Acupuncture & Dry Needling Courses for Sports Therapists

Breeze Academy’s medical acupuncture and dry needling courses provide sports therapists with the skills, confidence and knowledge to treat pain and conduct rehabilitation in an innovative way.

  • 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
12th - 14th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Birmingham, UK

£635.00Birmingham Great Barr, B43 7, UK

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

Newcastle, UK

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

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

Plymouth Marjon University, Plymouth, UK

£610.00Plymouth Marjon University, Plymouth, UK (FULLY BOOKED)

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

Keele University (Keele Students Only)

£610.00Keele University, Keele, UK

23rd - 25th Jul 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Sheffield, UK (For Sheffield Hallam Students)

£610.00Sheffield, UK

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

Southampton, UK

£610.00Southampton, SO15 1AG, UK

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

Milton Keynes, UK

£610.00Milton Keynes, MK16 0, UK

31st Jul - 2nd Aug 2024 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Carlisle, UK

£610.00Carlisle, CA3 0, UK

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

Leeds, UK

£610.00Leeds, LS10 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)

Salford, UK

£610.00Bode Clinic, Salford, UK, M3 5FS

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

London, UK

£635.00London, W1W 6, 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

£619.00Edinburgh, EH3, 8, UK

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

Doncaster, UK

£619.00Doncaster, DN4 8, UK

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

Brighton, UK

£619.00Brighton, BN1 2, UK

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

Luton, UK

£619.00Luton, LU2 9, UK

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

Newcastle, UK

£619.00Newcastle, NE29 6, UK

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

Leicester, UK

£619.00Leicester, LE1 5, UK

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

Bristol, UK

£619.00Bristol, BS1 2, UK

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

Exeter, UK

£619.00Exeter, EX1 2, UK

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

Birmingham, UK

£649.00Birmingham, B32 3, UK

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

Swansea, UK

£619.00Swansea, 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

1st - 3rd 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

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

London, UK

£649.00London, W1W 6, 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)

University of West England (Students only)

£619.00UWE, UK

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

Sheffield, UK

£619.00Sheffield, S1 4, UK

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

Bedford, UK

£619.00Bedford, MK42, UK

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

West London, UK

£649.00London, W3 6, UK

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

Glasgow, UK

£619.00Glasgow, G1 4, UK

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

Carlisle, UK

£619.00Carlisle, CA3 0, UK

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

Birmingham, UK

£635.00Birmingham, B32 3, UK

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

Reading, UK

£619.00Reading, RG2 0, 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

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

Middlesbrough, UK

£619.00Middlesbrough, TS1 2, UK

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

London, UK

£649.00London, W1W 6, UK

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

Coventry University, UK

£619.00Coventry University, Coventry, UK

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

St Georges University, London (University Students Only)

£610.00St Georges University, London, UK (1)

7th - 9th Mar 2025 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leeds, UK

£619.00Leeds, LS10 1, UK

7th - 9th Mar 2025 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

University of West England (Students only)

£619.00UWE, UK

21st - 23rd Mar 2025 (8:45 AM - 5:00 PM)

Liverpool, UK

£619.00Liverpool, L3 4, UK

6th - 8th Jun 2025 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leeds, UK

£619.00Leeds, LS10 1, UK

9th - 11th Jun 2025 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

University of Birmingham (Physio Students Only)

£635.00University of Birmingham (Physio Students Only)

5th - 7th Sep 2025 (8:45 AM - 4:30 PM)

Leicester University ( Students only)

£495.00Leicester University ( Students only)

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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

Sports therapists can use acupuncture and dry needling as part of their usual practice after completing our Medical Acupuncture & Dry Needling Foundation Course. Once successfully completed, we ensure that our foundation course delegates can use acupuncture and dry needling as part of their everyday practice safely, confidently and effectively.

Acupuncture and dry needling offer several benefits for individuals recovering from sports injuries:

  1. Pain Management: Both acupuncture and dry needling are effective techniques for managing pain associated with sports injuries. They can help reduce pain and discomfort by stimulating the body's natural pain relief mechanisms.

  2. Targeted Muscle Release: Dry needling, in particular, focuses on releasing trigger points or knots in muscles that can contribute to pain and restricted movement. It can help restore normal muscle function.

