Spine & Extremities — Review and Practicum Labs

Labs are distinctive features of AOM Professional's Certification program, designed to support retention and development of skills through hands-on practice of physical exam and treatment. Review, apply, practice, reinforce, and expand upon areas of particular difficulty from the Spine and Extremities modules.  Treatment and discussion of challenging cases in a grand rounds setting demonstrates integration of the material into practical clinical flow.

***  Note: Labs are open only to participants who have completed the prior associated didactic module.  ***

Labs include 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 lab must be taken once following completion of the associated didactic Spine and Extremities module when taken as an in-person class, and twice if the didactic module is taken as a webinar or distance-learning class. Discount codes will be supplied at the end of Spine and Extremities webinars or distance-learning classes to reduce the price of the repeated lab so that (combined with the webinar or distance class) the total cost is equal to taking the didactic module in-person.

Format: in-person supervised practice + grand rounds

Free Classes & E-books

Want to learn more about acupuncture orthopedics, but not sure where to start? Need foundational training in Eastern and Western musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology, sports injuries, and pain management? These free classes and E-books are designed to help you:

  • Chart your course to building the knowledge, skills, and abilities you want and need
  • Learn immediately-applicable take-home techniques, tips and strategies for common complaints
  • Get started with advanced and specialized approaches that can make the difference with chronic and complex pain
  • Explore the purposes, power and value of orthopedic-specific and integrative history-taking and physical exam methods
  • Grow your abilities beyond "cook-book" protocols through understanding fundamental theories and practices of Acupuncture Orthopedics
  • Learn how to learn directly from your patients through taking baseline and re-evaluation measurements of functional capacity--free yourself from dependency on teachers and textbooks!

Free Classes and E-books:

Coming soon as Distance-learning/self-study classes.

Acupuncture Treatment of the 3 Yin Jing-Jin (“Sinew Meridians”): the Medial and Axial Tracts

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The 3 yin  筋 jing-jin (taiyin, shaoyin, and jueyin--"sinew meridians") of Chinese medicine describe myofascial tracts that run along the medial and axial regions of the body from head to toe. Understanding the 3 yin jing-jin can guide clinicians from where pain is felt distally and proximally towards additional muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments that also may need treatment. Learn classical and modern examination and treatment of the 3 yin jing-jin tissues, including:

Leg 3 Yin Jing-Jin

  • Abductor hallucis
  • Deltoid and spring ligaments
  • Tibialis posterior
  • Flexors hallucis and digitorum
  • Popliteus
  • Medial collateral ligament and meniscus
  • Pes anserinus tendon
  • Sartorius
  • Gracilis
  • Vastus medialis obliquus
  • Adductors longus, magnus, and brevis
  • Pectineus
  • Psoas
  • Multifidi

Arm 3 Yin Jing-Jin

  • Pectoralis major and minor
  • Anterior capsules of glenohumeral and acromioclavicular joints
  • Subscapularis
  • Serratus anterior
  • Coracobrachialis and brachialis
  • Supinator
  • Pronator teres
  • Flexors digitorum and pollicis
  • Flexor carpi ulnaris

Learn classical and modern methods of treating the jing-jin, including:

Instructional methods include:

  • Comparison of ancient sources with dissection studies and functional analyses of myofascial tissues: bony attachments and kinematic chains of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia
  • Review of postural vs. phasic muscles and balance between agonist/antagonist muscle groups.
  • Demonstration of classical palpation techniques integrated with assessment of the movement, strength, and joint stabilization functions of the shaoyang jing-jin
  • Anatomical charts of myofascial referred pain patterns, including muscle attachment sites and functions, innervation, and trigger, motor and Chinese new/miscellaneous points for over 25 muscles and connective tissue structures that form the taiyang jing-jin.

Knowing the jing-jin is a valuable complement to the cross-sectional approach of contemporary orthopedics, and opens up to avenues towards holistic rehabilitation from injuries, pain and disability, including:

  • Decreased muscle-tendon pain and tension, and improved strength and function.
  • Decreased joint pain and enhanced stability and biomechanics.
  • Increased flexibility and range-of-motion.
  • Restored sensory, motor and proprioceptive function.

Acupuncture Treatment of the Jing-Jin ("Sinew Meridians"): Introduction is strongly recommended as a pre-requisite.

See the other classes in this 4-part series:  Taiyang, Yangming and 3 Yin Jing-Jin. Take more than 1 for 10% off each!

Suggested Class Preparation

Prior review of clinical musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology of the medial and axial body structures listed above (including joints and their planes of motion, ligaments, tendons, muscle attachments and functions, innervation) is recommended to make the most of this learning opportunity. Students are advised to have ready access to clinical anatomy references texts, apps or on-line resources during live webinars and in-person classes.

