Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program


Neurofunctional Treatment of Pain and Dysfunction

No simple solution

In the first article of this series, a detailed discussion of the number one contributor to a pain syndrome was provided (the activity of local nociceptors with receptor fields on relevant dermatomal, myotomal and sclerotomal tissues) (April 2019). The second article discussed trigger points contribution from both myofascial tissues and viscera, as well as spinal […]

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Brain pain supply

Common sources of neurological amplification: nociceptive fibres. According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), pain is defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.” This definition contains two important agreements that comprise the foundation of understanding pain […]

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Neurofunctional Acupuncture – An effective approach to treating pain and dysfunction

For a person who is suffering from pain and dysfunction during movement, the treatment options are endless. But an ideal treatment focuses on three general areas – biomechanics, neurology, and metabolism, which make up the pyramid of movement function. When you look at the pyramid of movement function you get an idea of how biomechanics, […]

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Functional Neuromodulation Techniques in pain management

Pain related problems continue to consume great amounts of healthcare resources with only marginal improvements in the overall rate of clinical success, particularly in the area of chronic pain. The main reason for this situation is the complex nature of chronic pain, when the unpleasant feeling has expanded beyond the sensory cortex to affect other […]

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Contemporary Acupuncture and movement disorders: restoring motor and somatic sensory function

Introduction Advances in the fields of neurophysiology and neurosciences in the last three decades have allowed to re-defining acupuncture as a straightforward peripheral nerve stimulation technique. This technique, now based in biomedical science, has been termed contemporary acupuncture to differentiate it from traditional acupuncture approaches. Contemporary acupuncture can be defined as a therapeutic method in […]

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Advanced Neurofunctional Acupuncture Strategies for the Treatment of “Non-Traumatic” Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes

Naturopathic Conference, Michener Institute in Toronto Date: May 30, 2015 Session Outline a. Background Responsible treatment of “non-traumatic” or “functional” musculoskeletal pain syndromes with contemporary acupuncture requires a thorough understanding of the functional neuroanatomy and normal biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. In these syndromes, conventional medical diagnosis (label diagnosis) is of little assistance in the […]

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Rethinking pain with neurofunction

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”   In what ways does our brain affect our reality? Neuroreality as it applies to pain management and pain with movement disorders has some series implications for the chiropractic profession. Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco has […]

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The neurofunctional era: Optimizing the use of therapeutic resources (part 3)

This is part 3 of a 4-part series. Read part 1 | Read part 2 | Read part 4 Neuroreality in pain with movement disorders: functional neuromodulation techniques. Building on the concept of neuroreality, which explains how our experience of the world is not the reflection of an objective reality, but a construct of our […]

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The pain puzzle: Discussing the contributors to pain experience (part 2)

This is part 2 of a 4-part series. Read part 1 | Read part 3 | Read part 4   In my previous article (April 2018) I presented and discussed the concept of “neuroreality” as the most accurate science-based conceptual foundation available to approach the understanding of “pain with movement” disorders. In this article, I discussed that […]

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Neuroreality for pain management (part 1)

This is part 1 of a 4-part series. Read part 2 | Read part 3 | Read part 4 Three centuries ago, in 1710, the Irish philosopher George Berkeley proposed this famous thought experiment: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” He […]

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