The McMaster University Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program is a practical training program that consists of five, three-day weekend units (126 contact hours), and a self-directed home study portion (174 hours).
- Unit 1 – Introduction to Neurofunctional Acupuncture: This unit presents an introduction to Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (Neurofunctional Acupuncture, Electroacupuncture) including the topics: safety, precautions and adverse effects; physiological response to the insertion of acupuncture needles; introduction to palpatory anatomy; overview of traditional acupuncture paradigms; introduction to the design of local inputs; and, introduction to the design of systemic regulatory inputs.
- Unit 2– Upper Extremity Problems. Acute Pain: The focus of this unit is on the treatment of acute pain and upper extremity problems integrating knowledge of functional neuroanatomy and pathophysiology of the locomotor system. Specific protocols and strategies for the treatment of common conditions of the joints and muscles of the shoulder girdle and upper extremity are studied in detail.
- Unit 3 – Axial Skeletal Problems. Visceral Regulation: The focus of this unit is on the design of spinal segmental inputs for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction as well as for visceral regulation. The treatment of axial problems such as neck and lower back pain is also discussed.
- Unit 4 – Head and Face Problems. Chronic Pain Syndromes: The focus of this unit is on the integration of Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (Neurofunctional Acupuncture, Electroacupuncture) on the treatment of common chronic conditions such as chronic pain syndromes, headaches, stress related conditions, etc. Special techniques and protocols for the treatment of these conditions are studied.
- Unit 5 – Lower Extremity Problems. Integrated Management: Treatments for common conditions of the pelvic girdle and lower extremity are reviewed, as well as the integration of Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (Neurofunctional Acupuncture, Electroacupuncture) in the management of complex clinical problems.
- Home study portion – Review of course handouts and reading of selected articles from the peer reviewed literature. A subtotal of 43.5 hours between Units, from Unit 1 to Unit 5.