Webinar Summary: Integrating Classical and Modern Acupuncture Orthopedics: The Cervical Spine


In January we hosted Anthony Von der Muhll, L.Ac., DAOM, DNBAO, FAIPM. for his FREE webinar, Integrating Classical & Modern Acupuncture Orthopedics: The Cervical Spine.








About this webinar:

In this webinar, our featured guest, Dr. Anthony Von der Muhll discussed how combining exam and treatment of the classical jing-jin (“sinew meridians” or myofascial tracts) of the neck with contemporary orthopedics can enhance outcomes and improve safety for our patients.

He reviewed posture and motion dysfunctions of the neck, and the arthritic progression from strain/sprain to derangement and degeneration. Simple history-taking techniques for neck complaints can help us identify “red flag” symptoms of urgent/serious medical conditions warranting referral to physician care, while differentiating muscles, joint, disc, spinal cord and nerve injuries, as well as neural hypersensitization and psycho-social factors in neck pain.

Physical exam of the neck, including observation, palpation and active range-of-motion can guide treatment of the neck pain and injuries, including when and how to use distant vs. local needling and electroacupuncture, releasing muscle tension through myofascial trigger point needling, and prolo-acupuncture for spinal stabilization and mobilization.

What You Will Learn:

  • Essential history and physical exam to identify urgent/serious neck conditions, differentiate among bone, joint, disc, muscle and nerve disorders
  • How classical and orthopedic exam of the neck can guide acupuncture and improve outcomes
  • How classical acupuncture of the Jing-Jin (“Sinew Meridians” or Myofascial Tracts) and modern orthopedic acupuncture complement each other

Who Should Watch:

  • Practitioners and students looking to learn more about orthopedics
  • Practitioners and students looking to learn more about treating neck pain
  • Practitioners and Students looking to add to their Treatment Tool Box

About Our Speaker:

Anthony Von der Muhll is the founder of AOM Professional, and has taught Certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics since 2015, and served as a clinical supervisor at the Masters and Doctorate levels for over 15 years. He has also taught acupuncture orthopedics and pain management in the DAOM and DACM programs of the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (Oakland CA), the American College of TCM (San Francisco, CA), the Five Branches University of TCM (Santa Cruz, CA), and the Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (Fairfax, VA). He has been a featured instructor in acupuncture orthopedics at conferences of the Sports Acupuncture Alliance, the California State Oriental Medical Association, California Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine Associates, and the Acupuncture Society of Virginia.

Anthony Von der Muhll is one of the only acupuncturists in the US with extensive experience serving as an expert witness for the California Acupuncture Board and in civil malpractice litigation. He emphasizes the highest standards of safety, ethics and sustainability in his classes.

Anthony Von der Muhll graduated from the Five Branches University of TCM in 2002, and founded the Santa Cruz Acupuncture Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic in 2003. In 2020, Anthony relocated to the East San Francisco Bay, where he now practices at the Sports Acupuncture Clinic/Berkeley Bamboo Clinic operated by his wife, Tamara Brown, L.Ac., DACM. His education, training and clinical experience includes:

  • Clinical practice since 2003 as a licensed acupuncturist, and since 1998 as a sports massage therapist, physical therapy aide, and athletic training assistant.
  • Clinical practice multi-disciplinary integrative medicine clinics, including SpineMed Associates and the PRIME Pain Medicine Institute.
  • California Acupuncture License 9132 (2003)
  • Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine (2002), and first graduate of Five Branches University of TCM’s Integrative Sports Medicine program (2003)
  • Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Orthopedics and Pain Management specialization), Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (2021)
  • Clinical Supervisor and Associate Professor at Five Branches University of TCM since 2005 (MTCM and DACM programs)
  • Doctoral Clinical Supervisor and Academic Instructor at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences since 2017
  • Doctoral Instructor at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2019
  • Doctoral Instructor at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine (2020)
  • Certificates in Sports Massage and Acupressure (1998)
  • Diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics (2006)
  • Certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (2006)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (2014)
  • Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist (trigger point needling), Myopain Seminars (2017)
  • Subject Matter Expert for the California Acupuncture Board (CAB)
  • Expert Witness in civil malpractice litigation and complaints to regulatory boards and insurers.