Exercise Therapy for Acupuncturists

for Self-care, Patient Prescription, and Co-management with Rehab Teams

An Integrative East-West Approach

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

Former Physical Therapy Aide, Athletic Training Assistant, and Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine

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"Is there anything I can do on my own to treat this?

"Should I do this exercise my fitness trainer showed me, even though it hurts?"

"I want to get more cardio and lose weight. Should I run, swim, or bike?"

"When can I go back to my gym workout/yoga class/marathon training?"

How often do we hear our patients ask questions like this? Now you'll have some better answers...

Easy-to-teach exercises can improve clinical outcomes by actively involving patients in self-care, and can complement AOM modalities. Drawing from qi gong, yoga, Pilates, and other techniques, we will discuss exercises for specific injuries to help patients to:

  • Reduce stress, muscle tension, pain, anxiety and depression
  • Accelerate healing and reduce chronicity of sprain/strain injuries
  • Re-stabilize hypermobile joints, and restore normal joint tracking and biomechanics
  • Slow and allow for reversal of joint degeneration that leads to osteoarthrosis
  • Enhance the treatment of muscles, nerves, and other tissues and systems that contribute to chronic pain
  • Maintain bone density, muscle strength and flexibility, coordination, and balance to reduce the risk of falls and injuries
  • Support the patient in an active lifestyle and meeting their goals for health, fitness, work, sports and recreation
  • Improve health of internal organs; the cardiovascular, lymphatic, endocrine & immune systems; mind, mood, & sleep; & overall quality & quantity of life.

Topics include:

  • When to prescribe--or "un-prescribe" exercises: post-injury/surgery, chronic pain, and health maintenance
  • How best to co-manage patients with physical therapists and surgical rehabilitation teams
  • Which exercises can patients safely and effectively perform at home, for what body regions, systems, and injuries
  • Analyzing common qi gong, yoga, Pilates, gym workouts, etc. for their risks and benefits, from an integrative East-West orthopedic and neurologic perspective
  • Adapting exercises for specific conditions and patients
  • How to integrate exercise therapy into the flow of a busy acupuncture clinic
  • Scope-of-practice, coding, billing and malpractice considerations

And what's good for our patients is good for us--we'll review self-care exercises and ergonomics for acupuncturists!

 

General considerations in exercise therapy

  • Review of L.Ac. scope-of-practice issues
  • Risks and benefits: when to prescribe, un-prescribe, or refer out for co-management
  • Co-managing with physical therapists: phases, benchmarks and goals of post-injury/surgery rehabilitation
  • Exercise cautions and contraindications
  • Differentiating exercise-induced injury vs. therapeutic delayed onset muscle soreness
  • Prescription essentials: timing, sequence, repetitions, sets, duration, intensity, frequency

Roles of and indications for specific exercise techniques and styles:

  • Functional re-training: activities of daily living, work ergonomics, recreation and sports
  • Stress reduction: qi gong and breathing exercises
  • Flexibility: passive and active stretching, static and flow yoga styles
  • Neurologic re-training and coordination
  • Strengthening and stabilization exercises
  • Joint loosening warm-ups, reciprocal inhibition, and abdominal bracing to improve safety and efficacy across all exercise styles
  • Cardiovascular exercise for general health
  • Assessing exercise prescription from the viewpoint of jing-jin and zang-fu imbalances

Exercise prescription for specific body regions, injuries and pain

  • Spinal exercise prescription: upper body
    • Cervical stabilization
    • Thoracic mobilization
  • Upper extremity exercise prescription
    • Scapular stabilization and shoulder strengthening
    • Elbow, forearm and wrist exercise therapy
  • Spinal exercise prescription: lower body
    • Core/lumbar stabilization
  • Lower extremity exercise prescription
    • Hip strengthening and mobilization
    • Knee stabilization
    • Calf, ankle and foot rehabilitation
  • Putting it all together: posture, gait and ergonomics

Integrating exercise prescription into an acupuncture clinic

  • Combining exercise with manual therapy and cupping in the same visit
  • Tools, supplies, and space considerations
  • Documentation, coding and billing for therapeutic exercise
  • Stand-alone exercise classes: insurance, scope of practice and malpractice considerations
  • Exercise knowledge and skill development for acupuncturists

Coaching patients on health maintenance through exercise

  • Working with patient’s exercise readiness, compliance, tolerance and goals
  • Home programs and telemedicine consults
  • Group classes vs. individualized training
  • Cardiovascular exercise options and prescription
  • Recognizing limits and injuries; managing exercise-induced delayed-onset muscle soreness

Side Plank

To get the most out of this class, please wear workout clothes and shoes, and bring the following exercise tools, which you will be able to use later in your clinic. Exercise equipment will not be provided. 

