The gold standard in evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of sports, orthopedics and neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and pain with integrative AOM modalities.
Head Instructor: Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAIPM
Classes are modular–take one, or start the program at any time! View schedule and register for classes.
- Doctoral-level education and training integrates traditional Eastern and contemporary evidence-based Western multi-system and bio-psycho-social models of injury and recovery.
- More than a “style,” “technique” or mechanistic approach to symptom suppression, integrative acupuncture orthopedics draws on diverse modalities to holistically address injuries, pain, chronicity, suffering and disabilities, with the goal of full restoration of patient’s health, functioning and well-being.
- Certification Requirements: completion of 250 classroom hours (CEUs approved by California Acupuncture Board) + 50 observation hours, case presentation, and passage of certification exam. See details.
Certification Program Content:
- Hands-on, practical and advanced clinical training in integrative assessment, diagnosis and treatment of injuries and pain conditions of the spine and extremities with traditional and modern (“neuro-anatomical”) acupuncture, myofascial trigger point needling, disruptive/proliferative ligamento- and tendino-periostial needling (“prolo-acupuncture“), electro-acupuncture, active cupping, gua sha, tui na, exercise instruction, and more.
- Understanding, assessment and treatment of the jing-jin: myofascial or “sinew” meridian pain and injuries.
- Diagnosis and treatment of complex pain conditions and related disorders of mood, sleep, and other body systems, with AOM modalities and herbs, supplements and dietary therapies.
- Recognition and management of urgent medical conditions.
- Building referral relationships and working in multi-disciplinary medical settings through development of case management, medical documentation and reporting and presentation skills and abilities.
Hands-on Seminars: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment: 175 hours
Hands-on classes are capped at 35 students to ensure high quality of instruction, and available both for Continuing Education Units, and as a specialization track within the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program of the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, (ACCHS), Oakland, CA. You may contact DAOM program coordinator Phil Settels at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about reciprocity with the DAOM.
Head, Neck, and Thorax (16 hours + Practicum/Review 8 hours)
Shoulder, Arm, and Hand (16 hours + Practicum/Review 8 hours)
Treating the Core: Lumbo-Sacral Spine, Gluteal and Abdominal Musculature, and Pelvic Girdle (16 hours + Practicum/Review 8 hours)
Hip, Thigh, Knee (16 hours + Practicum/Review 8 hours)
Calf, Ankle, Foot (16 hours+ Practicum/Review 8 hours)
Cadaver/Anatomy Lab with Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAAPM, and Mark Thompson, D.C. (6 hours, capped at 20 students)
Complementary Studies in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics: 75 Hours
Classes are available for Continuing Education Units and some are also eligible for elective credit within the Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) program of the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, (ACCHS), Oakland, CA. You may contact DAOM program coordinator Phil Settels at email@example.com for more information about reciprocity with the DAOM.
Medical Documentation & Report-Writing (12 hours)
Complex Pain Conditions (8 hours)
How Acupuncture Treats Pain: Clinical Applications of AOM Research with Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAAPM, and Jonah Hershowitz, L.Ac. (8 hours)
Case Studies Conference (9 hours)
Building Your Acupuncture Practice (4 hours)
Professional Ethics and Risk Management (4 hours)
- Completion of 250 class hours (Category 1 CEUs approved by California Acupuncture Board);
- Clinical observation: 50 hours. (CEUs not available, arranged by participant, not instructor). The following hours of clinical practice and/or case conferences observing allied, mid-level or doctorate-level health professionals are required per specialty:
- Physiatry or Pain Medicine: 10
- Acupuncture specialty in orthopedics or physical, sports or pain medicine: 10
- Physical Therapy: 10
- Orthopedics, Podiatry, Neurology, Osteopathic, or Chiropractic: 5
- Surgery, Urgent/Emergency Care, or Family, Pediatric or Geriatric Medicine: 5
- Radiology: 5
- Case report. Presentation of one written physical medicine case, in either written or live form, through completion of the Case Conference module (CEUs available).
- Passage of written and practical exam. (CEUs not available). To sit for the exam, students must have met all class and clinical observation hours including the case presentation, as described above. Examination fee of $100 is not included in program tuition, and is due by the day of the exam.
Continuing education to maintain certification: 8 hours/year in acupuncture orthopedics, sports, pain management or physical rehabilitation medicine. (Courses from other providers may be accepted based on review of course content and learning objectives.)
What happens if I can’t take or I miss a class? Can I get credit for distance learning, or will there be make-up modules?
- Audio-visual recordings of all classes will be uploaded as soon as possible after the class date, and will be available to those that have registered for the class, at no extra charge.
- Due to the hands-on and participatory requirements of modules addressing the spine and extremities and myofascial meridian pain, CAB Continuing Education Units and IAO Certification Program credit is only available for in-person attendance.
- Participants seeking IAO Certification have priority for enrollment in the next Program cycle (2017-2018) for any classes missed in the current cycle.
- Refunds will only be issued for requests received in writing more than 14 days in advance of the class date. For details of enrollment and refund policies, please see our Class Schedule and Registration form.
Benefits of Full-Program Enrollment
- Immediate access to all course notes, audio and video recordings that are currently posted on-line. You can start learning from the time you enroll from the extensive IAO members-only class library.
- Priority access to all IAO classes. You are automatically signed up for the next offering of all classes in the IAO Program, so you don’t have to worry about enrollment caps.
- Lock in discounts and tuition at the current rates when you enroll. Even if you have to miss a class, you can take it later at the original discounted rate in effect at your time of enrollment, protecting yourself from any potential tuition increases.
- Discounts on courses offered through www.aomprofessional.com. Members who have completed the IAO certification program receive 10% discounts on Continuing Education classes.
Head Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll L.Ac., DNBAO, FAIPM specializes in sports, orthopedic and neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and pain conditions. He became Licensed as an Acupuncturist in 2003, and was the first graduate of the Five Branches University’s’ Integrative Sports Medicine program. He has served as a Clinical Instructor and Associate Professor at the Five Branches since 2005, and as an Instructor in the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program of the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences beginning in 2017. He is also a Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, a Fellow of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, and certified as a Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also one of the few traditionally-trained acupuncturists who has also become certified as a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (dry needling) through Myopain Seminars. He has 20 years of clinical experience as a sports massage therapist, physical therapy aide, athletic training assistant, and licensed acupuncturist in multi-disciplinary clinics, including SpineMed Associates and the PRIME Pain Medicine Institute. He has also served as an Expert Witness for the California Acupuncture Board (CAB) and in civil malpractice litigation. He is approved by the CAB as a provider for Continuing Education (Provider #1225)
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