SMA Foundational online classes are a great way to expand and deepen your knowledge and supplement your SMA education. They are also a great introduction to our method of assessment and treatment for students considering our more comprehensive in-person foundational classes or the SMAC Program courses.
SMA Foundational Class Descriptions
Psoas Major: Structure, Function & Treatment (Recorded Webinar)
The psoas major is a crucial structure to understand as it is involved with the stability and balance of the lumbar spine, pelvis and hip joint. Since it is in such a central location in the body, imbalances in this muscle can impact the entire body, but it is especially important to understand its influence when working with low back, hip and groin pain.
This class will explore the functional anatomy of the psoas major and it will look at its role in spinal and hip mechanics. We will explore how imbalances impact the spine and pelvis and how this muscle can be involved with lordosis, spinal rotations, spinal bends and pelvic tilts. In addition, this class will explore the channel and organ relationships of this muscle to help integrate the anatomy into the channel system. Comprehensive treatment approaches will be explored using local, adjacent and distal acupuncture, myofascial release, and corrective exercises.
Quadratus Lumborum: Structure, Function & Treatment (Live Webinar)
The quadratus lumborum (QL) is a crucial structure of the lumbar spine. Despite its importance, its role in stability and its contribution to low back pain are controversial and not fully understood. The QL is reported to be more of a postural muscle that acts as an intersection of tensional force, rather than being a prime mover in any particular action. Practitioners should remember that all muscles interconnect as a function of the fascial system, and for the quadratus lumborum, the practitioner must look further than just treating this muscle as an individual pain generator. In this presentation, we will discuss the latest research on this muscle, its complex structure and relevant neurology, its myofascial connections to neighboring tissues, and its sinew channel connections. We will also discuss assessment, acupuncture point protocols, and local anatomy related to proper needling. In addition, we will highlight targeted myofascial release and corrective exercises protocols to help correct postural imbalances, restore function, and reinforce the acupuncture.
- The practitioner will be able to describe the complex structural, fascial and neural anatomy of the quadratus lumborum.
- The practitioner will be able to describe the actions of the quadratus lumborum.
- The practitioner will be to describe how the quadratus lumborum links with the channel system.
- The practitioner will be able to apply various functional assessments to find imbalances in the quadratus lumborum and its connected myofascial tissues.
- The practitioner will be able to apply acupuncture, myofascial release and corrective exercise protocols for the quadratus lumborum.
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- The cutoff date for registration is 24 hours before each live webinar.
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P.O. Box 7699
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Payments will be processed upon registering for live webinars.
Coupon Code discounts are offered to C.SMA students, repeat students who have already completed the class within the past two years, and students paying by check. Participants are only eligible for one Coupon Code per class, module or program.
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|Standard (Check Payment)*||2.5%||CHECK|
* Checks must be received one week prior to class start.
** A Repeat Student is someone who has taken the same class within the last 2 years. Repeat Students receive a 10% discount on all individual classes only.
*** An acupuncture student is an individual matriculated at an accredited Traditional Chinese Medicine school. Proof of current enrollment is required for this discount such as current class list, payment stub for the semester, or current student ID—must email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of matriculation. Acupuncture students can partake in all online webinar classes and non-needling SMA Foundational Courses.
There are a limited number of discounted seats available per class. Please register as soon as possible to take advantage of your discount!
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Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment or by check if applicable.
Participants will not receive credit for any missed sessions and will not receive certificates of completion for partially completed courses.
AcuSport Education Cancellation Terms
AcuSport Education reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If AcuSport Education is forced to cancel an event, a full refund of the tuition paid will be granted to the registered student. AcuSport Education will not pay for travel costs incurred due to a cancelled class.
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I, herein as participant, hereby release AcuSport Seminar Series, Inc., dba AcuSport Education, herein as Matt Callison L.Ac., from any and all liability of techniques (needle techniques, manual therapies, etc.) taught by Matt Callison L.Ac., faculty, co-teachers, assistants, and employed instructors, and learned and performed by the participant during and after each course offered by AcuSport Education.
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I hereby release and hold harmless Matt Callison L.Ac. and/or his assistants of any liability if I, under my own discretion, participate in the needling or practice any techniques taught inof this course and I understand that I may only apply these techniques if they fall under my professional scope of practice and I am a currently licensed or registered Acupuncturist. I, as a student, further take all responsibility in keeping current with all regulations concerning students needling in this seminar and will not hold AcuSport Education, Matt Callison L.Ac. and/or all affiliates liable for repercussions against said student.
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SMA Foundational Recorded Webinars
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Live SMA Foundational Online Classes
See the “SMA Foundational Class Descriptions” tab above for any course descriptions. Register for any open live online SMA Foundational courses at the bottom of this page. For live SMAC classes, click here.
There are no live Foundational Classes scheduled at this time. Please check back at a later date!