  1. One or more pairs of dumbbells in the 2-10 lb. range (a pair of 8-oz soup cans will do)
  2. Resistance tubing/bands of light-moderate gauge; also, squeeze balls, rings
  3. A wobble cushion/disc (e.g. “dynadisc”)
  4. 6” diameter rigid foam roller
  5. Yoga/exercise mat + straps or belts

Links are for informational purposes only and do not represent product endorsements. Anthony Von der Muhll does not have any financial relationship with exercise equipment makers or vendors.

Starting Your AOM Practice

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Course Content

Many acupuncture practices struggle, not for lack of medical training, but for inadequate planning, development and management of a health-care enterprise. This class will help participants plan for and implement success!

Workshop Topics:

  • Start-up essentials, options and strategies
  • Further education, training and specialization
  • Securing locations and rental/employment agreement terms that work for you and your patients
  • Business planning essentials: financing, fee-setting, and appointment schedules

Who should take these classes:

  • AOM students planning their future practice
  • Recently-licensed acupuncturists
  • Those transitioning to a new practice model or location
  • Those re-entering the profession
  • Anyone who wants support in starting and building a safe, sustainable and satisfying practice!

Participants receive:

  • A “starter kit” of sample spreadsheets, clinic operating procedures, and marketing and educational materials
  • On-going access to class notes and discussion forums
The topics in this class are continued in the afternoon 2:00-6:00 p.m., with Building Your AOM Practice:
  • Key metrics to track for business development.
  • Insurance billing basics, and whether to join–or quit–managed care networks
  • Practice and risk management essentials
  • Customer service: keys to success!
  • No-cost, efficient marketing and referral-building strategies.
  • The golden parachute: planning and selling your practice for maximum value
Take both classes for -10% off each!

Anthony Von der Muhll L.Ac., DNBAO, FAAPM specializes in sports injuries and orthopedic and pain conditions. He became Licensed as an Acupuncturist in 2003, and was the first graduate of the Five Branches University’s’ Integrative Sports Medicine program. He has served as a Clinical Instructor and Associate Professor at the Five Branches since 2005, and as a Doctoral Program Instructor in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences. He is also a Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management, and certified as a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (“dry needling”) through Myopain Seminars . He has over 20 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) and in malpractice litigation, and a practice manager and consultant to numerous acupuncturists. He is an approved by the CAB as a provider for Continuing Education (Provider #1225)

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Low Back, Core and Pelvic Girdle

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Basics of Low Back

Thursday, April 4, 2024
12:00-1:00 Pacific Time
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Low Back, Core, Pelvic Girdle:

Anatomy Lab for Acupuncturists

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

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Low Back, Core, Pelvic Girdle:

History-Taking, Exam, Assessment, Treatment

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

16 NCCAOM PDAs & CAB CEUs Category 1 approved

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Low Back, Core, Pelvic Girdle:

Review & Practicum Lab

with Anthony Von der Muhll

Mon May 6, 2024, 9:00-6:00, at ACCHS, 1600 Broadway, Oakland CA

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Low Back, Core, Pelvic Girdle -- Distance-Learning Module

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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

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Calf, Ankle, Foot

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

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

History-taking for the calf, ankle, foot: key diagnostic questions

  • "Red flag" symptoms of urgent/serious medical conditions potentially warranting referral to physician care: spinal neuropathy; fractures; joint derangement and instability; arterial compression, venous thromboses; complex regional pain and compartment syndromes
  • Differentiating symptoms of joint, muscles, tendon and nerve root injuries
  • Neural hypersensitization and psycho-social factors
  • Functional capacity questionnaires for reporting to managed care insurance

Physical exam of the calf, ankle and foot: how findings can guide treatment with acupuncture modalities

