Treating the Back and Neck with Classical and Modern Acupuncture

A weekend of hands-on training and practice with Anthony Von der Muhll, LAc, DAOM

September 28-29, 2024, Basel, Switzerland

at aava Zentrum für EEH und Eltern-Kind-Begleitung, Leonhardsberg 14, 4051

Treating the Low Back with Classical and Modern Acupuncture

Saturday, September 28, 2024, 9:00-5:00

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Treating the Neck with Classical and Modern Acupuncture

Sunday, September 29, 2024, 9:00-5:00

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Clinical anatomy, kinesiology, and the jing-jin ("sinew meridians" or myofascial tracts)

  • Bones, muscles, discs and facet joints, and neurology
  • Posture and motion dysfunctions
  • The arthritic progression: strain/sprain, derangement, degeneration

History-taking: key diagnostic questions

  • "Red flag" symptoms of urgent/serious medical conditions potentially warranting referral to physician care: stenosis, tumors, infection, fractures, organ-referred pain and radiculopathies
  • Identifying the affected jing-jin
  • Differentiating symptoms of muscles, joint, disc, and spinal cord, and nerve root injuries
  • Neural hypersensitization and psycho-social factors
  • Functional capacity questionnaires for reporting to managed care insurance

Physical exam of the low back and neck: how findings can guide acupuncture treatment

  • Classical jing-jin and modern orthopedic observation, inspection and palpation
  • Joint exam: active range-of-motion and passive stress testing of the spine and sacroiliac joint
  • Neurologic exam: upper motor neuron; leg reflex, sensory, and motor function
  • Manual strength testing and referred pain pattern charts for 25 key muscles of the low back, core and pelvic girdle
  • Special orthopedic tests for the lumbosacral and cervical spine
  • Clinical flow charts to facilitate efficiency and accuracy in examination

Diagnosis and pattern identification

  • Jing-jin syndromes
  • Sprains/strains, postural and motion dysfunctions, and myofascial and facet joint pain
  • Radiculopathies and stenosis
  • Chronic back and neck pain, spondylosis, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis
  • Spondylolistheses
  • Failed spinal surgery syndromes
  • For the low back: post-partum pain, insufficiency of the iliolumbar and sacrotuberous ligaments, and dysfunctions of the sacroiliac joint

Treatment of the jing-jin and orthopedic conditions

 

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Low Back, Core & Pelvic Girdle

In-Person Classes & Webinars

Must be attended at the time/date offered for Live PDAs/CEUs

 

Anatomy Lab for Acupuncturists

with Jamie Bender

Fri May 3, 2024, 9:00-6:00, at ACCHS, Oakland CA

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History-Taking, Exam, Assessment, Treatment

with Anthony Von der Muhll

Sat-Sun May 4-5, 2024, 9:00-6:00, at ACCHS, Oakland CA

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Review & Practicum Lab

with Anthony Von der Muhll

Monday May 6, 2024, 9:00-6:00, at ACCHS, Oakland CA

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Treating the Low Back with Classical and Modern Acupuncture

with Anthony Von der Muhll

Saturday, September 24, 2024, 9:00-5:00

aava Zentrum für EEH und Eltern-Kind-Begleitung
Leonhardsberg 14, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

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History, Exam, Assessment, Treatment

with Anthony Von der Muhll

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Clinical anatomy, kinesiology, and the jing-jin ("sinew meridians" or myofascial tracts)

  • Bones, muscles, discs and facet joints, and neurology
  • Posture and motion dysfunctions
  • The arthritic progression: strain/sprain, derangement, degeneration

History-taking: key diagnostic questions

  • "Red flag" symptoms of urgent/serious medical conditions potentially warranting referral to physician care: stenosis, tumors, infection, fractures, organ-referred pain and radiculopathies
  • Differentiating symptoms of muscles, joint, disc, and spinal cord, and nerve root injuries
  • Neural hypersensitization and psycho-social factors
  • Functional capacity questionnaires for reporting to managed care insurance

Physical exam of the low back, core and pelvic girdle: how findings can guide acupuncture treatment

