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Q: Can I do the entire program on-line?

We are working towards making all of our class offerings available as webinars and/or distance-learning self-study courses. except for the labs (40 hours), which must be taken in person. The labs are required to obtain the Certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics. We are aware that there are other programs that offer "certification" in acupuncture orthopedics and sports medicine entirely from a distance, but in our experience, the hands-on nature of the material does require some in-person instruction for the skills to be safely and effectively transmitted. You may thus take most of the classes from a distance, but if you want AOM Professional to certify that you have mastered acupuncture orthopedics, you must eventually take the labs when they are offered in-person.

Q: When and where are the in-person labs held?

The labs are generally held once a year at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, CA. In 2022, they will be held as an intensive weekend July 7-11. To participate in the labs, you must have completed the associated didactic Spine & Extremities module as a live (webinar or in-person) class (not distance learning or an E-book).

Q: How much does the program cost?

Our three types of classes are priced differently, from low-cost distance-learning classes,  medium-priced live webinars, to higher-cost in-person classes.

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AOM Professional

Acupuncture Orthopedics Certification

Doctoral-level, practical training in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic, sports, work-related and chronic neuromusculoskeletal injuries, pain and disabilities with traditional and contemporary acupuncture, manual, exercise and related therapies.

With Head Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DAOM, DNBAO, FAIPM

Certification Program Goals and Objectives

More than a “style,” “technique,” "points," or other mechanistic approaches to symptom management, acupuncture orthopedics draws on diverse traditional and evidence-based modalities to holistically address neuromuscular injuries, pain, and disabilities, with the goal of restoring health, functioning and well-being. Goals and objectives include:

  • Enhanced abilities 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 on a referral basis with, and in, physician-lead private and community clinics, hospitals and HMOs.
  • Provide skills, knowledge and abilities for acupuncturists to meet the requirements of managed care insurance networks: HMOs, Veteran's Administration, and Workers Comp.
  • Enhanced abilities 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 Requirements

  • Completion of 229 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).
    • Classes will be available for live hands-on and/or webinar CEUs and 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.
    • Class schedule and availability is designed to allow for completion within 1 year.
  • Participation in 21 Case Study and Mentorship Clinic hours, a distinctive live on-line meeting format led by certified instructors that allows students to present, discuss, and receive peer and instructor feedback regarding their own challenging clinical cases, as well as meetings focused on special topics in orthopedics, medical documentation and report-writing, risk and practice management, and more. The on-line Clinic hours requirement replaces the in-person observation hours previously mandated by the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, which has been unfortunately rendered impractical due to HIPAA and the COVID19 pandemic. Clinic hours are not approved for PDAs or CEUs. Schedule of clinic meetings will be available beginning in 2022, after which they may be taken at any time during the certification program--check back shortly for more information.
  • Verbal and written presentation of one orthopedic case report that meets STRICTA standards during the Clinic hours.
  • Passage of on-line written and practical Acupuncture Orthopedics Certification exams. The written exam consists of 100 questions, all of which must be answered correctly, with unlimited retakes at your own pace allowed. The practical exam consists of a 1-hour web meeting with a senior instructor during which the applicant will be presented with an orthopedic case and asked to demonstrate history-taking, physical exam and diagnostic skills. To sit for the exams, students must have completed all required class and clinic hours and have presented a passing case report, as described above. CEUs/PDAs are not available for the exams. An non-refundable exam fee of $100 is required. For more information or to apply to sit for the exams, please contact
  • 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

  • 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
  • Listing in AOM Professional's Provider Directory (under construction)
  • Eligibility to serve as an instructor in Acupuncture Orthopedics through AOM Professional (requires 1 year 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, and confidence, that you can represent to prospective patients, employers, insurers, and other medical professionals, that you have the training and commitment to treat neuromusculoskeletal pain and disability at the highest standards of safety and competence.


Note regarding COVID19: Classes are currently being offered as live webinars, and/or for self-paced distance learning. We hope to return to in-person classes beginning in 2022, depending on COVID19 safety.

Note regarding in-person requirements for the Spine & Extremities series: In order to maintain the safety, quality, integrity, and reputation of the Certification program's instruction, we maintain the pre-pandemic requirement that the hands-on material from the Spine and Extremities classes be eventually taken in person. For any Spine and Extremities classes initially taken as webinars or distance-learning classes, in order to become certified, you will need to take the associated 1-day review/practicum lab twice--once as required for all certification applicants, and a second time to make up for the hands-on portions of any Spine and Extremities series initially taken as webinars or distance-learning courses. You will be provided with a discount code at the end of any Spine and Extremities classes taken as webinars or for distance-learning, which will reduce the total cost of the webinar + make-up lab to the price of the pre-pandemic live classes--in effect, giving you an additional 8 hours of in-person PDA/CEU instruction at no additional cost beyond the live class equivalent. While this may seem repetitious in print, based upon years of instructional experience, we are confident that taking the didactic classes + repeating the labs will greatly help internalize and consolidate your skills beyond what can be achieved through distance learning alone--many of our students sign up to repeat classes to "fill in the blanks" and hone their knowledge and abilities!

