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Orthopaedic Acupuncture Exam and Certification

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Sports and Orthopaedic Acupuncture Diploma Courses

6 Month Weekend Sports and Orthopaedic Acupuncture course dates in West London:

19 & 20 October; 16 & 17 November; 14, 15  & 16 December 2019; 18, 19 & 20 January; 15, 16 & 17 February and 14, 15 & 16 March 2020

Course Structure:
The course consists of 12 lecture days, 4 clinical practice days and a revision/re validation day. The 12 lecture days run one weekend per month. The 4 clinical practice days run on the Monday following weekend 3 to 6. The revision/re validation day runs on a Saturday or a Sunday three months after the end of the course lectures.

It includes:
Course textbooks
Acupuncture needles and other clinical materials
Thirteen 7.5-hour lectures
Four 7-hour clinical practice days
Contact hours: 125.5
Home study hours: 250

Fee: £1800
Deposit: £200

After successfully completing your course there is a £30 certification charge

Teacher: Dragomir Lubomirov FAcS MPCHM

Contact Dragomir on
dragomirl@btinternet.com or 0797 6253 682 for the course on the above dates

Dragomir Lubomirov  6 Months Orthopaedic Acupuncture Courses Application Form


1 year Orthopaedic Body with Microsystems Acupuncture Diploma Course

(including Traditional, Paraspinal,  Auricular,  Abdominal, Korean Hand,  Scalp & Cosmetic Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Diagnosis, Facial Cupping and Gua Sha)

Teacher: Paul Robin FAcS MPCHM MCAA


Central London
Duration: 1 year over 40 x Thursday mornings per month

Central Edinburgh:
10 x 1 Monday/Tuesday per month course over 1 year

contact hours: 160

Home study hours: 320

Modular course so you can start in any month


1-year Orthopaedic & Microsystems Acupuncture Diploma

Fee: £2500
Deposit: £900

After successfully completing your course there is a £30 certification charge

Contact Paul Robin for course dates, content and prices on 07734 668402 or acusoc@yahoo.co.uk

Click the below link for the application form for Paul Robins Classes:

Paul Robin 1 Year Orthopaedic Acupuncture with Microsystems & TCM Diagnosis Courses Application Form

CCM Teaching Clinic East Finchley

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This is a post-graduate course composed of 12 one-day modules. Each of the modules is designed as a specific CPD unit, so the whole course can be completed as an accumulation of the individual modules over one or more years.

The course is specifically designed as an advanced, intensive course for acupuncturists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and other physical therapists, who wish to broaden their knowledge and further their skills. The emphasis of the course falls on the practical application of acupuncture as a treatment for a variety of musculo-skeletal conditions.

The course includes a general theoretical section, comprising four modules, which serves as a foundation for the specific clinical section modules, and is essential for any non-acupuncture practitioner. The theoretical section is designed to provide sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Acupuncture Meridian System, the points commonly used for musculo-skeletal problems, as well as TCM pathogenesis, pathology and principles and methods of diagnosis and treatment. It also includes training in needle puncturing, manipulation, moxibustion and cupping, as well as exercises, stretches and other aspects of physical therapy. The remainder of the course comprises area-specific clinical modules, which cover the problems and respective treatments for each of the different areas of the body (i.e. upper back and neck; shoulder; etc.). Each one of these modules is a complete unit in its own right and can be taken as a separate CPD course.

Successful graduates will be awarded a Diploma in Orthopaedic Acupuncture and will be entitled to use the initials Dip OA after their names and will be accepted as a members of the Acupuncture Society. (annual membership £100 and student and professional indemnity cover cover can also be arranged)

Members of the Acupuncture Society, and are entitled to use the initials MAcS OA after their names.

Contact Days including extra Skills Verification day 13 (contact hours 104)

Recommended Home Study, Case Histories and research hours 222

Clinic Practice, Experience, Skills Verification hours during course 72

A Practical Skills Verification Clinical Day takes place 3 months after completion of the course graduates will need submit 10 written case history notes of clients that they have treated, and demonstrate that they have retained the skills learnt on the course. There will be an additional charge of £100 per graduate.

