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Acupuncture for Pain Certification Course (Back & Abdomen)

January 31, 2014 to February 2, 2014

2 TCM, 8 General
CCNM, Online
Open to: 
Fourth Year Students, NDs, Healthcare Practitioners
ND/health-care practitioner: 
Early bird deadline: 
January 24, 2014
Alumni association price: 
Student price: 
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Course description

ND/TCMP/Acup Practitioner: $750
Early Bird Practitioner: $675
CCNM Alumni Member/Staff: $600
Student (Full-time): $525
ND/TCMP/Acup Practitioner: $2800
Early Bird Practitioner: $2500
CCNM Alumni Member/Staff: $2200
Student (Full-time): $1900
**You will have the option of registering for an individual module or the entire course on the following page**
Advanced Integrative Acupuncture Certificate:
Assessment & Treatment of Neuromuscular Pain
About the Course:
Pain management is the number one reason for acupuncture visits. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) based acupuncture training programs emphasize the treatment of internal medicine conditions, which often leave students feeling unprepared to manage neuromuscular pain in their practice. In contrast, Medical Acupuncture programs excel at managing pain but often lack the holistic mind-body and patient-centered approach that has become increasingly important in recent years. This post-graduate advanced program was designed to help clinicians develop the critical and manual skills needed to treat neuromuscular disorders by integrating the Eastern energy-based approach with the Western anatomy-based approach.
Eastern medicine reveres classical texts as the highest authority whereas Western medicine esteems peer-reviewed journals as the gold standard. This program set out to uphold and integrate the standards recognized by both medical systems. It is a unique synthesis of Chinese medical classics and scientific research publications.
This program teaches classical point location from the Han dynasty, based on the Spiritual Pivot (LingShu), and Systematic Classic (ZhenJiuJiaYiJing), that are at times different from the modern TCM/WHO standardized locations. These classical locations will be superimposed on top of Western understanding of neuromuscular systems in order to understand their anatomical significance and associated dysfunctions. Finally, the Western anatomy will be juxtaposed along side classical cutaneous and sinew channels to complete the circle of integration.
Learning Outcomes:
1. Integrate classical sinew channel pathway and pathology with modern muscular system and its associated dysfunction.
2. Interpret the nervous system as the channel system to understand the physiological basis of point functions.
3. Recognize the value that an integrative approach has to enable you to discover new functions of points that were unknown to the classics.
4. Apply classical sources to gain novel insight in clinical neuro-physiology.
5. Gain proficiency in modulating various branches of the sensory, motor and autonomic nervous system.
6. Achieve correct needling intention through precise knowledge of the neuro-anatomy behind each point as well as refined point location based on the earliest (pre-TCM) acupuncture classics.
7. Master how to assess referred pain pathways from myofascial trigger points.
8. Perfect your ability in obtaining the correct DeQi sensation for each point through the knowledge of neuro-anatomy and channel theory.
9. Qualify as dually trained in medical and classical acupuncture to enable you to apply these skills interchangeably for different clinical situations.
UPPER EXTREMITY (Nov 29 - Dec 1, 2013)
BACK & ABDOMEN (Jan 31 - Feb 2, 2014)
NECK & HEAD (March 21 - 23, 2014)
Program Content:
Lecture Section:
- Mu-Collecting and Shu-Transport points according to the Inner Classic
- Foot YangMing, ShaoYang, TaiYang sinew channel pathology and neuroanatomy
- Review of the autonomic nervous system (ANS): Yin and Yang
- Neuro-modulation of the ANS (based on Dr. Joseph Wong)
- Review of sclerotomes
- Review of the sacral plexus
- HuaTuoJiaJi peri-vertebral points
- Neurological parallels of the Du, Ren, Chong & Dai vessels
- Distal points strategy for back & abdomen
Practical Section:
- Classical point location for the torso
- Needle techniques for the peri-vertebral, inter-costal & pelvic regions
- Palpation of muscles and nerves of the torso
- Needling of each torso muscle (including motor & trigger point)
- Needling of each motor nerve of the torso
- Needling of each sensory nerve of the torso
- Needling of sympathetic & parasympathetic points of the torso
- Needling of the sacral plexus
- Extra points of the torso
- Case study and clinical strategies for common thoracolumbar disorders
The program is offered in 4 modules that may be taken in any order. Each module is one-weekend in length and is limited to 30 participants. Upon successful completion of all four modules (including oral & practical tests) a certificate in Treatment of Neuromyofascial Pain, is jointly awarded by CCNM and the instructor.
During the practical component, the emphasis is on developing palpation and needling skills. A pass-fail system will be used for the practical section.
Short answer questions are given for each week’s reading. Submission of these responses constitutes documentation of the home-study component.
Students wishing to obtain an Advance Integrative Acupuncture Certificate need to submit a final take-home case study assignment, as well as pass an oral and practical test at the completion of the program.
Graduate of an Acupuncture, TCMP or ND program that includes training in eastern medicine, western anatomy and acupuncture. Applicants are expected to be familiar with point location, channel pathways and the musculoskeletal system. Senior students in their final year as well as other health professionals including DCs, PTs, RMTs, and MDs with acupuncture certification and prior learning in TCM fundamentals are also welcome. Please contact the course instructor at to determine whether your training meets the qualifications.

Poney Chiang, PhD, RTCMP, R.Ac, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Poney is a native of Taiwan. He received a Bachelor degree in microbiology and a Doctoral degree in biomedical research from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto. During his PhD training, his interest in Oriental medicine led him to complete both Zen Shiatsu and Medical Qigong Therapy diploma programs. This was followed by a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, where he graduated with collegiate and national level distinctions. He apprenticed for 5 years with his mentor Dr. Roger Tsao, whose medical lineage once consulted for the Qing imperial palace and 2 Taiwanese presidents. Poney is a Licensed Acupuncturist (NY), Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a Registered TCM Practitioner in Ontario.

He was fortunate to have Paula Haberman as his first orthopedic acupuncture teacher, who was licensed in TCM and physiotherapy. Even as a student, he could appreciate that her integrative approach gave amazing results. Poney was strongly influenced by Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga (Contemporary Medical Acupuncture, McMaster) who inspired him to look at acupuncture from a neurofunctional perspective. Poney's passion in integrating Classical and Medical acupuncture has led him to cross-reference medical classics with modern research on the peripheral nervous system. He believes this Neuro-Meridian integrative approach will become the standard for acupuncture training and therapy in the future.

Poney has been an author to Oriental Medicine Journal, European Journal of Oriental Medicine and Oriental Medicine Newsletter on a wide range of topics. He has appeared numerous times on local television (OMNI News) as an expert in Chinese medicine. He has been invited as a speaker for the Canadian Dermatology Nurse Association, York Region Police Association and Asian Integrative Medicine Symposium. Poney has had the privilege of teaching TCM since 2008. He is a 22nd generation practitioner of Daoist cultivation from the Dragon Gate sect of the Complete Perfection lineage of Daoism. His interest besides Chinese medicine is internal martial arts and particularly classical swordsmanship. He resides in Toronto with his wife and 3 children.

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