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