Functional Integrative Rehabilitation Education

Gaining Anterior Length, Through Posterior Strength and vice versa….

A Lesson in Reciprocal Inhibition

I apologize for the lag in posts as of late. Life, as you know, can get quite busy sometimes and this has been “one of those times”…

I found an article quite by accident. I was leafing through an older copy of one of, if not my favorite journals “Lower Extremity Review” (1) and there it was. An article entitled . . .

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August 27, 2016

Achilles tendonitis and tendinopathy


Achilles pain. You can’t live with it and you can’t live with it. Can needling help? The obvious answer is yes, but there is more as well.

There appears to be sufficient data to support the use of needling for achilles tendon problems (1-7). perhaps it is the “reorganization” of collagen that makes it effective . . .

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August 02, 2016

The Obliquus Captis Inferior


I have spoken many times in my lectures about the subocipital musculature and eye coordination. The cervical ocular reflex is at play. Briefly described, the upper for cervical neuromere's project directly into the flocculonodular lobe of the cerebellum. Afferents from this area project upward to the medial, . . .

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July 21, 2016

Everything you need to know about Needling the 2 minutes...

The title says it all. This is from the June 2016 Vancouver, BC Level 2 course. 

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July 07, 2016

1 point that influences gait

As I am flying home from teaching an extremity dry needling course in Vancouver, BC, I was reminded of many things and just how intertwined dry needling and acupuncture are.

When talking about the lower extremity and gait (as I have been know to do at more that one seminar), I often talk about the “reverse engineering” principle . . .

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July 05, 2016

The Paraspinals: A review

Here is a quick video of some pertinent points to remember PRIOR to needling the c spine, excerpted from a seminar I did in Vancouver in May. 


Discussing the Cervical Spine: trigger points and anatomy from Ivo Waerlop on Vimeo.


Keep on Needling!



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June 23, 2016


The importance of anatomical localization: The Scalenes

When needling, whether it be dry kneeling or acupuncture, precision is key (1, 2). It is often said that "if you don't know where your needle is, you probably shouldn't be there". This is very true and in areas like the apex of the lung field, especially prudent. 

The . . .

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June 20, 2016


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