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Course Objectives

1. To give usable theoretical knowledge of the Acupuncture Meridian System – the 12 main meridians and the 8 extra vessels; the action, location and practical application of their principal points.

2. To put in practical context Anatomy and Physiology knowledge for the needs of Orthopaedic acupuncture treatment; musculo-skeletal and nervous systems – organisation and function. Posture, gravity and weight bearing – the forces, which determine the way the body is designed and the way it functions.

3. To understand the pathology of injury, the real meaning of pain and the different types of pain – blood and energy stagnation type, damp, cold, heat or wind type, deficiency of energy type.

4. To develop the ability to diagnose: by interrogation – asking the relevant questions; by observation – body shape, posture, movements; by palpation – the muscles and bones of the affected areas as well as the related points and meridians.

5. To master the practical application of acupuncture for the most common musculo-skeletal problems – neck, upper and lower back; shoulder, elbow and wrist, groin, knee and ankle problems. To become a confident and proficient practitioner through; correct diagnosis, proper selection and location of points and efficient needle manipulation and to develop a real understanding of the concept of “arrival of Qi” and the achievement of sufficient therapeutic stimulation.

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Each module comprises seven lecture hours, running from 10 am to 6.00 pm, with one hour lunch break. The Special section modules comprise a theoretical part, demonstration, as well as practical (working in pairs) part.

General Theory Section

I. Introduction to TCM and acupuncture theories the Zhang-Fu; blood, qi and other vital substances; pathogenesis and pathology; the acupuncture meridian system and important acupuncture points

II. Needle manipulation
– Theory section: needle puncturing; types of reducing and reinforcing needle manipulations; electro-stimulation; demonstration
– Practical section: individual practice on needle cushions; practising needling on each other

III. Musculo-skeletal medicine from TCM perspective aetiology, pathology, principles and methods of diagnosis and treatment. General acupuncture and herbal treatment, moxibustion and cupping

IV. The physical body from TCM perspective posture, exercises and training, stretching, mobilisation, rest and diet/nutrition
– Practical section: stretching in pairs and by oneself; basic standing and posture training; practising moxibustion and cupping

Special Section

V. Back of the leg: Achilles tendon, calf muscle, hamstring; heel problems
– Theory section: anatomy, function and meridians/points of the area;
common problems and treatment; demonstration
– Practical section: practice in pairs

VI. Lower back and hip
– Theory section: anatomy, function and meridians/points of the area;
common problems and treatment; demonstration
– Practical section: practice in pairs

VII. Upper back and neck
– Theory section: anatomy, function and meridians/points of the area;
common problems and treatment; demonstration
– Practical section: practice in pairs

VIII. Upper extremities I: shoulder and upper arm
– Theory section: anatomy, function and meridians/points of the area;
common problems and treatment; demonstration
– Practical section: practice in pairs
IX. Upper extremities II: elbow and wrist
– Theory section: anatomy, function and meridians/points of the area;
common problems and treatment; demonstration
– Practical section: practice in pairs

X. Lower extremities I: knee, thigh and groin
– Theory section: anatomy, function and meridians/points of the area;
common problems and treatment; demonstration
– Practical section: practice in pairs

XI. Lower extremities II: lower leg, ankle and foot
– Theory section: anatomy, function and meridians/points of the area;
common problems and treatment; demonstration
– Practical section: practice in pairs

XII: Neurological problems: paralysis, stroke, Bells palsy, muscle wasting
– Theory section: pathology and pathogenesis; induction and regulation of spinal and cranial nerves; demonstration
– Practical section: practice in pairs

Course content:
Acupuncture for the treatment of the following orthopaedic conditions:
Lower Extremities Back

Achilles tendon strain; tendinosis; peritenonitis; bursitis; rupture
Calf strain of Gastrocnemius and Soleus; compartment syndrome
Hamstring strain or rupture of Bicep Femoris or Semitendinosus/Semimembranosus; ITB band tension and bursistis
Heel arthritis; fracture.

