Acupuncture and its Effects on the Nervous System with Dr. Barbara Shay

Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Approved for 1 Primary credit

Course is limited to 100 participants

MTAM Members:
$50.00 +GST

$65.00 +GST

Fee includes: course handouts


Acupuncture as a part of western treatment has been gaining more and more credibility. This session will highlight the physiological effects on the nervous system and convince practitioners that it is a tool worth investing in as a powerful adjunct to massage therapy.


·      To discuss the mechanisms of acupuncture analgesia
·      To discuss recent clinical trials where effects on the nervous system have been observed with acupuncture
·      To review why health care professionals are ideally positioned to provide modern acupuncture treatment


Dr. Barbara Shay has been a practising physiotherapist for over 25 years. She continued her academic education and completed her MSc in Rehabilitation in 1993; “Assessment of Upper Limb Strength and Exercise Performance in Quadriplegics” and her PhD in Neurophysiology in 2003; “Serotonin 5-HT2 Receptors and Mechanisms of Long-Term Modulation of Spinal Reflex Strength”.

She has taken numerous post-graduate education courses including acupuncture, manual therapy, mobilization of the nervous system and exercise. Dr. Shay has been involved in the Physical Therapy program at the University of Manitoba, in one capacity or another since 1991. She became the Head of the Department in 2013.

She has been an invited speaker at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association for the International Society for Electrophysical Agents and taught several refresher courses in EPAs. Since 2004, Dr. Shay has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over $1.6M in funded research projects. Her current research interests revolve around pain assessment and treatment.

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