MPAA Mission

Manitoba Professional Acupuncture Association is a provincial organization that works to promote the practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Manitoba, to benefit the well being of Manitobans.

COVID Update – March 14, 2022

As of March 15, 2022, there will no longer be Public Health restrictions for wearing masks in indoor spaces. For the safety of patients and practitioners, the MPAA strongly recommends that members continue to wear masks when interacting with patients until further notice. In addition, MPAA recommends continued mask use for patients and staff while in common areas for the safety of all. MPAA also still recommends that patients continue to be screened prior to attending appointments as well as making efforts to maintain physical distancing as much as possible. While none of these measures are mandatory, they are strongly recommended.

Continuing Education

2023 MPAA Continuing Education Seminar - Tung’s Acupuncture - May 7th, 2023

Tung's Acupuncture and Essential Protocols for Pain and Related Scenarios (6 hours) instructed by Dr. Michael Chung Dr.TCM.

MPAA is very fortunate to have Dr. Michael Chung present a 6 hour seminar on Tung’s Acupuncture on May 7th, 2023.

Dr. Chung received his M.Sc and Ph.D in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Tianjin TCM University in China. He was a disciple of Dr. Wei-Chieh Young and inherited a style of acupuncture called TEAS (Tung’s Extraordinary Acupuncture System). Dr. Chung has noted the great effects when treating patients with TEAS.

Dr. Chung started the seminar with a description of TEAS and its origins with Master Tung.

He discussed the differences between TEAS and the 14 meridian points, including differences in point location, nomenclature, point grouping, and clinical features. He also discussed different techniques and methods used in TEAS such as: Ci Luo, Ti Ying, Dong Qi, Qian Yin, and Dao Ma.

We were shown the system used to locate Tung’s points. This mapping technique included using latitude and longitude and thinking of the body in holographic form while using the system.
This included how to place points when they are in a grouping of more than 1 point.

Dr. Chung spent the afternoon discussing the top 10 upper extremity and lower extremity Tung’s points and their clinical applications. We were given time to practice needling some of the important points and also observe Dr. Chung demonstrate proper needling of these points and discuss case studies.

We left this seminar with an ignited curiosity in Tung’s acupuncture and are very thankful for Dr. Chung sharing his knowledge and expertise.

2022 MPAA Continuing Education Seminar - Cupping Therapy - November 27, 2022

Basic cupping course (6 hours) instructed by Paul Kohlmeier, BPE, RMT, R.Ac from Cupping Canada Inc.
MPAA was fortunate to have Paul Kohlmeier present a 6 hour basic cupping course for us on Nov 27, 2022.
Paul has been an RMT since 1996 and an R.Ac since 2008. He has spent a lot of time reading and disseminating research to other RMT’s and R.Ac’s. We learned about the history of cupping and the different forms of cupping as well as the proper way to disinfect cups for safe practice. Paul demonstrated the different cupping techniques and reasons to choose certain techniques over another depending on the patient and their complaint. We also learned about possible adverse events and contraindications to cupping. Paul demonstrated how to treat plantar fasciitis and TMJ pain. We took time during the class to practice the different cupping techniques such as: flash cupping, fast cupping, blanket cupping, and dynamic cupping.

The course was a great mix of classroom and hands on learning!


2022 MPAA Continuing Education Seminar – Introduction to Motion Acupuncture

On May 1st and May 15th, 2022, MPAA was pleased to have Dr. Decheng Chen present an online seminar on Introduction to Motion Acupuncture. Dr. Decheng Chen is a licensed acupuncturist in New York and Ph.D. and has over 30 years of clinical and teaching experience world-wide. He discussed the four layers of soft tissue, the sensation felt by the patient and the acupuncturist, the sensation in the different layers, and the relationship between De Qi and its effects. Through videos we observed his application of Motion Acupuncture and the positive effects the treatments had on his patients. A total of 29 people attended the online seminar.

2022 MPAA Safety Course

On Sunday, March 6th, 2022 the MPAA offered an online Safety course live via Zoom.
The Safety course is a requirement for new members and encouraged for current members to attend.
We had over 90% of our MPAA members attend our Safety course.
Since the start of the pandemic, MPAA has adapted to include live online seminars as a safe alternative for our continuing education.
Our Safety Course included four main topics:

  1. Infection Control (Allison Murray, R.Ac.) – Common viruses, bacteria, and fungi were highlighted, as well as measures to prevent their spread including COVID-19. Proper hand washing, respiratory etiquette, and health screening were also covered.
  2. Charting, record keeping, and advertising (Shandis Price, R.Ac.) –Accurate and consistent record keeping were reviewed as well as the do’s and don’ts of advertising as an R.Ac.
  3. Acupuncture Safety (Li Lin, R.Ac.) –Acupuncture safety measures and techniques to prevent acupuncture-related injuries and accidents were reviewed as well as management of needle injury or accidents if they do occur.
  4. Ethics (Paul Kohlmeier) – The role of ethics in our decision making as health care professionals was discussed as well as scenarios in our practices that could cause possible ethical pitfalls. Virtual treatments were also discussed.

2021 Continuing Education Seminar - November 21, 2021

On November 21, 2021, the MPAA hosted a Continuing Education Seminar for MPAA members via Zoom. Topics included:

  1. Clinical Application of Mini Ren Acupuncture - presenter Guojian Huang, R.Ac, MD (China).
  2. Abdominal fat loss in Metabolic Disorders in Clinical Settings - presenter Dr. Liye William Zhoa, Ph.D., R.Ac, MD (China).