The Use of Acupuncture in the Management of Shoulder Dysfunction

Course Background

This Acupuncture up date course will provide the students with an integrated approach in order to manage the common shoulder conditions. The techniques discussed will incorporate the physiological processes of segmental, dorsal horn and descending neural inhibitory mechanisms. The course will address recent research advances in the field of neural inhibitory mechanisms, pain physiology and Acupuncture research, which will enhance students physiotherapy practice and manual skills. This course provides a theoretical explanation using an evidence-based structure to demonstrate the physiological mechanisms of Acupuncture analgesia incorporating Trigger point Acupuncture based upon the models of Travell and Simon [1999], Gerwin [1997].

Pre-Course Reading - Optional Acupuncture in Manual Therapy. Jennie Longbottom [2010] Elsevier

This course is based upon extensive clinical assessment and treatment of shoulder dysfunction. It will cover the following areas:

Learning Objectives

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course module, students should be able to:


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Regulation of Acupuncture

After some study, the Government has decided not to introduce Statutory Regulation [SR] of Acupuncture. Students may be interested to read about the Government decision on SR.

The CSP has provided a statement on Acupuncture Training & Membership of Professional Networks for Physiotherapists

M-Level Accreditation

The ALIED Foundation Acupuncture Course is M-Level Accredited to the University of Hertfordshire [UH]and the ALIED Principal, Jennie Longbottom, is a member of the University Staff.

Registration with UH is an option for Foundation Course Students and an outline of the M-Level Accreditation Process is available for students.

Refresher Course

Have you been practising Acupuncture for a number of years since your Foundation Course?

Would you like to update your skills, learn about the latest research and refresh your clinical reasoning?

Contact ALIED about our 24-hour Top-Up Course.