Essentials of Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics

and Basics of Shoulder Injuries and Pain

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

Billed once per year until cancelled


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
    • Bones
    • Muscles
    • 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.

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

"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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