COVID19 and our class offerings

We have decided to offer our Hip Thigh Knee class currently scheduled for April 4-5 as a live webinar rather than in-person, so as to help reduce transmission of COVID19, and to comply with Alameda County’s stay-at-home orders regarding this pandemic.  We are asking the California acupuncture board to re-approve this class on April 4th and 5th for distance-learning CEUs on an emergency basis.

 

The one day Lab/Practicum on Monday April 6th is by nature a hands-on class that seems to us to make little sense to offer as a webinar, so we are planning to reschedule it at a later date as soon as possible after the stay home orders have been relaxed.

 

At present we can offer the following options for those of you who have already registered for this weekend’s classes:

 

  1. If you would like to take the weekend didactic class as a live webinar, we will keep your registration active. We are planning to use a Zoom webinar app (which can be downloaded for free onto any device). Zoom has a chat room feature that will allow you to post questions in real time, and review a video later as well, and we are planning to have a demonstration subject, so it will be similar to the live class in most respects, except there will be no supervised practice. We do understand nonetheless that this may represent a loss of value for you vs. the hands-on training that you were hoping for, in recognition of which we are happy to extend a discount code that would give you 30% off any future class offerings if you wish to keep your registration for this class.

 

***Although it seems highly likely and reasonable to us for the CAB to agree to our request for re-approval as distance-learning, we cannot yet guarantee that the class will in fact be approved for 16 hours of distance CEUs. We will let you know as soon as we have a definitive response.***

 

  1. If you would prefer not to take this class as as live webinar, and regarding the registration fees for the 1-day Lab/Practicum for those who signed up for both, we can offer the following options:
    1. We can also keep your registration fees on your account for use at later date. We do have one upcoming live seminar scheduled for May 2-4 (Calf, Ankle, Foot), which we are hoping to be able to offer in-person, however, we cannot guarantee that this class too will not be subject to the same stay-home order. We do not have any further live classes scheduled at this time, and we are pivoting to launching all our Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics classes as distance learning ASAP. (We also offer a series of detailed class notes as non-credit “E-books.” ). You may use your credit towards any of these options, however you will need to notify us in writing of your preferred purchases, and we will reply with the appropriate codes to make your “purchase” for free. 
    2. We can also refund your tuition at any time without our usual fees and our usual 14-day advance notice requirement, to allow you maximum flexibility to make your decision later, up until the day of the class.

We will keep you informed as soon as we have a response from the CAB, as well as if there is any change of circumstances. We look forward to hearing your preferences, which will help us to plan accordingly. 

Thank you for bearing with us as we adapt as quickly as we can to this fast-changing situation.

Stay safe and well,

Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac.

Acupuncture beneficial in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy, Bell’s palsy, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

A review of 15 studies reveals that acupuncture is beneficial in the treatment of peripheral nephropathies including: diabetic neuropathy, Bell’s palsy, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Peripheral neuropathy is often accompanied by painful paresthesias, which present a great therapeutic challenge for western treatment like medication or injections. The article states that acupuncture, in addition to providing relief of painful paresthesias, appears to improve nerve conduction in both sensory and motor nerves.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5359694/

Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac. to speak at 1st annual CalATMA conference re: Myofascial Trigger Point Acupuncture

I am pleased and honored to present 3 CEUs regarding Myofascial Trigger Point Acupuncture at the 1st annual meeting of the California Acupuncture & Traditional Medicine Associates (CalATMA): 

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014.

Register Now! Proceeds go to support CalATMA’s education, outreach and advocacy on behalf of L.Ac.s in California. 

The class will include: 

  • Acupuncture and myofascial trigger point needling: what’s the difference?
  • History and physical exam findings, indications for needling of myofascial trigger points
  • Safety, side-effects, contraindications, cautions, patient education and informed consent
  • Techniques for locating and needling myofascial trigger points
  • Ways to develop skills in myofascial trigger point needling
  • East-West anatomy and physiology of myofascial trigger points

Elbow/forearm pain will be used as a clinical example

Thomas Leung will simultaneously be presenting a parallel class in Mandarin, entitled: “Muscle Channel Theory and Myofascial Trigger Point Acupuncture: Scientific evidence to an ancient practice”

經筋理論與激痛點針灸–古老針法之科學證

The meeting will also feature a luncheon and keynote address by Assemblymember Evan Low, Chairperson of the Assembly’s Business and Professions Committee that oversees regulations that affect our profession. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your questions and show your support for the L.Ac. profession! https://calatmaannualmeeting.com/

Acupuncture reduces elbow tendonosus

This recent study demonstrates that the thickness of the common elbow extensor tendon, which tends to become thick with scar tissue in chronic tennis elbow, is reduced by acupuncture. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28590765

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28590765

Myofascial Trigger-point Needling for Chronic Tension-Type Headaches

This article discusses a study completed using acupuncture needles and compared the results of needling into the trigger points and “sham needling”  into the areas around the acupuncture.  Usually “sham needling” is an inferior methodology for acupuncture research because it focuses on classical acupuncture point found on meridians rather than the area of injury. This article however, highlights the importance of needling into the myofascial trigger point in muscles in order to reduce chronic tension-type headaches.

 

Link here!

8 CEUs: Professional Ethics and Risk Management, March 16 at ACCHS, Oakland

Hello, Colleagues, do you know what the new CNT manual requires for minimizing pneumothorax risks? I’ll be lending my experience as an Expert Witness in malpractice litigation, complaints to regulatory boards, and insurance audits to help you manage risks while supporting sustainable growth, at my 8-CEU class “Professional Ethics & Risk Management” this Saturday, March 16, at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, 1600 Broadway, Oakland CA.

Class topics include: safe vs. unsafe practices for marketing, insurance billing, and referral-building, clinical treatment and practice management, as well as the new Clean Needle Technique Manual, 7th ed.. Do you know what CNT now requires for sterilizing cups and gua sha spoons? For medical documentation and record-keeping? Do you know what social media marketing techniques are legal vs. illegal, as well as what terms to avoid using on your website? Do you know how to avoid triggering insurance audits for suspected over-billing? Do you know what constitutes “patient abandonment” that could lead to suspension of your license? Can you recognize “high-risk” patients, and what would you do/not do if you were concerned someone was going to file a malpractice suit against you? If you’re at all unsure, this class is for you!

Professional Ethics and Risk Management

What You Need to Succeed: Essential Skills in Pain Management with AOM

I’m grateful and excited to be presenting 16 CEUs/PDAs on April 13-14th at the Acupuncture Society of Virginia Conference, Fairfax, VA, regarding “What You Need to Succeed: Essential Skills in Pain Management with AOM.”

 

I’ll discuss and demonstrate practical treatment of orthopedic and pain conditions with acupuncture and other AOM modalities, as alternatives to opioids and other pain medications. Attendees will go home with immediately-applicable clinic skills as well as a “road map” for study and practice in pain management that will enhance your value to your patients and to  multi-disciplinary pain clinics.

 

To register, please visit:

 

https://www.acusova.com/events