Overview 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.
- Integrative (East-West and bio-psycho-social) models of chronic pain, disability and healing.
- Jing-luo/jing-jin theory and tissues in AOM, relationships to patho-anatomy and -physiology of injuries and pain, and responses to AOM treatment modalities
- Tendons, aponeuroses, fascia
- Ligaments and joint capsules
- Bursae and benign cysts
- Peripheral nerves and central nervous system
- 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
Evaluation and Diagnosis of Injuries and Pain
- History-taking for injuries and pain
- Objectives, challenges, and general procedures
- Key questions for assessing risks, urgency and severity.
- Physical examination for injuries and pain: objectives, challenges, and general procedures
- Inspection and palpation
- Joint active range-of-motion
- Passive range-of-motion and joint play/stability testing
- Neuro-muscular strength, length, sensory, and reflex testing
- Special orthopedic and neurological tests
- Holistic orthopedic diagnosis/pattern identification; identifying root and branch.
Treatment Goals, Principles and Modalities.
- Indirect vs. direct approaches to treatment
- Neuro-anatomical needling (“trigger-point” and “prolo-” acupuncture)
- Manual therapies, gua sha, and active cupping
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 and 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
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"Anthony is a gem! He is very clear and organized." --Anonymous
"Good choice for a teacher." --Anonymous