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1st European Orthopaedic and Sports Acupuncture Congress


Be part of this inaugural event, where you’ll have the opportunity to network, learn from leading experts, and gain invaluable knowledge and skills that will elevate your practice and explore new horizons in the field of orthopaedic and sports acupuncture.

We are excited to announce that we have three speakers for this first event and you will be split into two groups and get to attend a full day hands-on session with each speaker! The speakers and topics are as follows:

Dr Josh Margolis will teach the following topics:

“Central Spinal Sensitization and Trigger Points”

Have you ever had a patient where you successfully dry needled a trigger point only to see it return time and time again between visits? Darth Levator Scapulae strikes back.

In this hands-on workshop we will look at how neuroplastic changes in the spinal cord maintain and reactivate trigger points in the periphery and how peripheral trigger points are potent drivers of that selfsame central spinal sensitization.

We will practice an easy to learn, dynamic set of interwoven assessment and treatment processes. Allowing us to seamlessly:

  • Assess for and treat sensitized segments
  • Determine if central sensitization or trigger points are the main driver in a patient’s pain complaint
  • Improve our clinical outcomes treating chronic musculoskeletal pain


Assessment and Treatment of the Brachial Plexus with Acupuncture Dry Needling”

Understanding the anatomy of the brachial plexus and how to assess and treat it is crucial to the management of many commonly occurring conditions of the upper extremity.

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Entrapment syndromes of the median, ulnar and radial nerves
  • Recurring trigger points
  • Recurring muscle weakness and inhibition

We will practice assessment and treatment options for the brachial plexus. Including:

  • Acupuncture for the brachial plexus in the neck and axilla
  • Integrating brachial plexus treatment with terminal branch issues

Dr. Jenny Nieters will lecture about:

“Optimizing lumbopelvic stability and Motor Control”

Acupuncture can be a game changer for athletic performance. The tools presented this weekend will look to optimize lumbopelvic stability and motor control.   The same treatment that improves performance in an elite athlete is also effective in the context of the acute and chronic low back pain patient providing symptomatic relief. Perhaps the more important impact to patients is the long term value in supporting movement that effectively loads joints, as we know that keeping our aging population mobile has deep impacts on quality of life and health.

The morning session will address lumbopelvic stability looking at assessment and treatment of the core muscles, including the diaphragm, transverses abdominis, rectus abdominus, internal and external obliques.. The afternoon session will assess the “triad” for stability, and look at needling the quadratus Lumborum, the gluteus medius an minimus and the sacroiliac joint.
The courses  will include an overview of the anatomy,  straightforward assessment, and practical acupuncture treatments which can be easily integrated into clinical practice.
In my clinical practice these points are some of the most requested points by my patient population and can be used in a range of patients from the geriatric patient to the elite athlete.
And of course Kangfu’s all time favourite Dr Richard Hazel will talk about:
“Unleashing the Power of Dry Needling and Motor Point Acupuncture for Rapid Hip Pain Relief”
Hip pain can be difficult to treat when you don’t know what you’re looking for.
If you’re not considering all the deep six rotators (piriformis, obturator internus and externus, gemellus superior and inferior and quadratus femoris) you’re likely getting stumped by tough hip cases.
Usually with some simple muscle length tests to check range of motion we can get a good idea where the hip is out of balance.
For many chronic hip issues locating and treating trigger points will be essential. Especially sciatica!
Once you know how to quickly find the dysfunction and how to dry needle some often missed muscles you’ll have consistent success with most hip issues.
Greater trochanteric pain
Hip impingement
Snapping hip
Groin pain
Pudendal nerve entrapment
Other MSK causes of Testicular pain
Lateral cutaneous nerve entrapment
Cluneal nerve entrapment
SIJ pain trigger points
Superior gluteal nerve
Trigger points for hip pain
The Deep Six rotators
Nerve trunks
“Migraine Mastery: Motor Points and Dry Needling for Headache Relief”
Headache and migraines are often driven by neck muscles via entrapment syndromes and trigger points.
I’ve developed a reliable method of assessment and treatment that is helping even daily migrainers have much fewer migraines per month.
There’s a combination of nerve entrapment and trigger points that need to be addressed to reduce intensity and frequency of migraines and other headaches.
Often a migraine can be relieved in the treatment room.
Learning how to assess and treat the suboccipital muscles is a game changer.
Greater and lesser Occipital nerve entrapment
Neck Extensors
Auriculotemporal nerve entrapment
Supraorbital nerve entrapment
Trigger points for Migraine
In short one more time all the topics covered:
  • Dr. Josh Margolis: “Central Spinal Sensitization and Trigger Points” & “Assessment and Treatment of the Brachial Plexus with Acupuncture Dry Needling”
  • Dr. Jenny Nieters: “Optimizing lumbopelvic stability and Motor Control”
  • Dr. Richard Hazel“Unleashing the Power of Dry Needling and Motor Point Acupuncture for Rapid Hip Pain Relief” & “Migraine Mastery: Motor Points and Dry Needling for Headache Relief”

