Acupuncture & Dry Needling Courses for Physiotherapists

Breeze Academy’s medical acupuncture and dry needling courses are designed to give physiotherapists the skills and confidence to practice acupuncture and dry needling with their patients as soon as they qualify.

  • The UK's leading acupuncture & dry needling course provider
  • Globally trusted acupuncture and dry needling tutor
  • Over 10 years teaching experience worldwide
  • Consistently rated 5-star by healthcare professionals
  • Clinical reasoning at the heart of delivery
  • Fully accredited by the FHT
  • Courses in every major UK city
  • Triple-locked quality assurance

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Medical Acupuncture & Dry Needling Course (Foundation Level)

Skill level: BeginnerCPD hours: 3 days

An essential course for any healthcare professional looking to provide western medical acupuncture and dry needling for their clients.

Course bookings
1st - 3rd Mar 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

West London, UK

£635.00West London, W3 6, UK

8th - 10th Mar 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Leeds, UK

£610.00Leeds, UK

15th - 17th Mar 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leicester, UK

£610.00Leicester, UK

20th - 22nd Mar 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Barbados

BBD $1500.00Barbados

19th - 21st Apr 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Southampton, UK

£610.00Southampton, SO15 1, UK

19th - 21st Apr 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Liverpool, L3 4, UK

£610.00Liverpool, UK

26th - 28th Apr 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Keele, UK

£610.00Keele, ST5 4, UK

26th - 28th Apr 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

London, UK

£635.00London, E1W 3, UK

29th Apr - 1st May 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

University of West England (Students only)

£610.00UWE, UK

10th - 12th May 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

University of Plymouth, UK

£610.00University of Plymouth, UK

10th - 12th May 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Nottingham, UK

£610.00Nottingham, UK

10th - 12th May 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Sheffield, UK

£610.00Sheffield, UK

17th - 19th May 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Edinburgh, UK

£610.00Edinburgh, UK

24th - 26th May 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Middlesbrough, UK

£610.00Middlesbrough, TS1 2, UK

5th - 7th Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Bristol, UK

£610.00Bristol, BS1, UK

10th - 12th Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

University of Birmingham (Physio Students Only)

£610.00University of Birmingham (Physio Students Only)

14th - 16th Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Lincoln, UK

£610.00Lincoln, LN6 9, UK

14th - 16th Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

St Georges University, London (University Students Only)

£610.00St Georges University, London, UK

14th - 16th Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

West London, UK

£635.00West London, W3 6, UK

21st - 23rd Jun 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Preston, UK

£610.00Preston, PR1 3, UK

1st - 3rd Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leeds Beckett University (Students Only)

£610.00Leeds Beckett University (Students Only)

1st - 3rd Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Belfast, UK

£610.00Belfast, BT12 5, UK

3rd - 5th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Manchester, UK

£610.00Manchester, UK

8th - 10th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Barnstaple, North Devon

£610.00Petroc College, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 2BQ

15th - 17th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Newcastle, UK

£610.00Breeze Academy HQ, Newcastle, NE29 6, UK

26th - 28th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Coventry, UK

£610.00Coventry, CV8 1, UK

26th - 28th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Milton Keynes, UK

£610.00Milton Keynes, MK16 0, UK

26th - 28th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Southampton, UK

£610.00Southampton, SO15 1, UK

2nd - 4th Aug 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Derby, UK

£610.00Derby, DE1 3, UK

2nd - 4th Aug 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leeds, UK

£610.00Leeds, LS10 1, UK

14th - 16th Aug 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Bradford, UK

£610.00Bradford, BD1 2, UK

23rd - 25th Aug 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Glasgow, UK

£610.00Glasgow, UK

6th - 8th Sep 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Edinburgh, UK

£610.00Edinburgh, EH3, 8, UK

6th - 8th Sep 2024 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Doncaster, UK

£619.00Doncaster, DN4 8, UK

20th - 22nd Sep 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leicester, UK

£619.00Leicester, LE1 5, UK

20th - 22nd Sep 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Newcastle, UK

£619.00Newcastle, NE29 6, UK

25th - 27th Sep 2024 (12:00 AM - 12:00 AM)

