Module I

THE SPINE

Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Lab

Instructors: Matt Callison MS, L.Ac. & Brian Lau DOM, AP

  • Never before has such an amazing integration of structural anatomy with TCM theory been presented. This unique workshop involves the examination of a non-chemically treated, dissected cadaver section of a spinal column.
  • This course reviews the regional anatomy as it relates to channel topography will also include information on spinal injuries, the latest in sports medicine and acupuncture research.
  • We will discuss kinesiology of the spine, motor point anatomy, peripheral nerve pathways in relationship to channel topography, dermatomal distributions, trigger point pain referral patterns, muscle origins, insertions and actions.
  • The lab component of this workshop has been developed to empower the acupuncturist with palpation skills emphasizing bony and soft tissue anatomy as it is related to musculoskeletal injury.
  • The location and assessment of acupuncture and motor point qi will be demonstrated and practiced.
  • This workshop is designed as a sequential thread linking information to the remaining courses in this module.

Huatuojiaji Points: Vertebral Fixations and Facilitated Segments

Instructor: Matt Callison MS, L.Ac.

  • This course is a foundational course of the SMA certification program. This course will teach how to assess the location of vertebral fixations and how to determine if facilitated segments are contributing to recurring sports and work- related injury.
  • It is of great benefit for the acupuncturist to understand that there is a segmental relationship with the spinal cord, the organs (zang fu) and the myofascial tissues that can support health or be adversely affected by their inherent neural and channel interrelationship.
  • Participants will learn specific point prescriptions to treat neural/channel imbalances contributing to musculoskeletal injury and facilitated segments. Specialized Huatuojiaji needling techniques, acupuncture and motor point prescriptions will be practiced in order to release vertebral fixations and break the perpetuating cycle of facilitated segments that cause recurring injury.
  • The practitioner will learn common postural imbalances that can lead to the development of vertebral fixations. In addition to learning vertebral mobilization techniques and therapeutic exercises that greatly enhance and solidify the effects of acupuncture treatment.
  • This workshop provides information that is integrated into subsequent assessment and treatment workshops.

Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise (PACE) I

Instructor: Ian Armstrong, L.Ac

“Organ imbalances perpetuate postural dysfunction and postural dysfunction perpetuates organ imbalances.”

  • In this ground-breaking series of courses, the practitioner will learn powerful techniques to better assess, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries. These techniques include postural assessment, acupuncture and exercise prescription.
  • PACE I will present the fundamentals of postural assessment in both static and functional positions. First, practitioners will learn to assess posture through anatomical planes while the patient is in a static position. Second, practitioners will learn to assess posture is in functional positions, which helps to reveal abnormal movement patterns, muscle imbalance and postural distortions that may not have been evident in the static position. Together, both static and functional assessment will help the acupuncturist to identify key postural distortions and muscle imbalances that are often contributing to acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.
  • PACE I will focus on spinal deviations, including functional scoliosis, which will set the foundation for the remaining two PACE courses. In addition, this course will emphasize the relationship between postural alignment and the functioning of the thoracic and abdominal organs of the upper, middle and lower burners (shang, zhong, xiao jiao).
  • This Western anatomical view of postural assessment is taught through the lens of TCM channel correspondences. Participants will learn how to effectively integrate acupuncture and exercise prescription, including how to use intra-dermal needles during exercise to alleviate discomfort and enhance outcomes.
Module II

THE NECK, SHOULDER AND UPPER EXTREMITY

Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Lab: The Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity

Instructors: Matt Callison MS, L.Ac. & Brian Lau DOM, AP

  • This unique workshop involves the examination of a non-chemically treated, dissected cadaver section of the upper extremity including the cervical and upper thoracic spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
  • This course reviews the regional anatomy as it relates to channel topography will also include information on spinal injuries, the latest in sports medicine and acupuncture research.
  • We will discuss kinesiology of the neck, shoulder and upper extremity, motor point anatomy, peripheral nerve pathways in relationship to channel topography, dermatomal distributions, trigger point pain referral patterns, muscle origins, insertions and actions.
  • The lab component of this workshop has been developed to empower the acupuncturist with palpation skills emphasizing bony and soft tissue anatomy as it is related to injury involving the neck, shoulder and upper extremity.
  • The location and assessment of acupuncture and motor point qi will be demonstrated and practiced.
  • This workshop is designed as a sequential thread linking information to the remaining courses in this module.

