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In the field of sports medicine acupuncture education, the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program is designed to provide the highest level of advanced training in the assessment and treatment of sports, work and orthopedic injuries. Below are detailed descriptions of each class in the program—they continue to evolve with ongoing research and development that is clinically proven. We are passionate about what we teach and genuinely care about our students ability to learn and successfully apply the SMA assessment and treatment techniques into their practices.

We currently offer our SMA classes in a variety of formats—as recorded online webinars and live in-person classes. In order to earn your SMA certification, you must take all classes in this program, including one live, in-person class per module. The grid below shows how each class is offered. Keep in mind, you can also take individual classes as Continuing Ed classes and do not need to seek certification to learn with us.

SMA CERTIFICATION REQUIRED CLASSES & AVAILABLE FORMATS
Module I: The Spine

Anatomy, Palpation and Cadaver Lab—Recorded, In Person
Huatuojiaji Points: Vertebral Fixations and Facilitated Segments—In Person only
Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercises (PACE) I—Recorded, In Person

Module II: The Low Back, Hip and Groin

Anatomy, Palpation and Cadaver Lab—Recorded, In Person
Assessment & Treatment of Channel Sinews (Jingin)—Recorded, In Person
Assessment & Treatment of Injuries 4 day—In Person only
Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercises (PACE) II—Recorded, In Person

Module III: The Lower Extremity

Anatomy, Palpation and Cadaver Lab—Recorded, In Person
Assessment & Treatment of Channel Sinews (Jingin)—Recorded, In Person
Assessment & Treatment of Injuries 4 day—In Person only
Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercises (PACE) III—Recorded, In Person

Module IV: The Upper Extremity

Anatomy, Palpation and Cadaver Lab—Recorded, In Person
Assessment & Treatment of Channel Sinews (Jingin)—Recorded, In Person
Assessment & Treatment of Injuries 4 day—In Person only

THE SPINAL COLUMN

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Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Workshop


This 2-day anatomy/palpation/cadaver workshop is an amazing integration of sports medicine functional anatomy and TCM channel theory.

Each day of this sports medicine acupuncture education workshop is divided into distinct morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session consists of didactic presentations on the functional anatomy associated with the vertebral column and the sinew channels (jingjin) ) that help to maintain its balance and movement. These two topics are skillfully integrated and focus on the functional relationship of the myofascial tissues involved in each sinew channel assessed and treated in this Module. The afternoon session consists of practical labs with the students separated into three small groups. Each group rotates between all three labs: 1) Cadaver Lab 2) Palpation Lab and 3) Motor Point Lab.

Morning Session (Didactic):
  • A functional anatomy presentation designed for the TCM practitioner that will cover normal and abnormal movement patterns of the spine, spondylosis and its effect on musculoskeletal injury and zang fu pathology, vertebral fixations that cause obstruction in the du mai, the differences between structural and functional scoliosis, spinal nerve pathways, dermatomal distributions and muscle myotomes in relationship to channel topography. This lecture will emphasize postural and muscle imbalances that can lead to pain and dysfunction.
  • The anatomy of the sinew channels presentation concentrates on the classical descriptions of the jingjin from the TCM classical text, the Lingshu, and the remarkable similarities these channels have with modern day myofascial planes. This fascinating myofascial jingjin discussion is integrated into functional anatomy of the spine and will help the TCM practitioner to better understand channel topography and assessment and treatment protocols for subsequent classes. 
Afternoon Session (Labs):
  • Precise location of muscle motor points related to treatment in Module I. Specific needle angles and depths will be discussed and practiced for effective clinical results.
  • Palpation of vertebral and pelvic landmarks and motion palpation assessment for normal and abnormal vertebral movements.
  • Anatomy on a non-chemically treated, dissected cadaver specimen that consists of the cranium, the entire spine and hemi-pelvis. The practitioner will discover the anatomy of myofascial sinew channels and how the acupuncture needle can directly affect the musculoskeletal injury through direct stimulation. The practitioner will also examine the continuous myofascial planes of these channels and understand how adjacent and distal needling is imperative and successful in treating the many injuries discussed in this Module.  The practitioner is guided to palpate and needle the acupuncture points, motor points, Huatuojiaji points and target tissues pertinent to this Module. By examining the underlying anatomy of these acupuncture points and ahshi tissues, the practitioner can understand and appreciate safe needle depths for acupuncture stimulation. This is a rare educational opportunity that far surpasses books, videos and anatomical models for the acupuncturist to gain increased insight to the varying depths of qi.

