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Knowledge included in the Orthopedics Course

The content for the Energetics of Orthopedic Acupuncture course is stored on an audio compact disk (CD) set. You will need a CD player or drive to listen to the course content. Below is a summary of the original course description. Due to the dynamic nature of the instructor, the actual content covered in the course may vary some from the original outline. The episode titles and description will let you know what is covered in each episode:

Theory and Practical Application

Pain brings more people into our acupuncture offices than any other problem. In this workshop we will explore the possibility of underlying zang-fu disharmonies, structural, constitutional, emotional and other issues that can be present even when the condition appears to be trauma. Learn simple and extremely effective acupuncture techniques and adjunct therapies to relieve back, leg and arm disorders, as well as arthritis, fibromyalgia and atrophy.

  1. Orthopedic problems and their relationship to internal disorders. This will be a discussion of how internal zang-fu syndromes lead to orthopedic problems, even those that initially appear to be due to trauma. Treatment for these zang-fu conditions will be presented.
  2. Constitutional types and their body characteristics. Five element types and types based on the eight extra meridians and the inherent structural disorders that occur in these body types.
  3. Practical treatment of back pain with acupuncture, herbs, tuina, joint mobilizations, topical applications, etc.
  4. Emotions and orthopedics. A presentation of how emotional factors can imbalance the structure of the body, creating certain orthopedic problems, while exacerbating or preventing the healing of others. A discussion of body psychology and how some emotions can produce excess and other emotions produce deficiency in the meridians.
  5. Use of electric stimulation (E-Stim) in treatment of orthopedic disorders.
  6. Treatment of common disorders of the leg (hip, knee, and ankle), including needle technique and exercise prescriptions.
  7. Use of adjunctive methods of treatment such as bleeding, cupping, guasha, intradermal needles and magnets.
  8. Topical herbs and liniments: How to make and apply topical formulas, adjusting them according to the nature of the problem.
  9. Sports medicine: Treating to enhance performance and recovery. A discussion of the multiple aspects of physical fitness as addressed by Chinese medicine.
  10. Disorders of the arm (shoulder, elbow, wrist).
  11. Bi and Wei syndromes. Treatment of arthritis and atrophy, including fibromyalgia. Scalp acupuncture will be discussed. Some particularly useful herb formulas for wei syndrome will be covered.