Fascial Release for the Myofascial Meridians

Instructor: Simone Lindner

  • This course follows the Anatomy/Palpation/cadaver lab which prepares the practitioner for the content presented in this module
  • This workshop is based on the Anatomy Trains® Myofascial Meridians developed by Thomas Myers. This course starts from a model of holism and fascial continuity throughout the body, built around a clear presentation of the myofascial continuities that follow the acupuncture meridians and TCM sinew channels, while simultaneously honing structural touch specificity, building visual assessment skills and training of myofascial treatment skills.
  • This module is designed to help the acupuncturist gain clinical tools to use in treatment. The techniques learned in this course will help to strengthen the practitioner’s overall treatment outcomes and can be applied immediately to their clinical practice, along with their acupuncture and TCM skills.
  • This course has three goals: 1. For the participant to understand how the bones, muscles, and joints function within the fascial net to produce everyday performance stability and response. 2. For the participant o learn Fascial Release Techniques related to the neck, shoulder, thorax, and upper extremity. 3. For the participant o be able to visually assess which techniques and approaches are needed in individual client patterns
  • The participant will learn each Fascial Release Technique through the lens of fascial anatomy and kinesthetic feel in order to fully understand and correctly apply the fascial mobilization. The cross-applications between myofascial meridians and TCM’s muscle sinew channels will be discussed for clinical relevance.
  • The practitioner will learn and apply the techniques such as:
    • Balance the circle of muscles around the shoulder responsible for good shoulder position and function
    • Release and repositioning of the ribcage for better shoulder girdle and joint mechanics
    • Head-neck positioning above the ribs and shoulders
    • General soft-tissue release techniques for the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand musculature, and more

Assessment and Treatment of Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity Injuries

Instructor: Matt Callison L.Ac

  •  The practitioner taking this course will understand that injuries involving the upper extremity, the neck and shoulder must be observed as one complex and not to be separated in assessment or treatment. Balancing the relationship between the neck and shoulder will not only help with pain in those regions but also affect most upper extremity injuries.
  •  Many sport and work-related injuries will be covered such as tendinopathies of the shoulder and upper extremity, elbow sprain and strain, wrist and hand fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome and more. We will examine the mechanical “how and why” injury occurs using postural examination, orthopedic physical evaluations and manual muscle testing to assess the musculoskeletal system. Radiographs, MRI and ultrasound images will be presented with evaluative medical reports to referring physicians.
  •   Referred pain is a common symptom that an acupuncturist will treat.
  •  The practitioner will learn to accurately differentiate the primary tissue that is causing referred pain such as cervical disc involvement, cervical spondylosis, thoracic outlet syndrome and soft tissue nerve entrapments. With a correct diagnosis of the affected tissue, the practitioner can then accurately apply successful treatment protocols to the affected channels and collaterals (jing luo) for long lasting results
  •  The experience of this workshop will refine your assessment and treatment skills, expand your knowledge of needle techniques and greatly enhance the success rate in treating neck and shoulder injuries.

Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise (PACE) II

Instructor: Ian Armstrong, L.Ac.

  • PACE II will emphasize postural dysfunctions of the neck, shoulder and upper extremity. The practitioner will learn to assess, through both static and functional assessment techniques, the postural disparities and associated muscle imbalances of a forward head, forward shoulder, increased thoracic kyphosis, shoulder internal rotation and much more. These common postural disparities create or contribute to many musculoskeletal injuries such as: muscle tension headaches, levator scapula myospasm, periscapular pain, lower cervical disc pathology, thoracic outlet syndrome, elbow injuries, wrist injuries and more.
  • This course provides the practitioner with an understanding of functional anatomy and how to better diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries of the neck, shoulder and upper extremity.
  • This Western anatomical view of postural assessment is taught through the lens of TCM channel correspondences. Participants will learn how to effectively integrate acupuncture and exercise prescription, including how to use intra-dermal needles during exercise to alleviate discomfort and enhance outcomes.
  • This course will begin to introduce some of the information from PACE III so that the practitioner can understand how postural deviations in the pelvis can directly affect posture of the neck and shoulder.
  • New participants to the PACE series can start with PACE II as the static and functional postural assessment techniques taught in PACE I will be reviewed and elaborated upon. Study guides will also be available.
Module III

THE LOW BACK AND HIP

Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Lab: The Low Back and Hip

Instructors: Matt Callison MS, L.Ac. & Brian Lau DOM, AP

  • This unique workshop involves the examination of a non-chemically treated, dissected cadaver section of the lumbopelvic hip complex.
  • This course reviews the regional anatomy as it relates to channel topography will also include information on low back and hip injuries, the latest in sports medicine and acupuncture research.
  • We will discuss kinesiology of the low back and hip in relationship to the neck and shoulder as well as the lower extremity. Motor point locations, peripheral nerve pathways in relationship to channel topography, dermatomal distributions, trigger point pain referral patterns, muscle origins, insertions and actions will all be covered.
  • The lab component of this workshop has been developed to empower the acupuncturist with palpation skills emphasizing bony and soft tissue anatomy as it is related to injury, palpation of excess and deficiency in the channels and collaterals and accurately locating motor points with emphasis on palpation for proper needle technique.
  • This workshop is designed as a sequential thread linking information to the remaining courses in this module.