This workshop is designed to better prepare the participant for the upcoming 2-day assessment and treatment class: Huatuojiaji Points: Vertebral Fixations and Facilitated Segments.

Huatuojiaji Points: Vertebral Fixations and Facilitated Segments


  • AcuSport Education's Sports Medicine Acupuncture Education Program Class Descriptions | AcuSport EducationThe participant in this 2-day sports medicine acupuncture education class will learn how normal degenerative changes in the spine (spondylosis) is a direct contributor to many musculoskeletal injuries and zang fu pathologies. The practitioner will assess the location of a perpetuating factor of spondylosis, vertebral fixations (VF) and determine if a VF is contributing to the patient’s recurring sports and/or work- related injury.
  • Chronic musculoskeletal injury and/or zang fu pathology can create the western concept of a facilitated segment. It is of great benefit for the acupuncturist to understand that there is a segmental relationship with the spinal cord, the zang fu and the myofascial tissues that can support health or be adversely affected by their inherent neural and channel interrelationships. Diagnosis and treatment of facilitated segments will greatly benefit even the most difficult of musculoskeletal injuries and zang fu disharmonies.
  • Participants will learn and practice specialized Huatuojiaji point needling techniques, in combination with Extraordinary Vessels, acupuncture and motor point prescriptions that will help to release vertebral fixations and break the perpetuating cycle of a facilitated segment.
  • The practitioner will learn common postural imbalances that can lead to the development of vertebral fixations and prescribe therapeutic exercises to reduce the spinal stress, adding movement to the fixated spinal region.
  • Spinal mobilization techniques and specialized myofascial techniques that greatly enhance and solidify the effects of acupuncture treatment will be demonstrated and practiced.
  • This workshop provides information that is integrated into subsequent assessment and treatment workshops in Modules II-IV.

Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercise (PACE) I

Exercise Prescription for the Acupuncturist

“Organ imbalances perpetuate postural dysfunction and postural dysfunction creates organ imbalances.” | Matt Callison

In this ground-breaking series of PACE courses, the practitioner will learn how to prescribe therapeutic exercises for postural imbalances that have directly contributed to the patient’s musculoskeletal injury. These courses will teach the acupuncturist important skills in prescribing specific exercises in the management of their patient’s health care.

  • PACE I will present the fundamentals of postural assessment in both static and functional positions, which help to reveal abnormal movement patterns, muscle imbalances and postural distortions that have contributed to the patient’s acute or chronic musculoskeletal injury.
  • The practitioner will learn to measure for pelvic disparities that have contributed to spinal bends and vertebral/sacral fixations. Reducing these functional spinal bends and vertebral/sacral fixations decreases pain and increases du mai circulation and ultimately benefits circulation to the entire channel systems system.
  • PACE I will also focus on examining spinal deviations that are directly contributing to the patient’s zang fu pathology and emphasize the importance of the relationship between postural alignment and the proper functioning of the thoracic and abdominal organs. 
  • The practitioner will learn visual assessment skills that are then confirmed with palpation of the postural imbalances.
  • Participants will learn how to effectively prescribe therapeutic exercises that will help align the spinal bends that have contributed to the patients zang fu pathology and/or musculoskeletal injury.
  • This Western anatomical view of postural assessment is taught through the lens of TCM sinew channel correspondences that helps the practitioner build a treatment protocol.
  • The practitioner will learn to integrate acupuncture protocols with exercise prescription, including how to use intra-dermal needle point prescriptions on the Extraordinary Vessel master points to alleviate discomfort, increase proprioception and enhance clinical outcomes.
  • These postural assessment exercise treatment techniques enhance the acupuncture and myofascial treatment protocols the SMA student has learned in previous classes. The combination of acupuncture, myofascial techniques and therapeutic exercises stands alone in clinical effectiveness for treating the patient and their injury.

