Appreciated refreshing the anatomy landmarks, because of their obvious importance to clinical practice
I have completed three Anatomical Acupuncture courses, traveling from Brisbane to Perth for each course. Prior to the first course I researched the available Dry Needling courses and based o...
I completed the Advanced Upper and Advanced Lower Quadrant courses with Doug. I found the quality of the content, especially applied anatomy and practical instruction to be exceptional, and ...
Doug I found the;
- +case study presentations
- +demos and low ratio of student to presenter
- +plantar fascia discussion
- +wet lab anatomy workshop
I enjoyed the opportunity to work through a complex case study, including diagnosis and treatment (all forms of physiotherapy treatment) and then see optimal management.
Have purchased the Visible Body app for my iPad.
And how happy am I??
This app is just amazing!
Can't wait to get using it with my patients.
Big thanks to Doug for t...
Thank you for another great course (Advanced Upper Quadrant), it was an excellent anatomy refresher and I have used the techniques extensively with some really good effects in conjunction with my othe...
Hi Doug, Thanks so much! I have found this stuff very exciting especially for my fibro long term patients. Real functional changes!!
The Introductory/Refresher Course was Excellent, both in clinical reasoning and in the practical sessions.
The locations of trigger points, the areas of referred pain/sensation and the...
Great having the pre-reading materials and the practical experience under guidance. Also the anecdotal stuff and case studies throughout the course.
I started to learn acupuncture quite a number of years ago with Doug's Introductory course in Acupuncture. I returned to my clinic immediately enthusiastic to implement my new skill. In ...
I found the explanation of the pain patterns and clinical reasoning of case studies helpful. This helped me to understand when to use these dry needling techniques on my own clients.
Good to get the time to practice each area + excellent guidance and supervision in checking technique
I appreciated the revision of anatomy and specifically to visualise body parts as in a 3D model. It's been great!!
I liked the demonstration and then having time to go away and practice. Also the take home needling kit to practice at home straight away. It was a good course enhancing understanding of anatomy at a ...
Since doing the Upper and Lower Quadrant courses, I feel much more confident using dry needling on patients. The courses have empowered me with practical skills and knowledge that I was able to immedi...
The aspects of the course that I found most useful;
+ The detailed analysis and method of presentation of anatomy and palpation
The simple and clear explanations made it easier to und...
I have meant to write to you for a long time now regarding the courses I completed with you in July. I wanted to write to say thank you so much for everything over those 6...
The length of time + content of the Introductory Course was perfect for the two days. Plenty of time for observation of technique.
Very specific- anatomy and technique... challenges you to think critically about exactly what your are targeting and the reason behind why you are doing it
I really appreciate the anatomy review from the presenter and his explanation of how acupuncture assists clients
I was very helpful to have the Anatomy Wet Lab Workshop before the advanced course to orientate ourselves to the relevant anatomy.
I found the relaxed environment, made it easier to learn and the pre-reading was helpful.
As a recent grad, I believe this information is critical as another tool for assessment and treatment....
Surface Anatomy - great revision of what we all think we know so well, but actually don't!
Theory covered - good refresher Surface anatomy + palpation - good refresher Inclusion of case studies very helpful
I was just thinking about you this morning. I was DNing a patient and thought about how well run, enjoyable and useful your course was. I did the Introductory Course 2-3 years ago...
Thank you very much for coming up to Perth and specifically designing a program for us. Communication prior to the course was top standard, the custom upper limb program was ver...
Hey Doug, Just want to say a quick thanks for sending out these Clinical Kit eZines to those who have previously undertaken you courses. The info is really much appreciated and the effort you go i...
I found the following aspects of the Introductory Course most helpful;
- dry needling theory + clinical education
- laid back environment
- anatomical revision
I found the case studies, clinical decision discussions, differences in treatment using soft tissues techniques & dry needling, clinical findings and the range of treatment choices available...
- the practical aspect
- having sufficient time and
- good demonstration & supervision most helpful.
The course manual is very informative t...
