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Sports Medicine Acupuncture Foundational Courses2018-10-02T18:35:59+00:00

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Sports Medicine Acupuncture Foundational Courses

These two-day CEU sports medicine acupuncture foundational courses provide the participant with sports medicine acupuncture assessment and treatment protocols. There are many courses to choose from with new courses currently in development. All SMA foundational courses are taught by qualified C.SMA practitioners who have completed teacher training with Matt Callison.

Huatuojiaji Points: Vertebral Fixations & Facilitated Segments

It is important for the practitioner 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 meridian interrelationship. When pathology exists in one area, all tissues associated along the neural pathway will be affected, not unlike the organ and channel relationship where pathology in one ultimately affects the other.

When treating sport and work related injuries, understanding the concept of the spine, innervating spinal segments, channel relationships and the role of vertebral fixations and facilitated segments contributing to musculoskeletal injury is crucial. This course will assess the location of vertebral fixations to determine if a facilitated segment is contributing to recurring musculoskeletal injury. Treatment consists of specific needling to the Huatuojiaji points in combination with acupuncture to muscle motor points and specific Extraordinary Vessel points to release vertebral fixations and break the perpetuating cycle of facilitated segments. In this sports medicine acupuncture foundational course, the practitioner will also learn vertebral mobilization techniques and therapeutic exercises to hold the treatment.

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Common Injuries to the Neck & Shoulder

The practitioner taking this sports medicine acupuncture foundational course will understand that the neck and shoulder are observed as one complex and must not be separated in assessment or treatment. Injury to the neck will often involve shoulder symptoms and conversely, shoulder pain frequently stems from the cervical spine. Common neck and shoulder injuries that will be discussed include: cervical degeneration, fallen pillow syndrome (luozhen), cervical strain and sprain, muscle tension headaches, rotator cuff and bicipital tendinopathy, as well as common muscle imbalance syndromes that are contributing factors to many other neck and shoulder injuries. In this workshop, we will examine injuries from a mechanical “how and why” using orthopedic physical evaluations and manual muscle testing to assess the integrity of the musculoskeletal system.

Innovative treatment protocols will be introduced consisting of needle techniques to the involved motor and acupuncture points to balance the somatic system according to both TCM and western biomedical principles.

The experience of this workshop will refine the practitioner’s assessment and treatment skills, expanding their knowledge of needle techniques and greatly enhancing their success rate in treating neck and shoulder injuries.

Low Back and Leg Pain (Yao Tui Tong): An Emphasis on Sciatica & Paresthesia Pain Patterns

One of the most challenging aspects of a clinician’s work is to accurately determine the primary tissue in lesion causing the patient’s low back and leg pain. In order to achieve the best treatment result for patient rehabilitation, it is imperative the practitioner determines the proper diagnosis. Orthopedic evaluations, manual muscle testing and knowledge of anatomy and acupuncture channel topography are essential in helping the practitioner establish the source of the patient’s low back and leg pain. Paresthesia traveling into the hip and lower extremity is not always nerve related (sciatica), and this seminar will help the practitioner identify, diagnose and treat the underlying source creating  these excess (shi)and deficient (xu) referred pain patterns.

This seminar identifies muscle and pelvic imbalances typically found in cases of sciatica and referred pain.  Treatment protocols include acupuncture to motor, trigger and acupuncture points, myofascial mobilization techniques and postural exercises that together will help the practitioner get the patient out of pain and provide long-lasting results.

Common Injuries to the Low Back and Hip

The practitioner taking this sports medicine acupuncture foundational course will understand that the low back and hip are observed as one complex and must not be separated in assessment or treatment. Injury to the low back will often involve hip symptoms and conversely, hip pain frequently stems from the lumbar spine. Rather than viewing the low back and hip as distinct, it is of great benefit to treatment outcomes to view the low back and hip complex as one unit. Imbalance of the musculature acting on the hip and low back will be discussed with treatment protocols to help correct these muscle imbalances and alleviate pain. In this workshop, we will examine injuries from a mechanical “how and why” using orthopedic physical evaluations and manual muscle testing to assess the integrity of the musculoskeletal system.

Advanced needle techniques, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitated stretching and myofascial release techniques are also presented and practiced.

This seminar greatly enhances the practitioner’s success rate in treating lower extremity injuries by combining western and eastern diagnostic and treatment techniques.

Common Injuries to the Lower Extremity

A review of referred pain from lumbar spondylosis will be discussed due to its relationship with several lower extremity pain patterns. Many sport and orthopedic related injuries will be covered such as greater trochanter bursitis, adductor and hamstring strains, knee pain including cartilage and ligament injuries, shin splints, ankle sprain and fractures. We will examine the mechanical “how and why” injury occurs using orthopedic physical evaluations and manual muscle testing to assess the musculoskeletal system.

Advanced needle techniques, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitated stretching and myofascial release techniques are also presented and practiced.

This sports medicine acupuncture foundational course greatly enhances the success rate in treating lower extremity injuries by combining western and eastern diagnostic and treatment techniques.

Manual Muscle Testing for the Acupuncturist (MMT)

MMT I: Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity
MMT II: Low Back, Hip and Lower Extremity

MMT is an integral part of assessment providing important diagnostic information and to provide a prognosis for many musculoskeletal injuries. Whenever a muscle or tendon injury is suspected, MMT will indicate specific tender sites from a soft tissue lesion. This provides the practitioner with an accurate location to treat the affected tissue and involved acupuncture channel.

MMT is performed to identify and evaluate the integrity of the contractile tissue and the muscle’s capability of providing support and stability. Acupuncture treatment protocols, needle technique and motor point location will be discussed for many muscles. This class is approximately 20% needling. The emphasis for this sports medicine acupuncture course is to learn and successfully master manual muscle testing. Many case studies will be provided and practiced so the practitioner can learn how to effectively use MMT in his or her own practice. These two different workshops, MMT I and II, will focus on the anatomy, palpation and the fundamentals of manual muscle testing for over 45 muscles. The experience of this workshop will refine assessment and treatment skills and greatly enhance the success rate in identifying muscle imbalances and treating muscle/tendon injuries.

5 Day Cadaver Lab

Each participant will be involved in a 5-day whole body cadaver dissection (fresh tissue — never embalmed). There will be four cadaver dissections occurring simultaneously with six participant dissectors per cadaver. Each participant in the group will have the opportunity to dissect and palpate all major systems and their related structures under the guidance of the master dissector, Todd Garcia. Each group member dissects a region to its completion in a way that will result in a learning opportunity for every member of the group.

The focus of this class is to learn whole body anatomy with lectures on all major systems. Anatomical discoveries and open forum discussions between dissection groups is encouraged. Matt Callison and Brian Lau will be participating in the dissection. Sinew channel and TCM discussions are welcome and encouraged in all groups. Bring acupuncture needles to practice needle depths, insertions and angles on the cadaver. This class is imperative for the acupuncturist to not only learn underlying anatomy for acupuncture and motor points but the discovery of the zang-fu and the jing-luo internal pathways. Nothing can replace doing dissection firsthand, with your own hands and eyes. Each class participant will be a licensed acupuncturist or a student of an accredited TCM college. The participant will receive a dissection guide and schedule that must be reviewed before the class begins. This will be distributed to the paid participant two weeks prior to the class start date.