  • Observation of gait dysfunctions
  • Surface anatomy, inspection and palpation
  • Ankle and foot joint active range-of-motion, tracking and functional tests: measurements, diagnostic significance
  • Ankle and foot passive range-of-motion and joint-play/end-feel stress tests
  • Muscle length and manual strength testing and referred pain pattern charts for 20 key muscles of the calf, ankle, and foot
  • Special orthopedic tests for the ankle and foot
  • 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, Pattern Identification, and Treatment

Calf

  • Gastroc/soleus strains and plantaris ruptures
  • Achilles, tibialis anterior, peroneal, and toe extensor tendinitis and nodular tendinosus
  • Tibialis posterior dysfunction
  • Medial tibial stress (“shin splints”) syndrome

Ankle joint

  • Ankle sprains
  • Calcaneal bursitis
  • Chronic ankle instability: ATF, PTF, and CF ligamentous laxity
  • Post-surgical adhesive capsulitis
  • Degenerative joint disease/osteoarthrosis
  • Sinus tarsi and lateral ankle impingement syndromes

Foot

  • Acute sprains/strains
  • Plantar fasciitis and metatarsalgia
  • Turf toe and sesamoiditis

Peripheral neuropathies

  • Peroneal neuropathy
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Morton’s neuritis and neuromas
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy/complex regional pain syndrome

Treatment modalities include:

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Medical Documentation: Essential Best Practices

for Better Care, Reimbursement, Referral-building, and Malpractice Defense

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

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Professional medical charting and reports are vital for:

  • Supporting insurance reimbursement, surviving insurance audits and records requests
  • Building referral relationships and improving coordination of care with other medical professionals
  • Improving outcomes and learning from your patient cases
  • Defense in cases of malpractice and complaints to regulatory agencies

Class Topics:

  • Bring your charting up to the highest standards of professionalism: best practices in contents, organization, terminology for initial visit HPIs and follow-up SOAP notes
    • Subjective
    • Objective
    • Assessment
    • Plan
  • Practical and efficient charting techniques: save time and effort while improving quality
    • Paper vs. electronic health records systems: how to choose and make them work for your clinic
    • Pros and cons of templates, checklists, and narratives: avoiding the appearance of "rote" treatment
    • Custodianship and transfer of patient records: keeping it safe and legal
    • Further learning: developing charting skills for your areas of specialization

Distance learning/self-study, E-book and live class notes feature sample initial visit (History of Present Illness) and progress (SOAP) reports.

Live class features instructor-lead peer review/feedback regarding student chart notes.

***Please note: For Certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics, either the live class (8 hours/CEUs/PDAs), or the distance-learning class (5 hours CEUs/PDAs) + one live 3-hour clinical case mentorship meeting focused on medical documentation (no CEUs/PDAs)  is required.***

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Student Ratings and Comments

from evaluation from prior live class offering in 2016, as required by California Acupuncture Board

Respondents: 13 of 17 enrolled

Average rating: 99/100

  • “Anthony as always is superbly professional, knowledgeable, and encouraging improvements in clinical practice. Thank you!”  --Anonymous
  • “All of your classes have been instrumental in my ability to improve patient care–but it could be a 2-day course to cover more. Thank you!”  –Jennifer Root, L.Ac.
  • “I always enjoy Anthony’s classes, very helpful info.”  --Anonymous

Acupuncture Treatment of the Taiyang Jing-Jin (“Sinew Meridian”): the Posterior Tract

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7 Distance-learning NCCAOM PDAs approved

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The taiyang  筋 jing-jin ("sinew meridian") of Chinese medicine describes the myofascial tract that runs along the posterior body from head to toe. Understanding the taiyang 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 taiyang jing-jin tissues, including:

Leg Taiyang Jing-Jin

  • Plantar fascia
  • Achilles tendon
  • Gastroc-soleus complex
  • Hamstrings
  • Sacrotuberous ligament
  • Gluteus maximus
  • Thoracolumbar fascia
  • Erector spinae
  • Latissimus dorsi
  • Trapezii
  • Posterior cervicals and suboccipitals

Arm Taiyang Jing-Jin

  • Levator scapula
  • Rhomboids
  • Infraspinatus
  • Triceps brachii
  • Extensor carpi ulnaris
  • Abductor digiti minimi

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

Instructional methods include:

  • Comparison of ancient source translationss 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
  • Classical palpation techniques integrated with assessment of the movement, strength, and joint stabilization functions of the taiyang 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 muscle-tendon flexibility and joint range-of-motion

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:  Shaoyang, Yangming and 3 Yin Jing-Jin. Take more than 1 for 10% off each!

