Spine & Extremities — Review and Practicum Labs

The Labs are distinctive features of AOM Professional's Certification program, designed to support retention and development of skills through hands-on supervised practice of physical exam and treatment techniques. Review, apply, practice, reinforce, and expand upon areas of particular difficulty from the Spine and Extremities modules.  Treatment and discussion of challenging cases in a grand rounds setting demonstrates integration of the material into practical clinical flow.

  • Note: Labs are open only to participants who have completed the prior associated didactic module.

Typical topics include:

  • 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

Actual curriculum varies by body region and by student request for assistance with areas of particular technical difficulty.

Required for Certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics:

Please note that each lab must be taken once following completion of the associated Spine and Extremities module when taken as an in-person class, and twice if taken as a webinar or distance-learning class. Discount codes will be supplied at the end of Spine and Extremities webinars or distance-learning classes to reduce the price of the repeated lab so that (combined with the webinar or distance class) the total cost is equal to taking the didactic module in-person.

Format: in-person supervised practice + grand rounds