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Physio First: Education Day!

Friday 31 March 2017, by Jon Hobbs

EMCC, University Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 2RJ


This course is designed for Physio First members who wish to expand their theoretical knowledge and practical application of trigger point acupuncture and manual therapy in the treatment of myofascial pain. The clinical application of techniques presented in this course follow an evidence based clinically reasoned approach. Following completion of the course members should have an enhanced understanding and ability to deal with myofascial pain in the clinical environment.

Course aims

This course will enable members:

  • To develop participants’ theoretical knowledge of trigger point acupuncture and manual therapy through a number of paradigms and their subsequent role in the treatment of myofascial pain.
  • To develop participants’ practical skills in both assessment and treatment of trigger points exploring a number of paradigms for the treatment of myofascial pain

To introduce the participant to:

  • The concept of the motor unit and its function in relation to myofascial pain and dysfunction
  • The neurophysiology of local and referred myofascial pain


Learning Outcomes / Who should attend this course?

At the close of this course, delegates will be able to:

• Effectively palpate and identify myofascial trigger points.

• Safely and effectively employ a variety of manual and acupuncture needling techniques in the treatment of myofascial trigger points.

• Integrate trigger point manual therapy and acupuncture into the complete management of myofascial trigger points including the development of an appropriate exercise and stretching programme.

• Identify any predisposing factors such as muscle imbalance or altered biomechanics which may generate or maintain myofascial trigger points.

To understand:

• The mechanisms underlying the development and deactivation of myofascial trigger points both from a peripheral and spinal and spinal perspective.

• The health and safety issues related to trigger point acupuncture and manual therapy.

• The use of trigger point acupuncture and manual therapy and their integration within a variety of therapy approaches. These objectives will be achieved through a variety of teaching strategies including lectures, tutorials, seminars, action groups, problem-based learning scenarios, clinical reasoning based case studies and practical situations.

Learning will also be supported by the course study manual and the use of research-based teaching materials and methods.

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at delegates with an intermediate level understanding of trigger points and myofascial pain.

Delegate requirements

All delegates are instructed to wear T-shirts and shorts for the practical content of the course.


Jon Hobbs

Jon graduated in 1999 from Keele University achieving a first class BSc in physiotherapy and began his acupuncture training in 2000. In 2003 he became an advanced member of the AACP and in 2004 he was awarded his post-graduate MSc in acupuncture from Coventry University. Since graduating he has worked in a variety of roles within the NHS, private sector, occupational health and professional sport.

Jon is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an accredited AACP tutor and a member of the board of Directors of the AACP. He delivers foundation courses and CPD within the NHS and private sector across the UK and overseas 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 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 and Keele University School of Medicine.

He is also a consultant to physiotherapists in Team GB, the PGA and Premiership and Championship Football Clubs. He now splits his time between delivering acupuncture training and the clinical practice of physiotherapy and acupuncture. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society Member of the Health and Care Professionals Council Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Accredited Tutor Member of the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners Advanced Member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Board of Directors .


Event Timetable

Time Topic
09:00 - 09:05 Introduction
09:05 - 09:30 Session 1
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break
10:45 - 12:45 Session 2
12:45 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:15 Session 3
14:15 - 14:30 Afternoon break
14:30 - 16:30 Session 4
16:30 - 17:00 Questions and answer session
17:00 - 17:01 Course close

Venue Information

East Midlands Conference Centre

EMCC, University Park, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG7 2RJ

Early bird 1 ends 28 October 2016. Early bird 2 ends 06 January 2017. Thereafter standard prices apply. Closing date for applications: 24 Feb 2017. Please note that prices include VAT where applicable.