  • Observation, inspection and palpation
  • Joint exam: active range-of-motion and passive stress testing of the lumbar spine, sacroiliac joint and pubic symphysis
  • Neurologic exam: upper motor neuron; leg reflex, sensory, and motor function; sciatic neuropathy
  • Manual strength testing and referred pain pattern charts for 10 key muscles of the low back, core and pelvic girdle
  • Special orthopedic tests for the lumbo-sacral spine
  • Documentation of physical exam findings
  • Measuring and reporting functional capacity baselines and treatment outcomes
  • Clinical flow charts to facilitate efficiency and accuracy in examination

Diagnosis and Pattern Identification

  • Lumbo-sacral sprains/strains, postural and motion dysfunctions, and myofascial pain of the iliopsoas, quadratus lumborum, paraspinals, abdominals and gluteals
  • True sciatica vs. radiculitis vs. piriformis myofascial pain
  • Radiculopathies and stenosis
  • Post-partum pain, insufficiency of the iliolumbar and sacrotuberous ligaments, and dysfunctions of the sacroiliac and pubic symphysis joints
  • Chronic lumbo-sacral pain, spondylosis, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis and compression fractures
  • Failed low back surgery syndromes

Treatment

Build on your skills with the Review/Practicum Lab

Avoiding Lawsuits II: Clarifying Gray Areas in Scope of Practice & Consent

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

Acupuncture Expert Witness in Malpractice Litigation and Regulatory Investigations

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Avoiding Lawsuits I -- Live Webinar

with Anthony Von der Muhll

Thursday, June 20, 2024
12:00-2:00 Pacific Time
2 Live NCCAOM Safety PDAs & CAB CEUs Category 1 pending

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Avoiding Lawsuits I  -- Distance-learning Course

with Anthony Von der Muhll

2 Distance-learning NCCAOM Safety PDAs pending

Contact us to request CAB CEUs

Billed once per year until cancelled

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Is your practice safe?

  • Do you know what constitutes malpractice and what are “standards of care?”
  • Do you have strategies for identifying and managing personal, professional and cross-cultural risk factors?
  • Do you know the common features of malpractice suits and regulatory board complaints?
  • Can you recognize when you're in a "high-risk" relationship with a patient, and manage the situation without charges of discrimination in health care or "patient abandonment" that risk license suspension?

If you're unsure, this Class/E-book is for you!

I invite you to benefit from my experience as an Expert Witness in malpractice litigation, complaints to regulatory boards, and insurance audits to help you manage risks while supporting sustainable practice growth.

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

Critical topics include:

  • Common myths, misperceptions, and wishful thinking re: suits & complaints
  • What constitutes malpractice?
  • What are “standards of care?”
  • Knowing and managing personal, professional, and cross-cultural risk factors
  • Overview of 10 essential risk management principles & practices
  • Avoiding and managing higher-risk patient-practitioner relationships
  • Setting & maintaining alignment of appropriate patient-practitioner goals

Avoiding Lawsuits I: Essential Principles

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

Acupuncture Expert Witness in Malpractice Litigation and Regulatory Investigations

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Avoiding Lawsuits I -- Live Webinar

with Anthony Von der Muhll

Thursday, May 30, 2024
12:00-2:00 Pacific Time
2 Live NCCAOM Safety PDAs & CAB CEUs Category 1 pending

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Avoiding Lawsuits I  -- Distance-learning Course

with Anthony Von der Muhll

2 Distance-learning NCCAOM Safety PDAs pending

Contact us to request CAB CEUs

Billed once per year until cancelled

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--Ebooks are included with class purchase--please do not purchase both. When purchased separately, Ebooks are for informational purposes only--no PDAs/CEUs.

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Is your practice safe?

  • Do you know what constitutes malpractice and what are “standards of care?”
  • Do you have strategies for identifying and managing personal, professional and cross-cultural risk factors?
  • Do you know the common features of malpractice suits and regulatory board complaints?
  • Can you recognize when you're in a "high-risk" relationship with a patient, and manage the situation without charges of discrimination in health care or "patient abandonment" that risk license suspension?

If you're unsure, this Class/E-book is for you!

I invite you to benefit from my experience as an Expert Witness in malpractice litigation, complaints to regulatory boards, and insurance audits to help you manage risks while supporting sustainable practice growth.

