2016 Health and Wellness Symposium a success

Rob Karwath | April 01, 2016

Acupuncturists, massage therapists and Oriental medicine practitioners are on Northwestern's campus this weekend discussing their professions.

More than 500 health professionals from across the country are on the campus of Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington this weekend for the 2016 Health and Wellness Symposium on acupuncture, Oriental medicine and massage therapy.

The three-day event, which concludes Sunday, includes discussions, demonstrations and research presentations about how acupuncture, Oriental medicine and massage therapy can effectively help individuals, groups and employers improve and maintain health at a time of increased concerns about health-care costs and the addictive dangers of opiod medications.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our alumni and other practitioners to come together on our campus for continuing education, networking and discussion about the latest news and trends in the health-care world," said Northwestern President & CEO Dr. Chris Cassirer. "We're pleased to have such a large group on campus this year, and it's exciting to have all of these disciplines represented."

This is the first year that Northwestern is hosting the symposium as one event. It is a combination of events previously known as the Great River Symposium for acupuncture and Oriental medicine and the Massage Therapy Symposium for massage professionals.

This year's sessions include specific breakouts on: scalp acupuncture for psychosomatic and neurological disorders, massage workshops on the strain-counterstrain technique and discussions about the future of complementary and alternative health care. Dr. Cassirer addresses conference attendees Saturday morning.

The event runs through 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to register go to nwhealth.edu/symposium.

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