Auricular Acupuncture for MSK and Pain Conditions

Certificate Course

Course Dates

22 & 23 and 29 & 30 August 2020

Course Outline

The course comprises of 70 study hours - 4 seven-hour contact sessions and further 42 hours home study. It runs on 4 days (two weekends) over 1 month period.

It is designed as a postgraduate Certificate course for acupuncture, massage and other physical therapists, who want to broaden their knowledge and further their skills. The course is level-2 course and is open for level-1 Auricular therapists with sufficient (ITEC level 3 or equivalent) Anatomy & Physiology knowledge and interest in MSK medicine.

 

The emphasis of the course falls on the practical application of auricular acupuncture for MSK pain conditions – how to locate the ear points and how to needle them. This is a level-2 auricular acupuncture course. It includes a short theoretical lecture during the first session, which covers basic anatomy of the ear, general concepts of TCM and auricular therapy, health and safety issues and contraindications for auricular acupuncture.

 

The remainder of the course concentrates on practical work – accurately selecting, locating and needling the auricular points used for MSK pain conditions. Developing good acupuncture technique will enable students to practice in this specialised area of auricular therapy with confidence.

Course Aims

By the end of the course, students should achieve:

  • Understanding of the topography of the external ear and how it reflexively corresponds to the body

  • Knowledge of the location of the auricular zones and points used for MSK conditions

  • Ability to precisely locate and correctly needle the points used for MSK conditions

  • Ability to use point locator

  • Understanding of the mechanism, applications, limitations and contra-indications of Auricular acupuncture

  • Ability to formulate and execute patient- and condition-specific treatments

Auricular acupuncture is a powerful therapeutic technique, which can be used as a stand-alone treatment or as a part of the patient’s recovery program.

Assessment

Examination is done by continuous assessment, formal practical demonstration and multiple-choice on-line exam. To complete the course students are also required to carry out and submit case studies of 10 treatments (minimum of 4 different patients) within 6 months of the end of the course.

Award

Successful students are awarded a Certificate in Auricular Acupuncture for MSK and Pain Conditions and are entitled to use the initials Cert Au MSK after their names. They are accepted as Auricular Therapy Members of the Acupuncture Society (the annual membership is £100. Student and professional indemnity cover can also be arranged).

 

As members of the Acupuncture Society, they are entitled to use the initials MAcS Au MSK
after their names.

Course Structure

The course is based on 4 seven-hour sessions. It includes 28 contact lecture hours and 56 home-study hours.

1st Session
1. Introduction:
2. Theoretical lecture: History of Auricular therapy; Anatomy & Topography of Ear; Contraindications, health and safety
3. Starting needle practice and point location
4. Locating ear points using a point locator
5. Stress management formula – point location and needling demonstration
6. Practical work in pairs – point location and needling
7. Discussion - questions & comments
Homework: puncturing practice. Point location - Stress formula

 

2nd Session
1. Needle practice
2. Ear therapeutic modalities and point stimulation techniques
3. Upper extremities: Shoulder; Arm; Elbow; Wrist; Hand; Fingers points - point location
4. Upper extremities – point formulation and needling demonstration
5. Practical work in pairs – point location and needling
6. Discussion - questions & comments
Homework: puncturing practice. Point location – Upper extremities

 

3rd Session
1. Needle practice
2. Auricular diagnosis, therapeutic principles and point selection (formulation)
3. Lower extremities: Hips; Thigh; Knee; Lower leg; Ankle; Foot and Toes - point location
4. Lower extremities – point formulation and needling demonstration
5. Practical work in pairs – point location and needling
6. Discussion - questions & comments
Homework: puncturing practice. Point location – Lower extremities

 

4th Session
1. Needle practice
2. Clinical research and case studies
3. Lower back; Upper back; Neck; Head/face - point location
4. Lower back; Upper back; Neck; Head/face – point formulation and needling demonstration
5. Practical work in pairs – point location and needling
6. Discussion - questions & comments
Homework: Completing the case studies

Admission Requirements

The course is designed as an intensive course for physical and sports therapists, body and auricular acupuncturists. The applicants would require a previous Anatomy & Physiology study – ITEC level 3 or equivalent.

Please read our Treatment Safety Check List before attending CCM courses

Course Cost

The course fee is £420.00*


It includes:
- Four 7-hour lectures
- A copy (electronic) of the theoretical lectures
- Ear charts & plastic ear model
- Box of 100 disposable needles


After successfully completing the course there is a £30 certification fee.
* Minimum of 4 students

Enrolment

Please fill in and submit the enrolment form and the course tutor will respond to your email to inform you of whether you have been accepted. If you have any queries about this course please contact Dragomir on 07976253682 or email:  dragomirl@btinternet.com

Course Tutor

Dragomir Lubomirov MSc, FAcS
Vice Principal of CCM West London
Chair of the CCM Academic board

For more details about this Tutor click here.

Acupuncture Society membership

Successful graduates from this course can apply for membership of the Acupuncture Society and are entitled to use the abbreviations MAcS Ap after their names. The Society can also arrange professional indemnity insurance at a very competitive members preferential rate.

 

All members must be insured and log 15 hours of CPD per year (8 hours courses/seminars/workshops and 7 hours home study/research). They need to adhere to The Society’s Code of ethics rules and regulations and supply copies of their insurance. Acupuncture Society members are exempted from Local Authority Licensing in many areas including Greater London. For those working outside of Greater London, please check with your local authority.
 

The annual Acupressure membership to the Acupuncture Society is £100.

 
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Contact

For information on treatments, or to book an appointment

do not hesitate to contact Dragomir

         dragomirl@btinternet.com

         +44 7976 253682

Chiswick Youth Centre, 1st Floor

Duke Road

Chiswick

London W4 2JR

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