Treating the Core: Lumbo-sacral Spine, Abdominal and Gluteal Musculature, and Pelvic Girdle

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

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Billed once per year until cancelled

Course Content

Day 1: Anatomy, History and Physical Exam

Clinical Anatomy of the Core: muscles, bones, joints, discs, neurology, kinematic chains, and the jing-jin ("sinew" or myofascial tracts)
History-taking for the Core: Key Diagnostic Questions

  • Identifying/ruling out urgent/serious conditions: nerve and spinal cord injuries, fractures
  • Identifying contributing factors

Physical Exam of the Core

  • Inspection and palpation for postural dysfunctions
  • Active range-of-motion and functional tests: measurements, diagnostic significance
  • Lower extremity reflex, sensory, and motor exams
  • Upper motor neuron exam
  • Muscle strength and length testing
  • Special orthopedic and neurologic tests
  • Documenting normal and abnormal findings

Day 2: Treating the Core

Diagnosis and Pattern Identification

  • Acute lumbo-sacral sprains/strains, postural and motion dysfunctions, and myofascial pain involving the iliopsoas, quadratus lumborum, paraspinals, abdominals and gluteals
  • Chronic lumbo-sacral arthritis, degeneration, scoliosis
  • Radiculopathies and spinal cord stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis and compression fractures
  • Failed low back surgery syndromes
  • Sciatic neuropathy and the gluteal musculature
  • Disorders of the sacro-iliac joint and pubic symphysis


Build on your skills with the Review/Practicum Lab

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