So who is this congress for? 
This congress is only for qualified practitioners who are focused on treating acute or chronic pains and who work with professional or amateur athletes that would like to increase their performance and get reliable and measurable results and pain relief! The workshops will assume some knowledge of anatomy.

This will be a 3 day congress packed with awesome information! Our aim is to make this a yearly event. We will try to integrate a podium discussion on one or two of the evenings.

The workshops will include lectures, treatment demonstrations, and of course a lot of hands-on practice.

About the speakers

Dr. Jenny Nieters specializes in sports medicine, orthopedic injuries and athletic performance. In addition to her private clinical practice, she is a team acupuncturist for the San Francisco 49ers and the Saint Mary’s College Men’s Rugby teams. She teaches continuing education courses for Licensed Acupuncturists privately and was part of the Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprentice Program, developed by Whitfield Reaves. She works with professional and Olympic athletes including MLB, NFL, rugby, NBA, WWE and tennis.
She also served as event acupuncturist for international rugby tournaments, including the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, the Silicon Valley Sevens and the Las Vegas Sevens. She traveled with the Samoan Sevens team to support their efforts at the Paris Sevens tournament. She also the acupuncturist for Tight End University, and event for NFL tight ends.

Dr. Joshua Margolis is a seasoned practitioner with a wealth of experience in manual medicine, bodywork, acupuncture, and Chinese herbal medicine. Since 1995, he has dedicated himself to these healing arts, continually expanding his knowledge and skills. From 2005 to 2009, Joshua served as a faculty member at The Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences and The Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, where he imparted his expertise in anatomy, orthopedic acupuncture, advanced channel theory, and pain management. Currently, he shares his wealth of knowledge as a staff member at The Osteopathic College of Ontario and as a respected instructor of doctoral level orthopedic courses at several esteemed acupuncture colleges in the Bay Area.

Dr. Richard Hazel received his Master of Science in Acupuncture – Orthopedic & Sports Medicine at Pacific College in New York. The program focused on the location and treatment of motor points for the treatment pain and improved neuromuscular function. Richard has also studied Neurofunctional Electric Stimulation Acupuncture under Dan Wunderlich, LAc  and the theories and methods of Dr. C C Gunn and Dr. Janet Travell. Richard’s private practice in NY focuses on treating chronic pains and injuries and improving performance by assessing muscle imbalances and decreased range of motion. He gets excellent results with only a few treatments necessary by keeping the focus on restoring the function of the limbs, joints or spinal segments, instead of attempting to merely treat local pain.


Dutch attendees: Please let us know if you need accreditation with NVA or Zhong, so we can apply for it in advance.

Seminar Dates, Time & Location

22nd – 24th September 2023, Amsterdam

Teaching hours are 9am to 5pm on all three days and the address where the seminar will take place is: 
Stayokay Amsterdam Zeeburg
Timorplein 21 1094 CC Amsterdam
Tel+31 (0)20 551 31 90

Seminar Cost:

  • Price: 690 Euros
  • Limited seats available.

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This seminar is also a must-attend for therapists specializing in chronic or acute pain. If you are currently working with patients who strive for unparalleled excellence and seek reliable, quantifiable results, then this congress is tailored specifically for you. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to enhance your skills and take your practice to the next level. Secure your spot today and embark on a transformative journey that will empower you to unlock the true potential of your patients.

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