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

Critical topics include:

  • Common myths, misperceptions, and wishful thinking re: suits & complaints
  • What constitutes malpractice?
  • What are “standards of care?”
  • Knowing and managing personal, professional, and cross-cultural risk factors
  • Overview of 10 essential risk management principles & practices
  • Avoiding and managing higher-risk patient-practitioner relationships
  • Setting & maintaining alignment of appropriate patient-practitioner goals

Low Back, Core & Pelvic Girdle — Anatomy Lab for Acupuncturists

Enhance your clinical skills through palpation, inspection and movement

With Instructor Jamie Bender L.Ac., DAOM

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--Ebooks are included with class purchase--please do not purchase both. When purchased separately, Ebooks are for informational purposes only--no PDAs/CEUs.

Questions? Please visit our FAQ page. Thank you for your purchase!


Precise knowledge of clinical anatomy and kinesiology, and orthopedic/myofascial palpation and inspection, and movement analysis skills, are all essential foundations for diagnosis, and for determining where--and where not--to needle.

This unique class prepares students to get the most from the Low Back, Core & Pelvic Girdle module & Review/Practicum Lab.

Clinical anatomy and the jing-jin ("sinew meridians" or myofascial tracts)

  • We will improve our abilities to accurately locate key bony landmarks, muscles, tendons, joints, neural and vascular tissues, through palpation on ourselves and each other, and through review of clinical anatomy.
  • Through palpation, observation and movement exercises, we will explore functions of key muscles and their jing-jin associations, as well as functional vs. dysfunctional movement patterns.
  • We will review safety considerations, including needling angle and depth, to avoid injuring the many critical structures in this body region.

Enhanced orthopedic palpation and inspection skills

  • We will enhance our abilities to feel different tissue types and layers: skin, fascia, muscle, nerve, blood vessel, and bone, with both our hands and needle-tip sensation.
  • We will practice inspection and palpation for tissue abnormalities including myofascial trigger points, tendinopathies and joint disorders.

Review of anatomical structure and kinesiologic function

  • Bony landmarks. Also important to know which muscles attach to them, if applicable.
    • 11th and 12th ribs
    • Spinous processes of T 1 to L 5, lumbosacral junction
    • Sacro-iliac joint line, sacral foramina
    • Ilium, including crest, PSIS and ASIS
    • Greater trochanter
  • Myofascial structures that move and stabilize the lumbosacral spine and pelvis. Also know attachments.
    • Erector spinae group
    • Quadratus lumborum
    • Iliacus and psoas
    • External obliques
    • Rectus abdominus
    • Gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus
    • Piriformis

Deep anatomy: know locations relative to surface anatomy and other deep structures

  • Lumbosacral Spine
      • Intervertebral discs: nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosis
      • Posterior longitudinal ligament
      • Neuroforamen
      • Central canal
      • Neural arch: laminae, pedicles
  • Lumbosacral neurology
    • Spinal cord
    • Nerve roots L 1 through S 4
    • Sciatic nerve

Functional anatomy and anatomical kinesiology: know attachments and/or functions of the following

  • Lumbosacral neurology
      • Dermatomes
      • Myotomes
  • Lumbosacral, gluteal and abdominal anatomical kinesiology
    • Planes of lumbar motion
    • Primary actions of the following muscles, when contracting unilaterally vs. bilaterally
      • Erector spinae group
      • Multifidi
      • Quadratus lumborum
      • Iliopsoas
      • Abdominals: rectus, obliques, transversarius
      • Gluteals: maximus, medius, minimus
      • Piriformis

Shoulder Arm Hand — Anatomy Lab for Acupuncturists

Enhance your clinical skills through palpation, inspection and movement

With Instructor Jamie Bender L.Ac., DAOM

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--Ebooks are included with class purchase--please do not purchase both. When purchased separately, Ebooks are for informational purposes only--no PDAs/CEUs.

Questions? Please visit our FAQ page. Thank you for your purchase!


Precise knowledge of clinical anatomy and kinesiology, and orthopedic/myofascial palpation and inspection, and movement analysis skills, are all essential foundations for diagnosis, and for determining where--and where not--to needle.

This unique class prepares students to get the most from the Shoulder Arm Hand module & Review/Practicum Lab.

Clinical anatomy and the jing-jin ("sinew meridians" or myofascial tracts)

  • We will improve our abilities to accurately locate key bony landmarks, muscles, tendons, joints, neural and vascular tissues, through palpation on ourselves and each other, and through review of clinical anatomy.
  • Through palpation, observation and movement exercises, we will explore functions of key muscles and their jing-jin associations, as well as functional vs. dysfunctional movement patterns.
  • We will review safety considerations, including needling angle and depth, to avoid injuring the many critical structures in this body region.