Texts referenced in this class include:

  • Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text. Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. O’Connor and Bensky, trans. and ed. (1981)
  • Kendall, Donald E. The Dao of Chinese Medicine: Understanding an Ancient Health Art. (2002)
  • Legge, David. Jing Jin: Acupuncture Treatment of the Muscular System Using the Meridian Sinews.  (2010)
  • Meyers, Thomas W. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Movement Therapists. (2009)
  • Simmons, Travell, Simmons and Cummings. Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, vols. 1-2. (any edition)

Student Ratings and Comments

from evaluations as required by California Acupuncture Board, prior live class offerings in 2016 and 2017.

Respondents: 34 of 39 enrolled

Average rating: 99/100

  • “Very articulate and precise…great 1-on-1 attention.  –Jessica Giese-Garderner, L.Ac.
  • “Amazing–Thank you!  –Jessica Luehrs, L.Ac.
  • This class was a really great review as well as including new material” —Daniele Uzes, L.Ac.
  • “Great knowledge of anatomy, very in-depth. Thank you for adding to the written notes on-line…I really appreciated Anthony’s in-depth clinical experience and his willingness to share..I’m taking more classes!!!”   –Monica Bowditch, L.Ac.
  • “Tons of great info, many applicable tools, with some practice indeed…great for sports acu/pain/ortho.” —Joe Sarti, L.Ac.
  • “I especially enjoyed reviewing anatomy whilst doing practical exercises to improve my skills…very good explanations…great that notes are digital and linked.” –Michael E. Brown, Jr., L.Ac.
  • “Excellent visual, written, learning aids, skeleton, slides…more explanation of pictures in written notes would be helpful…great for experienced practitioners…Looking forward to seeing video footage of up-close needling techniques, ACL/PCL would be good to see on video…This class was excellent!” –Tamara Brown, L.Ac.
  • “I like the charts and photos, this is truly useful!” —Anonymous, L.Ac.
  • "Excellent!" --Anonymous
  • "I learned a lot. Anthony is very knowledgeable."  --Anonymous
  • “I wish I had taken this when I got my license in 2006.” —Anonymous, L.Ac.

Acupuncture Treatment of the Yangming Jing-Jin (“Sinew Meridian”): the Anterior Tract

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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!


The yangming  筋 jing-jin ("sinew meridian") of Chinese medicine describes the myofascial tract that runs along the anterior body from head to toe. Understanding the yangming jing-jin can guide clinicians from where pain is felt distally and proximally towards additional muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments that also may need treatment. Learn classical and modern examination and treatment of the yangming jing-jin tissues, including:

Leg Yangming Jing-Jin

  • Extensors hallucis and digitorum longus
  • Tibialis anterior
  • Patellar tendon
  • Anterior attachments of ACL, PCL, and meniscal horns
  • Vastus lateralis, intermidius, medialis and rectus femoris
  • Iliacus
  • Rectus abdominus

Arm Yangming Jing-Jin

  • Masseter
  • Medial and lateral pterygoids
  • Digastric
  • Sterno-cleido-mastoid
  • Anterior deltoid and shoulder joint
  • Biceps brachii long head
  • Brachioradialis
  • Extensors carpi radialis longus and brevis

Learn classical and modern methods of treating the jing-jin, including:

Instructional methods include:

  • Comparison of ancient sources with dissection studies and functional analyses of myofascial tissues: bony attachments and kinematic chains of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia
  • Review of postural vs. phasic muscles and balance between agonist/antagonist muscle groups.
  • Demonstration of classical palpation techniques integrated with assessment of the movement, strength, and joint stabilization functions of the shaoyang jing-jin
  • Anatomical charts of myofascial referred pain patterns, including muscle attachment sites and functions, innervation, and trigger, motor and Chinese new/miscellaneous points for over 25 muscles and connective tissue structures that form the taiyang jing-jin.

Knowing the jing-jin is a valuable complement to the cross-sectional approach of contemporary orthopedics, and opens up to avenues towards holistic rehabilitation from injuries, pain and disability, including:

  • Decreased muscle-tendon pain and tension, and improved strength and function.
  • Decreased joint pain and enhanced stability and biomechanics.
  • Increased flexibility and range-of-motion.
  • Restored sensory, motor and proprioceptive function.

Acupuncture Treatment of the Jing-Jin ("Sinew Meridians"): Introduction is strongly recommended as a pre-requisite.

See the other classes in this 4-part seriesTaiyang, Shaoyang and 3 Yin Jing-Jin. Take more than 1 for 10% off each!

