Spine & Extremities — Review and Practicum Labs

Labs are distinctive features of AOM Professional's Certification program, designed to support retention and development of skills through hands-on practice of physical exam and treatment. 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.  ***

Labs include hands-on supervised practice of:

  • Orthopedic exam techniques and functional capacity evaluation
    • Range-of-motion: active, passive, and joint-play/end-feel testing
    • Muscle strength and length testing
    • Orthopedic and neurologic special tests
  • 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 requests for assistance with areas of particular technical difficulty.

Required for Certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics:

Please note that for Certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics, each lab must be taken once following completion of the associated didactic Spine and Extremities module when taken as an in-person class, and twice if the didactic module is 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