Acupuncture for Podiatrists Foundation Course

Skill level: BeginnerCPD hours: 3 days
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The acupuncture for podiatrists foundation course is specifically designed to meet the needs of busy clinicians wanting to expand their range of adjunctive treatment techniques. This course will enable you to deliver a holistic approach to patient care for lower limb/foot and ankle musculoskeletal conditions, and their associated complications.

The course will be delivered by Dr. Carl Clarkson, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and active researcher in the field, and by Mr. Temujin Eradhun, an experienced sports and musculoskeletal podiatrist and acupuncture practitioner, through a unique blend of online and face-to-face teaching.

Breeze Academy has a global reputation as one of the leading providers of acupuncture and dry needling training worldwide. We have been a globally trusted, 5-star rated dry needling and acupuncture education provider for over 10 years.

For any questions about this or any other courses provided by Breeze Academy, please get in touch directly by emailing us at [email protected] or calling +(44)191 243 0770.

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  • An acupuncture course tailored specifically for podiatrists
  • On course completion, you will be able to confidently integrate acupuncture into your day to day practice
  • Begin your learning immediately, through our online platform
  • Globally trusted acupuncture and dry needling course delivery system
  • Consistently rated 5 stars by healthcare professionals

The objectives of our podiatry acupuncture foundations course are:

  • To implement safe and effective acupuncture and dry needling techniques, with specific consideration to the lower limb, foot, and ankle
  • To create targeted acupuncture and needling protocols within podiatry clinics, for the benefit of pain, inflammation, and healing
  • To appraise and synthesise the evidence base alongside clinical experience
  • To adopt a pragmatic approach to clinical reasoning for needling interventions that complement your existing skills

In our acupuncture for podiatry foundation course, you will receive a fully evidence-based approach to the implementation of acupuncture. This comes with comprehensive study materials provided within the online and face-to-face sessions of the course. Upon completion, this course will allow you to make fully informed decisions on how and when to introduce acupuncture into a client’s care package.

You’ll discover a large body of prominent, pertinent, and up-to-date evidence supporting the use of acupuncture, whilst developing your needling skills to provide dramatic results for your clients, offering greater choice, improved mobility, and pain relief.

More specifically, after completing our acupuncture foundation course you will be able to demonstrate the following needling skills and theoretical knowledge:

  • Effective needling techniques primarily upon the lower limb, knee, foot, and ankle
  • Suitable identification of prominent and commonly used acupoints
  • An understanding of contraindications, precautions, and potential side effects of acupuncture and dry needling- Safe application of needling at all times
  • Effective management of needling side effects

Upon successful completion of the acupuncture for podiatry foundational course, you will be able to safely, confidently, and effectively apply acupuncture and dry needling in your day-to-day practice.

This course will cover both theoretical and applied knowledge, reviewed from both a Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective. By helping you understand a large number of applications and techniques, this course will allow you confidently apply acupuncture for the treatment of:

  • Acute or persistent podiatry related pain
  • Wound healing
  • Medial and lateral foot and ankle pain
  • Dorsal and plantar foot pain
  • Neuropathy/ neuropathic pain
  • Shin splints/ compartment syndromes
  • Postoperative recovery, including inflammation management and rehabilitation
  • Sports performance, DOM recovery, muscle tightness, and lower limb trigger points

Our acupuncture for podiatry foundational course is specifically designed to complement the skills and knowledge of Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered Podiatrists.

Global Reputation & Experience

Founded by Dr. Carl Clarkson, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Breeze Academy has established itself as one of the leading providers of acupuncture and dry needling training globally.

Curated and delivered by Dr. Carl Clarkson, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, who has taught acupuncture internationally for over 10 years, and Mr. Temujin Eradhun, an experienced sports / musculoskeletal podiatrist and with over 10 years as an acupuncture practitioner and teaching experience.

This foundation course has a global reputation and has cemented Breeze Academy as one of the leading providers of acupuncture and dry needling training worldwide.

A Unique Blend Of Online & Face To Face Teaching

Carefully curated online content will be delivered alongside face-to-face sessions, allowing you to access high-quality essential information whenever and wherever you want, allowing you to revisit the content as needed.

This blended format comes with the additional benefit of reducing accommodation costs for those needing to travel in order to access the face-to-face sessions. The face-to-face components of this course will be led by Mr. Temujin Eradhun, who has over 25 years of experience in the field of podiatric medicine, with a particular interest in musculoskeletal and sports-related conditions. He has been delivering workshops and assisting on acupuncture courses for 8 years.

Mr. Temujin Eradhun will be delving into his experience as an Acupuncture practitioner, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Remedial Massage Therapist to offer a unique holistic approach to the needs and circumstances of clients, which is sure to enrich the face-to-face components of this course.

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 for podiatry. This course has clinical reasoning at the heart of its delivery, ensuring that you’re able to make fully informed decisions on how and when to introduce acupuncture into a client’s care package.

Your online learning access will expire 1 month following the face to face component of the course.

The foundation in acupuncture course is open to HCPC registered podiatrists with appropriate professional indemnity insurance that covers the use of needle insertion (we can advise on insurers who provide this). Prospective students must be fit and able to perform the practical components, therefore be able to physically insert acupuncture needles and have acupuncture needles inserted into themselves.

Please note that although pregnancy is not a contraindication to receiving acupuncture, we understand that some expectant mothers may be apprehensive. Other acupuncture safety concerns for prospective course attendees are needle phobia, metal allergies, heart valve transplants, and pacemakers. Please make us aware prior to booking if you have any concerns.

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.

Meet your tutor

Dr. Carl Clarkson

Dr. Carl Clarkson

  • PhD, Acupuncture and Women’s Health, Northumbria University
  • MSc, Acupuncture, Coventry University
  • PGCE, Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching, Teeside University
  • BSc, Physiotherapy, Northumbria University
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA
Over a decade ago, I had an ambitious vision – create exceptional learning experiences for healthcare professionals. My career began in 2004 as a Physiotherapist, where a passion for helping people was complimented...
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Online Learning Prior To Face-To-FaceOnline

  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 acupoint 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 on the upper limb.

By the end of day one, you will have been introduced to prominent acupoints commonly used for ailments 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 persistent 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 limb, lower limb and spinal needling techniques. You will have a short safety test to complete, where you will be required to describe needling safety (contraindications, 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 of the course with case studies and Q&A.

Online Learning Post Face-To-FaceOnline

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 multi-choice tests focused upon case studies, will also be accessed through our online platform.

Post Course SupportOnline

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.

Course bookings

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Manchester, UK

£580.006th - 8th Jun 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Leeds, UK

£580.0010th - 12th Jun 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Edinburgh, UK

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Birmingham, UK

£580.0024th - 26th Jun 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Exeter, UK

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London, UK

£580.0015th - 17th Jul 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Norwich, UK

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Cardiff, UK

£580.0022nd - 24th Jul 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Birmingham, UK

£580.007th - 9th Sep 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Manchester, UK

£580.0012th - 14th Oct 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Newcastle, UK

£580.0028th - 30th Oct 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Leeds, UK

£580.009th - 11th Nov 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Glasgow, UK

£580.0018th - 20th Nov 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

London, UK

£580.0023rd - 25th Nov 2022 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Belfast, UK

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