Head, Neck, Thorax — Anatomy Lab for Acupuncturists

Enhance your clinical skills through palpation, inspection and movement

With Instructor Jamie Bender L.Ac., DAOM

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Precise knowledge of clinical anatomy and kinesiology, and orthopedic/myofascial palpation and inspection, and movement analysis skills, are all essential foundations for diagnosis, and for determining where--and where not--to needle.

This unique class prepares students to get the most from the Head, Neck, Thorax module & Review/Practicum Lab

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

  • We will improve our abilities to accurately locate key bony landmarks, muscles, tendons, joints, neural and vascular tissues, through palpation on ourselves and each other, and through review of clinical anatomy.
  • Through palpation, observation and movement exercises, we will explore functions of key muscles and their jing-jin associations, as well as functional vs. dysfunctional movement patterns.
  • We will review safety considerations, including needling angle and depth, to avoid injuring the many critical structures in this body region.

Enhanced orthopedic palpation and inspection skills

  • We will enhance our abilities to feel different tissue types and layers: skin, fascia, muscle, nerve, blood vessel, and bone, with both our hands and needle-tip sensation.
  • We will practice inspection and palpation for tissue abnormalities including myofascial trigger points, tendinopathies and joint disorders.

Review of anatomical structure and kinesiologic function

  • Bony structures, including palpable landmarks and which muscles attach to them:

    • External occipital protuberance
    • Mastoid process
    • Zygomatic arch
    • Temporomandibular joint
    • Spinous and transverse processes of C 2 to T 1
    • Facet joints of C 2-C 3 to C 6-C 7
  • Muscles, including location, attachments, and functions
    • Pterygoids
    • Digastric
    • Masseter
    • Temporalis
    • Suboccipitals
    • Paraspinals: erector spinae group, multifidi, splenius and semispinalis groups
    • Upper, middle and lower trapezius
    • Levator scapula
    • Sterno-cleido-mastoid: sternal and clavicular heads
    • Scalenes: anterior, middle, posterior
    • Rhomboids
    • External intercostals
  • Vascular structures

    • Arteries: carotid, subclavian, vertebrobasilar, temporal
    • Veins: internal and external jugular
  • Spinal and neurological structures and functions

    • Spinal neuroforamen
    • Intervertebral discs: nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosus
    • Central canal, neural arch of laminae and pedicles
    • Ligamentum flavum and posterior longitudinal ligament
    • Spinal cord: dura and arachnoid mater, upper vs. lower motor neurons
    • Lesser and greater occipital nerves
    • Nerve roots: C 1-T 12
    • Brachial plexus
    • Myotomes
    • Dermatomes
  • Cervico-thoracic anatomical kinesiology
    • Planes of motion