Functional Integrative Rehabilitation Education

The Temporalis

TMJ problems? Have you needled the temporalis? I find needling this muscle,along with the pterygoids to be paramount in TMJ dysfunction management. It seems that the antagonistic action or yin and yang of these two can solve mant TMY woes. Think of the interplay of the vertical fibers of the temporailis and the vertical fibers of the . . .

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October 27, 2016

3 Points for Ankle Instability..

Not EXACTLY trigger point dry needling, but a form of needling nonetheless



In this study (1) they stimulated 3 points: ST41, BL60 and GB40. Take a look at their locations (above). ST41 (2) is at the base of the long extensor tendons; gee, we never emphasize long extensor function, do we? GB 40 is at the lateral malleolus between the peroneus longus/brevis and peroneus tertius; how important are these . . .

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October 24, 2016

The Levator Scapula

levator scapula: from Ivo Waerlop on Vimeo.

From its proximal attachment to the upper 4 cervical transverse processes to its distal attachment to the superior medial border of the scapula, this muscle has multiple actions:

  • elevating the scapula
  • tipping the glenoid downward
  • ipsilateral rotation of the cervical spine
  • ipsilateral flexion . . .

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September 29, 2016

Level One Class Graduates in Vancouver!

I had privilege to work with these fine instructors on my team this past weekend to teach Level 1 Dry Needling in Vancouver, BC. This is a great group of PT's who are a genuine pleasure to work worth. Thanks to Karly Foster and Aaron Vani and congrats to the graduating class!

We talked about many different aspects of needling and . . .

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September 26, 2016

The Often "Overlooked" Diaphragm

Guest Article by Dr Mitch Peritz

This is my 1st "guest" article on the blog. I asked my good friend, Mitch, who will teaching a muscle testing seminar for FIRE in October if he would write one related to dry needling and below is what he wrote! He set the bar pretty high, which is one of the things I appreciate about him.  Mitch is a very talented, caring doc with a . . .

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September 16, 2016

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


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