and explore how you might use it to develop a protocol for treating a condition of your choice.

You may also want to download and read at least two papers on the clinical application of electroacupuncture from the internet. Bring your questions with you on the day!

Course equipment provision
All necessary equipment will be provided. However, if you have an electroacupuncture machine and would like to bring it to the course, by all means do so.

Comprehensive handouts will be provided.

Pre-requisites for attendance
This course is suitable for registered healthcare professionals who use acupuncture in their practice, including Acupuncturists, Osteopaths, Masseurs, Chiropractors, as well as final year students who hold professional insurances that will cover them for the use of electroacupuncture within their scope of practice. It is not intended for those who have received no training in any form of acupuncture.

All participants must be prepared to give and receive treatments during the training, and must be over 18 years old.
If on the day you are fasting for religious or other reasons, we request that you inform the tutor before the course commences.
All participants must have a sound working knowledge of acupuncture, and preferably some prior experience of electroacupuncture or TENS.
All participants must have read, understood and returned to the CPD group the confidentiality and screening document prior to treatments.

Minimum of 6


27 Nov 2014