Grasshopper Education

Integrating Physical Therapy with Chinese Medicine

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Got a lot of referrals from massage therapists and chiropractors lately? Didn't think so. But a lot of us do get referrals from physical therapists, the unsung heroes of Western rehabilitative medicine who don't use drugs to deal with inflammation or injury but modalities that are strikingly similar to the techniques that we use. This course will teach you the foundation of a physical therapy program so that you will have a solid understanding of what it means when your patients say they have graduated to "Phase 3" with their PT. You will learn physical therapy modalities and how they relate to our medicine. You will learn to integrate your acupuncture treatments into their physical therapy sessions without over-treating but enhancing outcomes. You will also learn how to find these physical therapists and good ways to introduce, dialogue, and build referral relationships. This course is available for continuing education credit for California, Florida, and NCCAOM.


Instructor Bio

Kenneth Luke MS, ATC, L.Ac.

Kenneth is a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in orthopedic and sports medicine. His patients include elite and professional athletes, weekend warriors, and anyone whose daily activities of work, exercise, recreation or hobbies are affected by injury. As an Athletic Trainer, certified by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Board of Certification, Kenneth has thirty years of experience working with patients in physical therapy clinics, overseeing high school and college sports medicine programs, and as a member of the medical staff of many professional and United States Olympic teams. Kenneth completed graduate studies in Traditional Oriental Medicine and earned his acupuncture license in 2000. He combines the art, knowledge and techniques passed down from eastern traditional medicine with western modern orthopedic medicine to create an integrated and holistic style of treatment. This unique combination of skills has proven to be effective for his patients and provided opportunities for him to teach on the faculty of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, to present courses at conferences around the US and Canada, and to continue to work with professional and Olympic teams and athletes. Before moving to Santa Barbara, Kenneth has had successful private practices in San Diego, Oakland, Sonoma and Marin. Kenneth specializes in: Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Grasshopper asks Ken: What is your favorite Chinese herbal formula? "Cong Chi Tang. It is the antithesis to Western pharmaceutical medicine. It is simple and it is food, and it is very effective."