With Head Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DAOM, DNBAO, FAIPM
Certification Program Goals and Objectives
- Enhance the abilities of acupuncturists to examine, evaluate, diagnose, and treat a wide variety of neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and pain conditions, including recognition and management of emergency medical conditions warranting referral.
- Prepare traditionally-trained acupuncturists to work in integrative medical settings, and on a referral basis, with physician-lead medical facilities, hospitals and community clinics, and HMOs.
- Provide the skills, knowledge and abilities for acupuncturists to meet the demands of managed care insurance networks: HMOs, Veteran's Administration, and Workers Comp systems.
- Enhance the abilities of acupuncturists to build thriving practices, safely, sustainably, and ethically, and to both compete and coordinate successfully with other medical professionals in the fields of orthopedics, sports medicine, physical rehabilitation, and pain management.
Certification Program Content.
More than a “style,” “technique,” "points," or other mechanistic approaches to symptom management, integrative acupuncture orthopedics draws on diverse evidence-based modalities to holistically address neuro-muscular injuries, pain, suffering and disabilities, with the goal of restoring health, functioning and well-being:
- Practical and advanced training in integrative history-taking, physical exam and evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of pain and disabilities of the spine and extremities with traditional and modern (“neuroanatomical”) AOM modalities, including:
- Myofascial trigger point acupuncture
- Disruptive/proliferative ligamento- and tendino-periostial needling (“prolo-acupuncture“)
- Distal acupuncture for orthopedic and neurological pain conditions
- Orthopedic suction cupping techniques
- Myofascial gua sha
- Tui na (traditional Asian manual therapies)
- Exercise instruction
- Recognition, management, and referral of urgent medical conditions
- Medical documentation and report-writing for managed care: HMO, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation, etc.
- Building referral relationships and working in multi-disciplinary medical settings.
- Completion of 200 class hours (see curriculum below).
- Classes are modular and may be taken in any order (exception: labs are only open to students who have completed the associated didactic module).
- Most class hours are available for live hands-on or webinar CEUs or PDAs; some are also available for distance-learning. Actual mix of hands-on, webinar, and distance-learning requirements, and CEU/PDA approval, will depend on COVID safety and the associated policies and standards of the NCCAOM and California Acupuncture Board at the time of course offerings--see "Curriculum" below.
- Participation in 45 Case Study and Mentorship Clinic hours, a unique live webinar format led by certified instructors (no CEUs or PDAs)--check back shortly for more information. This format replaces the in-person observation hours previously required by the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, which has been unfortunately rendered impractical due to HIPAA and the COVID19 pandemic.
- Presentation of one case report regarding an orthopedic presentation that meets STRICTA standards
- Passage of written and practical Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics Certification exam. To sit for the exam, students must have completed all required class and clinic hours and have presented a passing case report, as described above.
- Continuing education to maintain certification: 8 hours/year in acupuncture orthopedics, sports, pain management or physical rehabilitation medicine. (Courses from other providers may be accepted based on review of course content and learning objectives.)
Benefits of Certification
- Listing in AOM Professional's Provider Directory, and representation to prospective patients, employers, insurers, and other medical professionals that you have acquired the skills and commitment to treat neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and pain at the highest standards of safety and competence
- 15% discount towards all future purchases of classes through AOM Professional
- Free on-going access to AOM Professional's extensive library of course notes, materials and videos
- Eligibility to serve as an instructor in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics through AOM Professional (requires 2 years of post-certification clinical practice and completion of teacher training class and exam, or equivalent--contact AOM Professional for more information)
- And the skills, knowledge, confidence and satisfaction from having completed a high standard of education and training in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics
Please note: due to COVID19 and associated masking and social-distancing protocols, we paused offering in-person classes in 2020. We are planning to resume in-person classes in late 2021. The curriculum, certification requirements and CEU/PDA hours listed below are pre-COVID, and will be updated as we continue the transition to a hybrid of live in-person and webinar classes, as well as distance-learning/self-study courses. Thank you for your patience, and stay safe and well during this challenging time!
Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials
Head, Neck, and Thorax (16 hours + Practicum/Review 8 hours)
Shoulder, Arm, and Hand (16 hours + Practicum/Review 8 hours)
Lumbo-Sacral Spine, Gluteal and Abdominal Musculature, and Pelvic Girdle (16 hours + Practicum/Review 8 hours)
Hip, Thigh, Knee (16 hours + Practicum/Review 8 hours)
Calf, Ankle, Foot (16 hours+ Practicum/Review 8 hours)
Complex and Chronic Pain (6 hours)
Exercise Therapy for Acupuncturists (8 hours)
Practice and Risk Management
Professional Ethics and Risk Management (8 hours)
Head Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll L.Ac., DAOM, DNBAO, FAIPM specializes in sports, orthopedic and neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and pain conditions. He became Licensed as an Acupuncturist in 2003 after completing his Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Santa Cruz, CA, and was the first graduate of the Five Branches’ Integrative Sports Medicine program. He earned his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA in 2020. He has served as a Clinical Instructor and Associate Professor at the Five Branches since 2005, and as an Instructor in the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program of the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences beginning in 2017, and in the DAOM program of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. He has taught seminars for the Sports Acupuncture Alliance, the California State Oriental Medical Association, California Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine Associates, and the Acupuncture Society of Virginia. He is also a Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a Fellow of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, and certified as a Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also one of few traditionally-trained acupuncturists who has also become certified as a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (dry needling) through Myopain Seminars. He has over 22 years of clinical experience as a sports massage therapist, physical therapy aide, athletic training assistant, and licensed acupuncturist in multi-disciplinary clinics, including SpineMed Associates and the PRIME Pain Medicine Institute. He has also served as an Expert Witness for the California Acupuncture Board (CAB), in civil malpractice litigation, and in regulatory investigations and insurer audits. He is approved by the CAB as a provider for Continuing Education (Provider #1225).