ALIED Ultrasonic Scanning with Acupuncture Course

Acupuncture Course Development

This is a pioneering, unique, two-day workshop combining the clinical expertise of diagnostic ultrasound scanning with the practical expertise of trigger point acupuncture for the deactivation of myofascial pain. The course will be taught by two tutors:

The course is designed for post-graduate physiotherapists who have been trained to a level of competence in the skills of myofascial trigger point deactivation at Foundation or post-Foundation level.

Details of this Acupuncture course content are available for downloading.

Ultrasound Scan examples

Examples are shown on this page of the use of ultrasound scanning to monitor the effects of Acupuncture applied to trigger points.

Here, the needle has been introduced into a tight muscle tissue band. As the needle is introduced into the tissue, the muscle fibres appear to be compressed in a downward action, as the needle is brought out of the skin, the muscle fibres grasp the needle. Needle grasp is essential for effective trigger-point needling and subsequent de-activation of the myofascial taught band in the muscle. This action is repeated by 'pistoning' the needle in and out of the tissue.
As the pistoning action is continued, the depth of needle penetration is increased as the muscle fibres start to release. Note the white bands shown on this video clip are the inter-fascial planes surrounding the muscle tissue. In the clip above, these planes were not moving, but now they are starting to move.
This clip demonstrates the smooth passage of the needle into the muscle tissue, without restriction from the taut band, either in the fascia or the muscle. The trigger point has now been successfully de-activated and the muscle fibres released. The needle is clearly seen moving in the clip; in the two clips above, the needle is in exactly the same location, but it was grasped by the tissue and is not easily distinguished from the background.
In this clip, the needle has been removed and the patient is now stretching the muscle. The clip demonstrates that the muscle fibres are being stretched actively to their full limit. This clip also shows the free movement of the inter-fascial planes surrounding the muscle an indication of the restoration of normal movement. You may ask yourself how this restoration of normal movement can take place without physical treatment of the patient.

Acupuncture Course Dates & Venues

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Acupuncture in Physiotherapy

The Government's recent decision not to introduce statutory regulation [SR] of Acupuncture has a significant effect on Physiotherapists who wish to use Acupuncture within their clinical practice.

It has also caused tutors at ALIED, along with many other experienced Physiotherapist Acupuncture Tutors, to reappraise our affiliations.

Clinical Support

All students who have attended ALIED training courses may request clinical support from ALIED if they are having problems with a patient or with their clinical use of Acupuncture.

Simply E-Mail your query to ALIED and we will do our best to give you prompt, evidence-based advice on the problem you are experiencing.

Have a Course at Your Location

Have you thought about an Acupuncture course at your location?

You can either run the course yourself, or ALIED will organise the whole thing.

Full details of the arrangements are available on the website.