Suggested Class Preparation

Prior review of clinical musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology of the anterior body structures listed above (including joints and their planes of motion, ligaments, tendons, muscle attachments and functions, innervation) is recommended to make the most of this learning opportunity. Students are advised to have ready access to clinical anatomy references texts, apps or on-line resources during live webinars and in-person classes.

Texts referenced in this class include:

  • Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text. Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. O’Connor and Bensky, trans. and ed. (1981)
  • Kendall, Donald E. The Dao of Chinese Medicine: Understanding an Ancient Health Art. (2002)
  • Legge, David. Jing Jin: Acupuncture Treatment of the Muscular System Using the Meridian Sinews.  (2010)
  • Meyers, Thomas W. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Movement Therapists. (2009)
  • Simmons, Travell, Simmons and Cummings. Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, vols. 1-2. (any edition)

Student Ratings and Comments

from evaluations as required by California Acupuncture Board, prior live class offerings in 2016 and 2017.

Respondents: 34 of 39 enrolled

Average rating: 99/100

  • “Very articulate and precise…great 1-on-1 attention.  –Jessica Giese-Garderner, L.Ac.
  • “Amazing–Thank you!  –Jessica Luehrs, L.Ac.
  • This class was a really great review as well as including new material” —Daniele Uzes, L.Ac.
  • “Great knowledge of anatomy, very in-depth. Thank you for adding to the written notes on-line…I really appreciated Anthony’s in-depth clinical experience and his willingness to share..I’m taking more classes!!!”   –Monica Bowditch, L.Ac.
  • “Tons of great info, many applicable tools, with some practice indeed…great for sports acu/pain/ortho.” —Joe Sarti, L.Ac.
  • “I especially enjoyed reviewing anatomy whilst doing practical exercises to improve my skills…very good explanations…great that notes are digital and linked.” –Michael E. Brown, Jr., L.Ac.
  • “Excellent visual, written, learning aids, skeleton, slides…more explanation of pictures in written notes would be helpful…great for experienced practitioners…Looking forward to seeing video footage of up-close needling techniques, ACL/PCL would be good to see on video…This class was excellent!” –Tamara Brown, L.Ac.
  • “I like the charts and photos, this is truly useful!” —Anonymous, L.Ac.
  • "Excellent!" --Anonymous
  • "I learned a lot. Anthony is very knowledgeable."  --Anonymous
  • “I wish I had taken this when I got my license in 2006.” —Anonymous, L.Ac.

Acupuncture Treatment of the Shaoyang Jing-Jin (“Sinew Meridian”): the Lateral Tract

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First time user? Your account will be automatically be created after purchase. Please note:

--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!


The shaoyang  筋 jing-jin ("sinew meridian") of Chinese medicine describes the myofascial tract that runs along the lateral body from head to toe. Understanding the shaoyang jing-jin can guide clinicians from where pain is felt distally and proximally towards additional muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments that also may need treatment. Learn classical and modern examination and treatment of the shaoyang jing-jin tissues, including:

Leg Shaoyang Jing-Jin

  • Lateral ankle ligaments: anterior talofibular, calcaneofibular
  • Fibularis (peroneal) group
  • Superior tibiofibular joint
  • Iliotibial band and tensor fascia lata
  • Piriformis and quadratus femoris
  • Gluteus medius and minimus
  • Quadratus lumborum
  • Lateral abdominals
  • External intercostals
  • Scalenes
  • Temporalis

Arm Shaoyang Jing-Jin

  • Supraspinatus
  • Posterior and middle deltoids
  • Extensor digitorum

Learn classical and modern methods of treating the jing-jin, including:

Instructional methods include:

  • Comparison of ancient sources with dissection studies and functional analyses of myofascial tissues: bony attachments and kinematic chains of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia
  • Review of postural vs. phasic muscles and balance between agonist/antagonist muscle groups.
  • Demonstration of classical palpation techniques integrated with assessment of the movement, strength, and joint stabilization functions of the shaoyang jing-jin
  • Anatomical charts of myofascial referred pain patterns, including muscle attachment sites and functions, innervation, and trigger, motor and Chinese new/miscellaneous points for over 25 muscles and connective tissue structures that form the taiyang jing-jin.

Knowing the jing-jin is a valuable complement to the cross-sectional approach of contemporary orthopedics, and opens up to avenues towards holistic rehabilitation from injuries, pain and disability, including:

  • Decreased muscle-tendon pain and tension, and improved strength and function.
  • Decreased joint pain and enhanced stability and biomechanics.
  • Increased flexibility and range-of-motion.
  • Restored sensory, motor and proprioceptive function.

