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From patient to practitioner to educator. One physiotherapist’s career path with acupuncture.

BY RONDA KELLINGTON

Linda Dyer-Macdonald is a teacher at Acupuncture Canada, as well as a registered physiotherapist.  She owns and operates her own clinic, Sport-Medic Physiotherapy, in Orangeville, Ontario.  She graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science.

Acupuncture became central to her practice years ago, after her introduction to it as a patient.  In 1997 she joined the faculty of Acupuncture Canada.  A few years ago she led development of our Acupuncture Refresher Course.  Linda’s journey shows the difference acupuncture can make in a career.…Read More

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture?

BY RONDA KELLINGTON

Although the practice of Dry Needling (DN) began to develop in the US in the 1940s, it was not until acupuncture made its way to North America in the 1970s that significant interest in DN took hold. Dry Needling is defined as the insertion of needles into tender points in the body without the injection…Read More

Clinical Pearls: Treating Whiplash

BY RONDA KELLINGTON

“Clinical Pearls” is a series that provides insight into the treatment of specific ailments, straight from our teachers and members. This contribution comes from Dr. Gerald Nemanishen, MD, CCFP, CAFCI.

One of the most common injuries to occur to a person’s neck is whiplash – the result of a sudden forward and backward movement of the head and neck, often caused by minor motor vehicle accidents. Dr. Nemanishen has found the application of Seirin Pyonex needles to be particularly effective and efficient in the treatment of acute cervical strain or whiplash. Pyonex needles are patch-type acupuncture needles that are designed to be maintained on the body for long-term placement.…Read More

Start building your foundation

BY RONDA KELLINGTON

AA1: Foundations of Anatomical Acupuncture – The first leg of your journey

If you’re looking to better serve your patients through the integration of acupuncture into your practice, the first step is to build a foundation. Start with our AA1 course – Foundations of Anatomical Acupuncture. During this 3-day in-classroom and 6-week online course, you’ll become familiar with the history of acupuncture, current research underlying its physiological mechanisms, and how the Meridian system works from the anatomical perspective. In addition to an in depth understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of acupuncture, AA1 equips you with the practical tools you need to locate and provide the rationale for effective acupuncture points for treatment of a variety of conditions.…Read More

Meet the teacher – Catherine Fuller, PT, R.Ac.

BY RONDA KELLINGTON

Meet the teacher is an ongoing series of profiles highlighting the instructors of Acupuncture Canada.

Catherine Fuller, in addition to being an instructor at Acupuncture Canada, is also a registered physiotherapist and the part-owner and practitioner at Stayner Physiotherapy & Massage LTD in Stayner, ON. She attended the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto, and has been on the Board of Directors of Acupuncture Canada.…Read More

Dr. Joseph Wong

BY RONDA KELLINGTON

I’m sad to report that our colleague and Acupuncture Canada co-founder, Dr. Joseph Wong, died early on the morning of November 9th. Joe had been through a protracted illness that began with a stroke earlier this year. Our thoughts are with Joe’s wife Marta and his children. Dr. Joseph Y. Wong received his MD in…Read More

Efficacy of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Sciatica

BY RONDA KELLINGTON

Patients want to know whether acupuncture will work for their pain and if it will be more effective than pain medication. This is one aspect that was examined in the following review paper on the efficacy of acupuncture treatment for sciatica.…Read More

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