What You Need to Succeed: Essential Skills in Managing Pain

With AOM Modalities

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

Billed once per year until cancelled

Map out your path to clinical success in orthopedics and pain management! Participants will gain many immediately applicable take-home techniques and strategies, as well as an overview of how to develop knowledge, abilities, and marketability to compete in this rapidly-growing area of AOM specialization. If you are considering certification in Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics through AOM Professional or advanced studies in orthopedics anywhere, this class is a great place to start!

Understanding Chronic Pain: Essential Knowledge

  • Acupuncture and the opioid epidemic: opportunities, risks, challenges and roles for acupuncturists
  • Understanding pain as a subjective perception of past, current or potential tissue damage
  • Neural sensitization: a common mechanism in chronic pain
  • Neuromusculoskeletal anatomy: surface (palpatory), sub-surface, kinesiology, kinematic chains, the jing-jin ("myofascial meridians") tissue histology
  • Patient communication and education: managing and transforming maladaptive hopes, expectations, fears, assumptions, beliefs, habits, behaviors
  • Paradigm shift: from passive pain relief to pro-active functional restoration
  • Pain psychology and behaviors: a five-element perspective
  • Explaining acupuncture mechanisms and effects to patients and other medical professionals

Essential Skills for Working in Integrative Pain Management

  • Communication with other providers: roles and the licensure hierarchy
  • Medical documentation & report-writing for coordination of care and referral-building
  • Patient/condition selection: knowing the strengths and limits of your knowledge, skills, and abilities

Essential History and Physical Exam Skills in Pain Management

Neck and shoulder pain as an example

  • Ruling out urgent conditions
  • Active range-of-motion
  • Passive range-of-motion and joint play testing
  • Manual strength testing
  • Reflex and sensory testing

AOM Treatment by Tissue and Pattern Identification

Neck and shoulder pain as example

Next offering: TBA. Please let us know of your interest in a distance-learning class.

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