Lower Extremities Front

Knee joint Quadriceps tightness/stiffness shortening and strain, patella tendinitis, bursitis, dislocation, instability and arthritis, external ligaments, sprain, meniscus tears, ACT and PCT sprains and rupture; arthritis and instability
Groin, Adductor strains and ruptures; hernia
Anterior compartment syndrome
Shin splints
Fractures of femur, tibia and fibula
Ankle, tendon and retinaculae strains, ligament sprains, fractures and arthritis.

Lower Back & Hip

Lumbar muscle strain; lumbar ligament sprain; facet joint dislocation
Discopathies and other spinal nerve entrapment
Spondylosis; spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis; vertebrae fracture; lumbar spine arthritis
Hip joint, Piriformis and Gluteus stiffness/tension, shortening and strain; sacroiliac joint dysfunction; fracture of head of femur, arthritis and instability; Iliopsoas dysfunction.

Neck & Upper Back

Upper back and neck stiffness and tension
Ilio-costalis, semispinalis and longisimus strain
Whip lash and torticollis
Discopathies and other spinal nerve impingement
Spondylosis; vertebrae fracture; arthritis.

Upper Extremities

Strains, tendonitis and ruptures of Deltoid, Biceps, Triceps, Supraspinatus and rotator cuff
A/c joint dislocation; clavicle fracture
Impingement syndrome, bursitis
Partial and complete shoulder dislocation; shoulder instability
Frozen shoulder and arthritis
Elbow tendinitis, bursitis and strains – tennis elbow; golfers elbow; posterior elbow injuries
Elbow restriction; dislocation; instability and arthritis
Wrist sprains, instability, weakness and arthritis
Carpal tunnel syndrome, RSI
Fractures of humerus, radius, ulna and carpal bones

Course AdmissionAdmission Requirements                                Return to Top ↑

Osteopaths, Chiropractics, Physiotherapists, Doctors, Nurses, State registered Health Professionals or Sports massage and Shiatzu, Tuina Therapists with Anatomy and Physiology level 3.


The list below is a student safety guide used prior undertaking a CCM course. We aim to protect the health and safety of students in training and also those they practise on during and after the course.

If you suffer from any of the conditions listed below or other conditions which have not been included that you feel are relevant, please inform us prior to class treatments so that we can assess you suitability for such treatment.

Where there is any doubt please consult your GP.

– A recent operation
– An untreated medical condition
– Severe Bone or joint disorders (Rheumatoid/Osteoarthritis, osteoporosis)
– Cardiovascular disorders (high blood pressure, heart / circulatory disease, thrombosis)
– Diabetes
– Endocrine disorders
– Epilepsy
– Drug addiction or recent use of cocktails of recreational and prescribed drugs and or exessive alcohol consumption
– Medication
– Pregnancy (or post natal)
– Severe skin disorders
– Severe mental illness
– Spinal injuries
– Prone to fainting
– If you suffer from infectious diseases like hepatitis b or HIV

You must also have eaten about 2 hours prior to treatment (please inform tutor if you haven’t

– If there anything else we should know about your health, please let the tutor know.
– The same proceeding is required prior to treating your clients or during assignments

Course FeeFee

  • Cost of Dragomir’s 6 Months Orthopaedic Acupuncture Only Course: £1800

      • It includes: 12 lectures (6 monthly weekends) plus a validation day (3 months after end of lectures)
      • Contact hours: 104
      • £200 deposit to reserve a place
    • The balance of £1600  is payable in up to three monthly installments payable to Dragomir Lubamirov
  • Contact hours: 104
  • Qualification: Diploma in Orthopaedic Acupuncture
  • Contact Paul Robin for Fees and Content of the Orthopaedic Acupuncture Course which takes place on Thursdays at the College Teaching Clinic

After successfully completing your course there is a £30 certification charge

Click here for Orthopaedic Acupuncture Diploma Certification

Membership to the Acupuncture Society is available to graduates
(upon paying the annual membership fee of £100)


(Please note that course fees are non-refundable)

Fees are directly payable by chq’s made out to your course tutor account

CCM cannot accept payment on behalf of each individual tutor

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About Me #01


Head of the College of Chinese Medicine TCM faculty Chairman of the Acupuncture Society

Paul Robin has been teaching and practising Traditional Chinese medicine for over 25 years. He was trained in the Fook Sang style by Dr Ac Bernard Kai Lam Lee (who was a TCM specialist brought over from China by the British Acupuncture Association) and qualified in 1987. Paul was Dr Lees full time apprentice and assistant for 9 years during which time he conducted research and lectured at the Fook Sang courses held at Imperial College and was President of the Fook Sang Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Practitioners Association.

