Only physiotherapists who have obtained a Winnipeg acupuncture license are qualified to perform this type of therapy. Licensed physiotherapists have the option of pursuing post-graduate training in the use of traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as acupuncture. These programs involve a great deal of theoretical and hands on training as well as written and practical exams.
Upon successful completion of the program and approval by the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba, a physiotherapist can then perform acupuncture treatments on patients in clinic. Physiotherapists will only perform acupuncture techniques that relate to the scope of physical therapy practice such as in the treatment of injuries, orthopaedic conditions, migraines, headaches, sleep difficulties, etc.