Low Back, Core & Pelvic Girdle — Anatomy Lab for Acupuncturists

Enhance your clinical skills through palpation, inspection and movement

With Instructor Jamie Bender L.Ac., DAOM

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Precise knowledge of clinical anatomy and kinesiology, and orthopedic/myofascial palpation and inspection, and movement analysis skills, are all essential foundations for diagnosis, and for determining where--and where not--to needle.

This unique class prepares students to get the most from the Low Back, Core & Pelvic Girdle module & Review/Practicum Lab.

Clinical anatomy and the jing-jin ("sinew meridians" or myofascial tracts)

  • We will improve our abilities to accurately locate key bony landmarks, muscles, tendons, joints, neural and vascular tissues, through palpation on ourselves and each other, and through review of clinical anatomy.
  • Through palpation, observation and movement exercises, we will explore functions of key muscles and their jing-jin associations, as well as functional vs. dysfunctional movement patterns.
  • We will review safety considerations, including needling angle and depth, to avoid injuring the many critical structures in this body region.

Enhanced orthopedic palpation and inspection skills

  • We will enhance our abilities to feel different tissue types and layers: skin, fascia, muscle, nerve, blood vessel, and bone, with both our hands and needle-tip sensation.
  • We will practice inspection and palpation for tissue abnormalities including myofascial trigger points, tendinopathies and joint disorders.

Review of anatomical structure and kinesiologic function

  • Bony landmarks. Also important to know which muscles attach to them, if applicable.
    • 11th and 12th ribs
    • Spinous processes of T 1 to L 5, lumbosacral junction
    • Sacro-iliac joint line, sacral foramina
    • Ilium, including crest, PSIS and ASIS
    • Greater trochanter
  • Myofascial structures that move and stabilize the lumbosacral spine and pelvis. Also know attachments.
    • Erector spinae group
    • Quadratus lumborum
    • Iliacus and psoas
    • External obliques
    • Rectus abdominus
    • Gluteus maximus, medius, and minimus
    • Piriformis

Deep anatomy: know locations relative to surface anatomy and other deep structures

  • Lumbosacral Spine
      • Intervertebral discs: nucleus pulposus, annulus fibrosis
      • Posterior longitudinal ligament
      • Neuroforamen
      • Central canal
      • Neural arch: laminae, pedicles
  • Lumbosacral neurology
    • Spinal cord
    • Nerve roots L 1 through S 4
    • Sciatic nerve

Functional anatomy and anatomical kinesiology: know attachments and/or functions of the following

  • Lumbosacral neurology
      • Dermatomes
      • Myotomes
  • Lumbosacral, gluteal and abdominal anatomical kinesiology
    • Planes of lumbar motion
    • Primary actions of the following muscles, when contracting unilaterally vs. bilaterally
      • Erector spinae group
      • Multifidi
      • Quadratus lumborum
      • Iliopsoas
      • Abdominals: rectus, obliques, transversarius
      • Gluteals: maximus, medius, minimus
      • Piriformis