Enhanced orthopedic palpation and inspection skills

  • We will enhance our abilities to feel different tissue types and layers: skin, fascia, muscle, nerve, blood vessel, and bone, with both our hands and needle-tip sensation.
  • We will practice inspection and palpation for tissue abnormalities including myofascial trigger points, tendinopathies and joint disorders.

Review of anatomical structure and kinesiologic function

Shoulder Girdle

  • Bony landmarks: be able to locate by palpation; know which muscles attach to them, if applicable
    • Clavicle
    • Scapula
      • Medial and lateral borders
      • Scapular spine and supraspinous fossa
      • Acromion
      • Coracoid process
    • Head and neck of humerus
      • Greater tubercle
      • Lesser tubercle
      • Deltoid tubercle
      • Bicipital groove
      • Radial sulcus
  • 3 true synovial joints: be able to find the joint lines and ligaments by palpation
    • Gleno-humeral (GH): the shoulder joint proper.
      • Joint line: anterior, superior, posterior
    • Sterno-clavicular (SC): the sole point of attachment of the arm to the axial skeleton.
      • Joint line: anterior, superior
    • Acromio-clavicular (SC): attaches the clavicle to the scapula, and allows for rotation of the clavicle during scapular motion.
      • Joint line: anterior, lateral, superior
      • Be able to distinguish AC joint line from the superior aspect of the GH jointline by palpation
      • Coraco-clavicular ligaments
    • (The “scapulo-thoracic joint:” the scapula moves on the thorax and functions like a joint, but is a structurally a myofascial tissue plane, not a true joint.)
  • Myofascial structures that move and stabilize the scapula and humerus, extending from the thoraco-lumbar fascia, lower trapezius, and latissimus dorsi, to cervical spine and occiput, to sternum, clavi-pectoral fascia and upper ribs, to the elbow joint and proximal forearm. Be able to locate by palpation; know attachments and primary functions
    • Rotator cuff
      • Core: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis
      • Accessory: long heads of biceps and triceps
    • Scapular movers and stabilizers
      • Pectoralis minor
      • Serratus anterior
      • Rhomboids
      • Trapezius: all three divisions
    • Arm movers
      • Biceps brachii, including bicipital tendon and transverse humeral ligament
      • Triceps brachii
      • Coracobrachialis
      • Pectoralis major divisions
      • Latissimus dorsi
      • Teres major
      • Deltoids: anterior, medial, posterior
  • Neurovascular tracts and critical structures. Be able to locate by palpation
    • Subclavian artery
    • Brachial artery
    • Brachial plexus
    • (Lungs, relative to above structures; obviously, we don’t palpate these!)

Upper Arm and Elbow

  • Bony landmarks: be able to locate by palpation; know which muscles attach to them, if applicable
    • Medial epicondyle
    • Olecranon
    • Lateral epicondyle
    • Radial head
  • Joints: be able to find the joint lines and ligaments by palpation
    • Radio-humeral and radio-capitellar joints
    • Ulnar-humeral joint
  • Myofascial structures that move and stabilize the elbow. Be able to locate by palpation; know attachments and primary functions
      • Elbow flexors and extensors
        • Biceps brachii and aponeurosis
        • Brachialis
        • Brachioradialis
        • Triceps heads
  • Neurovascular tracts and critical structures. Know pathways and be able to locate by palpation where superficial
    • Brachial neurovascular bundle (medial upper arm)

Forearm, Wrist, Hand, and Fingers

  • Bony landmarks: be able to locate by palpation; know which muscles attach to them, if applicable
    • Radial styloid
      • Ulnar styloid
  • Joints: be able to find the joint lines and ligaments by palpation
    • Wrist
      • Radio-carpal joint
      • Ulnar-carpal joint
      • Distal radio-ulnar joint
      • 1st carpo-metacarpal joint
    • Fingers
      • Metacarpo-phalangeal joint
      • Proximal interphalangeal joints
      • Distal interphalangeal joints
  • Myofascial structures that move and stabilize the forearm, wrist and fingers. Be able to locate by palpation; know attachments and primary functions; know which are mono- vs. poly-articular muscles
    • Forearm
      • Supinator
      • Pronators teres and quadratus
    • Wrist and finger extensors
      • Extensors carpi radialis longus and brevis
      • Extensor digitorum
      • Extensors carpi ulnaris
    • Wrist and finger flexors
      • Flexors carpi ulnaris, radialis
      • Flexor digitorum superficialis and profundus
      • Flexor pollicis longus
      • Palmaris longus
    • Thumb
      • Abductor, adductor and opponens pollicis
  • Neurovascular tracts and critical structures. Know pathways and be able to locate by palpation where superficial
    • Median nerve
    • Ulnar nerve
    • Radial nerve
    • Radial artery

