Raised in Palo Alto, California, Ian Armstrong developed a desire for health, fitness, and outdoor activities at an early age. Wishing to maintain close proximity to the outdoors, Ian started off at Humboldt State University and later transferred to the University of New Orleans to study his other passion – jazz music and performance. After several enjoyable years in New Orleans, Ian decided to relocate to San Diego to pursue a Masters of Science in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) where he graduated in 2009 with an emphasis in sports/orthopedic injuries.
Ian has a long history of working with Matt Callison, first as an assistant in his clinic from 2006-2009, then later as a teaching assistant in AcuSport Education. He has been certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture since 2011 and is now the instructor for the Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise class in our Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Program.
In his private practice, Ian has extensive experience treating athletes in rehabilitation and performance. He has spent years working with the elite athletes at Invictus as part of the rehab team at both Regional and CrossFit Games, including their 2014 Affiliate Cup gold.
In addition to his private practice, Ian is the instructor for both orthopedic disorders (TOD) and Advanced TOD at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He is the current supervisor at the RIMAC center at the University of California San Diego where he supervises acupuncture students in treatment of UCSD collegiate athletes working along side the athletic trainers.
Ian is passionate about continuing his craft and education. He is focused on expanding his background in movement, biomechanics and rehabilitation studying a variety of methodologies, some that include: Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), Postural Respiration (through the PRI institute), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and the Eldoa Method by Guy Voyer.
with Brian Lau, Matt Callison, Ian ArmstrongSee In Store
Matt Callison, author of the Sports Medicine Acupuncture textbook is a frequent international lecturer and presenter at symposiums and doctoral programs worldwide. He is a pioneer in North America in the research and development of motor point acupuncture and treatment protocols. He is one of the first to combine sports medicine clinical applications and truly integrate them with traditional Chinese medicine. He is well-known for his work with professional athletes and in developing treatment strategies for the orthopedic injuries affecting the aging athlete. Matt Callison joins his colleagues Brian Lau and Ian Armstrong to present the SMAC Webinar program. This advanced training consists of four Modules and is designed as an intensive curriculum and sequential learning format. This webinar series prepares the practitioner for the “assessment and treatment of injury classes” found in each Module, which are taught as a live in-person course. In this Series, we are covering Module III: The Lower Extremity. Course 1: Anatomy/Palpation and Cadaver Lab. Course 2: Motor Entry Point Locations and Needle Techniques. Course 3: Assessment and Treatment of the Channel Sinews. Course 4: Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise. Exercise prescription for the acupuncturist! The full SMAC Program is as follows: MODULE I—The Spinal Column MODULE II—The Low Back, Hip and Groin MODULE III—The Lower Extremity MODULE IV—The Neck, Shoulder and Upper Extremity
Brian Lau, AP, CSMA, is certified in both Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Structural Integration. He has been on faculty since 2013 with the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program, where he teaches anatomy and physiology, assessment and treatment of the channel sinews (jingjin), and myofascial release.
Matt Callison is a renowned instructor and published author of the Motor Points and Acupuncture Meridians Chart and quintessential texts such as the Motor Point Index (MPI) Reference Guide and Sports Medicine Acupuncture: An Integrated Approach Combining Sports Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has over 27 years of experience in sports medicine and acupuncture.
Ian is an experienced teacher of both the Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders (TOD) and Advanced TOD classes at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and current supervisor at the RIMAC center at the University of California San Diego where he supervises acupuncture students in treatment of UCSD collegiate athletes working alongside the athletic trainers.