Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials III: Myofascial Trigger Point and Joint Stabilization/Mobilization Needling

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This foundational class provides essential knowledge, skills and applications to treat a wide range of common and significant orthopedic injuries and disabilities with myofascial trigger point and joint stabilization/mobilization needling.

When, why, and how to perform orthopedic acupuncture in both classical and modern forms. Learn specialized physical exams that lead directly to needling techniques to reduce painful trigger points and restore functions of the joints of the spine and extremities. Students take home practical techniques and strategies, as well as theoretical understandings immediately applicable to orthopedic conditions generally, including:

Fundamentals of Orthopedic Acupuncture

  • Yin and yang of muscle, tendon and joint anatomy & kinesiology
  • Indications and special contraindications, cautions, and safety for orthopedic acupuncture
  • Patient education and informed consent
  • Specialized practitioner training and skill development for orthopedic acupuncture
  • History suggestive of myofascial trigger points and joint mobility/stability dysfunctions
  • Mechanisms and therapeutic effects of orthopedic acupuncture
  • Red flags for serious muscle and joint injuries

Treating the Yang: Myofascial Trigger Point Acupuncture

  • Needling ahshi points and the jingjin (“sinew meridians” or myofascial tracts)
  • Beyond "ahshi" specialized and contemporary techniques for locating and needling myofascial trigger points, using tennis elbow as a clinical example
  • Recommended muscles for applications of myofascial trigger point acupuncture

Treating the Yin: Joint Stabilization and Mobilization: Ligamentous or "Prolo-" Acupuncture

  • Understanding joint injuries and their sequelae: the degenerative cascade
  • Specialized inspection and palpation techniques for joints and ligaments
  • Joint active and passive range-of-motion and end-feel examinations
  • Treating hyPERmobile and hyPOmobile joints: neck and back; shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand; knee, ankle, and foot
  • Post-needling joint re-assessment