Presented by the Acupuncture and Neurosciences Divisions of CPA

May 29, 2019

Time: 12 Noon, Eastern

Attendees limited to members of Neurosciences and Acupuncture Divisons of CPA

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Presented by Enoch Ho, MPh, PT, RAc, Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University
Enoch has been involved in teaching and supervising students in clinical practice and research in both physiotherapy and acupuncture for many years.  He is a clinical assistant professor at McMaster and his research interests are TCM acupuncture in neurological conditions, diabetes, peri-menopausal conditions and clinical outcomes and resources utilization in health care institute. Enoch is also one of the founders of the Acupuncture Course – Evidence Base Approach to TCM at McMaster University. Currently,  Enoch is a registered member in both physiotherapy and TCM acupuncture in Ontario and practice


Acupuncture has been used to treat various diseases for thousands of years in China. It involves the insertion of a solid needle into the skin at specific location in the body, called acupuncture points. Needles alone are the only physical substance used without medication to create the therapeutic effect. Although acupuncture is most widely recognized for its analgesic applications, the clinical uses described in Chinese literature and practice of acupuncture in China has a much wider scope than pain management.  Acupuncture use, in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of stroke recovery, has been well documented in the literature.

Relevance to Physiotherapy Practice
Physiotherapists have been providing acupuncture for pain management, including in neurological conditions (stroke). Shoulder pain post stroke is a very common symptom treated by physiotherapists. Recent literature show that acupuncture is an effective method to treat pain and improve function.

1) Review causes of shoulder pain in stroke patients
2) Review background research on acupuncture effectiveness and current practices in managing shoulder pain in stroke patients.
3) Understand the basic foundation of acupuncture in stroke rehabilitation
4) Integrate acupuncture in shoulder pain management in stroke patients. Clinical cases will be discussed.


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