Southern Wisconsin Acupuncture LLC

Southern Wisconsin Acupuncture LLC

Sports Medicine Acupuncture


Southern Wisconsin Acupuncture is now Sports Medicine Acupuncture (SMA) certified! SMA is a long-form graduate course designed to provide the highest level of training in the assessment and treatment of sports, work and orthopedic injuries. SMA incorporates principles of modern physical medicine with classical acupuncture theory and technique to approach injury treatment and performance enhancement from a truly integrated perspective. It is the most advanced and complete education program of its kind available, attracting advanced practitioners from around the world.

The four modules of the SMA course are divided according to anatomical areas. Spine, low back, hip & groin, upper extremity, and lower extremity modules are sequentially linked to provide a comprehensive approach to the entire body. In turn, each module is composed of four classes, as described below in abridgements from the SMA website.

Anatomy/Palpation/Cadaver Lab discusses kinesiology, motor point anatomy, peripheral nerve pathways in relationship to channel topography, dermatomal distributions, trigger point pain referral patterns, muscle origins, insertions and actions. The cadaver lab is a unique workshop that involves the examination of a dissected cadaver specimen for all of the tissue structures discussed in the Module. The anatomy of myofascial sinew channels and the continuous myofascial planes of these channels are examined.

Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise addresses posture both in static anatomical planes and in functional positioning and motion to reveal postural distortions, abnormal movement patterns, and muscle imbalance. Together, static and functional assessments identify keys contributing to acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Assessment and Treatment of Injuries examines the mechanical “how and why” of injury using postural examination, orthopedic physical evaluations and manual muscle testing, with an emphasis on broader structural or functional imbalances underlying or associated with injury or dysfunction. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitated stretching, myofascial release and supportive taping techniques are also presented and practiced.

Fascial Release for the Myofascial Meridians is based on Anatomy Trains® Myofascial Meridians, developed by Thomas Myers. These classes describe the myofascial continuities that follow the acupuncture meridians and sinew channels, while honing structural touch specificity and building visual assessment skills and training myofascial treatment skills.

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