  3. Improved Circulation: Acupuncture and dry needling can enhance blood circulation to the injured area, promoting tissue healing and reducing inflammation.

  4. Faster Recovery: These techniques can expedite the body's natural healing processes, potentially leading to quicker recovery from sports injuries and a faster return to athletic activities.

  5. Muscle Relaxation: Both acupuncture and dry needling can relax tense muscles and reduce muscle spasms, aiding in regaining mobility and range of motion.

  6. Reduced Inflammation: These techniques can help reduce inflammation, which is a common response to sports injuries, and facilitate the healing process.

  7. Improved Muscle Function: Dry needling can specifically target and release myofascial trigger points, restoring normal muscle function and alleviating pain.

  8. Holistic Approach: Acupuncture focuses on the holistic balance of the body's energy, potentially addressing underlying imbalances that may contribute to injury and promoting overall well-being.

  9. Stress Reduction: Sports injuries can be mentally and emotionally challenging. Acupuncture has a calming and stress-reducing effect, helping athletes manage anxiety and emotional stress during recovery.

Dry needling can be beneficial in some cases of ligament damage, but its effectiveness largely depends on the specific nature and severity of the injury. Dry needling primarily targets trigger points within muscles and fascia to alleviate muscle tension and pain. While it may not directly repair ligament damage, it can provide several potential benefits in cases of ligament injuries:

  1. Pain Management: Dry needling can help manage pain associated with ligament damage. By targeting trigger points, it can reduce muscle tension and alleviate pain, making the patient more comfortable during the recovery process.

  2. Improved Mobility: Alleviating muscle tension through dry needling can enhance joint and muscle flexibility, which can be particularly useful when recovering from a ligament injury.

  3. Complementary Therapy: Dry needling is often used as a complementary therapy alongside other treatments, such as physical therapy or rehabilitative exercises, to support the overall recovery process.

  4. Enhanced Rehabilitation: Dry needling can be integrated into a comprehensive rehabilitation plan to help patients regain muscle strength and function around the injured ligament.

it is becoming increasingly common for sports therapists to use both acupuncture and dry needling as part of their treatment offerings. These complementary techniques are gaining recognition for their effectiveness in managing pain, improving muscle function, and supporting the recovery of athletes and active individuals. The growing interest in holistic and integrative approaches to sports therapy has led to more sports therapists pursuing training and certification in acupuncture and dry needling.

Acupuncture and dry needling offer targeted pain relief and muscle relaxation, making them valuable tools in the sports therapy toolbox. These techniques can enhance the overall treatment plan for sports-related injuries and conditions, helping athletes and active individuals recover more effectively. As a result, sports therapists are increasingly incorporating both acupuncture and dry needling into their practices to provide a more comprehensive and patient-centered approach to care.

Acupuncture and dry needling can complement sports therapy in several ways, offering a more comprehensive approach to athlete care and injury management:

  1. Pain Management: Acupuncture and dry needling are highly effective in managing pain associated with sports injuries. They can provide targeted pain relief, helping athletes recover more comfortably.

  2. Muscle Relaxation: Both techniques can relax tense muscles, reduce muscle spasms, and improve muscle flexibility, which is essential for athletes looking to regain their full range of motion and function.

  3. Enhanced Healing: Acupuncture and dry needling can enhance blood circulation to injured areas, promoting tissue healing and reducing inflammation, which is crucial for faster recovery.

  4. Improved Mobility: By alleviating muscle tension and addressing trigger points, these techniques can help athletes regain their mobility and range of motion more quickly.

  5. Complementary Treatment: Acupuncture and dry needling can complement other sports therapy interventions, such as manual therapy, stretching, and rehabilitative exercises, to provide a more well-rounded approach to recovery.

  6. Stress Reduction: Sports therapy can be physically and mentally demanding. Acupuncture has a calming and stress-reducing effect, helping athletes manage the psychological aspects of their recovery.

  7. Faster Recovery: The overall effect of these complementary techniques is often faster recovery times and better outcomes for athletes, allowing them to return to their sport sooner.

  8. Preventing Recurrence: Acupuncture and dry needling can address underlying imbalances that may contribute to injuries, potentially reducing the risk of future injuries.

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