Student Comments and Ratings

From evaluations as required by NCCAOM & California Acupuncture Board.

Respondents: 40 of 45 enrolled

Comments:

  • "Thank you for the great class! From clinical pearls to an important review of cautions and contraindications, these courses are very useful, even after practicing in this specialty for over 7 years! The material presents a truly integrative approach to orthopedics and sports medicine. In the past, I've found courses to apply either a TCM or a western orthopedics lens, but Dr. Von der Muhll does a wonderful job of blending the concepts in a way that is practical for patient care, logical for the practitioner, and provides language to discuss findings and treatments with our TCM and western colleagues."  --Leslie Yedor, L.Ac.
  • “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.
  • “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.

Average Ratings. Overall: 5/5

The class met its goals/objectives and covered subject materials as stated:  5/5

The class material will be useful in my clinical practice:  5/5

The instructor made effective use of learning aids: slideshows, notes, videos:  5/5

The class provided enough depth, breadth and detail of information:  5/5

The instructor provided adequate instruction in the skills and subjects addressed in the class:  5/5

The written notes were clear, adequate and helpful:  5/5

The number of CEUs/PDAs was appropriate for the time and work required:  5/5

 

Source Texts Referenced in this Class

  • 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)

Suggested Class Preparation

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

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.

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Head, Neck, Thorax

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Head Neck Thorax Distance-Learning Module

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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 for head, neck, thorax: key diagnostic questions

  • "Red flag" symptoms of urgent/serious medical conditions warranting referral to physician care
  • Differentiating symptoms of muscles, joint, disc, and spinal cord, plexus and nerve root injuries
  • Neural hypersensitization and psycho-social factors
  • Functional capacity questionnaires for reporting to managed care insurance

Physical exam of the head, neck, thorax: key procedures

  • Observation, inspection and palpation
  • Joint exam: active range-of-motion, stability, and tracking assessment of the cervical and thoracic spine and TM joint
  • Neurologic exam: upper motor neuron; arm reflex, sensory, and motor function; and brachial plexopathies
  • Special orthopedic tests for the spine and ribcage
  • Documentation of physical exam findings
  • Measuring and reporting functional capacity baselines and treatment outcomes

Diagnosis and pattern identification

  • Cervicogenic and tension-type headaches
  • Temperomandibular joint pain and dysfunction
  • Cervical and thoracic sprains/strains and chronic myofascial pain
  • Cervical and thoracic disc and facet joint injuries: dysfunction, derangement, degeneration
  • Nerve root and spinal cord injuries
  • Intercostal sprains/strains
  • Brachial plexopathies and thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Myofascial trigger points and referred pain patterns for over 17 muscles of the head, face, neck and thorax

Treatment of head, neck, and thorax pain and injuries

  • When and how to use distant and local needling for rapid and lasting pain relief
  • Electroacupuncture for neural blockade and rehabilitation
  • Releasing muscle tension through myofascial trigger point needling
  • Prolo-acupuncture for spinal and TM joint stabilization and mobilization
  • Using 7-star, 3-edged and lancet needles to reduce inflammation and ischemic pain
  • Manual therapy: gua sha, tui na, and muscle energy techniques to reduce trigger points and restore muscle flexibility and joint range of motion
  • Active suction cupping: combining cups with passive and active movement for rapid and lasting results
  • Postural and ergonomic correction and exercise therapies

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Student Ratings and Comments

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

Respondents: 20 of 20 enrolled

Average rating: 98/100

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Clinical Applications of AOM Research

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Enhance your familiarity with AOM research, and your ability to:

  • Obtain improved outcomes with a wider variety of cases, by applying research regarding mechanisms of AOM modalities, techniques and treatment variables;
  • Educate patients, health-care practitioners, and the general public regarding AOM therapeutic mechanisms;
  • Participate in professional discussions and studies with other medical providers and researchers;

