Ian Armstrong

Ian came to Kinetik in 2017 with a strong background in Sports Medicine Acupuncture. Both his private practice and his teaching/supervision of acupuncture students have had a strong emphasis in postural and orthopedic issues in an athletic setting.

 

Ian is a California native who began his academic career at Humboldt State University before transferring to the University of New Orleans to study jazz music and performance. He ultimately returned to the west coast, relocating to San Diego for a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM).

 

After graduating in 2009 with an emphasis in sports/orthopedic injuries, Ian launched an acupuncture career that would allow him to pursue his passion for working directly with clients alongside a lifelong love of learning and pursuing his own continuing education and growth as well as enriching that of others. Ian obtained certification in Sports Medicine Acupuncture in 2011.

 

Ian has a long history of working with renowned acupuncturist Matt Callison: first as an assistant in Matt’s clinic from 2006-2009, later as a teaching assistant in the AcuSport Seminar series, and presently as instructor for Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise in that series. Ian is also the instructor for both TOD (treatment of orthopedic disorders) and Advanced TOD at PCOM. He is also a current supervisor at the RIMAC center at the University of California San Diego where he oversees acupuncture students working alongside the athletic trainers in treatment of UCSD collegiate athletes.

 

In his private practice Ian has extensive experience treating athletes in rehabilitation and performance. He has spent years working with the elite athletes at CrossFit Invictus as part of the rehab team at both the Regional and CrossFit Games, including their 2014 Affiliate Cup gold.

 

Ian remains passionate about developing his craft and education, and continually seeks to further expand his background in movement, biomechanics, and rehabilitation. Some of the various methodologies he has studied include: Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), Postural Respiration (through the PRI institute), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and the ELDOA Method by Guy Voyer.

Education

Master of Science in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine PCOM 2009
Certification in Sports Medicine Acupuncture 2011

Experience

Sports Medicine Acupuncture, Kinetik Performance Co. 2017 to present
Instructor of TOD/Advanced TOD at PCOM
Supervisor at RIMAC Center UCSD
Instructor in AcuSport Seminar series
Private acupuncture practice 2011- present
Participant in international TCM program of Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture, Chengdu University of TCM, Chengdu, Sichuan, PRC

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