Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics

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

Founder, Santa Cruz Acupuncture Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic

Certification Overview

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Classes are modular–take one, or start the program at any time! View schedule and register for classes.

  • Doctoral-level education and training integrates Eastern and Western multi-system and bio-psycho-social models, with the goal of full restoration of patient’s health, functioning and well-being. 
  • More than a “style,” “technique” or mechanical approach to symptom suppression, integrative acupuncture orthopedics draws on diverse traditional and evidence-based modalities to holistically address injuries, pain, chronicity, suffering and disabilities.
  • Certification Requirements: completion of 250 classroom hours (Category 1 CEUs approved by California Acupuncture Board) + 50 observation hours, case presentation, and passage of certification exam.

Course Content:

  • Hands-on, practical and advanced clinical training in integrative evaluation, 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 of the Spine and Extremities

Please note: at this time, the hands-on classes below are capped at 30 students to ensure high quality of instruction, and are only being taught 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. The ACCHS DAOM is fully enrolled for the 2017-2018 program cycle. Please contact DAOM program coordinator Phil Settels at for more information about the DAOM.


Essentials of Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics; Basics of the Shoulder

Myofascial Meridian Pain: taiyang and shaoyin jing-jin

Myofascial Meridian Pain: yangming and 3 yin jing-jin

Head, Neck, and Thorax

Shoulder, Arm, and Hand

Lumbo-Sacral Spine

Buttock, Hip, Thigh, Knee

Calf, Ankle, Foot

Complementary Studies in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics

The following classes are required for IAO certification, and are available both to ACCHS DAOM students on an elective basis, and to others wishing to begin their studies in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics.

Medical Documentation & Report-Writing

Red Flags for Urgent Medical Conditions; Making and Building Referrals

Complex Pain Conditions

Treating Pain with Herbs, Supplements and Dietetics: An Evidence-Based, East-West Approach with Ben Zappin, L.Ac. and Ingrid Bauer, M.D.

Grand Rounds: Clinical Applications of IAO with Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAAPM Ben Zappin, L.Ac.

Clinical Applications of AOM Research with Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAAPM, and Jonah Hershowitz, L.Ac.

Case Studies Conference

Cadaver/Anatomy Lab with Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DNBAO, FAAPM, and Mark Thompson, D.C.

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Head Instructor Anthony Von der Muhll L.Ac., DNBAO, FAAPM 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 American Academy of 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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Phone: 1-800-499-1438

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 Members who have completed the IAO certification program receive 10% discounts on Continuing Education classes.