THE LOW BACK, HIP & GROIN

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Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Workshop


This 2-day anatomy/palpation/cadaver workshop is an amazing integration of sports medicine functional anatomy and TCM channel theory.

Each day of this sports medicine acupuncture education workshop is divided into distinct morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session consists of didactic presentations on the functional anatomy associated with the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex and the channel sinew (jingjin) that help to maintain its balance and movement. These two topics are skillfully integrated and focus on the functional relationship of the myofascial tissues involved in each sinew channel assessed and treated in this Module. The afternoon session consists of practical labs with the students separated into three small groups. Each group rotates between all three labs: 1) Cadaver Lab 2) Palpation Lab and 3) Motor Point Lab.

Morning Session (Didactic):
  • The functional anatomy presentation is designed for the TCM practitioner that will cover normal and abnormal movement patterns of the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex. The practitioner will learn spinal nerve pathways, dermatomal distributions and muscle myotomes in relationship to channel topography. This lecture will emphasize postural and muscle imbalances that can lead to pain and dysfunction.
  • The anatomy of the sinew channels presentation concentrates on the classical descriptions of the jingjin from the TCM classical text, the Lingshu, and the remarkable similarities these channels have with modern day myofascial planes. This fascinating myofascial jingjin discussion is integrated into functional anatomy of the lumbo-pelvic-hip region and will help the TCM practitioner to better understand channel topography and assessment and treatment protocols for subsequent classes. 
Afternoon Session (Labs):
  • Precise location of muscle motor points will be discussed in this Module. Specific needle angles and depths will be discussed and practiced for effective clinical results.
  • The palpation lab workshop has been developed to empower the acupuncturist with skills emphasizing bony and soft tissue anatomy as it is related to assessment and treatment protocols pertinent to this Module.
  • The cadaver lab is a unique workshop that involves the examination of a non-chemically treated, dissected cadaver specimen for all of the tissue structures discussed in this Module. The practitioner will discover the anatomy of myofascial sinew channels and how the acupuncture needle can directly affect the musculoskeletal injury through direct stimulation. The practitioner will also examine the continuous myofascial planes of these channels and understand how adjacent and distal needling is imperative and successful in treating the many injuries discussed in this Module. The practitioner is guided to palpate and needle the acupuncture points, motor points, Huatuojiaji points and target tissues pertinent to this Module. By examining the underlying anatomy of these acupuncture points and ashi tissues, the practitioner can understand and appreciate safe needle depths for acupuncture stimulation. This is a rare educational opportunity that far surpasses books, videos and anatomical models for the acupuncturist to gain increased insight to the varying depths of qi.

This workshop is designed to better prepare the participant for the following classes: Assessment and Treatment of the Channel Sinew (Jingjin) and Assessment and Treatment of Low Back, Hip and Groin Injuries.

Assessment & Treatment of the Channel Sinews (Jingjin)


  • This 2-day sports medicine acupuncture education class highlights how the channel sinews (jingjin) organize efficient movement patterns and balance the major joint structures of the lumbo-pelvic-hip region. Focus is on understanding how imbalances in these channels can contribute to pain and injury. 
  • Practitioners will learn to accurately assess lumbo-pelvic-hip imbalances with functional movement examinations, orthopedic examinations (OE) and manual muscle testing (MMT). These assessments will be used to build treatment protocols using innovative acupuncture and myofascial release techniques to align the musculoskeletal system, decrease tension, reduce pain and enhance healing of the injured tissue.
  • This class sets up the Assessment and Treatment of the Low Back, Hip and Groin Injuries course, which teaches diagnosis of the exact location of the injured tissue and teaches complete protocols for local, adjacent, and distal treatments for musculoskeletal injury.

