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Integrative Healing Society

Integrative Healing Society

Integrative Healing Society

This course includes
49:15 of Course Material (View)
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Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in March 2022


The online course will discuss the use of non-local and distal acupuncture points for the treatment of frozen shoulder and shoulder pain in general.

In many cases distal acupuncture has benefits over local needling. With distal needling the beneficial results are often more immediate. For neuropathic conditions and acute inflammation distal needling is preferred as it is less likely to cause adverse needle reactions.

Additionally, non-local needling allows for local manual therapies to be performed while needles are retained.

While many PT’s are familiar with dry needling, which is essentially a form of local needling, they are less familiar with distal needling. The webinar will also present a myofascial model for understanding some of the mechanisms for distal needling. 


Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Design systematic treatment strategies for various shoulder conditions.
  1. Articulate how distal needling can affect distant locations.
  1. Accurately assess how to choose from various point groups for shoulder disorders.


The Presenter: James Spears, M.S

James has practiced acupuncture, somatic therapies, and yoga for over 20 years. In 2001, he graduated from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine with a Masters degree in Oriental Medicine. He has also studied in five university hospitals in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Hangzhou.

From 2008 - 2011 he lead educational tours to China for doctors and post-graduates. He has spent the last 14 years in Asia learning from a variety of teachers in related disciplines including acupuncture, manual therapies, and herbal medicine.

This online course is brought to you by the Acupuncture Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.


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Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling Division

The Acupuncture Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association supports physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants in advancing the use of acupuncture as an established core competency in physiotherapy clinical practice.


To promote acupuncture and encourage an actively engaged membership who are committed to lifelong learning and excellence in practice in order to promote health and well-being among their patients.


To provide leadership and direction to physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants who are members of the Acupuncture Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association in advancing the utilization of acupuncture in clinical practice by promoting excellence in direct care, education and research.

Course Material included in this course
  • Integrative Healing Society
  • Welcome!
  • 3 Divisions of Shoulder Pain
  • 4 Myofascial Arm Lines
  • A Treatment Protocol Using Non-Local Points
  • Lower Three Emperors
  • Three Weights
  • The Anterior Shoulder
  • Lung Meridian Points
  • Large Intestine Meridian Points
  • Feedback
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