Dates: 3 days, April 24th – 26th 2020
Times: Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm; Sunday 9:00am to 4:00pm
Location: Syracuse, NY
Venue: Hampton Inn & Suites, 1305 Buckley Rd, Syracuse, NY 13212 Phone: (315) 457-9900
Overnight room block: Link to book coming soon. Overnight rooms are $129.00/night
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Approved for 21 NCCAOM PDAs
We are really raising the bar with these (and other) CMTW courses. Our myofascial pain & dysfunction classes aren’t poke-and-pray. They’re about assessing, palpating and thinking critically to get truly amazing results with as few needles as possible.
We have divided this nine day course into three modules. Module 1 *must* be taken first. This is because level one gives you the theoretical basis for treating myofascial pain. It also gives you the assessment, palpation, clinical reasoning and needling techniques to get up and running, getting stellar results, and integrating myofascial techniques into your daily practice.
Levels 2 and 3 can be taken in either order. They are designed to build on what you learned in level one and have been using in clinic. They also begin the process of going full circle to incorporate myofascial needling techniques into a broader Chinese Medicine treatment. Levels 2 and 3 contain *advanced* needling techniques. But don’t worry, you’ll get plenty of practice time with an instructor right there next to you, making sure you are doing it correctly and safely!
This course gives a good overview of pain sciences, neurogenic inflammation and anatomy, as well as the palpation, assessment and needling techniques you NEED to get you up and running, practicing this style right out of the gates. This class includes a bunch of heavy hitting muscles that are relatively safe and easier to learn. It also is designed to give you a broad spectrum of assessment, palpation and needling techniques.
Plus, prior to the live class, you’ll get access to a webinar on muscle testing and other key concepts that we’ll cover in class.
- Understand the neurobiology of pain and pathophysiology of TrP formation
- How pain is processed locally, at the segmental and supersegmental levels, including relevant structures, neurotransmitters, etc.
- Understand the role of neurogenic inflammation in myofascial pain
- Understand the physiology of muscle contraction
- Comfortably & confidently explain trigger points, myofascial pain, autonomic dysfunction, muscle inhibition and neurogenic inflammation to patients and healthcare professionals.
- Understand relevant anatomy:
- Surface anatomy, bony landmarks, etc
- Different layers of musculature, including:
- Origin, insertion, function, innervation, Fiber Direction, functionally related muscles
- Muscles, bones, neurovascular structures (when relevant)
- Introduce muscle slings and how they relate to orthopedic acupuncture / Dry Needling
- Introduce the relationships between fascia and TrPs
- Introduce segmental anatomy and how it relates to myofascial pain & autonomic dysfunction. This concept will be expanded on in level 3
- Introduce strategies to combine Dry Needling Acupuncture with Distal Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine diagnosis.
- Palpation techniques
- Location of Taut Bands, nodules, etc
- Ability to elicit Local Twitch Response via PALPATION, as this is a crucial diagnostic skill
- Muscle tests:
- Manual muscle tests, range of motion, etc for muscles being covered
- Needling / Safety
- Going to depth
- Needling manipulation to obtain twitches / evidence-based recommendations re: obtaining twitches
- Periosteal pecking techniques
- What is periosteal pecking?
- When to use it
- Avoiding major arteries, nerves, veins, etc
- Rib blocking / needling safely over the lungs
- Angle of insertion
- …and more.
- Referred sensation, including pain, altered sensation
- Functional deficits
- Autonomic symptoms
- Learn how to recognize syndromes that you (and other providers) would otherwise have NO IDEA were musculoskeletal in origin.
- Nerve and vascular entrapments
- Trophic change in skin and other tissues
- Muscle inhibition
- Types / causes
- How this relates to Trigger Point needling
- Introduce the role of fascia in myofascial pain & dysfunction
- Introduce the role of the autonomic nervous system in the onset and perpetuation of myofascial pain.
- Introduce scars as a continuing source of neurogenic inflammation and noxious stimulus
- Referral to scars
- Introduce higher level clinical reasoning in the context of myofascial pain and dysfunction: learn how to think critically to begin to minimize the number of needles needed for a treatment. Level one lays the foundation. We will expand on this in higher levels as your tool kit grows.
- HINT: This class goes WAY, WAY beyond just looking at referrals. Learn WHY a TrP in someone’s shoulder could be causing pain and dysfunction in the lower extremity; Learn WHY someone’s tennis elbow won’t respond to local needling (even if there are TrPs in the forearm), and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
- Selected Muscles of the Upper Body:
- Trapezius (upper, middle, low)
- Levator scapulae
- Rhomboid major
- Rhomboid Minor
- Teres Minor
- Teres major
- Latissimus dorsi (Axillary AND Costal Portions)
- Deltoid (all sections)
Selected muscles of the arm, leg and pelvic girdle
- Muscles of Arm
- Triceps (all sections)
- Muscles of the pelvic girdle
- Tensor Fascia Latae
- Gluteus Maximus
- Gluteus Medius
- Gluteus Medius
- Muscles of the Leg
- Rectus Femoris
- Vastus Lateralis
- Vastus Medialis
- Vastus Intermedius
- Biceps femoris
Matthew Reed, L.Ac., is President and co-founder of Chinese Medicine That Works, Ltd. He has taught/assisted with needling skills, EXSTORE®, electro-acupuncture, and motor point seminars. Matthew has studied dry needling techniques for five years and uses dry needling almost exclusively in his busy clinic. His busy practice focuses on Orthopedics and sports medicine, including Anthony Lombardi’s EXSTORE® system of assessment.
Adam French, L.Ac. grauated in 2003 and is a licensed acupuncturist practicing in Watertown, NY. Much to our benefit, Adam has assisted in several past motor point and needling skills seminars. He recently completed a neurofunctional acupuncture program at McMasters Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program covering, among other things, electro-acupuncture, neurofunctional acupuncture, and more. In addition to that, he has completed Anthony’s EXSTORE®/EA seminar, and all the motor point seminars. Adam is also a longtime student of Dr. Tan.
Seminar refund policy:
No Refunds. A credit will be given. Credit must be used within one year of date issued.