Fu's Subcutaneous Needling (FSN-AV) for Practitioners
The FSN-AV (Fu’s Subcutaneous Needling) certification course is designed to provide students with an introduction to fascial needling by areas of the body utilizing ROM assessment, treatment skills and techniques specific to the field of myofascial pain and muscle dysfunction.
The first day will be focused on the upper body, while the second day will be focused on the lower body. Handouts will be provided including fascial planes of the body and a guide to insertion of the FSN needle per area.
FSN is a great addition to the practitioner’s toolbox to offer a safe and effective treatment option with minimal discomfort for the patient.
Pre-Course Reading Material (Recommended)
Prior to the FSN certification course, it will be beneficial to be familiar with “fascia” science as well as the fascial planes of the body. The knowledge of trigger points and their referral patterns will also give the practitioner a better understanding of treatment principles. The following books are recommended:
- Thomas Myers - Anatomy Trains
- Stecco - Human Atlas of the Human Fascial System
- Travell & Simons - Myofascial Pain & Muscle Dysfunction
This course is designated for licensed health care providers who hold the ability to insert a needle below the dermis within their jurisdiction. Professions include Acupuncturists, Naturopathic Physicians*, Physical Therapists*, Chiropractic Doctors*, Medical Doctors, Physician Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, Massage Therapists*, Veterinary Medical Doctors and Dentists.
*depending on state/province
Students are required to have completed their clinical training or be at the very end of their clinic training. Proof of completed training will be required.
All applicants must sign a waiver prior to attending the course. All participants are expected to participate in the hands-on portion of the course. By registering for this course, participants agree to practice the various needling techniques on each other.
Upon completion of the course, there will be a practicum consisting of 4 chosen areas of insertion as well as a 20 question multiple choice test for which 80% is necessary to pass. The written test will be based solely on the material presented.
By the end of the two days, participants of the FSN course will learn how to:
- Insert and manipulate an FSN needle subcutaneously
- Name the 12 fascial meridians
- Correct an anterior pelvic tilt via the deep front fascial line
- Correct an anterior rotation of the shoulder via the diaphragm
- Insert an FSN needle into the forearm to improve cervical ROM
Friday, December 2, 2022 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday, December 3, 2022 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Early Bird Pricing - until October 31st 2022
$600 for Practitioners
$500 for AIM Alumni & Students (Must provide proof of student status at time of registration. Please email identification or confirmation of enrollment letter from your institution to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Regular Pricing - after October 31st 2022
$700 for Practitioners
$600 for AIM Alumni & Students (Must provide proof of student status at time of registration. Please email identification or confirmation of enrollment letter from your institution)
455 Spadina Ave, Suite 300, Toronto ON, M5S 2G8
Please call 416-323-1818 ex. 200 to register. Payment can be made by Visa or MasterCard or in person using cash or interac. Registrations are taken on a first come, first serve basis. Register early to avoid disappointment.
Cancellations made by the student on or before two weeks prior to the course start date will result in a $50 + HST cancellation fee. Student cancellations made after that date will not receive a refund.
Instructor: Ryan Shepherd N.D., L.Ac, R.Ac, CMTPT
Dr. Shepherd earned his Bachelors of Science degree as a Medical Herbalist from the University of Westminster in London, UK, and his Naturopathy and Nutritional Therapy degrees from the College of Naturopathic Medicine with a specific focus in functional medicine. Ryan moved to Nanjing, China, where he studied under Dr. Zhonghua Fu (the inventor of FSN - Fu’s Subcutaneous Needling), becoming the first certified student of FSN in the West. After returning to his hometown Toronto, Canada, he studied another three years at the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine to become a licensed Acupuncturist. After receiving FDA approval in March, 2018, Ryan is continuing to work closely with schools across the world, integrating FSN into teaching programs, clinics and continuing education.