Back and Cautionary Needling

Level 5 - £175

Start: 9:45 am

End: 5:00 pm

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No Equipment Kit: £175
Optional £49 fee to upgrade to a diploma via case studies verified by an independent external examiner.

This is a 1 day course running from 9:45am to 5pm.

The Back acupuncture and cautionary needling course teaches you to practice safe needling on the back and other torso areas which are classed as potentially hazardous to deep needle. Some courses gloss over Back and Front body Acupuncture as it can be considered dangerous but when done correctly it is a very safe and effective. It should be considered for clients with serious and more long term deeper level issues.

This course includes BOTH Back microsystem and body cautionary points, which, if done incorrectly can cause clients serious injury.
Covers correct measuring of the back, including where this can go wrong and how to prevent those issues.
Explanation of the 3 key safety considerations of all needling which prevent client injury.
Various Needling techniques are discussed for specific areas and points on the neck and upper and lower back, discussions and practice of the inner and outer Back Shu point microsystem as well as the Hautuo Jaiji points and the differences between their functions.
Practical demonstrations are included and supervision of all points needled.
Cautionary body points (e.g. LIV13, KD27) are covered with specific safe techniques for needling these.
Cautionary neck points (GB21, SI16, GB20) as well as eye points (e.g. BL1, ST1).
We teach safe alternative ways to needle points, in some cases removing any possibility of injury.
Assessment is by observation of students performing the therapy during the practical sessions to establish safe practice. Each student must be observed practising correct, safe, protocol in order to be deemed safe to practice and gain a full certificate. (equates to 6 hours CPD).
Optional Diploma Available (equates to 26 hours CPD).

Contraindications and Health and Safety
Back ‘Shu’ point applications
Musculoskeletal applications
Discussions of other hazardous areas
Marking up and location of back ‘shu’ points
Location of other torso points
Needling the shoulder
Needling the neck
Needling the eye area
Needling the front torso area including ‘Mu’ points
Needling the sacral formen
Needling for and carrying out an ‘AET’ or ‘AED’ Five Element treament
Needling the Hautuo Jaiji points
Issues and applications
Tools and instruments
Standard Protocols
Post treatment care
Consent forms
Patient records
Legal responsibilities
Practical demonstrations
Student practice of standard protocols

We do not teach Acupuncture needling in this course, so, therefore you must hold a medical qualification with experience of Acupuncture needling, an Acupuncture diploma or be currently attending an acupuncture course and have already started your practical needling.
You must be 18 years or older and understand spoken and written English.
You must consent to giving and receiving acupuncture therapy.


“I attended this course with Total Therapy Training and it is one of the best courses I have ever attended. Communication was excellent before and after the course. The content and information of the course was of a very high standard and the teacher was very experienced and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend the courses. Thank you Total Therapy Training.”
Omie Megan


I’m afraid that the answer is no, you must have a full diploma qualification in body acupuncture and understand body acupuncture needling and diagnosis. This course does not teach diagnosis, it teaches safe needling of the points you already know.

Yes, if you are an acupuncture therapist or medically qualified already, Balens insurance accept our Certificates and Diplomas. We work in close partnership with them, making sure that they accept all our qualifications.

Yes we do, if you send us a message via the contact form then we can give you a quote for private training.

This course is aimed at acupuncturists, current body acupuncture students and the medically qualified. It is for practitioners who wish to learn a valuable technique to increase their value and ability to treat a wide range of conditions with acupuncture.

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