Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction, assessment and diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy

    • Introduction, assessment and diagnosis of painful peripheral neuropathy

    • Prevalence, type, assessment and diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy

  • 2

    Pathophysiology of peripheral neuropathy

    • Pathophysiology of peripheral neuropathy

    • Pathophysiology of peripheral neuropathy

  • 3

    Evidence-based understanding of the use of acupuncture for the management of painful peripheral neuropathy

    • Acupuncture in the management of peripheral neuropathy - Evidence-based treatment

    • Acupuncture evidence based treatment of PN

  • 4

    Underlying mechanism of acupuncture in the management of peripheral neuropathy

    • Underlying mechanism of the effect of acupuncture on peripheral neuropathy

    • Underlying mechanism of acupuncture in the management of peripheral neuropathy

  • 5

    Clinical application of acupuncture for the management of painful peripheral neuropathy

    • Clinical application of acupuncture for the management of peripheral neuropathy

    • Application of electro acupuncture for peripheral neuropathy

  • 6

    Assessment

    • Peripheral neuropathy quiz

Course overview

Course location: 


Online 



Details:


This informative online course is aimed at healthcare professionals with clinical experience in medical acupuncture. The course will give an evidenced-based overview of the prevalence, nature, and diagnosis of painful peripheral neuropathy (PN). You will develop an understanding of the pathophysiology of diabetes and chemotherapy induced PN, before evaluating the most effective treatment approach with acupuncture. 


Clinical guidelines for the management of painful peripheral neuropathy is problematic, inadequate, only provides short term relief, and generally come with several side effects from the list of medication that is recommended. Medication is the first line of treatment for neuropathic pain and include the administration of tricyclic antidepressants, duloxetine, pregabalin and gabapentin, with more severe cases managed with opioids. The efficacy of these treatment approaches is limited and the side effects may be severe.


You will develop your clinical skills and understanding of the benefits of acupuncture and how to effectively use manual and electroacupuncture to reduce pro-inflammatory chemical mediators and oxidative stress that damage peripheral nerves. When applying electroacupuncture the choice of acupuncture points, frequency and placement of the electrodes will make a significant difference with regards to whether your treatment will be successful. You will be shown how to effectively apply acupuncture to enhance nerve conduction, reduce inflammation and improve nerve regeneration.