Acupuncture Orthopedics: Needling Joints of the Spine and Extremities

Register through the FLOW Symposium
Thursday, March 7, 8:30 am-5 pm
7 CE hours approved
Vancouver, British Columbia

Address root causes of musculoskeletal pain and disability with classically-based needling of joints and ligaments. This hands-on class provides essential knowledge, skills and protocols to treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions by stabilizing and mobilizing joints with acupuncture.

Joint dysfunctions are common but sometimes hidden causes of chronic pain and disability. Learn to integrate acupuncture techniques with contemporary orthopedic examination to decrease pain and restore normal functioning of the joints of the spine and extremities. Take home practical methods and strategies, including:

  • Understanding Yin and Yang of joint anatomy, kinesiology, and the adverse effects of joint injuries on muscles, tendons, and the nervous system
  • Learn history and physical exam techniques to identify joint mobility/stability dysfunctions, including:
    • Specialized inspection and palpation techniques for joints and ligaments
    • Joint active and passive range-of-motion and end-feel examinations
  • Understand mechanisms and therapeutic effects of orthopedic acupuncture for joints
  • Practice needling safety and techniques for hyPERmobile and hyPOmobile joints, including;

    • Shoulder, arm and hand: acromio- and sterno- clavicular, glenhumeral, ulnar- and radio- carpal; radio-ulnar; thumb CMC, MCP joints
    • Lower leg: knee ACL, MCL, LCL, meniscii, superior tib-fib; ankle anterior talofibular and calcaneofibular joints
    • Spine: cervical and lumbar facets; supraspinous, interspinous, iliolumbar, sacroiliac, and sacrotuberous ligaments
  • Practice post-treatment joint re-assessment for immediate assessment of outcomes

Head, Neck, Thorax — Anatomy Lab for Acupuncturists

Enhance your clinical skills through palpation, inspection and movement

With Instructor Jamie Bender L.Ac., DAOM

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--Webinars require continuous attendance on the date(s) offered to receive PDAs/CEUs. If you cannot attend, please consider a self-paced distance-learning version instead, if available, or another class that you will be able to attend.

--Ebooks are included with class purchase--please do not purchase both. When purchased separately, Ebooks are for informational purposes only--no PDAs/CEUs.

Questions? Please visit our FAQ page. Thank you for your purchase!


Precise knowledge of clinical anatomy and kinesiology, and orthopedic/myofascial palpation and inspection, and movement analysis skills, are all essential foundations for diagnosis, and for determining where--and where not--to needle.

This unique class prepares students to get the most from the Head, Neck, Thorax module & Review/Practicum Lab

Clinical anatomy and the jing-jin ("sinew meridians" or myofascial tracts)

  • We will improve our abilities to accurately locate key bony landmarks, muscles, tendons, joints, neural and vascular tissues, through palpation on ourselves and each other, and through review of clinical anatomy.
  • Through palpation, observation and movement exercises, we will explore functions of key muscles and their jing-jin associations, as well as functional vs. dysfunctional movement patterns.
  • We will review safety considerations, including needling angle and depth, to avoid injuring the many critical structures in this body region.

Enhanced orthopedic palpation and inspection skills

  • We will enhance our abilities to feel different tissue types and layers: skin, fascia, muscle, nerve, blood vessel, and bone, with both our hands and needle-tip sensation.
  • We will practice inspection and palpation for tissue abnormalities including myofascial trigger points, tendinopathies and joint disorders.