In 1994 Paul founded the College of Chinese Medicine and some years later founded the Acupuncture Society in order to establish Chinese style Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the UK.

Paul specializes in Spinal, Traditional and Chinese Medical Style Deep Needling Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Diagnosis and complex Chinese Herbal formulations.

He represents the Acupuncture Society in the Acupuncture Stakeholders Group which is working with leading members of the profession toward the future regulation of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and preparing for the professions inclusion into the NHS.

Paul lectures at the College of Chinese Medicine and is also a specialist TCM consultant at the Clinic of the College of Chinese Medicine in Harley Street.

Dragomir Lubomirov FAcS MPCHM

Vice Principal of the College of Chinese Medicine

Chair of the CCM Academic board About Me #01

Email: dragomirl@btinternet.com
Tel. +44 7976 253682

Dragomir is a fully trained and insured practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and acupressure massage, which he has practiced successfully since 1997. He has a Masters Degree in Clinical Neuroscience. He is a Fellow of the Acupuncture Society, one of the main professional organisations representing TCM and acupuncture practitioners in the UK. The Acupuncture Society is an active member of the Acupuncture Stakeholder Working Group set by the DoH to map the future of the acupuncture profession in the UK.

Dragomir is the Vice-Principal of CCM London since 2003 and a senior lecturer at the College. Based on his sports, martial arts, massage and acupuncture experience, he developed and has been teaching the Advanced Acupressure Massage Course at the College since 2000 both in the UK and abroad. At the College he teaches the Auricular Acupuncture for drug and alcohol rehabilitation and stress management, Acupuncture Meridian stretch, TCM Orthopaedic diagnosis and Orthopaedic and TCM Musculo-skeletal medicine Acupuncture courses.

His professional interests are:
– neural and anatomical correlates of the acupuncture meridian system
– multi-layered inter-connectivity of the neuro-axis and especially the spinal inter-segmental connectivity
– stimulation-based approaches to body regulation and healing
– traditional and modern technological methods of stimulation of acupuncture points
– exercise as treatment for musculo-skeletal, mental/emotional and general health problems as well as health enhancement, learning and personal development

For more information about this course please contact Dragomir Lubomirov: Tel. 07976253682 or email: dragomirl@btinternet.com

Course also includes:

Full Copies of lecture content, Certification, Acupuncture needles, all other course materials and graduate membership of the Acupuncture Society (all graduates are expected to comply with the Societies code of ethics, fully verified professional membership status requires annual submission of insurance CPD log and other relevant documents)

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Please click Enroll above to submit this application form and the course tutor will respond to your email to inform you of whether you have been accepted. If you have any queries about this course please contact:

6 month course West London: Contact dragomirl@btinternet.com or 0797 6253 682

1 year course Central London:

Contact Paul Robin on 07734 668402 or acusoc@yahoo.co.uk

Acupuncture SocietyAcupuncture Society membership                Return to Top ↑

Successful graduates from this course can apply for membership of the Acupuncture Society are entitled to use the abbreviations MAcS OA after their names the society can also arrange professional indemnity insurance at a very competitive members preferential rate

all members must be insured and log 15 hours of CPD per year (8 hours courses/seminars/workshops and 7 hours home study/research)

Acupuncture Society Application Form

if they join the Society and adhere to its code of ethics rules and regulations and supply copies of their insurance.

Acupuncture Society members are exempted from Local Authority Licensing in many areas including Greater London please check with your local authority.

The annual membership to the Acupuncture Society is £100