Assessment and Treatment of Low Back, Hip & Groin Injuries


  • The practitioner taking this 4-day sports medicine acupuncture education course will understand that injuries involving the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex and must be observed as one complex and not separated in assessment or treatment. Balancing the relationship between the lumbar spine, the pelvis and the hip will not only help decrease pain in those regions but also affect most neck, shoulder and lower extremity injuries.
  • Many sport and work-related injuries will be 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 radicular pain from referred pain and locate the fixed pain site that is causing the pain. For example, radicular pain created by nerve impingement from a lumbar disc injury, or referred pain from a degenerative lumbar facet joint or sacroiliac joint. 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 jingjin) for long-lasting clinical results.
  • 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 for lumbo-pelvic-hip complex injuries will be presented and practiced.
  • The experience of this workshop will refine the practitioner’s assessment and treatment skills, expand his/her knowledge of needle techniques, greatly enhancing the success rate in treating low back, hip and groin injuries.

Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercise (PACE) II

Exercise Prescription for the Acupuncturist

Instructors—Ian Armstrong, L.Ac., C.SMA
Assisted by—Matt Callison, L.Ac., Brian Lau L.Ac., C.SMA


The practitioner will learn how to assess and prescribe therapeutic exercises for postural and muscle imbalances that have directly contributed to the patient’s musculoskeletal injury. This course will teach the acupuncturist important skills in prescribing specific exercises in the management of their patient’s health care.

  • PACE II will emphasize the assessment and treatment of postural imbalances involving the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex. The practitioner will learn to assess, through static and functional assessment techniques, postural disparities and associated muscle imbalances that can lead to pain and injury.
  • When injured, the proper alignment of the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex can decrease pain in the myofascial sinew channels. Understanding the postural mechanics of low back pain such as sacroiliac joint pain, lumbar facet pain or a muscle strain empowers the acupuncturist with insight to treat the patient successfully with acupuncture and exercise therapy.
  • PACE II will also focus on examining the relationship between postural alignment and the alignment of the upper, middle and lower burners (shang, zhong, xiao jiao) for proper functioning of the thoracic and abdominal organs.
  • This class will also examine the relationship between the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex, the rib cage, the shoulder girdle and the lower extremity. The practitioner will learn how all three of these body segments are functionally related and the importance in identifying the myofascial sinew channels that link them.
  • The practitioner will learn visual assessment skills that are then confirmed with palpation of the postural imbalances.
  • Participants will learn how to effectively prescribe therapeutic exercises that will help balance the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex and strengthen core stability. Balancing and strengthening the lumbo-pelvic-hip region will directly affect the positioning of the ribcage, shoulder girdle and lower extremity.
  • Exercising different body parts simultaneously in specific and coordinated motions activates the myofascial sinew channels so that form and function can align. The practitioner will learn to prescribe exercises for multiple postural imbalances contributing to the patient’s musculoskeletal pain.
  • The practitioner will learn to integrate acupuncture protocols with exercise prescription, including how to use intra-dermal needle point prescriptions on the Extraordinary Vessel master points in order to alleviate discomfort, increase proprioception and enhance clinical outcomes.
  • Therapeutic exercise prescriptions taught in this class will be reviewed in a case study format.
  • Therapeutic exercises complement and enhance the acupuncture and myofascial treatment protocols the SMA student has learned in previous classes. The combination of acupuncture, myofascial techniques and therapeutic exercises stands alone in clinical effectiveness for treating the patient and their injury.

THE LOWER EXTREMITY

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Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Workshop


This 2-day anatomy/palpation/cadaver course is offered in two ways: as both an online webinar as well as an in-person, live-gathering course (post-COVID). It is truly a groundbreaking integration of sports medicine functional anatomy and TCM channel theory.

Each day of this workshop is divided into distinct morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session consists of didactic presentations on Functional Anatomy and Anatomy of the Sinew Channels that are integrated to focus on the functional relationship between neuromuscular anatomy and the myofascial jingjin tissues and their relationship to the lower extremity. This information is followed by the afternoon session that consists of practical labs 1) Cadaver 2) Palpation and 3) Motor Point Location and Needling.

