Essentials of Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics

and Basics of Shoulder Injuries and Pain

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

Billed once per year until cancelled


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

Next offering: TBA. Please let us know of your interest in a distance-learning class.

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