Thank you for your patience and flexibility, and stay safe and well during this challenging time!

Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials

40 hours: live and distance-learning PDAs & CEUs pending or approved

Spine and Extremities

120 hours: PDAs & CEUs pending or approved

16-hour didactic classes may be taken in-person, or as webinars or distance-learning classes + repetition of associated 8-hour in-person Lab(s) (see note above)

8-hour Labs are only offered as in-person classes

Treating the Jing-Jin ("Sinew Meridians" or Myofascial Tracts)

32 Hours: PDAs & CEUs pending or approved

Science of Pain and Acupuncture

14 hours: distance-learning CEUs/PDAs pending

Practice and Risk Management

26 Hours: PDAs & CEUs approved or pending

The following classes may be either taken when offered as live webinars (8 CEUs @), or for 5 distance-learning/self-study CEUs @ (PDAs pending.) If taken as distance-learning classes, an additional 3 hours in the Case Study and Mentorship Clinic focused on Medical Documentation and Report-Writing hours is required, for a total of 8 hours @.

Case Study and Mentorship Clinic

21 Hours: 7 x 3-hour on-line meetings; no CEUs/PDAs

  • Instructor-led peer review and discussion meetings allow students to present and discuss and get expert help with complex and difficult orthopedic, sports medicine, work-related and pain management cases and questions
  • Discuss options and receive feedback regarding medical documentation and report-writing, practice- and referral-building, and risk management
  • Peer-to-peer education and networking: share your knowledge and experience with and learn from, other acupuncturists

Summary of Requirements for Certification:

  • 229 class hours (CEUs and PDAs approved or pending). Actual mix of available in-person, live webinar, and distance-learning will vary depending on COVID safety.
  • 21 Case Study and Mentorship Clinic hours (no CEUs or PDAs)
  • = 250 total hours
  • Presentation of one orthopedic case study in written and verbal form
  • Passage of on-line written and practical exam



Reciprocity with the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics (NBAO)

  • AOM Professional's Certification in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics program is inspired by, modeled after and consistent with the Diplomate program formerly offered by the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics.
  • The NBAO program was taught for many years by an esteemed cadre of skilled clinicians and instructors including Fred Lerner, D.C., Neal Miller, L.Ac.,  Ted Priebe, L.Ac., Hua Gu, L.Ac., PhD, and Donald E. Kendall, L.Ac., PhD. (now deceased), and others, but has been in limbo since its last program offering in 2012, as many instructors have now retired.
  • NBAO graduates may be granted certification in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics through AOM Professional upon furnishing evidence of Diplomate status.
  •  Should the NBAO be re-constituted, AOM Professional will apply for reciprocity for graduates of its Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics program.
  • AOM Professional Head Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll is a Diplomate of the NBAO (2006). and remains deeply appreciative and respectful to his instructors and all that he learned and benefited from the program.

Reciprocity with the DAOM program of the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (Oakland, CA)

  • Most of the AOM Professional's Certification Program in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics is also taught in the DAOM Program of ACCHS. To obtain DAOM credit for AOM Professional classes, students must be enrolled in ACCHS's DAOM program at the time classes are taken.
  • Depending on specialty track and actual transcript, ACCHS' DAOM program graduates may need to complete additional class hours through AOM Professional, after which they may sit for the Certification exam and apply for IAO Certification. ACCHS DAOM graduates may contact AOM Professional Head Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac. at
  • For more information about the ACCHS DAOM Program, please contact Program Director Phil Settels, LAc, DAOM, PhD at


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 Continuing Education Provider (#1225), and by the NCCAOM as a PDA Provider (#9155).

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What is “Myofascial Trigger Point” Acupuncture?

Myofascial “trigger points” (MTPs) commonly develop either as a primary source of pain from unhealed muscle strains, or secondary to bone, joint, disc and nerve disorders. MTPs can cause pain, tightness, weakness, and tenderness in the affected muscle, erode joint stability and function, and form a vicious cycle with the central nervous system, interfering with sleep and mood.

More than just any tender or “ahshi” point, MTPs are palpable as nodules or “knots” embedded in abnormally tight, fibrous bands of muscle. When pressed or on stimulated, MTPs reproduce recognizable patterns of referred pain to adjacent body regions. The muscle will typically show pain-inhibited weakness and contracture to manual testing.

