Spine & Extremities — Classes & E-books

The essential core of acupuncture orthopedics: common and significant neuro-musculoskeletal injuries, pain and disability of the spine and extremities. Focus on specific body regions, integrated with the longitudinal ("meridian") approach that distinguishes traditional acupuncture:

  • Orthopedic anatomy, kinesiology, and the jing-jin ("sinew meridians" or myofascial tracts)
  • Dysfunctional postural and movement patterns and psycho-emotional factors
  • History-taking & interview techniques specific to orthopedics, sports, work-related and chronic pain conditions
  • Orthopedic exam, including functional capacity evaluation
    • Observation, inspection, palpation
    • Range-of-motion: active and passive, including joint-play/end-feel testing
    • Muscle strength and length testing
    • Orthopedic and neurologic special tests
  • Pattern identification and orthopedic diagnosis
  • Treatment of specific tissues, injuries and conditions, with
    • Myofascial trigger point acupuncture
    • Joint stabilization and mobilization ("prolo-") acupuncture
    • Electroacupuncture
    • Neural prolo-acupuncture
    • 7-star, lancet, and 3-edged needling
    • Distant acupuncture
    • Myofascial gua sha
    • Tui na and other manual therapies
    • Advanced cupping methods for orthopedic conditions
    • Exercise therapy, postural and ergonomics re-training
    • Taping techniques
  • Algorithmic flow charts, sample documentation and reporting forms, and red flags for urgent/serious conditions round out the knowledge, skills and abilities to care for orthopedic conditions, from head to toe!

Required for Certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics:


  • 2-day/16-hour lecture/demonstration classes. In-person classes also include hands-on supervised practice. If taken as a distance-learning class, the associated Review/Practicum lab must be taken twice to make up for the lack of hands-on supervised practice that is part of the in-person classes.
  • 1-day/8-hour Review/Practicum Labs

*** Please note: participation in the prior associated didactic module is required to enroll in labs ***

Coming soon: Distance-learning/Self-study courses