Integrative acupuncture treatment of the 经 筋 (jing-jin) can result in rapid and lasting tissue changes and objectively-verifiable improvements in function that patients, referring physicians, and insurers are looking for.
- Decreased muscle-tendon pain and tension, and improved strength and function.
- Decreased joint pain and enhanced stability and biomechanics.
- Increased flexibility and range-of-motion.
- Restored sensory, motor and proprioceptive function.
Course Goals and Content
Clinical understanding of the structure and functions of the yangming (superficial anterior), taiyin (antero-medial) shaoyin (deep axial) and jueyin (postero-medial) jing-jin (“sinew,” “musculo-tendinous” or “myofascial meridians”).
- Comparison of ancient sources with contemporary dissection studies and functional analyses of myofascial tissues.
- Review of the bony attachments and kinematic chains of muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia along the yangming and 3 yin jing-jin.
- Clinical significance of postural vs. phasic muscles and balance between agonist/antagonist muscle groups.
- Clinical assessment of the movement, strength, and joint stabilization functions of the jing-jin.
- Diagnosis, management and treatment planning for jing-jin injuries and pain.
Treatment of jing-jin injuries and pain with traditional and modern acupuncture, manual, and exercise therapies.
- Classical needling methods for treating the jing-jin, including “crack needling,” “short puncture,” “superficial puncture,” hegu puncture, and shu-point/osteal puncture.
- Needling myofascial trigger points along the jing-jin.
- Ligamento- and tendino-periostial disruptive/proliferative acupuncture techniques (“prolo-acupuncture”).
- 7-star, lancet, and electro-acupuncture.
- Gua sha, tui na, cupping, stretching and therapeutic exercises.
See the other class in this 2-part series: Myofascial Meridian Pain Taiyang and Shaoyang Jing-Jin.
Suggested Class Preparation
Prior review of clinical musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology (bones, joints and their planes of motion, ligaments, tendons, muscle attachments and functions, innervation) of the posterior and lateral body, as well as of traditional descriptions of the jing-jin, is recommended in order to make the most of this learning opportunity. Students are advised to bring their own familiar clinical anatomy reference (on-line or text).
Texts that will be referenced in this class include:
- Acupuncture: A Comprehensive Text. Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. O’Connor and Bensky, trans. and ed. (1981)
- Chen, Eachou. Cross-sectional Anatomy of Acupoints. (1995).
- Kendall, Kendall and McCreary. Muscles: Testing and Function, with Posture and Pain. (any edition)
- Kendall, Donald E. The Dao of Chinese Medicine: Understanding an Ancient Health Art. (2002)
- Legge, David. Jing Jin: Acupuncture Treatment of the Muscular System Using the Meridian Sinews. (2010)
- Meyers, Thomas W. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Movement Therapists. (2009)
- Simmons, Travell, Simmons and Cummings. Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, vols. 1-2. (any edition)
Student Ratings and Comments
from evaluations as required by California Acupuncture Board, prior live class offerings in 2017.
Respondents: 20 of 22 enrolled
Average rating: 98/100
"Courses should be taught as part of entry-level core curriculum instead of a post-graduate course. The instructor is very knowledgeable and very good at making complex, important information simple, understandable, practical, accessible, and useful. It unveils the mystery of Chinese medicine and makes it scientific and traditionally accurate." --Anonymous
"Well-spoken, clear instructor. Clinically relevant." --Anonymous
"Clear, engaged demonstrations. Great flow." --Anonymous