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Treating Musculoskeletal Conditions: Integrating East and West

Date(s): MSK I and II (19th and 20th November 2020) MSK III (18th March 2021)

Time: 10am -5pm

Eligibility: Acupuncture Graduates

Venue: College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, Reading


These three days focus on channel sinew and musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and are aimed at acupuncture and tuina practitioners.  The course is limited to 12 attendees per instructor.


At the end of the course, the student will:

  • Be aware of how the Han dynasty doctor viewed the body both in health, injury and healing and how this compares with modern pathophysiology;
  • Be aware of the differences between the Channel Collaterals and Channel Sinew meridians (Jing Luo and Jing Jin) and their use in musculoskeletal conditions;
  • Be aware of the principle of “Releasing the Brakes” and how this can be incorporated into a systematic diagnosis of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions integrating both Traditional East Asian (TEAM) and Western Medical (WM) paradigms;
  • Be able to apply an integrated, systematic approach to arrive at a working diagnoses and treatment of MSK conditions integrating TEAM diagnosing and Western orthopedic testing methods;
  • Be able to incorporate a variety of tools including ‘Pricking the Vessels”, Gua Sha and electroacupuncture, basic muscle stretching and exercises with existing treatment paradigms into an integrated treatment programme;
  • Be able to formulate a systematic, integrated diagnosis and treatment to a variety of conditions involving the upper body (neck, shoulders, upper back and extremities) and lower body (lower back, hips, pelvis and extremities).


This course is modular in nature MSK I is a pre-requisite to attending MSK II and III.

  • 19 November 2020. Day 1 MSK I..The systematic approach to treatment of all musculoskeletal conditions.
  • 20 November 2020. Day 2 MSK II.. Diagnosis and treatment methods of the upper body (neck shoulders and upper torso)
  • 18 March 2021. Day 3 MSK III. Diagnosis and treatment methods of the lower body (lower back, pelvis, hips and legs)


Alex Brazkiewicz is an acupuncturist, tuina practitioner, a martial artist and paramedic, currently practising in Worcester. In 2009 Alex was invited to accompany Jason Robertson to China for a month-long intense study under his teacher Professor Wang Ju Yi, which he repeated in 2011 and 2013 with an internship at the Beijing Massage Hospital. This internship, spurred Alex to further his study in the treatment of MSK conditions and he is currently a final year student of Osteopathy.

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