Acupuncture Treatment of the Jing-Jin ("Sinew Meridians"): Introduction is strongly recommended as a pre-requisite.

See the other classes in this 4-part series:  Taiyang, Yangming and 3 Yin Jing-Jin. Take more than 1 for 10% off each!

Suggested Class Preparation

Prior review of clinical musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology of the posterior body structures listed above (including joints and their planes of motion, ligaments, tendons, muscle attachments and functions, innervation) is recommended to make the most of this learning opportunity. Students are advised to have ready access to clinical anatomy references texts, apps or on-line resources during live webinars and in-person classes.

Texts referenced in this class include:

  • Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text. Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. O’Connor and Bensky, trans. and ed. (1981)
  • Kendall, Donald E. The Dao of Chinese Medicine: Understanding an Ancient Health Art. (2002)
  • Legge, David. Jing Jin: Acupuncture Treatment of the Muscular System Using the Meridian Sinews.  (2010)
  • Meyers, Thomas W. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Movement Therapists. (2009)
  • Simmons, Travell, Simmons and Cummings. Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, vols. 1-2. (any edition)

Student Ratings and Comments

from evaluations as required by California Acupuncture Board, prior live class offerings in 2016 and 2017.

Respondents: 34 of 39 enrolled

Average rating: 99/100

  • “Very articulate and precise…great 1-on-1 attention.  –Jessica Giese-Garderner, L.Ac.
  • “Amazing–Thank you!  –Jessica Luehrs, L.Ac.
  • This class was a really great review as well as including new material” —Daniele Uzes, L.Ac.
  • “Great knowledge of anatomy, very in-depth. Thank you for adding to the written notes on-line…I really appreciated Anthony’s in-depth clinical experience and his willingness to share..I’m taking more classes!!!”   –Monica Bowditch, L.Ac.
  • “Tons of great info, many applicable tools, with some practice indeed…great for sports acu/pain/ortho.” —Joe Sarti, L.Ac.
  • “I especially enjoyed reviewing anatomy whilst doing practical exercises to improve my skills…very good explanations…great that notes are digital and linked.” –Michael E. Brown, Jr., L.Ac.
  • “Excellent visual, written, learning aids, skeleton, slides…more explanation of pictures in written notes would be helpful…great for experienced practitioners…Looking forward to seeing video footage of up-close needling techniques, ACL/PCL would be good to see on video…This class was excellent!” –Tamara Brown, L.Ac.
  • “I like the charts and photos, this is truly useful!” —Anonymous, L.Ac.
  • "Excellent!" --Anonymous
  • "I learned a lot. Anthony is very knowledgeable."  --Anonymous
  • “I wish I had taken this when I got my license in 2006.” —Anonymous, L.Ac.

Acupuncture Treatment of the Jing-Jin (“Sinew Meridians”): Introduction

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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!

The classical jing-jin ("sinew meridians") of Chinese medicine describe tracts of myofascial tissues that roughly follow the jing-luo ("primary meridians").

Understanding the jing-jin can guide clinicians from where pain is felt, to distal and proximal locations that also may need treatment. Knowing the muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments of each jing-jin, and how to examine and treat them is a valuable complement to the cross-sectional approach of contemporary orthopedics, and opens up avenues towards holistic rehabilitation from injuries, pain and disability, including:

  • Decreased muscle-tendon pain and tension, and improved strength and function
  • Decreased joint pain, and increased flexibility and range-of-motion
  • Improved posture, movement, and whole-body biomechanics

This introductory class prepares students to get the most out of the 4-part Jing-Jin series by reviewing the general structure and functions of the jing-jin, as well as classical and modern examination and treatment techniques, including:

  • Comparison of ancient descriptions of the jing-jin with contemporary dissection studies and functional analyses of myofascial tracts and kinematic chains
  • Clinical significance of postural vs. phasic muscles and balance between agonist/antagonist muscle groups
  • Clinical assessment of the movement, strength, and joint stabilization functions of jing-jin muscles and joints
  • Introduction to anatomical charts of myofascial referred pain patterns, including muscle attachment sites and functions, innervation, and trigger, motor and Chinese new/miscellaneous points. (The full series covers over 100 muscles and connective tissue structures.)

Treatment of jing-jin injuries and pain with traditional and modern acupuncture and other AOM therapies.

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

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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!


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

Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials II: Exam, Diagnosis, and Treatment Principles

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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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This foundational class provides knowledge and skills to examine, diagnose and plan treatment of a wide range of common, significant orthopedic injuries, pain and disabilities.

