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. Participants 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.

Additionally, clinicians will be provided with a unique opportunity to dissect portions of the cadavers. The dissection of cadavers will enhance the appreciation of relevant anatomy and depth of structures as applicable to clinical techniques. Special consideration in these dissections is also given to the performance of laminectomies and joint disarticulations to further explore relevant musculoskeletal anatomy.

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