Assessing Research Quality and Relevance

Improve efficiency and accuracy in evaluating research for its quality and relevance, including:

  • Independence from bias and financial interests
  • Blinding of subjects and evaluators
  • P-values, confidence intervals, statistical power and sample size, effect size, number-needed-to-treat, and more
  • Patient-practitioner relationships and the “Therapeutic Alliance”
  • Patient beliefs and expectations, placebo and nocebo genomics, and the “Placebo Paradox”

Review studies regarding therapeutic mechanisms of AOM modalities

including explanatory studies of acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, myofascial trigger point needling, cupping and gua sha:

  • The inflammatory cascade, and provocation of anti-inflammatory responses
  • Diffuse noxious inhibitory controls and closing the spinal gate
  • Homeostatic processes of the peripheral and central nervous and vascular systems
  • Myofascial tissue stimulation, including trigger point reduction, tension homeostasis, and disruptive and proliferative effects
  • Bio-psycho-social variables in patient responses to acupuncture
  • Effects of concurrent use of anti-inflammatory medications and opiates/opioids

¹with California Acupuncture Board

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Anatomy/Cadaver Lab: the Myofascial Tracts of Acupuncture

aka the "Sinew Meridians"

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

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Study the structure and function of the jing-jin (myofascial tracts or “sinew meridians”) in a cadaver lab.

  • Review how different depths and angles of needle insertion can be used to affect different tissues.
  • See where needles can safely and usefully be inserted–and also should never go–in actual anatomical specimens.
  • Learn the way ancient physicians did: by tracing the longitudinal fascial connectivity between bones, muscles, tendons, organs, and neuro-vascular bundles that make up the jing-jin or myofascial tracts.

Structures reviewed will include both appropriate targets for neuro-anatomical acupuncture, and adjacent critical structures to avoid puncturing (in italics):

  • Taiyang: plantar fascia and superficial musculature; Achilles tendon; hamstrings; (sciatic nerves); sacro-tuberous and sacro-iliac ligaments; paraspinal musculature; facet joints and discs; (kidneys, pleural cavity) trapezius, sub-occipitals, (brain stem), levator scapula, and rhomboids; triceps brachii, ulnar-carpal joint.
  • Shaoyangperoneal muscles; superior tib-fib joint; IT band; gluteals, quadratus lumborum (kidneys), serratus anterior, sterno-cleido-mastoid (carotid artery, jugular vein), scalenes (dome of lung, brachial plexus), supraspinatus.
  • Yangming: tibialis anterior; knee ACL, PCL, meniscii and patello-femoral structures; adductors, (femoral nerve, artery, vein) iliopsoas; acromio-clavicular and gleno-humeral joints; forearm extensor compartment and radial tunnel.
  • 3 Yin: tibialis posterior; popliteus; (popliteal artery, tibial nerve) knee MCL; vastus medialis; pectorals; (axial and brachial neurovascular bundles); biceps brachii, supinator, and pronator teres; (median and ulnar nerves) carpal and ulnar tunnels.

My personal statement about cadaver lab as a learning experience:

Of all the classes that I teach, this is the one that means the most to me personally and professionally.

Why do I feel so passionately about spending a day in a chilly lab with a bunch of dead bodies  that smell like preservative chemicals? In no other setting do we have the opportunity to study the technical, tangible and physical structure and function of humans from the inside out, and to simultaneously appreciate the transiency and poignancy of the gift of life, with all its sorrows and joys its pleasures and pains.

By seeing where our all of our ancestors have gone, and where we and every patient we treat and every person we know will go, we can see the physical body as a temporary vehicle for the soul, and come to a greater reverence for the value of health, healing, and happiness.

And this lab fills me with appreciation for the generosity the people and their families who give this extraordinary and privileged opportunity to examine their bodies, so that we may put such knowledge to use in the service of humanity, and that we may all enjoy the brief time we have together on our fragile planet Earth. To everyone who makes it possible for us to learn about life from death, I give my profound and heartfelt thanks.

And to those interested in such learning, I hope you will join me in enjoying and making the most of this journey of curiosity, love, and reverence for the miracle of being.

Please note: due to chemicals used and stored in cadaver laboratories, we are unable to register students who are pregnant or nursing.

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