Traditional acupuncture points can be sites where MTPs commonly develop. Other MTPs have been described in the seminal works of Travell and Simons. There are a variety of MTP needling techniques that can be a useful complement to traditional acupuncture to facilitate rapid and lasting relief of myofascial pain and dysfunction.

Needling myofascial trigger points can help:

  • Activate “myotactic twitch” (muscle relaxation) reflexes that restore normal length, tone, strength, and elasticity.
  • Restore normal joint biomechanics, tracking, and stability.
  • Move blood and lymphatic fluid through tight, adhered or restricted muscle bands, removing wastes and bringing new oxygen and nutrients to help repair injured areas.
  • Reduce pain and tenderness in the affected muscle, as well as the areas of referral.
  • Decrease peripheral input to central nervous system hyper-sensitization.

Myofascial trigger point needling can be combined with other acupuncture techniques, including distal acupuncture, prolo-acupuncture, and electro-acupuncture to restore normal muscle function and improve joint stability and range-of-motion. It can also be combined with active suction cupping, gua sha, tui na and other manual therapies, as well as therapeutic exercises, to help reduce pain and improve posture, ergonomics, and sport activities.

Myofascial trigger point location identification and needling techniques, as well as the referred pain patterns and neuro-anatomy/physiology of  myofascial pain syndromes, are taught throughout the IAO Program, including modules regarding the Spine and Extremities as well as the Myofascial Meridians/jing-jin

Treating Pain with Herbs: early-bird discount ends 6-30

The early registration discount ends Thursday, 6-30 for Module 12: Treating Pain with Herbs, Supplements, and Dietetics: An Evidence-Based, East-West Approach, July 30, 2016, Saturday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (8 CEUs) at 200 Seventh Ave. in Santa Cruz. Guest Instructors Ben Zappin L.A.c and Ingrid Bauer, M.D. are also teachers with the Sylvan Institute of Botanical Medicine, and founders, wild-crafters and formulators of Five Flavors Herbs. Together, they bring over 30 years of experience and advanced training to their dynamic team-teaching approach that integrates science, traditional knowledge and clinical experience.

Get Certified in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopdics while your earn your DAOM!

I am delighted and honored to have been invited to teach the next 2-year (2017-2018) continuing education and certification series in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics (IAO), as part of the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) being offered beginning January 2017 by the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS) in Oakland.  If you are interested in practical, hand-on clinical training to take your skills, knowledge and abilities in the treatment of sports, orthopedics and neuro-musculoskeletal pain conditions to a very advanced level, you can now simultaneously work towards both your speciality certification in IAO, while you earn your DAOM.

I’m excited to be invited to join a small but illustrious group of my seniors and betters, all highly-qualified and experienced clinicians and instructors in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine, who will be teaching continuously throughout what promises to be a DAOM Program of exceptional quality, value and integrity.

I look forward to participating in setting a new standard for physician-level training and certification for the acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine professions, and invite you to check out the course website, email me at info@aomprofessional, or private message me for more information. You may also contact DAOM Program Coordinator Phil Settles at ACCHS at for more information regarding the DAOM and reciprocity with AOM Professional’s IAO Certification Program.

--Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAAPM, Head Instructor, AOM Professional

Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac, DAOM, DNBAO, FAIPM

is a highly-experienced, enthusiastic and skilled instructor in acupuncture orthopedics, sports and pain medicine who genuinely enjoys providing long-term mentorship and support for acupuncturists to achieve their professional goals. He is one of the only US acupuncturists who teaches joint stabilization/mobilization needling, is certified in myofascial trigger point needling, and integrates these modern acupuncture methods with classical treatment of the jing-jin ("sinew meridians" or myofascial tracts).

Anthony Von der Muhll is the founder of AOM Professional, and has taught Certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics since 2015, and served as a clinical supervisor at the Masters and Doctorate levels for over 17 years. He  has also taught acupuncture orthopedics and pain management in the DAOM and DACM programs of the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (Oakland CA), the American College of TCM (San Francisco, CA), the Five Branches University of TCM (Santa Cruz, CA), and the Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (Fairfax, VA). He has been a featured instructor in acupuncture orthopedics at conferences of the Sports Acupuncture Alliance, the California State Oriental Medical Association, California Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine Associates, and the Acupuncture Society of Virginia.

Anthony Von der Muhll is one of the only acupuncturists in the US with extensive experience serving as an expert witness for the California Acupuncture Board and in civil malpractice litigation. He emphasizes the highest standards of safety, ethics and sustainability in his classes.

