Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program

Neurofunctional Treatment of Pain with Movement Disorders


"You'd be hard-pressed to find a better CE course than McMaster's Contemporary Medical Acupuncture. The teaching staff were amazing and offered a lot of one-on-one or small group demonstrations to better the hands-on needling practice. Staff also provided incredible live cases with athletes and patients allowing a look as to what a history, neurofunctional assessment, and treatment is like in real time. Even with the limitations that a COVID environment gave, the course really refines your anatomy, nerve pathways, and understanding of human health.

Cole Maranger, BSc Kin, Chiropractor

Stratford, Ontario, Canada

I’m a semi-retired chiropractor (1982) and licensed TCM acupunctor (1986). Throughout my practice, I have tried, to the best of my knowledge, to integrate both sciences. Looking back at all the different formations I took during these forty years of practice, the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture course I took in 2008 was a game changer in my work in terms of clinical results and pleasure in practice. The integration of neuro-plasticity concept, coupled with precise location and electric stimulation of the acupuncture points in the neuro-muscular structure, acquired in the dissection lab, and a global comprehension of the functional anatomy were all parts of the solid course taught by Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco and his team in a multidisciplinary context. Many thanks to you, Dr. Alejandro, and to the McMaster University.

Benoit Garneau, D.Ac, Chiropractor

Quebec, Canada

This course has been a game changer in my practice. It has further enhanced my clinical skills in ways I never thought possible. I would highly recommend this course to any clinician!

Omar Chaudhry, Physiotherapist

Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, Physiotherapist

I'd spent for 5 years studying TCM & Acupuncture before I joined this course. The whole experience was definitely very positive. I think it's not because I got more knowledge or techniques of acupuncture, it's about the course gave me more inspiration of how to treat the pain more effectively. Indeed, I found I really fixed the pain very quickly as well as more confident.

Boaz Lee, Registered Acupuncturist & Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners

Markham, Ontario, Canada, Authentic Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

McMaster's Neurofunctional Acupuncture Program is a true blend of the foundation of acupuncture, incorporating science and optimizing the function of the human body. The extensive knowledge and skill taught in this program are second to none!

Sandy Carveth, Registered Nurse

Sandy Carveth, Registered Nurse, Trent Lakes, Ontario

I can't recommend this course highly enough. It provides the most comprehensive acupuncture education available, incorporating all of the different techniques that other courses have "branded", in a neurofunctional approach to pain and dysfunction. It also provides acupuncture knowledge in the context of neurophysiology, practical clinical uses, general assessment and treatment at the elite level. It affords the student an extremely effective, evidence-based practical skill to enhance and complement a practitioner's current skill set.

Jamie Camp, Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist, Shift Bodywork & Performance Care, Toronto, Ontario

I wish I could take this course every year. The expertise of the instructors and organization skills from the administration is what made this course so excellent. Not only did we learn how to perform acupuncture, but we gained an invaluable amount of knowledge about pain management and how to improve function in the human body.

Mackenzie Thurston, Chiropractor

Chiropractor, Parkwood Chiropractic Centre, Bracebridge, Ontario

This course gave me the necessary knowledge to expand my perspective about healing & soft tissue pathology. With this knowledge, I can now be a more precise therapist with a bigger bag to handle whatever comes through the door.

Andre Coombs, Registered Massage Therapist

RMT Movement, Brampton, Ontario

McMaster's acupuncture program provided a wonderful hands-on experience for learning the skill of acupuncture. The instructors were very knowledgeable and excellent at teaching their skills to the students. Medical Acupuncture is a tool that I am going to use with many of my clients as it adds an extra layer to care that you cannot get with other modalities.

Dr. Blair Murphy - Chiropractor

Coalition Performance Care, Calgary, Alberta

The McMaster neurofunctional acupuncture course was transformative for my ability to assess and treat musculoskeletal injuries: not only by learning neurofunctional acupuncture techniques themselves but by learning how to perform a comprehensive assessment to look for areas of dysfunction that may not always be noticeable by the patient but contribute to our injuries nonetheless. Incorporating these interventions into my medical practice and seeing great results every day is very gratifying, both for myself and my patients!

Dr. Adrienne Junek, Physician (MD)

Integrate Healthcare Collective, Ottawa, ON
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