I received my Certification in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture and Neurofunctional Acupuncture through McMaster University in Hamilton. This is one of the most comprehensive courses of it's kinds and top practitioners from all over the world come to McMaster to receive this training. I consider myself an advanced therapist who will never be through learning. I immediately started integrating Neurofunctional Acupuncture with Myofascial Release techniques and I have seen extraordinary results. I will generally insert needles and then do tissue releases at another area. Because fascia is continuous from head to toe and acts like a web-like net, if I engage an area away from the needles, it further stimulates that area and causes a deeper release. I tend to see people who have been in pain for many years and have come to believe that they have to live with their pain. In many cases, we adapt our movement patterns to accommodate the pain. This in turn also has an effect on the nervous system, which also learns to accommodate the dysfunctional motor pattern.
Neurofunctional acupuncture can help with advanced sports performance when used to restore motor stimulation to areas which are not firing properly. For example if an athlete has weakness in the glutes, or rotator cuff muscles, I will place the needles in along the motor pathways that supply these muscles and stimulate the needles with high frequency electric current to get these muscles firing properly again. I have also seen incredible results when this technique is applied to chronic lower back pain, whiplash injuries or knee dysfunction.