The information presented in this 2-day workshop will help the TCM practitioner to better understand the information presented in subsequent classes: Assessment and Treatment of the Channel Sinews and Assessment and Treatment of Lower Extremity Injuries.

Morning Session (ONLINE WEBINAR)
  • Functional Anatomy: Fundamentals
    Callison, M.This functional anatomy presentation is designed for the TCM practitioner that will cover normal and abnormal movement patterns of the lower extremity, ankle/foot complex and its relationship to the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex. The practitioner will learn nerve pathways, dermatomal distributions and muscle myotomes in relationship to channel topography. This lecture will emphasize postural, functional and muscle imbalances that can lead to pain and dysfunction as seen through the lens of TCM theory.
  • Anatomy of the Channel Sinews (Jingjin)
    Lau, B.This presentation concentrates on the classical descriptions of the jingjin from the TCM classical text, the Lingshu, and the remarkable similarities these channels have with modern day myofascial planes. This fascinating myofascial jingjin discussion is integrated into functional anatomy of the lower extremity and will help the TCM practitioner to better understand channel topography and assessment and treatment protocols for subsequent classes.
Afternoon Session (ONLINE WEBINAR)
  • Palpation Lab
    Lau, B.The palpation lab has been developed to empower the acupuncturist with important skills to identify bony landmarks and soft tissue anatomy as it is related to acupuncture points, motor points and the assessment and treatment protocols taught in this Module: The Lower Extremity
  • Motor Point Location Lab
    Callison, M.Muscle motor entry point locations will be presented for hip and lower extremity. These locations will be discussed in reference to anatomical landmarks, locations of traditional acupuncture points and extra points.For webinar registrants, there is an additional video presentation of specific needle angles and depths for effective clinical results is available.
  • Cadaver Lab
    Callison, M., Lau, B.The cadaver lab is a unique webinar workshop that involves the examination of the anatomical tissues of pelvic, hip and lower extremity on a non-chemically treated cadaver specimen. The practitioner will discover the amazing world of human anatomy, explore the myofascial sinew channels and learn how the acupuncture needle can penetrate different tissues at various depths. Callison and Lau will be dissecting the cadaver with the goal of showing the TCM practitioner the various needle depths and underlying anatomy, examining the continuity of the myofascial jingjin channels, nerve topography and muscle motor points for many muscles of the lower extremity. By examining the underlying anatomy of channels, acupuncture points and motor points, the practitioner can understand and appreciate safe needle depths for acupuncture stimulation. This is a rare educational opportunity that far surpasses books and anatomical models for the acupuncturist to gain increased insight to the varying depths of where qi travels.

This workshop webinar is designed to better prepare the participant for the following classes: Assessment and Treatment of the Channel Sinews (Jingjin) and Assessment and Treatment of Lower Extremity Injuries.

Assessment & Treatment of the Channel Sinews (Jingjin)


This 2-day course is offered in two ways: as both an online webinar as well as an in-person, live-gathering course (post-COVID). This workshop developed by Brian Lau and Matt Callison highlights how the channel sinews (jingjin) contribute to efficient movement patterns and balance major joint structures of the lower extremity. Focus is on understanding how imbalances in these channels can contribute to pain and injury.

  • Practitioners will learn to accurately assess knee, ankle and foot imbalances with functional movement examinations, orthopedic examinations and manual muscle testing. These assessments are used to build treatment protocols using innovative acupuncture strategies in combination with myofascial release techniques to align the musculoskeletal system, decrease tension, reduce pain and enhance healing of the injured tissue.
  • This class sets up the Assessment and Treatment of the Lower Extremity Injuries course, which covers the differential diagnosis of the injured tissue and teaches pioneering channel theory protocols for local, adjacent, and distal treatments for musculoskeletal injury.

Assessment and Treatment of Lower Extremity Injuries


This in-person, live-gathering intensive workshop combines the information presented from this Module into a comprehensive assessment and treatment protocol for sports and orthopedic injuries of the lower extremity.

