Introduction to LumboPelvic Dry Needling & Pelvic Floor Acupuncture 2-day Seminar
Pelvic Floor dysfunctions encompass a number of recalcitrant, difficult to treat and debilitating painful and neurological conditions for which there are few options for treatment in the current, mainstream medical system. Pelvic floor disorders are crippling to many patients, stressing marriages and relationships, affecting sexual and urogenital function, and significantly reducing the quality of the patient’s life. While Acupuncture is one of the few treatments out there that can truly help resolve pelvic floor pain and dysfunction, there are very few acupuncturists that specialize in treating pelvic floor disorders. Dr. Jamie Hampton, DAOM, L.Ac. is changing that by offering this seminar. Dr. Hampton has specialized in treating pelvic floor for 15 years and draws on her experience to give you a dynamic, clinically focused class.
The pelvis is the attachment site of some 36 muscles. Understanding these structures and their relation to the pelvis is key. In this seminar, we start with some of the larger muscles that can affect the function of the pelvis and the pelvic floor and can cause pain into the pelvis and pelvic floor via trigger point referrals. We then go into the ligaments and the pelvic floor itself, covering needling of the pelvic ligaments, pelvic diaphragm/levator ani, common urogenitary, and treatment strategies. Of course, this seminar includes guided hands-on practice of needling.
Other crucial aspects of treating pelvic floor patients are covered in this seminar, including treatment room and patient management skills such as draping, informed consent, communication, ethics, patient interaction and treatment room etiquette, and so on. This is the important training you get on the actual practice of pelvic floor acupuncture, which is crucial so you can start treating these patients after the seminar.
Attendees of Jamie’s classes also get access to her private community, where they can ask question and receive guidance on helping pelvic floor patients.
Dates: March 23rd & 24th, 2024
Time: Saturday 9:00am-6:30pm; Sunday 9:00am-6:00pm
Location: Dublin, Ireland
PLEASE NOTE: There will be needling practice during the seminar, including in the pelvic floor region. Attendees must be prepared to needle and be needled in the pelvic floor region.
Coursework for this seminar will be added to your account as it becomes available, and can be found in ‘My Account’. This seminar includes:
- Slides/Power Point: Added around 1 month prior to the seminar
Please note, all attendees must:
- Be able to be needled
- Be willing to participate in the hands-on practical portion of the seminar
Seminar cancellation/refund policy:
- There are no refunds. For cancellations 30 days or more before the seminar, a credit for a live seminar will be issued. Credit must be used within 12 months of the seminar date
- Cancellations within 21 days or less of the seminar: No refunds or credits. However, if you test positive for COVID within two weeks prior to the seminar and submit proof/test results, a credit will be issued
- Cancellation due to COVID: This would occur only if National, State/Provincial, or local government prevented the event from taking place and forced us to cancel the seminar. For example, due to a shut down or national travel ban. In these cases, refunds will be issued
- Review trigger points, pain, peripheral and central sensitization, pain referrals
- Review and learn the specific muscles of the lumbo-pelvic region: Adductors, Pectineus, Iliopsoas, etc. (listed below)
- Review anatomy of the pelvis including bones and ligaments
- Learn the anatomy and function of the pelvic diaphragm, levator ani, and perineum
- Understand common pelvic floor complaints, pain, and disorders due to trigger points, pelvic and pelvic floor dysfunction
- Learn treatment strategies and needling techniques for bladder pain and scars
- Understand proper treatment room etiquette and ethics when treating pelvic floor patients
Course outline: This outline may change some as the class curriculum gets finalized.
9:00am-9:30am: Introduction to the weekend course; Trigger Point Needling/Dry Needling Overview
9:30-10:30: Trigger point anatomy; Pain: Peripheral and central sensitization; Trigger Point Referrals
10:45-11:45: Palpation, needling skills/techniques
11:45-12:00pm: Needling demo
1:00-1:30: Piriformis lecture and demo
1:30-2:00: Piriformis hands-on
2:00-2:30: Multifidi and QL lecture and demo
2:30-3:00: Multifidi and QL hands-on
3:00-3:30: Adductors & Pectineus; The femoral triangle
3:30-4:00: Adductors & Pectineus hands-on practice
4:00-4:30: Iliopsoas lecture and demo
4:30-5:00: Iliopsoas hands-on practice
5:00-5:30: Continued lab/supervised practice
5:30-6:30: Clinical ethics and how to approach your patient safely, including victims of sexual abuse/violence, with discussion
9:00am-10:00am: Unwrapping the Pelvis with female emphasis: Overview of Anatomy & Physiology; bones, ligaments, pelvic diaphragm & levator ani, perineum & anococcygeal ligament, palpation specific to the PF
9:30am-10:00am: Getting familiar with needling the pelvic floor: informed consent, communication, safety; palpation if not covered above
10:00am-11:00am: Acupuncture techniques in the pelvic floor overview: Needling technique for the PF overview; needle sizes, lengths, ideal techniques
11:00am-11:15am: Draping and ligament demos
11:15am-12:00pm: Ligaments hands-on practice
1:00-1:30: Pelvic diaphragm/Levator ani demos
1:30-2:15: Pelvic diaphragm/Levator ani hands-on practice
2:15-2:45pm: Obturator Internus, Obturator Externus, Gemellus lecture
2:45-3:15pm: Obturator Internus, Obturator Externus, Gemellus hands-on practice
3:15pm-3:45pm: Anococcygeal lecture and demo
3:30pm-4:15pm: Anococcygeal hands-on practice
4:15-4:45: Bladder lecture including urachus, rec abs, pyramidalis, umbilicus needling
4:45-5:15: Bladder hands-on practice: rec abs, urachus, umbilicus needling
5:15-5:30: Postpartum birth/trauma scar/episiotomy
5:30-6:00: Scars hands-on practice
Instructor: Jamie Hampton, DAOM, L.Ac.
Dr. Jamie Hampton is a graduate of The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the oldest TCM school in the US. She has worked in leading San Francisco Bay Area hospitals for the last 18 years with an emphasis on true integration and collaboration within fast paced clinical settings including the ICU. While she was an adjunct professor through University of California, San Francisco she also had the privilege of teaching grand rounds to medical students. This experience blossomed into a faculty position at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medical College in Berkeley, CA where she taught advanced needling technique, gynecology and advanced formula writing. This solidified her love of teaching and connecting with her students, conveying the power of TCM and all its abilities. She was also co-founder of Golden Leaf Acupuncture in Berkeley, CA which was University California Berkeley’s leading provider for students as well as faculty and staff. Having discovered a total lack of treatment options for pelvic floor pain (including acupuncture) Dr. Hampton made it her mission to specialize in helping these patients. She has treated pelvic floor patients since 2009. Currently Dr. Hampton practices in Berkley, CA specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction and complex orthopedic cases.
Assistant: Darren O’Rourke, L.Ac.
Darren O Rourke, L.Ac, NMPT, R.Herb, has been a licensed acupuncturist in Dublin, Ireland since 2013 and a Neuromuscular Physical Therapist since 2015. He graduated from the Acupuncture Foundation of Ireland and participated in an internship in the Neurological department of the 2nd Provincial Hospital of Nanjing, China. Darren specializes in the treatment of the Musculoskeletal system and has a busy private practice in Dublin Ireland working with professional athletes including individual fighters and football teams. Darren is passionate about the integration of dry needling and manual therapeutic techniques becoming more established into the field of acupuncture and feels it will place Acupuncturists as the go-to therapists for MSK conditions. In addition to practicing, Darren assists in seminars with ASE Seminars LLC, including pelvic floor, EXSTORE, and dry needling.