This course will provide the acupuncturist with the clinical skills to test for orthopedic conditions appropriately and accurately. The orthopedic and manual muscle tests selected for this training are easy to implement for any acupuncturist. And they are relevant to the clinic environment, regardless of previous orthopedic background. The instructors, Derrick McBride and Whitfield Reaves, believe understanding the anatomical nature of orthopedic conditions is the first step to precisely treating pain and injuries.
These courses are organized to be viewed in order, as an entire series Orthopedic and Muscle Testing for the Acupuncturist. We strongly recommend that the practitioner complete the courses of this series from beginning to end.
In Course 3, Derrick McBride lectures on the proper way to perform the test and possible positive findings for each test. High definition videos of each test are used to demonstrate. Helpful tips on positioning, cueing, and other clinical tricks to ensure reliable testing conditions are emphasized. The instructor often comments on clinical relevancy and real-life applications, especially for the Acupuncturist.
Course 3 covers Orthopedic and Muscle Tests of the Lower Extremity. The following topics are covered:
1. Knee Structural Tests
2. Common Knee Inflammatory Conditions
3. Knee Musculature
4. Ankle Structural Tests
5. Foot Inflammatory Conditions
6. Range of Motion Testing for the Great Toe
7. Ankle Musculature
8. Lower Extremity Movement Assessments
Whitfield Reaves' series Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain covers in depth techniques for treatment of the conditions. Students should consider using these series together for a complete understanding of assessment and treatment of orthopedic conditions. Courses 7, 8, and 9 of Whitfield's Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain correspond to the topics covered in this course, the Lower Extremity.
Participants will understand how orthopedic and muscle testing should be utilized in an acupuncture setting. An in depth knowledge of when to perform the different tests and how that can help drive treatment strategy will be emphasized.
Participants will feel comfortable with appropriate positioning and cuing for all tests covered. Specific instructions on how to best instruct the patient to produce force or resist force given the test, will be explicitly outlined.
Participants will be able to accurately and effectively conduct orthopedic and muscle testing for the upper extremity. The student will be taught the tests using verbal instruction, written instruction, and visual instruction.
0 hrs - 1 hrs
The first section begins with an introduction of orthopedic and muscle tests. Then orthopedic testing for the patellofemoral joint, Illiotibial Band, and knee ligaments is covered.
1 hrs - 1.5 hrs
Muscle tests for the knee including the rectus femoris, biceps femoris, semitendinosis, and semimenbranosis are covered. Proper positioning and methods for completing the tests is emphasized.
1.5 hrs - 2 hrs
Orthopedic tests for the ankle and foot including the anterior drawer, talar tilt tests, morton's test, and big toe mobility are covered. Proper positioning and methods for completing the tests is emphasized.
2 hrs - 2.5 hrs
Muscle tests for the ankle including the anterior tibialis, posterior tibialis, peroneals, soleus, and gastrocnemius are covered. Proper positioning and methods for completing the tests is emphasized.
2.5 hrs - 3 hrs
An introduction to some basic movement patterns including closed chain ankle dorsiflexion, pronation, supination, and subtalar joint positioning are covered. Proper positioning and methods for completing the tests is emphasized.
3 hrs - 3.5 hrs
Review additional comments and corrections to topics covered in the previous tests. A review of all the tests is conducted.
Derrick McBride is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with a private practice in Denver, CO. He specializes in bringing orthopedic testing, muscle testing, movement assessments, and corrective exercise programming in a systematic, digestible, and clinically effective way.
In practice for over 40 years, Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac., specializes in the field of sports medicine. Being in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, Whitfield's experience includes working with athletes at the 1984 LA Olympic Games at the 1984 LA Olympic Games and countless other sport competitions since. He is an author, he teaches internationally as well.
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