Ian Armstrong — C.SMA of the Month (Nov. 2019)

Ian Armstrong, L.Ac., C.SMA


Sports Medicine Acupuncturist in San Diego — Ian Armstrong, L.Ac., C.SMA | SPORTSMEDICINEACUPUNCTURE.COMIan Armstrong L.Ac, C.SMA is currently a member of the SMAC faculty where he teaches the Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise (PACE) portion of the program.

Throughout his time as an acupuncture student, Ian interned under Matt Callison and has been working with AcuSport Seminar series since 2011, getting certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture (SMA) that same year. Ian is the instructor for the Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders (TOD) and Advanced TOD at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego (PCOM).

Ian is also the supervisor at the RIMAC Center at UCSD, where acupuncture students work alongside the athletic trainers to treat collegiate athletes using SMA. Most recently, he presented information from Sport Medicine Acupuncture for the San Diego Chapter of the California Alliance of Acupuncture and Medicine with great reception and has been invited to present again for a regular series.

“I feel so fortunate to have been able to study extensively with Matt early on in my training and then to continue on to teach in the SMAC program. I would not have had as many of these fantastic opportunities to teach without this mentorship.”

Ian currently has a private practice at Kinetik Performance, a cutting-edge rehabilitation facility where he teams up with manual and movement therapists with the goal of enhancing performance and wellbeing from the weekend warrior to the elite athlete. Being able to collaborate in this type of clinical environment with multi-discipline practitioners has been extremely rewarding for Ian. No doubt, this could not have happened without the theories and techniques taught and sharpened by the SMAC Program education.

“Plenty of amazing success stories have come out of my experiences at Kinetik. A couple that stand out are the successful treatment of an Olympic 5k distance runner who we helped with a navicular fracture and who was able to continue running professionally. As well as orthopedic physicians who were stunned by the profound and expeditious recovery of a complicated ACL/meniscus repair during a 6-week post-operative checkup!”

To connect with Ian, visit his SMAC Faculty page: Ian Armstrong, L.Ac., C.SMA

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One Comment

  1. Uzi Chen November 9, 2019 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    That’s truly inspiring and fantastic Ian!
    I am really happy for your great success and contribution to the acupunctire field in general and to the SMA field in specific.

    Good luck with your new series teaching!


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