  • The practitioner taking this sports medicine acupuncture 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 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 in the lower extremity 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.
  • 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 for lower extremity injuries will be presented and practiced.
  • The experience of this workshop will refine the acupuncturist’s assessment and treatment skills, expanding knowledge of needle techniques and greatly enhancing the success rate in treating lower extremity injuries.

Postural Assessment & Corrective Exercise (PACE) III

Exercise Prescription for the Acupuncturist

This 2-day cutting-edge course is offered in two ways: as both an online webinar as well as an in-person,  live-gathering course (post-COVID). This course will teach the practitioner how to assess postural dysfunction and prescribe therapeutic exercises for postural, muscle and channel imbalances that have directly contributed to the patient’s musculoskeletal injury. This course will teach the acupuncturist important skills to prescribe specific exercises in the management of their patient’s health care.

  • PACE III will build from what was taught in PACE II that focused on the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex and its relationship to the lower extremity. This class will deepen the understanding from PACE II and discuss further postural dysfunctions of the foot and ankle complex.
  • The position of the lower extremity and neck and shoulder is predicated on the postural balance of the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex. For this reason, a review of the assessment of lumbo-pelvic-hip imbalances and its connection to these structures above and below will be discussed.
  • The remainder of this class will get the practitioner ready for the information taught in Module IV: The Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity. The practitioner will learn to assess, through static and functional assessment techniques, the many postural disparities and associated muscle imbalances that can cause injury to these regions of the body.
  • The practitioner will learn visual assessment skills that are then confirmed with palpation of the postural imbalances.
  • Participants will learn how to effectively prescribe therapeutic exercises that will help balance ribcage, neck, shoulder and upper extremity imbalances such as posterior tilt of the ribcage, forward head, forward shoulder, cervical rotation and more. These postural disparities can lead to many potential injuries that an acupuncturist will clinically see.
  • Exercising different body parts simultaneously in specific and coordinated motions activates the myofascial sinew channels so that form and function can align. The practitioner will learn to prescribe exercises for multiple postural imbalances that are contributing to their patient’s musculoskeletal pain.
  • The practitioner will learn to integrate acupuncture protocols with exercise prescription, including how to use intra-dermal needle point prescriptions on the Extraordinary Vessel master points to alleviate discomfort, increase proprioception and enhance clinical outcomes.
  • Therapeutic exercise prescriptions taught in this class will be reviewed in a case study format.
  • Therapeutic exercises complement and enhance the acupuncture and myofascial treatment protocols the SMA student has learned in previous classes. The combination of acupuncture, myofascial techniques and therapeutic exercises stand alone in clinical effectiveness for treating the patient and their injury.

THE NECK, SHOULDER AND UPPER EXTREMITY

AcuSport Education's Sports Medicine Acupuncture Education Program Class Descriptions | AcuSport Education

Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Workshop


This 2-day anatomy/palpation/cadaver course is offered in two ways—as both an online webinar as well as an in-person, live-gathering course (post-COVID). It is truly a groundbreaking integration of sports medicine functional anatomy and TCM channel theory.

Each day of this workshop is divided into distinct morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session consists of didactic presentations on Functional Anatomy and Anatomy of the Sinew Channels that are integrated to focus on the functional relationship between neuromuscular anatomy and the myofascial jingjin tissues and their relationship to the neck, shoulder and upper extremity. This information is followed by the afternoon session that consists of practical labs—1) Cadaver, 2) Palpation, and 3) Motor Point Location and Needling.

The information presented in this 2-day workshop will help the TCM practitioner to better understand the information presented in subsequent classes—Assessment and Treatment of the Channel Sinews and Assessment and Treatment of Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity Injuries.

