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Treating musculoskeletal conditions: Integrating east and west (fully booked)

Date(s): 27 - 28 April 2024

Time: 10am - 5pm

Eligibility: Acupuncture graduates and 3rd year students

Venue: College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading

The course is modular in nature, MSK I is purely an online course with 6 months access to the resources and must be completed before attending MSK II and III, the practical face-to-face days. Once payment has been received, you will receive the access code. MSK II and III aims to put into a practical context the theory from the online session.  Following successful completion of the course further online resources (including all the case studies discussed on the face-to-face days) will be made available for a further 6 months.

Aims and objectives of the course: By the end of the course you will:

  • Be aware of how the Han dynasty viewed the body both in health, injury and healing and how this compares with modern pathophysiology;
  • Be aware of the difference between the Channel Sinews (Jing Jin) and Channel collaterals (Jing Luo) and their use in musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions;
  • Be aware of the principles of “Release the Brakes” and how this can be incorporated into a systematic diagnosis and treatment of MSK conditions integrating both Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) and Western Biomedicine paradigms;
  • Be able to apply a systematic and integrated approach to arrive at a working diagnosis and treatment of MSK conditions integrating TEAM diagnosing and Western Orthopaedic Testing methods;
  • Be able to incorporate a variety of tools including “pricking the vessels”, Gua Sha, basic muscle stretching and exercises within existing treatment paradigms into an existing treatment programme;
  • Be able to formulate a systematic integrated diagnosis and treatment to a variety of conditions to the upper body (including neck, shoulders and upper back) and lower body (including lower back).



Alex is a registered osteopath, traditional acupuncturist, paramedic and martial arts instructor.  He qualified from CICM in 2007 and in Tuina the following year. Between 2009 and 2013 he studied Applied Channel Theory with Prof Wang Ju Yi in China and Europe and completed an internship at the Beijing Tuina hospital before starting his osteopathy degree.  He practices in Malvern integrating Traditional East Asian and Western Biomedicine.

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