Functional Integrative Rehabilitation Education

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

Ahh, yes... The Trapezius

We all know that needling the trapezius can be a great thing, especially with the typical "J" referral pattern working so well for headache and neck pain. 

We also know there is much literature to be found regarding its efficacy for: mechanical neck pain (1,2), myofascial pain (2-4), range of motion (5), local blood flow (6), among a . . .

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June 13, 2016

A great Exercise for Obliques

It can be hard to hit those obliques. They are especially important since they are king when it comes to saggital and transverse plane stability. Here is an interesting twist on the side bridge I like to use. Thanks to Jason Shane from Shane Physiotherapy for filming and posting this clip from the recent Vancouver Level 1 course in May.  . . .

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June 07, 2016


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