Do I need specialist medical training before I can apply acupuncture?

Undergraduate training gives podiatrists the medical competencies to safely insert an acupuncture needle. Training in injection techniques, minor surgical procedures and the management of extreme risk conditions provides over-whelming competency.

Podiatrists already have the competency to decide the medical suitability of instituting this therapy on a case-by-case basis and they have the competency to institute suitable responses for the rare adverse events that may occur.

These competencies are not included in the training of most other allied health professionals. Podiatrists are uniquely qualified to begin using acupuncture after completing appropriate practical training.

How long does it take to learn how to insert a needle?

The practical skill of inserting an acupuncture needle is learnt in minutes.

What are potential adverse effects of acupuncture?

Major adverse events associated with acupuncture are statistically described as “negligible”. The safety of acupuncture is improved further when used by those with the medical training as exists in Podiatry.

How great an understanding of traditional acupuncture do I need?

A belief and understanding of the theories associated with traditional systems of acupuncture is not required to use acupuncture techniques in podiatry. Acupuncture pre-dates western science and obviously does not fit within our understanding of the mechanisms of disease and healing. However, we encourage understanding and respect for traditional methods.

What disorders can be treated with acupuncture?

Podiatrists may use acupuncture to treat alone or in combination with other modalities, symptoms associated with musculoskeletal disorders, neurological disorders and circulatory disorders. Common conditions treated include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon injuries, shin ‘splints’, calf cramping, and arthritic joint pain as well as neuropathic pain, neuromas, and ulcers.

All of these mechanisms obviously are complex and are explained in great detail in the literature provided in the course