Acupuncture for Dentistry

Venue: Katie Bell Physiotherapy and Wellness
Dates: 9th-10th Nov, 8th December 2019
Tutors: Dr. Carl Clarkson
Cost: £750

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Venue: Katie Bell Physiotherapy and Wellness
Dates: 25th-26th April, 30th May, 2020
Tutors: Dr. Carl Clarkson
Cost: £750

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Dentists who use acupuncture can offer a wider range of services to their clients, ensuring that their practice is considered the go-to clinic for healthcare. Furthermore, acupuncture is a popular treatment of choice for the general public, and continues to be an important factor in deciding which dentist to access. Dentists who use acupuncture, do so as an alternative to invasive interventions and medication, and as an approach to allow more traditional dentistry to take place where pain, anxiety or gagging may impede a procedure.

Contemporary healthcare provision integrates acupuncture as an important co-contributor to symptom management and relief in a spectrum of conditions. Primarily used for both neuropathic and persistent orofacial pain, needling in TMD, facial palsy’s, gagging and anxiety are also common practice. On completion of an Acuphys training course, Dentists will feel confident that they can provide these services safely, confidently and effectively.

Why train with Acuphys?

Our global reputation as specialists in post graduate education has cemented Acuphys as one of the leading providers of acupuncture and dry needling training. Those who complete training with us can use acupuncture and dry needling as part of their everyday practice safely, confidently and effectively.

Our courses entwine our expert research knowledge with practical, clinically relevant teaching to ensure that course delegates receive a fully evidence-based approach to the implementation of acupuncture. Acuphys training courses have clinical reasoning at the heart of delivery, allowing Dentists to make fully informed decisions on how and when to introduce acupuncture into a client’s care package.

Dr. Carl Clarkson, head academic and founder of Acuphys, has over 10 years’ experience of teaching acupuncture and dry needling, and has consistently been rated by his students as one the best lecturers in post graduate education. Combining his roles as an active researcher, consultant and full time University programme lead, Dr. Clarkson brings a wealth of practical and research knowledge to his courses, delivered in an enthusiastic and entertaining manner.

Learning Objectives

On Successful completion of an Acuphys foundation acupuncture course, the student is expected to demonstrate:

Safe application of acupuncture

An understanding of contraindications, precautions and potential side effects of acupuncture

Effective management of acupuncture side effects

Knowledge of prominent, pertinent and up to date evidence supporting the use of acupuncture

Integration of acupuncture into usual practice

A theoretical knowledge on how acupuncture works

Suitable identification, and subsequent needling, of prominent and commonly used acupoints

Course Content:

Acupuncture safety

Chronic and persistent orofacial pain

Burning mouth syndrome

Trigeminal / neuropathic pain


Bells / facial Palsy

Headaches (to include migraine, tension type headache, trigeminal autonomic cephalagia’s)

Myofascial pain syndromes (e.g. Triggerpoints)

Assessment Criteria

An assessment provides a degree of evidence that learning has occurred, hence why an assessment is part of any training course. However, assessment for learning strategies try to ensure that the assessment isn’t just a means to an end, but should help to inform your own practice (and learning along the way). The formative assessment, which must be passed in order to complete the course, requires the delegate to relay contraindications and pre cautions to the course tutor followed by a demonstration of safe needling on another person. The summative assessment, to be completed within 6 months, requires the submission of a reflective case portfolio to cover the following aspects of 10 cases:

Treatment planning and informed consent
Needling points, preparation and technique (Using the STRICTA checklist will be helpful to ensure your acupuncture reporting covers all appropriate bases)
Post operative instruction and outcomes, including any adjunctive dental interventions
Three clear and explicit learning outcomes for each case

The reflective style of the portfolio will be marked separately, and must demonstrate engagement with (as outlined by Field & Vernazza 2013):

descriptive, dialogic and critical reflection
differing levels of exploration
different frames of reference

There is no word limit for the portfolio but the suggested range would be 500-600 words per case


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