Anthony Von der Muhll graduated from the Five Branches University of TCM in 2002, and founded the Santa Cruz Acupuncture Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic in 2003. In 2020, Anthony relocated to the East San Francisco Bay, where he now practices at the Sports Acupuncture Clinic/Berkeley Bamboo Clinic operated by his wife, Tamara Brown, L.Ac., DACM. His education, training and clinical experience includes:

  • Clinical practice since 2003 as a licensed acupuncturist, and since 1998 as a sports massage therapist, physical therapy aide, and athletic training assistant.
  • Clinical practice multi-disciplinary integrative medicine clinics, including SpineMed Associates and the PRIME Pain Medicine Institute.
  • California Acupuncture License 9132 (2003)
  • Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine (2002), and first graduate of Five Branches University of TCM's Integrative Sports Medicine program (2003)
  • Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Orthopedics and Pain Management specialization), Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (2021)
  • Clinical Supervisor and Associate Professor at Five Branches University of TCM since 2005 (MTCM and DACM programs)
  • Doctoral Clinical Supervisor and Academic Instructor at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences since 2017
  • Doctoral Instructor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2019
  • Doctoral Instructor at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (2020)
  • Certificates in Sports Massage and Acupressure (1998)
  • Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics (2006)
  • Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (2006)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (2014)
  • Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (trigger point needling), Myopain Seminars (2017)
  • Subject Matter Expert for the California Acupuncture Board (CAB)
  • Expert Witness in civil malpractice litigation and complaints to regulatory boards and insurers.

Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., is an approved instructor for the NCCAOM (Provider #9155) and the California Acupuncture Board (Provider #1225).

Guest Instructors will be announced as they are confirmed for special topics.

Head Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll L.Ac., DAOM, DNBAO, FAIPM

Doctoral-level hands-on, webinar and distance-learning modules taught by Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DAOM, DNBAO.

Classical and modern acupuncture orthopedics, acupuncture sports medicine, and treatment of work-related injuries and chronic neuromuscular pain conditions. Essential referral-building, documentation, report-writing, and risk management for clinical success. Acupuncture Orthopedics Certification at your own pace! See student testimonials.

Upcoming Classes & Events

Classes are modular--take one, or start the Certification Program at any time!

Hands-on classes, live webinars and distance-learning courses provide advanced clinical training and the skills you need to survive and thrive in today's competitive acupuncture and integrative medicine environment!

In just one module, I've learned more than in 13 years of CEU classes combined. It's knowledge I'm able to apply in my practice immediately.

Dadali Ziai, L.Ac.

I have to say the quality of teaching is nothing but superb. I highly recommend people take his course.

Alon Marcus, DOM, L.Ac., DAAPM

The quality, accessibility, and quantity of the information presented in these courses is outstanding. Anthony provides a truly integrated approach to orthopedic and pain medicine: western anatomy, bio-mechanics, and pathologies while maintaining a strong focus on traditional Chinese medical theories. For any practitioner wishing to grow  a highly effective and ethical skill set.

Leslie Yedor, L.Ac.

Anthony is a highly trained and skilled acupuncturist offering sports injury and orthopedic clinical expertise highlighted by a passion for teaching.

Daniele Uzes, L.Ac.

Co-founder, People's Integrative Medicine, Capitola CA

I can't tell you how much information I use every day from your classes.

Raina Ferran, L.Ac., OMD

Reno, NV

My success in my career is due in large part to what I have learned from Mr. Von der Muhll's teaching.

Rose Mulhearn, L.Ac.

Resident Acupuncturist, Five Branches University of TCM, Santa Cruz, CA

Course Content

Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials:  40 hours

  • Principles and best practices for orthopedic history-taking, physical exam, diagnosis, and treatment

Spine and Extremities:  120 hours

  • History-taking, physical exam, pattern recognition, orthopedic diagnosis, and treatment planning for neuromusculoskeletal pain, injuries and disabilities of the head, neck, back, arms, and legs
  • Applications of classical and modern acupuncture/dry needling, trigger point needling, electroacupuncture, cupping, gua sha, tui na, and other modalities to orthopedic conditions
  • Didactic + hands-on labs (COVID safety permitting)

Treating the Jing-Jin ("Sinew Meridians" or Myofascial Tracts):  32 Hours

  • Classical and modern treatment modalities for muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints along the jing-jin

Science of Pain and Acupuncture:  14 hours (distance-learning CEUs/PDAs pending)

  • Anatomy, physiology, and applications of clinical research to the treatment of complex and chronic pain conditions

Practice and Risk Management:  26 Hours

Program Features

Certification in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics

Certification available upon completion of:

  • 221 didactic and practical class hours
  • 21 Case Study and Clinical Mentorship hours
  • Live and written presentation of 1 orthopedic case report that meets STRICTA standards
  • Passage of on-line written and practical certification exam