Using distal points on the extremities to treat pain conditions elsewhere on the body is one of the most popular and effective methods utilized by acupuncturists. Though the theories and methods by which this is achieved are different, Dr. David Wells, an accomplished practitioner with dual degrees in Chiropractic and Acupuncture, shares in this course his original research into the relationship between acupuncture points on homologous joints, and their applications for the treatment of orthopedic disorders in the extremities.
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Ever since the Yellow Emperor's classic, acupuncturists have been taught to use distal points on the extremities based on channel theory. Much of channel theory derives from the mysterious "vital force" promoted by Georges Soulie in 1929, which has become the basis for modern teaching of acupuncture. However, modern scholars such as Donald Kendall and others have noted that channel theory is in fact based on the distribution of nerves and blood vessels, and have been able to back up this claim with solid scientific evidence.
Dr. David Wells, with dual degrees in chiropractic and acupuncture, posits in this course that the organization of nerve channels utilized by acupuncture stems from embryological development, shortly after the appearance of the neural streak, but before the differentiation of the limbs. Thus, nerves on the hands developed in conjunction with nerves in the feet, nerves in the elbows developed in parallel with nerves on the knees and so forth. Dr. Wells contends that the primitive interconnections of the nervous system are stimulated when acupuncturists use distal points on the extremities. He shares in this course how to successfully locate effective distal treatment points for orthopedic disorders of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, knee, ankle, and feet.
Upon completion of this course, practitioners will:
Understand the function anatomy of extremities and the mechanisms of orthopedic injury.
Understand orthopedic testing to make a biomedical diagnosis.
Understand how to locate effective distal points based on Dr. Wells' theory.
Understand how to prescribe exercise and ergonomic modification to enhance healing and prevent injury.
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