Foundations of Orthopedic Acupuncture: Lower Back Pain

13 CEUs from the NCCAOM

19th century Japanese painting by Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1853) of Hua Tuo performing surgery on general Guan Yu.

19th century Japanese painting by Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1853) of Hua Tuo performing surgery on general Guan Yu.


Back pain is one of the top reasons patients come to see us

When a patient is in pain, it is all too common to simply needle the area that hurts. With some sophistication, the practitioner might needle the affected channel and gently reduce the pain. Sometimes this doesn’t work. When the patient has deep, stubborn ashi knots and their sinew channels are bound in more complex pattens, simple local and channel needling will not be effective. In order to address these more difficult situations, finding and releasing the spiderweb of ashi knots that travel through the sinew channels is key. In this class, you will learn how to handle these more complex and stubborn situations while developing your basic needling skills.

The three pillars of the class are: learning to properly needle ashi knots, distinguishing between blood and qi injuries, assessing the leg sinew meridians and their relationship with the lower back.  We will go over two useful techniques: sparrow pecking, the traditional Chinese version of dry needling and 108 hands of Lohan, a deep tonification technique in a great learning environment with a focus on hands on work. We will work in small groups to practice finding and needling ashi knots. The class size will be limited to ensure close supervision and one-on-one instruction.

You will walk away from the weekend feeling capable in using free hand needle techniques, trusting an elegant three step process in treating pain and making a real difference with your patients.  And you will be much better than any “dry needler.”  These skills will translate naturally to treating pain of all sorts. Excited to see you.



The methods that I will teach in this class were taught to me by Andrew Nugent-Head. Andrew is an extremely experienced teacher who has spent a great deal of his life connecting to the traditional arts of Chinese medicine and passing on the learning that his teachers gave to him. In turn, I am offering what I have learned to you. For additional information on Andrew Nugent-Head and his Association for Traditional Studies. Here is an article that Andrew wrote in the Journal of Chinese Medicine discussing Ashi work.



This class will be a hands on class. Make sure you wear loose fitting clothes or bring shorts. We will be working with the low back, buttock and legs. You are welcome to bring needles with you and we will provide you with a variety of needles to use.

The class will be limited to 10 participants, reserve your spot now.

Please read Andrew’s article on Ashi work.


When: Saturday/Sunday November 2nd and 3rd 2019 (9am-5pm)

Where: 1915 I St NW,Suite 700, Washington DC 20006

Cost: $350, early bird special $300 before Sep 31st, student rate $275


Email or call to reserve your spot.

The class will be limited to 10 participants in order to receive proper individualized attention.

Contact: Todd McCloskey @ 484.995.7877 or