Introduction to Stabilizing Joints Through Prolo-Acupuncture

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Ligaments, or 韧带 rèndài

join bones to bones, and may be considered part of the 经 筋 jīngjīn, or myofascial/sinew meridians. Yet assessing and treating ligament injuries is literally a “missing link” in much acupuncture training regarding musculo-skeletal pain and disability. Simple and easily-learned techniques for needling ligaments can stimulate self-repair and improve outcomes by helping to:

  • Accelerate healing and reduce chronicity from acute sprains/strains;
  • Re-stabilize hypermobile joints, and restore normal joint tracking and biomechanics;
  • Slow and allow for reversal of joint degeneration that leads to osteoarthrosis;
  • Enhance the treatment of muscles, nerves, and other tissues and systems that contribute to chronic pain.

Ligaments and Joints Covered:

Shoulder, Arm and Hand

  • Acromio- and sterno-clavicular joints
  • Gleno-humeral joint: AMBRI, TUBS and SLAP lesions
  • Elbow collateral ligaments and radio-capitellar joint
  • Wrist ulnar- and radio-carpal ligaments and the triangular fibrocartilage complex

Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot

  • Hip anterior and posterior hypermobility, labral tears and degeneration
  • Knee patellar, collateral and cruciate ligaments
  • Knee menisci and the tibio-meniscal ligament
  • The superior and inferior tibio-fibular joints
  • Lateral ankle/foot: ATF, CF, PTF and CC ligaments
  • Medial ankle: hyper-pronation, deltoid and spring ligaments

The Spine

  • Cervical lumbar and facet joints
  • Posterior sacro-iliac, ilio-lumbar and sacro-tuberous ligaments
  • Whiplash and the supraspinous ligament

Anatomy and Patho-anatomy.

  • Functional/clinical anatomy, patho-anatomy of the main and commonly-injured joints of the body, in AOM and standard contemporary medical terms.
  • Common etiologies and prognoses for common injuries and pain of the major joints of the body, in AOM and standard contemporary medical terms.

Assessment.

  • Performing a physical exam for common injuries and pain of the major joints of the body, including observation, inspection, palpation and special orthopedic tests for joint range-of-motion, tracking and end-feel/stability.
  • Red flags for serious/urgent joint injuries and pain that warrant referral to physician care.

Treatment.

Treatment for common joint injuries with acupuncture, including ligamentous prolo-acupuncture (“dry”) needling, electro-acupuncture, and 7-star needling.

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