Dr Chris Norris

Acupuncture & Dry Needling

The Medical Acupuncture and Dry Needling (MDN) course is a 5 day post-registration program for therapists.  The MDN is based on the accredited acupuncture course for Physiotherapists taught by Dr Norris for over 20 years, and his Dry Needling courses taught for various universities and teaching groups throughout Europe.  The MDN course is delivered to the same high standard (‘M’ level) as the foundation course for hospital physiotherapists, but is now open to other therapy professionals.

The MDN course covers Medical Acupuncture in detail, and presents an evidence based approach to this treatment modality for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions.  The course is offered either as a single 5 day program, or as a two part course of 2 days (Introduction to Dry Needling) and 3 days (Medical acupuncture and advanced Dry Needling techniques).  Each part of the course equips students to demonstrate clinical competence in the areas covered.

Post-basic level (intermediate) courses are offered, including acupuncture update, acupuncture for headaches and acupuncture for IBS.

Course Details

MDN Part (I) – Introduction to Dry Needling (2 days)

Introduces the student to needling.  Covers superficial dry needling technique, focusing on trigger points.  Balance between theory and practice with an emphasis on safety, evidence base, and clinical reasoning.  Trigger points on the low back & buttock (not neck), shoulder, hip, upper & lower limbs.

MDN Part (II) – Medical Acupuncture & Advanced Dry Needling (3 days)

Covers acupuncture points and meridians, Medical acupuncture treatment protocols, using 30 common acupuncture points.  Combining Dry Needling with Medical Acupuncture into modern clinical practice.  Acupuncture points on the shoulder & upper limb, hip & lower limb and back (not neck or head / face).  Deeper dry needling, periosteal, tendon, and scar tissue techniques.  Acupuncture points and Trigger points of the neck and face.  Electro acupuncture.  Clinical reasoning and patient demonstration.  Case history problem solving.


  • MDN in context
  • Meridian pathways
  • The science behind acupuncture points
  • Point identification
  • Safe needling & clean field
  • Dangers, cautions, & contraindications
  • Pain & biopsychosocial management
  • Point combinations
  • MSK treatment protocols
  • Case histories & patient demonstration
  • Planning the treatment session
  • MDN treatment pathways
  • Superficial & deep dry needling
  • Trigger point needling
  • Needling & tissue healing
  • Fascial and scar needling
  • Periosteal techniques
  • Needling within tendinopathy management
  • Problem solving

Bespoke courses are also available for specialist areas.  We offer a single day course for Dentists (covering Bruxism, TMJ pain, Gag reflex, and Anxiety), and a 4 day programme for Hand therapists, certified by BAHT, focusing on the upper limb – contact us for details.

Foundation Course

Dr Christopher Norris was one of the founding AACP tutors who established the 6 day acupuncture foundation course, and his course has been accredited from the outset.  He is the author of two textbooks on acupuncture practice for musculoskeletal (MSK) practitioners. 

The AACP owned acupuncture foundation course is open only to UK Chartered Physiotherapists or Physiotherapists practicing overseas with equivalent qualifications. Course graduates once passed are issued with a certificate for a one year complimentary  AACP membership and are able to join this professional network group should they wish to do so.

Foundation courses for other practitioner groups such as graduate sports therapists / rehabilitators, osteopaths and chiropractors are still taught, but as non-accredited Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Foundation courses taught outside the UK as intensive 6 day blocks are again as CPD only and will not lead to AACP membership.

Post basic acupuncture courses are open to all registered practitioners with acupuncture training and are again taught as non-accredited CPD.

A six day (2, 3 day weekends or 6 single days) course. A four week gap is left between parts one and two.

Meridian pathways / what is an acupuncture point / basic point identification / safe needling / dangers and contraindications / introduction to TCM / pain mechanisms / point needling / point combination / treatment protocols / short answer test paper / Chinese body measurement / extensive practice

Please note that all students applying for the Acupuncture Foundation Course must be registered chartered physiotherapists (MCSP) and will need to supply their CSP registration number.

Unless otherwise stated, this course is AACP accredited.

Update & Post Basic courses

The Acupuncture Update course is a single day 10 hour revision course (with pre-course tasks) for those who have completed a foundation acupuncture course (AACP 4 or 6 day, MDN 5 day or equivalent).

The course revises and updates needling methods and needle stimulation.  Common and less common point locations are covered (with points chosen dependent on group interests).  Building an acupuncture prescription is revised with emphasis on clinical reasoning, treatment progression, and incorporation into overall physiotherapy management.

Lectures, demonstration, and practical work are used throughout the day. 

Specialist single day courses include Acupuncture for Headaches and Acupuncture for IBS.


Upcoming Courses

11/12th May 2024

Dry Needling (MDN1)


Suitable for Level 4 and above.


18th May 2024

Acupuncture for Headaches

Wyboston lakes.  Leicestershire

AACP members


5th July 2024

Acupuncture update

Halo Physio.  Kenilworth.  CV8 1TH

Therapists who have attended an acupuncture foundation course (AACP  or equivalent)

BOOKING CONTACT – 01926 257255 or email info@halophysio.co.uk 


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