Acupuncture Program Illustrates Successful Multidisciplinary Integration


Since the Spring of 1999 over 100 physicians, chiropractors, and physiotherapists have received training and graduated from the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture for Health Professionals Program. In addition, another 120 health-care professionals have received advanced training on the integrated treatment of Sports Injuries with electro-acupuncture and manual techniques through the Sports Medicine Program. The positive impact of this training on the day-to-day practice of these professionals is the ultimate reason of the success of the program, and has been the main motivator for faculty, instructors, and support staff to continue to refine the different courses to make the program the very best it can be.

The health care community has enquired about how the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program has had an impact on the practice of the different health-care professionals who complete the main training program. These are the testimonials of a cross sample of course participants who graduated at least two years ago.

Dr. Ravinder Ohson, PhysicianContemporary Medical Acupuncture is now an important part of my therapeutic armamentarium against a variety of medical conditions, both organic and emotional, and it meshes well with other modalities. I have used contemporary electro-acupuncture successfully in acute and chronic pain conditions like sciatica or myofascial pain syndromes, and in general hormonal or autonomic imbalances like dysfunctional bleeding, irritable bowel syndrome or Raynaud’s disorder. In addition, I have found it useful as an adjuvant in treating panic disorder, depression, and nicotine dependence. I find contemporary electro-acupuncture to be rewarding and relaxing both for my patients and myself.

In summary, in a physician’s practice Contemporary Medical Acupuncture provides a gentle and practical compliment to traditional biomedical therapy. I feel physicians need to look at the therapeutic value of this contemporary version of an ancient therapy for modern times.

Dr. Mark Scappaticci, ChiropractorThe impact of contemporary electro-acupuncture on my practice has been phenomenal, particularly in the treatment of Sports related injuries, my main field of practice. I find electro-acupuncture to be the best intervention for effective neuromodulation of pain, both in acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. After the electro-acupuncture treatments my manual interventions, whether soft tissue or joint manipulation, are a lot easier to implement, and I have found that the effects of all my combined treatments – an approach I call Functional Integrated Therapy(tm) – is superior to any other combination of modalities I have tried over the years.

The McMaster Contemporary Electro-acupuncture approach is rational, practical, and scientifically based, and it has given me the ability to help athletes of all levels to promptly recover from injuries, as well as has given me a unique tool to facilitate the recovery of endocrine and autonomic imbalances. This latter application has been a tremendous help in the special performance enhancement treatments I perform regularly on professional and Olympic athletes.

I find contemporary electro-acupuncture to be the perfect match for manual therapy interventions and I invite all my chiropractic colleagues to integrate it into their practices, as a new standard of care.

Joanna Speller, PhysiotherapistThe Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Course which I participated in at McMaster University has had a tremendous impact on my practice as a physiotherapist, since my primary focus is on the treatment of musculoskeletal problems. This contemporary approach to acupuncture has become the primary modality for the treatment of pain I use with my patients. The different combinations of electrical frequencies and nerve stimulation, from peripheral nerves to spinal nerves, allows me to approach a variety of acute and chronic pain problems with confidence, since I now can effect positive neuromodulatory responses that will prepare the patient for the rest of my therapeutic interventions.

Contemporary electro-acupuncture has been a very positive and harmonious adjunct to my integrated approach to rehabilitation and I believe it should be part of any standard physiotherapy practice.

Many other similar testimonials have been the norm since the establishment of the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program in 1998. In only four years this program is becoming the gold standard of acupuncture training for physicians, chiropractors, and physiotherapists in Canada, and has generated a tremendous amount of interest in other parts of the world with visitors coming from distant places as Brazil, Spain, Czech Republic, Mexico, and the USA.

In June 2001, the McMaster Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program received the approval of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture has recognized this program since September 2000.

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