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Foundation Course in Western Medical Acupuncture & Dry Needling

Foundation Course in Western Medical Acupuncture & Dry Needling

  • 10 Mar, 2018 to 11 Mar, 2018
  • 07 Apr, 2018 to 08 Apr, 2018
  • 9am - 5pm each day
Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Dublin, Ireland

Presenter Name

Dr. Mike Cummings & Mr. Simon Coghlan

Target Participant Level


Speciality Tag

Acupuncture, Musculoskeletal Therapy, Pain Management, Sports Medicine

Number Of Contact Hours

24 (plus pre-course reading)

Are Refreshments Included On The Day ?


Cost to Attend

Dublin Early Bird available until 10 Dec 2017 £560.00 Standard rate £620.00 (Standard)
Dublin Early Bird available until 10 Dec 2017 £560.00 Standard rate £620.00
( ISCP Member )
Dublin Early Bird available until 10 Dec 2017 £560.00 Standard rate £620.00
(ISCP Student Member )
Dublin Early Bird available until 10 Dec 2017 £560.00 Standard rate £620.00
( CIG/EG/Branch Member )

Learning Objectives

Day 1

·         Overview & brief history

·         Safety brief

·         Lecture & practicals on neck, shoulder & arm

·         Trigger points

·         Safety questionnaire

Day 2

·         Lecture & practicals on lower back & leg

·         Neurophysiology

·         Clinical aspects

·         Clinical cases for discussion

·         Safety & side effects

Day 3

·         Traditional acupuncture

·         Lecture and practicals on face & abdomen

·         Segmental Acupuncture

·         Gynaecology & gastrointestinal disorders

·         ENT & respiratory

·         Dermatology

Day 4

·         Electroacupuncture - lecture & practical

·         Neurology & psychology

·         Ear acupuncture & addictions

·         Research & audit

·         Running a clinic

·         Quiz

·         Case presentations


Event Description

This introductory course lasts four days making up 24 training hours (Requirement for training in dry needling is 21 hours according to ISCP Dy Needling guidelines). The Foundation Course is a mixture of lectures and practical group sessions. Group sizes are kept to a maximum of 12.


In the initial stages of training the emphasis is on safety and all attendees will be observed by an experienced demonstrator to ensure a safe needling technique. 


Lecturing teams are made up of experienced medical acupuncturists. The performance of lecturers and group leaders is critically assessed to maintain a high standard. Teaching on the Foundation Course is based on scientific explanations of acupuncture and dry needling as far as possible, but it also involves some traditional Chinese concepts.


The course fee includes tuition, a set of detailed course notes, 100 needles, lunches and daytime refreshments. 


Courses are non-residential but a list of local hotels and guesthouses can be supplied on request. 


BMAS Foundation and Supplementary courses are recognised by many of the professional bodies that monitor and accredit CPD for health professionals, such as the Royal College of Physicians.  


Your attendance certificate can be used to support your claim for external CPD.  4th & 5th year Medical students and final year students of Physiotherapy can attend our Foundation Course, however student places are limited to two per course and subject to the completion of a supervision form. There is a generous student discount.


In order to maximise the training and educational value of the course we recomend that you use these pre-course revision notes  to guide you in doing a little preparation.


On completion of the course we would expect the student to be equipped to start to practice medical acupuncture (and dry needling) and to be committed to completing the BMAS Certificate of Basic Competence within 12 months of the course.  


On achieving this award BMAS would consider the student to have reached a satisfactory standard for the use of medical acupuncture within their existing scope of professional practice.#


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Please note:

·         This is a practical course and proof of Hepatitis B immunisation with antibody levels is required. Please read this policy before proceeding: HEPATITIS B POLICY .  If you have any questions regarding this contact the office tel: 01606 786782

·         There are several mixed-sex practical groups for palpation, point finding and needling. These will require reasonable exposure of the limbs, shoulder girdle, hip girdle and back. You are therefore advised to wear loose, casual clothing to discreetly allow the required exposure. If you are unable to participate in this activity, please contact the office to discuss your options before booking a place on the course. Tel 01606 786782

·         Ladies: There is no evidence that acupuncture is harmful in pregnancy. However, if you are or suspect you may be pregnant you should bring this to the attention of the teaching staff as it may affect how much needling you receive in the practical sessions.


The EARLY BIRD Rate of £560 is ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL 10 December 2017 if full payment is made at the time of booking.



Presenter Profile

Dr. Mike Cummings has been Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society since 2001. This is a full time job that involves running the BMAS London Teaching Clinic, coordinating and lecturing on BMAS courses in Western medical acupuncture, acting as production editor for the Medline-listed journal Acupuncture in Medicine, and representing the BMAS at various academic and political meetings. He is an Honorary Clinical Specialist at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital. Senior Visiting Clinical Fellow at the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Postgraduate Medical School. His principal academic and clinical interest is musculoskeletal pain, and in particular, needling therapies in the treatment of myofascial pain syndromes


Simon Coghlan qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa in 2000. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. A post graduate Diploma in Medical Acupuncture entitles him to accredited membership of the British Medical Acupuncture Society. Simon specialises in the integration of medical acupuncture techniques with manual therapy and therapeutic exercise for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. As a clinical educator, Simon lectures at the UCD School of Physiotherapy in manual therapy, therapeutic exercise and medical acupuncture. He provides training in medical acupuncture to medical and allied health professionals in the UK and Ireland. He is co-owner of Mount Merrion Chartered Physiotherapy.

Cost to Attend

Dublin Early Bird available until 10 Dec 2017 £560.00  Standard rate £620.00

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