Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sports Medicine Acupuncture®

Teaching Sports Medicine Acupuncture®

Since 2013, I have been on the faculty of the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program, teaching first on location in Manhattan, NYC and currently in San Diego, CA. It is a great honor and experience to teach with this program, as it is the most in-depth and extensive program of its kind in the country. I have the opportunity to work closely with probably the most knowledgeable person in the field of acupuncture and sports medicine, Matt Callison.

Acupuncture Needles Sports Medicine Acupuncture® integrates Traditional Chinese Medicine principles with Western sports medicine. Practitioners are extensively trained in the following:
  • Evaluation of injuries and orthopedic disorders to find the cause of pain and dysfunction. Based on these findings, treatment plans are then devised, which include acupuncture, myofascial release (a type of clinical deep tissue massage), and corrective exercises.
  • Postural assessment to understand the global imbalances that can lead to, and/or prevent proper healing of, orthopedic disorders and sports injuries.
  • Anatomy in great detail, including cadaver dissections. This allows for a comprehensive three-dimensional understanding of anatomy relevant to needle techniques, manual therapy techniques, and assessment of injuries.
  • Relating the acupuncture channels discussed in Traditional Chinese Medicine to anatomical structures, especially continuous myofascial planes (myo-muscle, fascia-connective tissue).

Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification is taught in four modules: 1) the spine; 2) head, neck and upper extremities; 3) low back and hip; and 4) lower extremities. Each module focuses on sports injuries, repetitive use injuries and orthopedic disorders in these regions. This program is designed to provide the most advanced training available in the assessment and treatment of these injuries.

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