Fascial Release for the Myofascial Meridians

Instructor: Simone Lindner

  • This course follows the Anatomy/Palpation/cadaver lab which prepares the practitioner for the content presented in this module
  • This workshop is based on the Anatomy Trains® Myofascial Meridians developed by Thomas Myers. This course starts from a model of holism and fascial continuity throughout the body, built around a clear presentation of the myofascial continuities that follow the acupuncture meridians and TCM sinew channels, while simultaneously honing structural touch specificity, building visual assessment skills and training myofascial treatment skills.
  • This module is designed to help the acupuncturist gain clinical tools to use in treatment. The techniques learned in this course will help to strengthen the practitioner’s overall treatment outcomes and can be applied immediately to their clinical practice, along with their acupuncture and TCM skills.
  • This course has three goals: 1. For the participant to understand how the bones, muscles, and joints function within the fascial net to produce everyday performance stability and response. 2. For the participant to learn Fascial Release Techniques related to the low back and hip. 3. For the participant to be able to visually assess which techniques and approaches are needed in individual client patterns.
  • The participant will learn each Fascial Release Technique through the lens of fascial anatomy and kinesthetic feel in order to fully understand and correctly apply the fascial mobilization. The cross-applications between myofascial meridians and TCM’s muscle sinew channels will be discussed for clinical relevance.
  • The practitioner will understand the muscle arrangement around the hip joint and pelvic girdle as a series of three fans, each with different functions in normal hip movement.
  • The practitioner will learn to visually assess anterior and posterior pelvic tilts, anterior and posterior pelvic shifts and be able to apply the treatment strategies for each pelvic pattern.
  • The practitioner will learn and apply the techniques such as:
    • Balance the three fans of muscles around the hip joint responsible for good pelvic position and low-back function.
    • Release and repositioning of the pelvic girdle for better sacroiliac joint mechanics.
    • Opening the front of the hip for proper gait and postural patterns.
    • General soft-tissue release techniques for the thigh, hip, and low-back.

Assessment and Treatment of Low Back and Hip Injuries

Instructor: Matt Callison MS,  L.Ac

  • The practitioner taking this course will understand that injuries involving the lumbo-pelvic hip complex and must be observed as one complex and not to be separated in assessment or treatment. Balancing the relationship between the lumbar spine, pelvis and hip will not only help with pain in those regions but also affect most shoulder and lower extremity injuries.
  •  Many sport and work-related injuries will be thoroughly discussed from assessment through treatment. We will examine the mechanical “how and why” injury occurs using postural examination, orthopedic physical evaluations and manual muscle testing to assess the musculoskeletal system. Radiographs, MRI and ultrasound images will be presented with evaluative medical reports to referring physicians.
  •   Referred pain is a common symptom that an acupuncturist will treat.
  •  The practitioner will learn to accurately differentiate the primary tissue that is causing referred pain such as lumbar disc involvement, lumbar facet joints and soft tissue nerve entrapments. With a correct diagnosis of the affected tissue, the practitioner can then accurately apply successful treatment protocols to the affected channels and collaterals (jing luo) for long lasting results.
  •  Injuries will be discussed in relation to TCM Patterns e.g. lumbar disc degeneration often refers sensation to the hip and lower leg and is frequently seen as Cold-Damp Obstruction (han shi bi). In order to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and protocol, a differential diagnosis of the TCM pattern and identification of the affected channels is imperative for successful outcomes.
  •   Innovative treatment protocols will be introduced consisting of advanced needle techniques to the involved to the tissue, as well as reinforcing (bu fa) and reducing (xie fa) techniques to the motor and acupuncture points. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitated stretching, myofascial release and supportive taping techniques are will also be presented and practiced.
  • The experience of this workshop will refine your assessment and treatment skills, expand your knowledge of needle techniques and greatly enhance the success rate in treating low back and hip injuries.

Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise (PACE) III

Instructor: Ian Armstrong, L.Ac.