Review of anatomical structure and kinesiologic function

  • Bony structures, including palpable landmarks and which muscles attach to them:

    • External occipital protuberance
    • Mastoid process
    • Zygomatic arch
    • Temporomandibular joint
    • Spinous and transverse processes of C 2 to T 1
    • Facet joints of C 2-C 3 to C 6-C 7
  • Muscles, including location, attachments, and functions
    • Pterygoids
    • Digastric
    • Masseter
    • Temporalis
    • Suboccipitals
    • Paraspinals: erector spinae group, multifidi, splenius and semispinalis groups
    • Upper, middle and lower trapezius
    • Levator scapula
    • Sterno-cleido-mastoid: sternal and clavicular heads
    • Scalenes: anterior, middle, posterior
    • Rhomboids
    • External intercostals
  • Vascular structures

    • Arteries: carotid, subclavian, vertebrobasilar, temporal
    • Veins: internal and external jugular
  • Spinal and neurological structures and functions

    • Spinal neuroforamen
    • Intervertebral discs: nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus
    • Central canal, neural arch of laminae and pedicles
    • Ligamentum flavum and posterior longitudinal ligament
    • Spinal cord: dura and arachnoid mater, upper vs. lower motor neurons
    • Lesser and greater occipital nerves
    • Nerve roots: C 1-T 12
    • Brachial plexus
    • Myotomes
    • Dermatomes
  • Cervico-thoracic anatomical kinesiology
    • Planes of motion

Essential Orthopedic Acupuncture Techniques and Modalities

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Does your clinical toolbox contain the essential modalities and techniques for treating orthopedic pain and disability? This class will help you round out your knowledge and sharpen your skill set!

Review indications, contraindications, cautions, safety considerations, best uses and limitations, and ways to develop the knowledge and skills needed for safe and effective applications of:

  • Electroacupuncture
  • Myofascial trigger and motor point needling
  • Joint stabilization/mobilization and ligamentous prolo-acupuncture
  • Neural acupuncture
  • 7-star, lancet and 3-edged needling
  • Optimizing classical distant, ear and scalp needling for orthopedics
  • Myofascial gua sha
  • Orthopedic cupping
  • Therapeutic exercise

Take home practical strategies for matching techniques and modalities to patients’ injuries, needs, goals and tolerance, and for sequencing and combining them for efficiency, comfort and efficacy.

This introductory class prepares students to get the most out of the 4-part Jing-Jin series and the 5-part Spine & Extremities series.

Spine & Extremities — Anatomy Review and Clinical Practicum Labs

Labs are distinctive features of AOM Professional's Certification program, designed for development and retention of skills through hands-on review of anatomy and kinesiology and guided practice of physical exam and treatment.

 

Anatomy Labs for Acupuncturists with Jamie Bender

Prepare to get the most out of the Spine & Extremities classes through advance review of clinical anatomy and kinesiology, using guided inspection, palpation, and movement for experiential learning and skill development. Anatomy Labs are not required for Certification, and are usually offered the day before the Spine & Extremities modules for each of 5 body regions:

  1. Head, Neck, Thorax
  2. Shoulder, Arm, Hand
  3. Low Back, Pelvic Girdle and Core
  4. Hip, Thigh, Knee
  5. Calf, Ankle, Foot

Format: in-person

 

Practicum Labs with Anthony Von der Muhll

Apply, reinforce, and expand upon challenging topics areas from the Spine & Extremities modules. Practicum Labs feature treatment and discussion of challenging cases in a grand rounds setting and demonstrate integration of material into practical clinical flow.

***  Note: Practicum Labs are open only to students who have completed the prior associated didactic class.  ***

Practicum Labs feature hands-on supervised practice of:

  • Orthopedic exam techniques and functional capacity evaluation
    • Range-of-motion: active, passive, and joint-play/end-feel testing
    • Muscle strength and length testing
    • Orthopedic and neurologic special tests
  • Treatment of specific tissues, injuries and conditions, with
    • Myofascial trigger point acupuncture
    • Joint stabilization and mobilization ("prolo-") acupuncture
    • Electroacupuncture
    • Neural prolo-acupuncture
    • 7-star, lancet, and 3-edged needling
    • Distant acupuncture
    • Myofascial gua sha
    • Tui na and other manual therapies
    • Advanced cupping methods for orthopedic conditions
    • Exercise therapy, postural and ergonomics re-training
    • Taping techniques

Actual curriculum varies by body region, and by student requests for assistance with areas of particular technical difficulty.

Required for Certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics:

Please note that for Certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics, each Practicum Lab must be taken once following completion of the associated didactic Spine & Extremities module when taken as an in-person class, and twice if the didactic module was taken as a webinar or distance-learning class.

Format: in-person supervised practice + grand rounds