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Myofascial trigger points

Introduction to trigger points

CPDG acupuncture and the trigger points


The objective of this online course is to impart knowledge to the learner about trigger points (TrP). It covers where they originate, how to locate them, how to identify them, and how to alleviate the pain caused by these tender spots in muscles. This course aims to educate students about the causes of trigger points, as well as safe and effective methods for their treatment. However, it needs to be emphasized that simply treating trigger points is not enough. Patient education is equally critical to successful treatment. It is essential to educate patients on what caused the painful spots, how they can be prevented, and what they can do at home to alleviate their condition.

This course is specifically designed for therapists who have completed an accredited acupuncture course and have insurance to treat patients with acupuncture. It is expected that learners should have a good understanding of basic anatomy and physiology, know how to handle needles, be aware of safety measures for both themselves and their patients, and follow proper hygiene protocols when practicing in clinical settings. To practice in the UK, trainees must have an Acupuncture Policy in accordance with local bye-laws, as well as a method for the safe disposal of used needles. Before commencing practice, it is advisable to check with the local council whether an acupuncture license is required. Lastly, it is imperative to obtain informed patient consent before needling.

The course includes quizzes to make the learning process interactive. Successfully completing a quiz will earn learners a certificate for that portion of the course. References to additional information are provided at the end of each chapter to encourage further learning. This course prioritizes active participation and inquiring minds to help learners derive the best value from it. While the course is solely theoretical, attaining proficiency in needling trigger points will require additional practical experience in the field.

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In the first part this course describes the theoretical principles of trigger point needling, a description of pain and how it works.

This course has been put together for therapists who already have completed an accredited acupuncture course and have knowledge and awareness of anatomy and physiology.

Therefore knowledge of handling needles, safety awareness for both self and the patient, and hygiene rules is presumed to be present and can be applied by the student when working in a real-life setting.

For training purposes or patient treatments in the UK an Acupuncture Policy according to local bye laws is required be in place, as well as a means of safe disposal of used needles.

Check with your local Councils whether an acupuncture licence is required before starting to practice.

Finally, as always – informed consent needs to be obtained from the patient before needling.

The second part is ‘practical’ in the sense that it describes the location of the trigger points on the body, the pathways of referred pain, and suggests needling techniques for treatment.

The course has been made interactive so as to encourage the learner to look for additional information. Active learning and asking questions will allow you to get the most out of this course.

Of course, being online, the course is only theoretical and additional practice will be required before you can find yourself competent in needling trigger points.

This course aims to produce a practitioner who is safe, effective, and competent at being able to identify and treat trigger points.

The focus is on enhancing both theoretical and practical clinical skills, and deepen your knowledge into the pathology underlying trigger points.

It will provide you with a solid foundation for locating trigger points and developing safety awareness to avoid potential hazards.

Throughout the course, you will explore the theories underpinning trigger points as a cause of pain, and be shown how to locate and recognise trigger points and their referral patterns.

In the practical face to face element of this blended leanring course, you will also receive comprehensive training on the causes of trigger points, and safe needling procedures.

You will learn how to advise patients on managing their condition, and integrate trigger point treatment within the wider context of Western, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

By the end of the course, you will be well-equipped to apply their newfound knowledge and skills in a professional setting, with the goal of providing the highest quality care to their patients.

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