  • PACE III will emphasize postural dysfunctions of the low back, hip and lower extremity. The practitioner will learn to assess, through both static and functional assessment techniques, the postural disparities and associated muscle imbalances of an elevated ilium, rotated pelvis, pelvic tilt, lumbar lateral flexion and much more. These common postural disparities create or contribute to many musculoskeletal injuries such as: low back pain, soft tissue strain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, trochanteric bursitis, sciatica, hamstring strain, hip flexor strain, knee, ankle and foot injuries and much more.
  • This course provides the practitioner with an understanding of functional anatomy and how to better diagnose and treat musculoskeletal injuries of the low back, hip and lower extremity.
  • This Western anatomical view of postural assessment is taught through the lens of TCM channel correspondences. Participants will learn how to effectively integrate acupuncture and exercise prescription, including how to use intra-dermal needles during exercise to alleviate discomfort and enhance outcomes.
  • This course will present case studies in order to demonstrate integration of all of the information taught in PACE I, II and III. Exercise prescription protocols will be discussed and practiced.
Module IV

THE LOWER EXTREMITY

Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Lab: The Lower Extremity

Instructors: Matt Callison MS, L.Ac. & Brian Lau DOM, AP

  • This unique workshop involves the examination of a non-chemically treated, dissected cadaver section of the pelvis and lower extremity.
  • This course reviews the regional anatomy as it relates to channel topography will also include information on lower extremity injuries, the latest in sports medicine and acupuncture research.
  • We will discuss kinesiology of the lower extremity, ankle and foot. Motor point locations, peripheral nerve pathways in relationship to channel topography, dermatomal distributions, trigger point pain referral patterns, muscle origins, insertions and actions will all be covered.
  • The lab component of this workshop has been developed to empower the acupuncturist with palpation skills emphasizing bony and soft tissue anatomy as it is related to injury, palpation of excess and deficiency in the channels and collaterals and accurately locating motor points with emphasis on palpation for proper needle technique.
  • This workshop is designed as a sequential thread linking information to the remaining courses in this module.

Fascial Release for the Myofascial Meridians

Instructor: Simone Lindner

  • This course follows the Anatomy/Palpation/cadaver lab which prepares the practitioner for the content presented in this module.
  • This workshop is based on the Anatomy Trains® Myofascial Meridians developed by Thomas Myers. This course starts from a model of holism and fascial continuity throughout the body, built around a clear presentation of the myofascial continuities that follow the acupuncture meridians and TCM sinew channels, while simultaneously honing structural touch specificity and building visual assessment skills and training myofascial treatment skills.
  • This module is designed to help the acupuncturist gain clinical tools to use in treatment. The techniques learned in this course will help to strengthen the practitioner’s overall treatment outcomes and can be applied immediately to their clinical practice, along with their acupuncture and TCM skills.
  • This course has three goals: 1. For the participant to understand how the bones, muscles, and joints function within the fascial net to produce everyday performance stability and response. 2. For the participant to learn Fascial Release Techniques related to the lower extremity. 3. For the participant to be able to visually assess which techniques and approaches are needed in individual client patterns
  • The participant will learn each Fascial Release Technique through the lens of fascial anatomy and kinesthetic feel in order to fully understand and correctly apply the fascial mobilization. The cross-applications between myofascial meridians and TCM’s muscle sinew channels will be discussed for clinical relevance.
  • The practitioner will learn and apply the techniques such as:
    • Analysis of joint function and bony relationships in the foot and lower leg, reading the 4 arches: inversion, eversion, dorsiflexion, plantarflexion and grounding.
    • Balance the muscles around the lower leg in the service of balanced and functional arches; high arch and low arch patterns.
    • Release and reposition rotational patterns in the knee.
    • Open and balance the tibia-fibula relationship.

Assessment and Treatment of Lower Extremity Injuries

Instructor: Matt Callison MS, L.Ac

  • The practitioner taking this course will understand that many injuries involving the lower extremity are due to an imbalance in either the lumbo-pelvic hip region as well as the ankle foot complex. Balancing the relationship between these anatomical structures will greatly affect the outcome of treating lower extremity injuries.
  • Many sport and work-related injuries will be thoroughly discussed from assessment through treatment. We will examine the mechanical “how and why” injury occurs using postural examination, orthopedic physical evaluations and manual muscle testing to assess the musculoskeletal system. Radiographs, MRI and ultrasound images will be presented with evaluative medical reports to referring physicians.
  • Referred pain is a common symptom that an acupuncturist will treat.
  • The practitioner will learn to accurately differentiate the primary tissue that is causing the referred pain. With a correct diagnosis of the affected tissue, the practitioner can then accurately apply successful treatment protocols to the affected channels and collaterals (jing luo) for long lasting results.
  • Injuries will be discussed in relation to TCM Patterns and in order to develop a comprehensive treatment plan and protocol, a TCM differential diagnosis and identification of the affected channels is imperative for successful outcomes.
  • Innovative treatment protocols will be introduced consisting of advanced needle techniques to the involved to the tissue, as well as reinforcing (bu fa) and reducing (xie fa) techniques to the motor and acupuncture points. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitated stretching, myofascial release and supportive taping techniques are will also be presented and practiced.
  • The experience of this workshop will refine your assessment and treatment skills, expand your knowledge of needle techniques and greatly enhance the success rate in treating lower extremity injuries.