Built on Our Five Pillars
Acupuncture, Botanicals, Massage, Photomedicine, and Wellness
Our comprehensive, highly orchestrated curriculum guides students through the principles and significance of acupuncture anatomy, neurophysiology, and neuromodulation. We couple this with an intensive focus on myofascial evaluation and treatment, inspired by osteopathic principles and practice. Our premier, science-based programs stand out from the rest by including only rational, evidence-informed approaches, having dispensed with metaphors and mysticism long ago.
For the healthcare provider, nothing replaces the power of informed touch and the insights we gain both diagnostically and therapeutically. To illustrate how soft tissue therapy benefits patients, the medical literature contains numerous studies that include randomized, controlled trials, showing the effectiveness of manual techniques for a variety of pain problems. These include neck pain, back pain, osteoarthritis and headache. In addition to alleviating discomfort, medical massage improves digestive function, immunologic activity, and mood.
Our hands-on workshops along with our hybrid online / onsite medical massage courses explore, at an in-depth level, the science, evidence, and skillful delivery of soft tissue manual therapy to a wide array of patient problems. Online coursework includes videos, assigned readings, home practice, and discussions about how massage fits into the bigger picture of scientific integrative medicine. Onsite practice sessions provide supervised opportunities to develop confidence and expertise in manual therapies.
For those accustomed to only conventional, allopathic methods of medical practice, the idea of treating patients with light emitting diodes or lasers may at first seem unusual. Nothing is injected or swallowed, and the physiologic effect involves photons, not pharmaceuticals. Laser therapy, which heals tissue, is different from laser surgery, which destroys it. Laser and LED therapy reduces pain, counters inflammation, and improves blood flow. These are all good things for a patient that has been injured or who just had surgery. Several systematic reviews and meta-analyses have found in favor of photomedicine for many clinical conditions, including neck pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, Achilles tendinitis, neurosensory deficits, pain and stiffness from arthritis, cancer therapy-induced mucositis, and more. CuraCore offers an online course in photomedicine designed for medical and veterinary clinicians and researchers. The course includes 12 modules that explain the inner workings of photomedicine, the science behind it, and how to use it to help your patients heal.
Every practitioner, whether human or veterinary, should know how botanical medicines impact our patients. If we are to practice safe and effective medicine and provide the highest quality healthcare, medical professionals need to approach botanical medicine from a critical, scientific, and evidence-informed perspective. Through this highly engaging, thought-provoking, and interactive online program, you will learn which plant-based products have a fair degree of safety and effectiveness. You will read and watch videos about the ways in which herbs are manufactured, prepared, and stored, and how this affects safety, quality and potency. You will become adept at reading product labels and evaluating their claims. You will also discover the facts about the science, safety, and risks of cannabis, the problems and pitfalls of Chinese herbs, issues surrounding essential oils, and more.
We want you to be able to describe to those who rely on your wisdom and guidance how herbs work, how they can be used safely, and how to avoid unhappy surprises. After all, isn’t it important to know which herbs cause excessive bleeding BEFORE your patients are in surgery?
Note — this course does not encourage you to prescribe untested products based on speculative doses. This is a program based on science and evidence that informs you how botanical products work, when and if they do, so that you do not need to refer clients and colleagues to herbalists that may or may not have a background based on rationality and responsible prescribing.