Bristol, UK

£619.00Bristol, BS1 2, UK

4th - 6th Oct 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Swansea, UK

£610.00Swansea, UK

9th - 11th Oct 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Liverpool, UK

£619.00Liverpool, L3 4, UK

18th - 20th Oct 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Manchester, UK

£619.00Manchester, M1 5, UK

25th - 27th Oct 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Ipswich, UK

£619.00Ipswich, IP2 0, UK

30th Oct - 1st Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Southampton, UK

£619.00Southampton, SO15 1, UK

8th - 10th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Nottingham, UK

£610.00Nottingham, NG2 3, UK

8th - 10th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Bradford, UK

£619.00Bradford, BD1, 2, UK

11th - 13th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Newcastle, UK

£619.00Newcastle, NE29 6, UK

13th - 15th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Bristol, UK

£619.00Bristol, BS1 2, UK

15th - 17th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Coventry, UK

£619.00Coventry, CV8 1, UK

22nd - 24th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Bedford, UK

£619.00Bedford, MK42, UK

27th - 29th Nov 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Middlesbrough, UK

£619.00Middlesbrough, TS1 2, UK

29th Nov - 1st Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Glasgow, UK

£619.00Glasgow, G1 4, UK

6th - 8th Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Manchester, UK

£619.00Manchester, M1 5, UK

6th - 8th Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leeds, UK

£619.00Leeds, LS10 1, UK

9th - 11th Dec 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Derby, UK

£619.00Derby, DE1 3, UK

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Advanced Skills in Acupuncture

Skill level: AdvancedCPD hours: 100

Enhance your acupuncture and dry needling skills beyond your foundation training, by delving into advanced clinical reasoning and sophisticated needling techniques.

ONLINE CPD: Acupuncture for Headaches, Neck and Facial Pain

Skill level: IntermediateCPD hours: 10 hours

Specialist online acupuncture CPD course for those already trained in acupuncture but looking to advance their needling skills and understanding further, specifically for head, neck and facial pain.

ONLINE CPD: Acupuncture for Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain

Skill level: IntermediateCPD hours: 10 hours

Specialist online acupuncture CPD course for those already trained in acupuncture but looking to advance their needling skills and understanding further, specifically for shoulder, elbow and wrist pain.

ONLINE CPD: Acupuncture & Dry Needling General Update

Skill level: IntermediateCPD hours: 10 hours

General online refresher for those already trained in acupuncture and dry needling but looking to maintain their needling competency and advance their understanding further.

ONLINE CPD: Acupuncture & Dry Needling in Women's Health

Skill level: IntermediateCPD hours: 10 hours

This specialist online course is a masterclass in the application of acupuncture and dry needling for the treatment of women's health conditions.

The Acupuncture Clinical Companion

Skill level: IntermediateCPD hours: As much as you want!

The go-to acupuncture resource for busy clinicians, looking for a quick-to-access, easy-to-follow recipe guide for almost any problem presented in your clinic.

Frequently asked questions

In the United Kingdom, physiotherapists play a crucial role in providing acupuncture and dry needling as part of their standard practice. Physiotherapists wishing to provide this service are required to undergo CPD training to ensure they meet the HCPC's standards and competency requirements, such as our Medical Acupuncture & Dry Needling Foundation Course.

Such programmes equip physiotherapists with the necessary knowledge and skills to safely and effectively administer acupuncture and dry needling as part of their physiotherapy practice. This recognition and training has established physiotherapists as the leading healthcare profession in the UK for the provision of acupuncture and dry needling services.

Medical acupuncture and dry needling can serve as valuable complements to physiotherapy, offering a multifaceted approach to rehabilitation and pain management. Physiotherapy primarily focuses on the physical aspects of recovery, such as muscle strengthening and joint mobility, while acupuncture and dry needling provide targeted interventions to address pain, muscle tension, and promote healing. When integrated effectively, these modalities can result in a synergistic effect that benefits patients in various ways.

One of the primary benefits of combining acupuncture and dry needling with physiotherapy is enhanced pain relief. Acupuncture targets specific acupoints to stimulate the body's natural pain-killing mechanisms and promote relaxation, which can help alleviate pain and muscle tension. Dry needling, on the other hand, targets trigger points within muscles, releasing tension and promoting blood flow to the affected area. Together, these techniques can provide more immediate and lasting relief, allowing patients to participate more fully in their physiotherapy exercises and rehabilitative activities.

