Scientific Integrative Medicine (SIM)
for Pain and Arthritis

September 22-23, 2018
Michigan State University

Scientific Integrative Medicine (SIM) for Pain and Arthritis Workshop
Day 1.  Myofascial Palpation/Release, Dry Needling, & Photomedicine 
Day 2. Botanical Approaches, including Cannabis Discussion

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE:  This two-day workshop will encourage you to expand your integrative medical knowledge through a hands-on, experiential workshop that includes instruction and practice in medical acupuncture, myofascial release, medical massage, laser therapy and LED arrays (photomedicine), and botanical medicine.

WHO CAN ATTEND:  Licensed veterinarians, veterinary technicians/nurses and veterinary students


  • Offer patients ways to avoid medications and surgery by diversifying options to address acute and chronic pain.
  • Strengthen integrative medical care by identifying scientific and evidence-based options instead of those that relay on unverified mechanisms and irrational ideations.
  • Tailor treatment recommendations to patients’ specific needs based on assessments that include myofascial palpation and postural evaluation.


  • Learn the concepts of dry needling and acupuncture based on the method developed by Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, FAAMA called the Medical Acupuncture and Integrative Neuromodulation® approach, founded on neuroanatomic acupuncture and osteopathic medical principles.
  • Develop skill in dry needling for myofascial pain problems.
  • Recognize the role of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems in the generation and perpetuation of acute and chronic pain.
  • Practice myofascial palpation skills in order to assemble a congruent and insightful determination of the somatic component of common physiologic imbalances that often accompany pain and chronic illness.
  • Learn how to perform osteopathically informed myofascial release (direct and indirect) as an alternative to standard Swedish massage techniques.
  • Explain the scientific principles of laser therapy and light emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • Practice treatments involving photomedicine devices for pain and neurologic dysfunction.
  • Describe how cannabis affects the nervous system and pain problems.
  • Recognize typical cannabis formulations patients access as medical marijuana approaches for pain and disability.
  • Expand awareness about non-cannabis options in botanical medicine to treat pain and anxiety.
  • Critique labels of readily available botanical products in order to assess quality and reliability.



Medical Acupuncture and Integrative Neuromodulation Workshop –

Day 1

8:30a – 9:15a    Demonstration: Establishing the vision. Dr. Narda Robinson will provide a demonstration of the gentle, yet effective, method of observing, palpating, and treating a canine patient.
9:15a – 10:00a  Fundamentals of Scientific Integrative Medicine for Pain and Arthritis: The role of the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems in the generation and perpetuation of pain and arthritis.
10:00a – 10:20a Break
10:20a – 10:50a Myofascial Dysfunction – Why it forms, how to localize it, ways to treat it. Manual therapy as integrative neuromodulation.
11:00a – 12:00a Hands-On: Myofascial palpation and treatment with easy to learn myofascial release techniques. (HUMAN Lab participants practice on each other in order to receive verbal feedback.)
12:00p – 1:00p   Lunch
1:00p – 2:00p     Lecture/Demonstration: Dry needling as the first step in learning medical acupuncture.
2:00p – 3:00p     Lecture: Photomedicine as integrative neuromodulation and connective tissue treatment.
3:00p – 3:30p     Break
3:30p – 5:00p     Hands-On: Myofascial release, dry needling, massage and photomedicine practice. (CANINE)

Botanical Medicine, Including Cannabis –

Day 2

8:00a – 9:00a     Lecture: Botanical medicine options for pain and arthritis. Pharmacology and clinical considerations.
9:00a – 10:00a   Lecture: Cannabis for pain and arthritis. The endocannabinoid system.
10:00a – 10:20   Break
10:20a – 12:00p Hands-On: Reading labels, sorting fact from fiction, red flags and claims.

Scientific Integrative Medicine for Pain and Arthritis – 2 Day Workshop

Open to: Licensed Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians and Veterinary students


September 22-23, 2018
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI


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Jun 7 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Botanical Day 2019 is June 7th and because of the ever changing landscape of the subject, the focus will be on Cannabis in Veterinary Medicine.  This program is held in conjunction with our Myofascial Palpation & Medical Massage program held June 9-10, 2019.  Join us for both!

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WHO CAN ATTEND:  Licensed veterinarians

Registration is open through August 18, 2018.


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