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Sports Medicine Acupuncture Education Class Descriptions 2018-06-06T00:08:38+00:00

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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.

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


“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 jing jin) 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


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 ribcage, 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 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 lower extremity and the channel sinews (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 lower extremity and 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 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 lower extremity 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 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 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 Sinews (Jingjin) and Assessment and Treatment of Lower Extremity 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 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 (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 Lower Extremity 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 Lower Extremity Injuries


  • The practitioner taking this 4-day sports medicine acupuncture education 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


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 to prescribe specific exercises in the management of their patient’s health care.

  • PACE III will build from what was taught in PACE II. This class will deepen the understanding and emphasize postural dysfunctions of the foot and ankle complex, 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 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 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 foot and ankle disparities such as pes planus (foot over-pronation) and neck shoulder imbalances such as forward head, forward shoulder, cervical rotation. These postural disparities can lead to many injuries such as plantar fasciitis, tibial stress syndromes (shin splints), knee pain, shoulder and neck pain.
  • A review of balancing and strengthening the lumbo-pelvic-hip region will directly affect the positioning of the 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 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 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 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 neck, shoulder and upper extremity and the channel sinews (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 and will cover normal and abnormal movement patterns of the neck, shoulder and upper extremity. The practitioner will learn spinal nerve pathways, dermatomal distributions, 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 discusses 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. The jingjin, the myofascial planes and functional anatomy will be highlighted to better serve the practitioner when taking the assessment and treatment portion of the Module.
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 component 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 that consists of the thoracic and cervical spine, the cranium, shoulder and upper extremity. 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 topography of these channels and understand the how adjacent and distal needling is successful for 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 Sinews (Jingjin) and Assessment and Treatment of Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity 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 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 postural 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 Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity 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 Neck, Shoulder & Upper Extremity Injuries


  • The practitioner taking this 4-day sports medicine acupuncture education course will understand that injuries involving the neck, shoulder and upper extremity must be observed as one complex and not 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 sports and work-related injuries will be discussed and the mechanical “how and why” injury occurs using postural examination, orthopedic physical evaluations and manual muscle testing will be examined. 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. Radicular pain originates from the spine (e.g. cervical disc pathology) and referred pain often stems from a soft tissue nerve entrapment (e.g. thoracic outlet syndrome). The key to successful results is for the practitioner to determine the location of the fixed pain site that is contributing to the patient’s radicular or referred pain signs and symptoms. The practitioner will learn to successfully apply assessment techniques that will accurately create a differential diagnosis and identify the fixed pain source creating the patient’s pain. With a correct diagnosis of the affected tissue, the practitioner can then accurately apply the successful treatment protocols to the affected channels and collaterals (jing jin jing luo) 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 neck, shoulder and upper extremity injuries will be presented and practiced.
  • The experience of this workshop will refine the practitioner’s assessment and treatment skills, expanding knowledge of needle techniques and greatly enhancing the success rate in treating neck, shoulder and upper extremity injuries.

Review Course

A 2-day review course on the needle techniques, theories and applications of Sports Medicine Acupuncture is offered to the students in the current program eligible for the final practical exam and to all C.SMA practitioners. Class size is limited to 20 participants.

The first half of the day will consist of question and answer, open needling practice, open evaluation and assessment practice. The afternoon class format is based on case studies from assessment to treatment and onto exercise prescription.

The SMA final practical exam begins immediately after the review class ends.