Morning Session (ONLINE WEBINAR)
  • Functional Anatomy: Fundamentals
    Callison, M.This functional anatomy presentation is designed for the TCM practitioner that will cover normal and abnormal movement patterns of the neck, shoulder and upper extremity and its relationship to the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex. The practitioner will learn nerve pathways, dermatomal distributions and muscle myotomes in relationship to channel topography. This lecture will emphasize postural, functional and muscle imbalances that can lead to pain and dysfunction as seen through the lens of TCM theory.
  • Anatomy of the Channel Sinews (Jingjin
    Lau, B.This presentation concentrates on the classical descriptions of the jingjin from the TCM classical text, the Lingshu, and the remarkable similarities these channels have with modern day myofascial planes. This fascinating myofascial jingjin discussion is integrated into functional anatomy of the neck, shoulder and upper extremity and will help the TCM practitioner to better understand channel topography and assessment and treatment protocols for subsequent classes.
Afternoon Session (ONLINE WEBINAR)
  • Palpation Lab
    Lau, B.The palpation lab has been developed to empower the acupuncturist with important skills to identify bony landmarks and soft tissue anatomy as it is related to acupuncture points, motor points and the assessment and treatment protocols taught in this Module: The Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity
  • Motor Point Location Lab
    Callison, M. Muscle motor entry point locations will be presented for neck, shoulder and upper extremity. These locations will be discussed in reference to anatomical landmarks, locations of traditional acupuncture points and extra points.For webinar registrants, there is an additional video presentation of specific needle angles and depths for effective clinical results is available.
  • Cadaver Lab
    Callison, M., Lau, B. The cadaver lab is a unique webinar workshop that involves the examination of the anatomical tissues of ribcage, thoracic spine, neck, shoulder and upper extremity on a non-chemically treated cadaver specimen. The practitioner will discover the amazing world of human anatomy, explore the myofascial sinew channels and learn how the acupuncture needle can penetrate different tissues at various depths. Callison and Lau will be dissecting the cadaver with the goal of showing the TCM practitioner the various needle depths and underlying anatomy, examining the continuity of the myofascial jingjin channels, nerve topography and muscle motor points for many muscles of the neck, shoulder and upper extremity. By examining the underlying anatomy of channels, acupuncture points and motor points, the practitioner can understand and appreciate safe needle depths for acupuncture stimulation. This is a rare educational opportunity that far surpasses books and anatomical models for the acupuncturist to gain increased insight to the varying depths of where qi travels.

This workshop is designed to better prepare the participant for the following classes: Assessment and Treatment of the Channel Sinews (Jingjin) and Assessment and Treatment of Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity Injuries.

Assessment & Treatment of the Channel Sinews (Jingjin)


This 2-day course is offered in two ways—as both an online webinar as well as an in-person, live-gathering course (post-COVID). This workshop developed by Brian Lau and Matt Callison highlights how the channel sinews (jingjin) contribute to efficient movement patterns and balance major joint structures of the ribcage, neck, shoulder and upper extremity. Focus is on understanding how imbalances in these channels can contribute to pain and injury.

  • Practitioners will learn to accurately assess neck, shoulder nad upper extremity imbalances with functional movement examinations, orthopedic examinations (OE) and manual muscle testing (MMT). These assessments are used to build treatment protocols using innovative acupuncture strategies in combination with myofascial release techniques to align the musculoskeletal system, decrease tension, reduce pain and enhance healing of the injured tissue.
  • This class sets up the Assessment and Treatment of the Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity Injuries course, which covers the differential diagnosis of the injured tissue and teaches pioneering channel theory protocols for local, adjacent, and distal treatments for musculoskeletal injury.

Assessment and Treatment of Neck, Shoulder & Upper Extremity Injuries


This in-person, live-gathering intensive workshop combines the information presented from this Module into a comprehensive assessment and treatment protocol for sports and orthopedic injuries of the neck, shoulder and upper extremity.

  • The practitioner taking this sports medicine acupuncture course will understand that many injuries involving the neck, shoulder and upper extremity involve the postural position of the spine, ribcage and the lumbo-pelvic region. Balancing the relationship between these anatomical structures will greatly affect the outcome of treating neck, shoulder and upper extremity injuries.
  • Many sport and work-related injuries will be 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 in the upper extremity 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.
  • 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 for neck, shoulder and upper extremity injuries will be presented and practiced.
  • The experience of this workshop will refine the acupuncturist’s assessment and treatment skills, expanding knowledge of needle techniques and greatly enhancing the success rate in treating lower extremity injuries.
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