This article explains the proposed underlying neurophysiological mechanisms of acupuncture within the path of pain and then goes on to explore the analgesic mechanism of acupuncture. Accredited training is now available for a wide range of allied health professionals including sports therapists and sports rehabilitators. Training opportunities are discussed later in the article. This article includes a patient advice handout.
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Jonathan Hobbs MSc, MCSP FHEA graduated in 1999 achieving a first class BSc in physiotherapy and began his acupuncture training in 2000. In 2003 he became an advanced member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and in 2004 he was awarded an MSc in acupuncture. Since graduating he has worked in a variety of roles within the NHS, private sector and professional sport. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), an accredited Health Professions Acupuncture Group (HePAG) tutor and Director of HePAG. He delivers acupuncture foundation courses and CPD within the private sector and NHS and has also had his work published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine. He has previously been an MSc award leader at Staffordshire University, is currently the external assessor for Glyndwr University’s acupuncture BSc and also acts as consultant and sessional lecturer to a number of universities throughout the UK including Keele University School of Medicine. He is also a consultant to physiotherapists in Team GB, the FA and a number of Premiership football and rugby clubs.
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