Head, Neck, and Thorax

Including Physical Exam of Central and Cranial Nervous Systems

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

Webinar Sat-Sun Feb. 5-6, 2022, 9:00-6:00 PST
CEUs Category 1 - PDAs AOM-AC pending

Billed once per year until cancelled

Clinical anatomy and kinesiology: relationships to the 6 jing-jin (sinew meridians or myofascial tracts)

  • Kinematic chains, myofascial tracts and the jing-jin: integrating Eastern and Western perspectives
  • Motion dysfunctions of the neck and thorax: muscles, discs and facet joints
  • The arthritic progression: dysfunction, derangement, degeneration

History-taking for head, neck, thorax: key diagnostic questions

  • Red flags for urgent/serious medical conditions: intra-cranial headaches (e.g. stroke); spinal cord and nerve root injuries from disc herniations, stenosis, infection, fracture, tumors.
  • Differentiating symptoms of muscles, joint, disc, and spinal cord, plexus and nerve root injuries.
  • Identifying and assessing the role of neural hypersensitization and psycho-social factors.
  • Using standardized functional capacity questionnaires for reporting to managed care insurance.

Physical exam of the head, neck, thorax (live class only): includes flow charts for interpreting findings

  • Inspection and palpation
  • How to measure active range-of-motion and interpret findings
  • Neurologic exam: cranial nerves, central nervous system, brachial plexopathies, and arm reflex, sensory, and motor function
  • Special orthopedic tests for the spine and ribcage
  • Documentation of physical exam findings: baseline vs. outcome measures

Diagnosis, pattern identification, and treatment planning for head, neck, and thorax pain and injuries

  • Cervico-genic and tension-type headaches
  • Tempero-mandibular joint pain and dysfunction
  • Cervico-thoracic sprains/strains and chronic myofascial pain
  • Cervico-thoracic disc and facet joint injuries: dysfunction, derangement, degeneration
  • Nerve root and spinal cord injuries
  • Intercostal sprains/strains
  • Brachial plexopathies and thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Myofascial trigger points and referred pain patterns for over 17 muscles of the head, face, neck and thorax

Integrative acupuncture orthopedic treatment for head, neck, and thorax pain and injuries.

  • When and how to use distant vs. local needling for rapid and lasting pain relief
  • Electro-acupuncture for neural blockade and rehabilitation
  • Releasing muscle tension through trigger needling
  • Prolo-acupuncture for spinal stabilization
  • Using 7-star, 3-edged and lancet needles to reduce inflammation and ischemic pain
  • Manual therapy: gua sha, tui na, and muscle energy techniques to reduce trigger points and subluxations and restore muscle flexibility and joint range of motion
  • Active suction cupping: combining cups with movement for rapid and lasting results
  • Postural and ergonomic correction and exercise therapies

Build on your skills with the Review/Practicum Lab

Student Ratings and Comments

from evaluations as required by California Acupuncture Board, prior live class offerings in 2017.

Respondents: 20 of 20 enrolled

Average rating: 98/100