With neck and shoulder as example, learn ortho-neuro exams and how to integrate them into AOM patterns, orthopedic tissue diagnoses, and functional capacity assessments that establish baselines, identify urgent conditions--and guide treatment. Take home practical techniques and strategies, as well as theoretical understandings immediately applicable to orthopedic conditions generally. This class empowers with skills to learn directly from patients by measuring their outcomes--free yourself from dependency on teachers and texts! And prepare to get the most out of the rest of our Spine and Extremities series!

  • Classical and modern observation, inspection and palpation techniques
  • Active and passive range of motion, joint play, and muscle length testing
  • Strength testing using manual methods and dynamometers
  • Special orthopedic and neurologic exams
  • Principles of orthopedic tissue-based diagnosis, AOM pattern recognition, and functional capacity assessment
  • Case management and treatment planning for orthopedic conditions

Student Ratings and Comments

from evaluations as required by California Acupuncture Board, prior live class offerings in 2016 and 2017.

Respondents: 29 of 37 enrolled

Average rating: 98/100

"Excellent teacher"  --Anonymous

"Thank you. Instructor is outstanding."  --Anonymous

"Anthony is a gem! He is very clear and organized."  --Anonymous

"Good choice for a teacher."  --Anonymous

Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials I: Fundamentals

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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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Neck and shoulder injuries and pain serve as a clinical example to demonstrate theory, principles, modalities and techniques of acupuncture orthopedics.

  • Overview of acupuncture orthopedics: integrating Eastern and Western understandings of injuries, pain and disability
    • From acute injury to chronic pain and disability: bi syndromes and the degenerative cascade
    • Challenges, standards and goals for treating injuries, pain and disability
    • Moving beyond passive symptom relief to active restoration of functional capacity
    • Resources for developing essential knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Pain psychology and neural hypersensitivity: recognizing and treating hidden mind-body pathomechanisms of chronic pain and disability
  • Optimal treatment of orthopedic tissues
    • Bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments: selecting the best AOM treatment modalities
  • Kinesiology and the jing-jin ("sinew channels"): understanding posture and motion disorders
  • The orthopedic interview: taking an effective history
    • Objectives, challenges, priorities, structure and flow
    • Key questions for assessing severity/urgency and focusing physical exam
    • Essential inquiry for diagnosis and pattern recognition
    • Interview techniques to build patient rapport and a strong therapeutic alliance

Student Ratings and Comments

from evaluations as required by California Acupuncture Board, prior live class offerings in 2016 and 2017.

Respondents: 29 of 37 enrolled

Average rating: 98/100

"Excellent teacher"  --Anonymous

"Thank you. Instructor is outstanding."  --Anonymous

"Anthony is a gem! He is very clear and organized."  --Anonymous

"Good choice for a teacher."  --Anonymous

Check back for next live class date, or contact us to be notified by email

Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials — Classes & E-books

Dive into the principles and practices of acupuncture orthopedics! These foundational classes provide the knowledge, skills and abilities to treat a wide range of common and significant neuro-musculoskeletal injuries, pain and disabilities. Modules I-II use the neck and shoulder region as a clinical focus, which is expanded to all body regions (modules III-V), so that students take home practical techniques and strategies, as well as theoretical understandings immediately applicable to orthopedic conditions generally. These classes prepare you to get the most out of the Spine and Extremities series, and the rest of the Certification program!

Required for Certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics (40 hours total):

Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials I (8 hours): Fundamentals

Register for next live webinar: Friday, December 10, 2021

  • Essential knowledge, skills and applications
  • Pain psychology and treatment of neural hypersensitivity
  • Optimal treatment of tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints
  • Posture and motion disorders: anatomical kinesiology & the jing-jin (“sinew meridians”)
  • The orthopedic interview--taking an effective history

Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials II (8 hours): Exam, Diagnosis, and Treatment Principles 

Register for next live webinar: Saturday, December 11, 2021

  • Essentials of physical exam
  • Classical and modern observation, inspection and palpation techniques
  • Range of motion, joint play, and muscle length testing
  • Strength testing
  • Special orthopedic and neurologic exams
  • Orthopedic diagnosis, pattern recognition, and treatment planning

Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials III (8 hours): Myofascial Trigger Point and Joint Stabilization/Mobilization Needling

Register for next live webinar: Sunday, December 12, 2021

  • Myofascial trigger point needling for acupuncturists
  • The "missing link:" stabilizing and mobilizing joints with prolo-acupuncture

Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials IV (8 hours): Electroacupuncture, Cupping, and Gua Sha

Available for Distance-learning/Self-study CEUs

Acupuncture Orthopedics Essentials V (8 hours): Exercise Therapy for Acupuncturists

Available for Distance-learning/Self-study CEUs