Workshop dates and location

To complement the online learning lesson are practical workshops that runs over three days. Nottingham: 27th - 28th June and 11th July 2020. Edinburgh: 16th-17th May and 13th June 2020.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction to acupuncture

    • Introduction to medical acupuncture course

    • Introduction to the course, course time table and overview

    • History of acupuncture

    • Medical Acupuncture

    • History of acupuncture questionnaire

  • 2

    Health and safety and needling technique

    • Health and safety

    • Needling technique and health and safety

    • Introduction to needling technique

    • Health and safety questionnaire

  • 3

    Current understanding and mechanism of acupuncture

    • Local, segmental, and central response to acupuncture

    • Current understanding and mechanisms of acupuncture

    • Local, segmental and central response to acupuncture

  • 4

    Introduction to myofascial trigger points

    • Introduction to Myfascial ‘Trigger Point’ Therapy

    • Introduction to myofascial trigger points

    • Types of TrPs

    • Assessment and treatment of MTrPs

    • Myofascial trigger points

  • 5

    Meridians and principles of point selection

    • Meridians and principles of acupuncture point selection

  • 6

    Case studies

    • Reflective case study template 1

    • Reflective case study template 2

    • Main case Study Assessment Form

    • Main case study submission

  • 7

    Resource library

    • Practical Needling assessment

    • Acupuncture policy

    • Balens insurance

    • Acupuncture consent form

    • Clinical Reasoning Model for Western Acupuncture Bradnam (2003)

  • 8

    Example case studies and reflective diaries

    • D F reflective case study

    • Peripheral reflective case study

    • Spinal case study

Medical acupuncture level 1

Course outline

The Medical Acupuncture level 1 Course is designed specifically to meet the needs of busy practitioners with an interest in acupuncture for the treatment of musculoskeletal and associated disorders. A western medical diagnosis is encouraged, however traditional Chinese concepts are combines with Western medical acupuncture to equip students with a general understanding of acupuncture and how it has evolved over the centuries. Students will be introduced to techniques showing how myofascial trigger points and classical acupuncture points can be combined and integrated in to your daily practice for the benefit of the patient. The course will present evidence based research in acupuncture to support its teaching. There is a strong emphasis on health and safety, needling techniques, contraindications and the importance in the selection of specific classical acupuncture and or myofascial trigger point in the management of common musculoskeletal conditions. This allows students to develop confidence and experience in the use of acupuncture. Students are encourage to critically evaluate and reflect on their own clinical practice and where applicable, challenge the existing evidence base. The program will provide the required knowledge and understanding in the physiological effects of acupuncture on pain management and the healing process. Learning Outcomes: On completion of the Medical Acupuncture Course successful students will: 1. Have knowledge of the indications and contra-indications of manual acupuncture. 2. Have an understanding of myofascial pain and its management. 3. Have a theoretical understanding of the history of acupuncture, meridians,
and classical five-element theory. 4. Have an understanding of local, segmental, central and physiological effect of acupuncture in pain management. 5. Have an understanding of the meridians, their course, diagnosis and pathology relating to each meridian. 6. Have an understanding of point selection in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. 7. Have knowledge and understanding of how to deliver evidence of clinical reasoning and reflective learning, based on one’s own clinical practice. 8. Have an understanding of how to critically appraise research in acupuncture and relate the finding to improve own practice. 9. Have knowledge and understanding of how to practise in a safe and prudent manner, and to recognise emergency conditions and other circumstances that may necessitate referral to, or consultation with, their health care providers.
Watch Intro Video


Introduction to medical acupuncture needling technique


Principle Lecture

Steve Bailey

Steve Bailey is the principal of Steve Bailey Acupuncture CPD Training and the managing director of the Long Eaton Foot Knee and Back Clinic, Nottingham, England. He is an active sportsman, and practising Podiatrist, Sports Therapist, Acupuncture Practitioner and Physiotherapist. Steve started his career in the armed forces as a physical training instructor before training as a physiotherapist. Over the past 20 years he has treated, coached and trained various teams and individual athletes up to national and international standards, which includes member of the British Judo Squad, Nottingham Forest Football Club, Coventry City Football Club, Sheffield United Football Club, and Sheffield Wednesday Football Club. Steve has completed an MSc in lower limb biomechanics and an MSc in acupuncture and has been practicing both Western and Traditional Chinese acupuncture for over 15 years. He specialises in the treatment of sports injuries and utilise acupuncture to enhance sports performance in many of his patients. Steve has published a number of research articles concerning acupuncture in the management of musculoskeletal disorders, and has spoken at a number of conferences on this subject. His first book “Dry needling and Traditional Chinese Acupuncture” was published August 2018.

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  • Benefits

    This course combines the use of both myofascial and classical acupuncture points. Its primary aim of treatment is on enhancing the healing process and addressing the underlying cause of a disorder and not necessarily on addressing pain as pain is only a symptom.

  • Qualification

    Once you have finished the course you may register with the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

  • Entry requirement for the course

    The Medical Acupuncture course is designed specifically for healthcare professionals. Candidates must hold a current malpractice or professional liability insurance policy, which covers them for the use of acupuncture. Candidates must be in good health, since the course involves a practical component. Note: This course is not suitable for pregnant students as the health and safety of the mother and foetus is paramount.