AMAC-1: Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy with Cadavers

The purpose of this course is to provide clinicians with a unique opportunity to study human cadaver anatomy within the context of manual therapy techniques. Students will have an opportunity to identify the major muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves that are the target of many manual therapy techniques targeted at the extremities, thorax/abdomen, spine, and craniofacial region. Specifically, participants will practice the insertion of dry needles into traditional acupoints and typical Ashi points (i.e., myofascial trigger points) on a pro-sected cadaver to determine if surface anatomy matches the anatomical targets. Participants will particularly explore the relationship between common needle Insertion angles/depths and the pleural space, intestines, brain-stem, and major vessels. This will improve safe needling technique and give participants added confidence in their dry needling skills. Fellows-in-training will also explore common hand placement during manual therapy techniques such as mobilization, manipulation, massage, and soft-tissue release to determine whether they match with anatomical targets.

In addition, clinicians will have an opportunity to compare actual anatomical structures on cadavers to images of the same structures with a radiologist. Participants will receive interactive training reading radiographs, diagnostic ultrasound, and MRI images to facilitate more efficient diagnosis of neuromusculoskeletal conditions and general patient education. Special emphasis will be placed on reading images of common spinal conditions.

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