Additionally, acupuncture and dry needling can help expedite the healing process. By improving blood circulation and promoting the body's natural healing mechanisms, these modalities can accelerate tissue repair and recovery. This means that the combination of physiotherapy with acupuncture and dry needling can potentially lead to faster recovery times and better outcomes for patients dealing with a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, such as sports injuries, chronic pain, or post-surgery rehabilitation. The holistic approach that combines the strengths of each approach ensures a more well-rounded and effective treatment plan that addresses not only the physical aspects of recovery but also considers the patient's overall well-being.

In summary, the integration of acupuncture and dry needling with physiotherapy provides a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation and pain management. Together, they enhance pain relief, expedite the healing process, and contribute to a more effective and well-rounded treatment plan for patients seeking to recover from musculoskeletal issues and injuries. This complementary approach can lead to improved patient outcomes and a better quality of life.

Typically, our foundation level acupuncture and dry needling course take physiotherapists around one to two months to complete. The online component of our course can be completed in your own time, at your own pace, whilst the in-person workshop is conducted across three days.

Following the foundation course, physiotherapists may decide to advance their training further through one of our online or in-person CPD training courses. Our popular Advanced Skills in Acupuncture Course comprises an online component, as well as a two day in-person training event.

Yes, dry needling is often considered a part of physiotherapy, and it is frequently used by physiotherapists as one of the techniques in their scope of practice. Dry needling involves the insertion of thin needles into trigger points in muscles, tendons, or ligaments to release muscle tension, alleviate pain, and promote healing. It is particularly effective for treating musculoskeletal conditions, such as myofascial pain, sports injuries, and chronic pain.

Dry needling is often used in conjunction with other physiotherapy interventions, such as manual therapy, exercise, and patient education, to provide a comprehensive approach to patient care.

Yes, physiotherapy and acupuncture can work together effectively to provide comprehensive care for patients, especially for musculoskeletal and pain-related conditions. The combination of these two complementary therapies can offer several benefits:

  1. Holistic Approach: Physiotherapy focuses on physical rehabilitation and improving mobility, strength, and function. Acupuncture, on the other hand, targets specific points to promote healing, alleviate pain, and relax muscles. Together, they provide a more holistic approach that addresses both the physical and holistic aspects of health and recovery.

  2. Pain Management: Acupuncture is known for its effectiveness in pain management by stimulating the release of endorphins and improving blood circulation. This can help patients manage pain and discomfort, making it easier to participate in physiotherapy exercises and activities.

  3. Enhanced Recovery: The combination of acupuncture and physiotherapy can expedite the healing process. Acupuncture can improve blood flow and promote the body's natural healing mechanisms, potentially leading to faster recovery times and better outcomes for patients recovering from injuries or surgeries.

  4. Personalised Care: Combining physiotherapy and acupuncture allows healthcare providers to tailor treatment plans to the individual needs and goals of the patient. This personalised approach can result in better outcomes and patient satisfaction.

In sum, the integrated approach can lead to improved patient care, especially for those dealing with musculoskeletal issues and pain-related conditions.

It is becoming increasingly common for physiotherapists to embrace acupuncture as an integral part of their practice. This evolving trend highlights the recognition within the field of physiotherapy of the need to offer patients a more holistic approach to their care. By incorporating acupuncture, physiotherapists provide a diverse range of treatment options, particularly for pain management, rehabilitation, and overall well-being.

This growing integration of acupuncture reflects a shift towards more patient-centred and well-rounded musculoskeletal healthcare. Acupuncture serves as a valuable complement to traditional physiotherapeutic techniques, offering targeted pain relief, muscle relaxation, and expedited recovery. The combined use of both therapies fosters a more comprehensive approach to patient care, ultimately leading to improved patient outcomes and overall well-being. Physiotherapists are increasingly leveraging acupuncture to provide a distinct and effective approach to patient care, delivering a unique and multifaceted experience that addresses both physical and emotional aspects of health.

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