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Functional Integrative Rehabilitation Education

Precision

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. 

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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), . . .

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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

Inflammation and Needling

The necessity of both

 
 It appears injury and repair are both the yin and yang of healing. Injury may be necessary for nerve regeneration to occur, at least in mice. Talk about neural learning! So injuries (from a neurological perspective) may be a good thing!  Perhaps this is why dry needling, intramuscular therapy and acupuncture work so . . .

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June 06, 2016

One way of Needling the Trapezius

Don't forget about or neglect to use dry needling, as it is a great modality and has been shown, in sone studies, to be as effective as deep dry needling (1-3)!

Enjoy this technique video.It will be part f a growing library of clinical technique tips offered by F.I.R.E..  Check back often for new releases or subscribe to my . . .

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June 02, 2016

The Suboccipitals and Greater Occipital Nerve

 

I began this piece a while ago as part of a needling atlas that I was going to co author with one of my mentors, Dr Martha Lucas. The project proved to be more of a task than either of us realized, but some great information came out of it and I am passing some of that along to you here. This is a lengthy post, as the . . .

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May 30, 2016

Needling and Muscle strength

I realize it's late, but I really wanted to get an article out this week, so here we go... 

 

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“The present study shows that a single acupuncture treatment was efficacious for improving isometric quadriceps strength in recreational athletes. These results might have implications not only for athletic performance . . .

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May 26, 2016

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