Two Day Course consisting of Introduction to Trigger Point Acupuncture in the context of the Licensed Acupuncturist, followed by a full day of the treatment test, techniques, and clinical use of trigger point needling for treatment of low back and hips.
Day 1 – Introduction to Trigger Point Acupuncture (Prerequisite for Day 2 – Advanced Low back and hip treatment)
This introductory course will cover the basic trigger point needling techniques and common trigger points found every day in clinic. It will provide you skills you can immediately integrate into practice and prepare you to learn more advanced trigger point skills.
We will discuss the anatomy of each muscle covered in the course including Origin, Insertion, Action, and relevant tests. We will also cover the trigger points in these muscles, their referral patterns and when it may be useful to needle these trigger points.
After completion of this course you will be able to:
- Define Trigger points in a western clinical setting as well as in correlation to acupuncture points
- Identify the scientific theory behind direct dry needling (acupuncture) to trigger points
- Select accurate trigger points to needle based on patient needs and human anatomy and kinesiology
- Safely position and needle trigger points in patients with a variety of dry needling (acupuncture) techniques Correctly charting trigger point needling
***Practitioners must have completed the intro course to trigger point needling in order to participate in this course***
- Detailed review of low back and hip anatomy
- Kinesiology of the core
- Assessment of the low back and hips including postural analysis, orthopedics and movement assessment
- Review of Common hip and low back pathologies
- Treatment of low back and hip conditions using trigger point trigger pt needling, manual therapy, kinesiotaping (RockTape!), and exercise therapy
- Review of low back and hip anatomy including boney landmarks, muscles, tendons, ligaments, as well as relevant vessels and nerves related to needling.
- Kinesiology of the core- how does our core function and where common things go awry.
- Orthopedic testing for the low back and hips to identify probable anatomical issues and how to assess movement of the core including range of motion as well as biomechanical abnormalities.
- Review some of the common low back and hip pathologies seen in clinic including lumbar strain, Disc Herniation, Hip flexor strain, hamstring strain and tendinosis
Muscles Covered in this course include:
Gluteus Muscles, Piriformis, Multifidi, TFL, Rectus Femoris, Biceps Femoris, QL, Erector Spinae.
About the Instructors
Dr. Samantha Hillyer, ND LAc
Samantha Hillyer is a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist specializing in pain management. She graduated from USC with a B.S. in Health Promotion Disease Prevention and Pre-Med and then continued her journey in health and medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, both in Arizona. Samantha has been extensively trained in injections and pain therapies such as prolotherapy by Hackett Hemwall, trigger point injections and has training in sports taping. In addition to her practice in Bellevue WA, she travels to teach trigger point acupuncture and run Be Well Get Away wellness retreats.