Essentials of Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics

and Basics of Shoulder Injuries and Pain

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

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Principles of Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics

Shoulder pain and injuries will serve as a common condition to demonstrate theory, principles, modalities and techniques of integrative acupuncture evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

  • What is "pain?" What does "treating pain" mean? What is "Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics?"
    • Integrating traditional East Asian and contemporary bio-psycho-social models and paradigms
    • Moving beyond pain management to functional capacity restoration
  • Jing-luo/jing-jin theory and tissues; relationships to patho-anatomy and -physiology of injuries and pain, and responses to AOM treatment modalities
    • Bones
    • Muscles
    • Tendons, aponeuroses, fascia
    • Ligaments and joint capsules
    • Bursae and benign cysts
    • Peripheral nerves and the central nervous system
    • Neurovascular bundles
    • Pathologic fibrosis, scar tissue, and trigger points
  • Anatomical kinesiology and 6-meridian/shang han lun theory: how the body moves and maintains stability, in health and disease
  • Acute injuries and the degenerative cascade: preventing the progression to chronic pain and disability

History-taking and Physical Exam for Orthopedic Injuries and Pain

  • Screening for urgent/serious medical conditions
  • History-taking principles: objectives, challenges, and general procedures
    • Structuring the interview to gather key diagnostic information
    • Building patient rapport through empathetic and supportive inquiry
    • Techniques for eliciting information to assess severity/urgency and guide physical exam
  • Physical examination for injuries and pain: objectives, challenges, and general procedures
    • Observation and inspection
    • Palpation and tenderness assessment
    • Joint active range-of-motion
    • Passive range-of-motion and joint play/stability testing
    • Manual strength and muscle length testing
    • Sensory and reflex testing
    • Special orthopedic and neurological tests

Pattern Identification and Diagnosis

  • Holistic and integrative East-West orthopedic pattern identification and diagnosis
  • Identifying root and branch
  • Treatment frequency; re-evaluation timelines and benchmarks

Treatment Modalities and Planning

  • Functional treatment goals for orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Treatment frequency; re-evaluation timelines and benchmarks
  • Beyond pain management: the assess-rebalance-assess cycle
  • Indirect vs. direct and local vs. distal approaches to treatment; selecting and sequencing of modalities
  • Making distal acupuncture work for orthopedic conditions
  • Myofascial ("trigger point") acupuncture
  • Disruptive/proliferative ligamento- and tendino-periostial acupuncture ("prolo-acupuncture")
  • Electroacupuncture
  • 7-star, lancet and 3-edge needle therapy
  • Tui na (traditional East Asian manual therapies)
  • Myofascial gua sha
  • Orthopedic suction cupping
  • Taping techniques
  • Exercise therapy

Introduction to Shoulder Injuries and Pain

  • Clinical anatomy of the shoulder
  • Key diagnostic issues
  • Identifying urgent/serious conditions; ruling out the neck as a contributor
  • Introduction to diagnosis and treatment for the shoulder: acromio-clavicular joint sprains, rotator cuff tendinitis, bursitis and impingement syndromes
    • Tendino- and ligamento-periostial and trigger point acupuncture/electro-acupuncture
    • Gua sha, cupping, and 7-star needling
    • Correcting posture and ergonomics; exercises and taping

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

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