• Presented By

    Mike Cummings, MD


1-Hour Live Webcast

Wednesday, November 15, 2023
8:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm CT, 5:00 pm PT


Learn acupuncture protocols in chronic MSK pain and the underpinning principles.


This webinar will briefly summarize the Western Medical Acupuncture (WMA) approach based on neurophysiological mechanisms of deep somatic nerve stimulation via acupuncture needling and electroacupuncture. It will use these mechanisms to explain the generic principles of point selection (PoPS) used in the WMA approach and use them to outline the development of some standard protocols used in the treatment of chronic MSK pain from the back, hips, and knees.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this LIVE webcast physician participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the key mechanisms of acupuncture needling and electroacupuncture.
  • Describe the typical WMA approach to peripheral MSK pain (PoPS).
  • Outline how this approach is used in the treatment of chronic back, hip and knee pain.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using EA in some of these conditions.

Mike Cummings, MD

Dr. Cummings is Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS). This role involves running the BMAS London Teaching Clinic (LTC), developing and running BMAS courses in Western medical acupuncture, acting as an associate editor for the Medline-listed journal Acupuncture in Medicine, and representing the BMAS at academic and political meetings.

He is an Honorary Clinical Specialist at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, which is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he supports acupuncture services.

His principal academic and clinical interests are musculoskeletal pain, and in particular, needling therapies in the treatment of myofascial pain syndromes. He has published several papers in this area as well as in the broader field of Western medical acupuncture.

He is a reviewer for Annals of Internal Medicine and many other journals and has acted as a specialist adviser to NICE.

After completing his medical degree at Leeds, and several hospital jobs in the north of England, Mike joined the Royal Air Force for a six-and-a-half-year short service commission. A substantial portion of the workload for a general duties medical officer (GDMO) in the RAF is musculoskeletal medicine. Mike came across acupuncture by accident whilst working as a GDMO. He followed his interest in musculoskeletal medicine and acupuncture on retiring from military service, and finally found himself occupied full time in the field of acupuncture (see start of the piece).

To Register

The fee to participate in this LIVE activity is $40/members and $70/non-members per webcast.

Use the button below to register/pay for the LIVE presentation.

Once paid, access instructions will be emailed to participant. At the conclusion of the LIVE activity, an evaluation/survey must be completed with attestation of credit/participation. Certificate of completion will be emailed when completed evaluation/survey is completed.


The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The AAMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Statement

Mike Cummings, MD has indicated no real or apparent conflicts.

The reviewers and activity planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

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