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Women’s health can be a pain! How research informs acupuncture practice for pain conditions in women’s health

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Women’s health can be a pain! How research informs acupuncture practice for pain conditions in women’s health

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Live Online Webinar
Sunday December 12, 2021 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm PST
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Early-bird price $50 until November 28th. Regular rate $75.00

Even if you cannot make the scheduled time for the live webinar, you will still be able to watch the recordings. Video recordings of the live webinar are placed into your account within 48 hours of the class, so the course will be waiting for you to watch when you are ready.
Live webinars fulfil all 50 hours of live CEUs for California. You have 2 years access to the recording to complete for CEU/PDA.

Live Webinar: 12:30 pm PDT, Sunday, December 12, 2021.
  • Honolulu, HI, USA HST (UTC -10) Sun, Dec 12, 2021, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Denver, CO, USA MST (UTC -7) Sun, Dec 12, 2021, 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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  • Sydney, Australia AEDT (UTC +11) Mon, Dec 13, 2021, 7:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Auckland, New Zealand NZDT (UTC +13) Mon, Dec 13, 2021, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

This online lecture brings together recent research information regarding common pain syndromes in women’s health. Deeply rooted in the clinical experience of each of the presenters, this workshop draws together the experience of four researcher-practitioners in women’s health, elucidating current evidence-informed approaches to pain conditions experienced by women.

Pain is a complex and subjective experience that is often invisible, and has significant impacts for the sufferer. Research estimates that sufferers of chronic pain are more likely to be women, with women constituting around 70% of people impacted by chronic pain. Women tend to experience pain more consistently and more intensely, implicating underlying biological and hormonal contributions. Women experience some specific and life-stage related pain, including menstrual cycle related pain such as endometriosis, affecting fertility; pregnancy conditions; labour and childbirth; and menopause pain syndromes.

Each of these areas is marked by a set of biological and psychosocial factors, for which acupuncture can play an important role in the treatment and management of symptoms and more complex syndromes. Clinical trials highlight areas of effectiveness in treating pain in the context of women’s health. This workshop proposes to discuss the evidence for pain related conditions in women’s health and highlight how some novel findings can be used to inform clinical practice. It should be of interest to researchers and clinicians as well as health care administrators.

Goals and Outlines
Participants can expect to gain understanding of the following learning objectives during the symposium consisting of 4 presentations of pain conditions in women’s health:

  • Inflammatory pathways in endometriosis, and the role of acupuncture
  • a. Describe the role of inflammation in endometriosis and the link between endometriosis, depression and gut issues.
    b. Discuss the implications of endometriosis and fertility
    c. Deepen understanding of acupuncture treatment approaches for women presenting in clinical practice.

  • Acupuncture for hip and back pain in pregnancy
  • a. Describe the current evidence for acupuncture treatment for hip and back pain in pregnancy, and the use/avoidance of ‘forbidden points’
    b. Understand the influence of bias in current trials of acupuncture for hip and back pain, where forbidden points are used

  • Acupuncture and acupressure for labour and birth
  • a. Describe the role of acupressure compared with acupuncture for effective management of labour and birth
    b. Understand the impact of trial design on clinical outcomes and implications for evidence into practice

  • Increased pain during peri- and post-menopause
  • a. Understand women’s experiences of chronic pain as a part of a broader picture of peri- and post-menopause
    b. Understand the role of acupuncture in alleviating these symptom clusters

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    Claudia Citkovitz, PhD, LAc., has led the Acupuncture Service at NYU Lutheran since 2004, supervising 8 acupuncturists who provide inpatient care and clinical instruction in the areas of neurological and orthopedic management, rehabilitation, labor and delivery, pain management. Dr. Citkovitz studied Chinese language in Beijing and acupuncture at the Pacific and Tri-State colleges in New York. An internationally known lecturer on acupuncture practice and research methodology, she lectures regularly for the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the University of Westminster in London and the British Acupuncture Council. Her PhD study on acupuncture during acute stroke rehabilitation was the first conducted in the United States, as was her 2006 study of acupuncture during labor and delivery. Dr. Citkovitz is a frequent peer reviewer and Editorial Board member on journals including Acupuncture in Medicine, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Explore, and Meridians. She is a past member of the NCCAOM’s Task Force on Hospital-Based Acupuncture, the Tri-State College Advisory Board and the Touro College Institutional Review Board, and is currently a Commissioner of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

    Debra gradu­ated from the London College of Acupuncture in 1989. With a practice based in women’s health she commenced acupuncture courses for midwives in 1997. This led to publications on the use of acupuncture and acupressure in obstetric practice including the text book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth” in 2006, which has been translated into German and French.

    Debra completed her PhD on the use of acupuncture in threatened miscarriage in 2014 through the University of Western Sydney and is currently the Director of Postgraduate Programmes for an online Masters course through New Zealand School Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

    She is also a clinical supervisor at a hospital antenatal acupuncture clinic in New Zealand, and lectures internationally on the use of acupuncture in obstet­ric care. She currently resides with her husband and three children in Wellington, New Zealand.

    Dr Kate Levett has been working in health education, acupuncture practice and medical research for over 20 years. She is a specialist in acupuncture, research methods and education. She has qualifications in Education (B.Ed (HME) (Hons I) Univ.Sydney), a Masters degree in research (MPH (epidemiology) (with Merit) Univ. Sydney), an Advanced Diploma in Applied Science (Acupuncture) (AIAS), and bringing these skills together in her PhD from the NICM Research Institute at Western Sydney University. The subject of her PhD was in the development, delivery and evaluation of an antenatal education program, that used non-pharmacological pain relief methods to manage labour, such as acupressure, for the management of labour.

    Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at The University of Utah. She is a native of Salt Lake City and completed an Honors BS in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies. Her research focuses on improving midlife women’s health, gender disparities of the opioid epidemic, and the evaluation of traditional East Asian medicine interventions (including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and moxibustion). She previously completed a Master’s degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine) and a PhD in Nursing Science (University of Washington).

    $50.00 USD