Acupuncture General Update

Skill level: IntermediateCPD hours: 10 hours

Course details

This acupuncture general update course allows course delegates to revisit their needling skills and underpinning theory, whilst being introduced to the latest findings from published literature – thus helping to consolidate existing knowledge and to introduce a more focused approach to needling techniques and clinical reasoning. With online learning taking place before and after a session of face-to-face teaching, course delegates consistently rate this course 5 stars, leaving not only with new needling skills but with the confidence to apply them from day one.

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Prior to the face-to-face component of the course, you will be required to complete a series of safety lessons on our online platform, covering contraindications, precautions and adverse events, as well as revisiting needle insertion fundamentals and pain physiology.

Having undertaken the online learning, the face-to-face component will be a fully practical workshop consist covering a wide range of needling skills across the knee, elbow, neck, low back and achilles tendon, with plenty of opportunity to discuss specific case histories and other regions of the body.

Following the face-to-face session, further online learning is provided in the form of case studies and multi choice quizzes to help consolidate your learning, making sure you feel confident to apply the learning activities immediately.

This course is for healthcare professionals who have already taken a foundation course in acupuncture but are now looking to complete CPD hours and advance their skills and understanding further.

With experience delivering this course both in the UK and worldwide across the last 10 years, we’ve had the pleasure of helping a wide range of professionals consolidate their existing knowledge and move towards a more focused approach to needling techniques and clinical reasoning – from Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Sports Therapists to Physicians, Nurses and Occupational Therapists.

Global Reputation & Experience

Curated and delivered by Dr. Carl Clarkson, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, who has taught acupuncture globally for over 10 years, this general update has an international reputation and has cemented Breeze Academy as one of the leading providers of acupuncture and dry needling training worldwide.

Unique Blend Of Online & Face To Face

Carefully curated online content, both before and after the face-to-face component, allows you to access high quality education whenever and wherever you want, helping to reduce accommodation costs for those of you needing to travel to the face-to-face component, whilst also providing you the option to revisit theory in an engaging format, whenever and wherever suits you best.

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. This course has clinical reasoning at the heart of delivery, making sure 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.

You will need to be a regulated healthcare professional who has completed foundation training in acupuncture.

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...
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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 takes 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. Pain physiology and the impact acupuncture has on descending inhibition

Face-to-face training

Here, you will cover:

  • Knee
  • Elbow
  • Neck
  • Low back
  • Achilles tendon

Plenty of needling skills taught and practiced, with plenty of opportunity to discuss implications for future practice. Have a client in mind? Bring along their case history, and we can tailor your acupuncture intervention to suit their symptoms.

Online learning post face-to-face sessionsOnline

After the face-to-face session, case studies and multi-choice quizzes will help to consolidate your learning, making sure you are confident to apply the learning activities immediately.