Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics Certification

Doctoral-level hands-on, practical training in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of sports, orthopedic and neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and pain with integrative AOM modalities.

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

Classes are modular and can be taken in any order.

  • Doctoral-level education and training, integrating traditional Eastern and contemporary Western bio-psycho-social models of injury and recovery.
  • More than a “style,” “technique,” "points," or other mechanistic approach to symptom suppression, integrative acupuncture orthopedics draws on diverse evidence-based modalities to holistically address injuries, pain, suffering and disabilities, with the goal of restoring health, functioning and well-being. 
  • Certification Requirements: completion of 250 hours (CEUs by California Acupuncture Board) + case presentation, and passage of certification exam.

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-acupunctureactive cuppinggua sha, tui na, exercise instruction, and more.
  • Assessment and treatment of the jing-jin: “sinew meridians" or myofascial tracts.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of complex pain conditions 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 and medical documentation/reporting skills and abilities.


Please note: due to COVID19 and associated stay-home orders, we have paused offering in-person classes and are transitioning to a mix of live webinars and on-demand/home study courses. The curriculum, certification requirements and CEU hours listed below are pre-COVID, and will be updated as we continue the transition to distance-learning. We hope to resume live class offerings as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. In the meantime, we encourage you access class information through our selection of Interactive E-books--and stay safe and well!

Live Hands-on Classes and Webinars: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine and Extremities

175 hours

Essentials of Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics; Basics of the Shoulder (8 hours)

Myofascial Acupuncture: Taiyang and Shaoyang Jing-Jin (16 hours)

Myofascial Acupuncture: Yangming and 3 Yin Jing-Jin (16 hours)

Stabilizing Joints with Ligamentous Prolo-Acupuncture (9 hours)

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 (6 hours, capped at 20 students)


  • Completion of 225 class hours (CEUs by California Acupuncture Board)
  • Case report. Presentation of one case study including history, physical exam, and integrative acupuncture treatment of an orthopedic condition.
  • Passage of written and practical exam. (CEUs not available). To sit for the exam, students must have met all class and clinical observation hours and submitted a passing case report, 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.)

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 few traditionally-trained acupuncturists who has also become certified as a Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (dry needling) through Myopain Seminars. He has over 22 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), in civil malpractice litigation, and in regulatory investigations and insurer audits. He is approved by the CAB as a provider for Continuing Education (Provider #1225).

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Phone: 1-800-499-1438

Next offering: TBA. Please let us know of your interest in a distance-learning class.

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