Great course Doug. A good mix of theory and practical and thoroughly enjoyed the way you present. Thanking you.
1. Practical sessions were very helpful, as was the provided feedback by presenter
2. Course handbook as reference source
The teaching of the anatomy - superficial and deep was very helpful and presented differently to uni - I would be keen to learn more anatomy this way
The further information i.e. the extension from the Introductory Course I felt was vital.
Introductory Course was great, but this quadrant specific course is amazing - so much detail and s...
The course had a great balance of theory and practical. I enjoyed learning all the trigger points and referral patterns.
I really appreciated the casual environment in which the course was ...
I found the comprehensive take home manual, and DVD of technique most helpful
I really liked;
- Case studies, to think about where dry needling has been applied successfully
- Review of anatomy and cross sectional slides, because I haven't seen those i...
I found the practical sessions and review of anatomy most helpful. Didn't think I would lose that much recall since only recently graduating, but seems I have!
Key points were the professio...
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Book Review - HA, Orofacial Pain & Bruxism
I am often asked on courses what textbooks I am currently reading or would recommend.
Honestly, as far as books go I wish I could read them all. I get a nudges in the ribs at 11.00pm with a “please turnout the light” request, and then at 2.00am “what are you doing with your camping headlight on?” I am pretty bad.
Each book I will give a ‘battery’ rating in honor of my humble camping headlight
1 battery = poor (not worth turning on your headlight)
2 battery = average (some bright spots but overall dim)
3 battery = good (well lit, with mostly relevant information)
4 battery = very good (provides good quality, relevant information in abundance
5 battery = excellent (a real blinder – go buy now)
Headache, Orofacial Pain and Bruxism: Diagnosis and multidisciplinary approaches to management
Amazons says ”has been written by clinicians for clinicians. It contains the collective knowledge of hundreds of years of clinical experience.”yawn….yawn” The authors are drawn from a range of disciplines which regularly encounter patients with headache, orofacial pain or bruxism. They have described evidence-informed clinical practice derived from anatomical, physiological, and biomechanical concepts.”
Congratulations to Peter, Ken and Maria on compiling this book. In a nutshell this is a good read, and for many reasons.
The strength for me is that in addition to looking at the current literature from a manual therapists perspective, it also provides a window of how practitioners of other disciplines would approach clients. This is also a weakness. As with over 40 authors there is a degree of repetition when reading from chapter to chapter due to topic similarity. You get that.
Whether ascribing to the migraine+/- aura, tension type and cervicogenic headache definitions (IHS definitions) or for the trigemino-cervial-nucleus sensitivity theory; awareness of the global factors that will contribute to HA symptoms, leads to the concept of multi-practitioner involvement.
In short, the book has 27 chapters and is divided into 3 sections; Diagnosis, Approaches & Treatment.
The Diagnosis Section covers Peripheral (Red flags, HA, Migraine, TMJ, ENT Source, Eye Sources, Vestibular Sources), Central Mechanisms and Measurement. Here, there is a fair degree of repetition about classifications that could be thinned. However, it provides a good overview of what to consider initially when faced with a client presenting with neck, head & TMJ pain. Information about onset pattern, age relevance and medications I found helpful.
As primary contact practitioners (especially in my rural and remote situation), an understanding of the non-mechanical influences on symptoms is important. Non-musculoskeletal sources of pain; eyes, ear, nose, throat, vestibular and central sensitisation are also well covered and informative.
The Approaches Sections spans the manual therapists (physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopathy) medical, dental, psychological and psychiatric treatments. Most readers of this blog will be familiar with the manual therapy approach (muscular, joint and neural) but I always enjoy reviews (getting older and forgetful!) as they consolidate and confirm correct management. There is always some clinical gem to be picked up when reading experienced authors. I designed a HA diary as a direct result of reading one chapter and clients love it. Simple, obvious but I had not previously implemented.
The Treatment Section is an extension of the Approaches Section. This covers trigger point, dry needling, laser, Feldenkrais, botox and neurosurgery options.
I didn’t check all references… but in the areas of personal interest I did note that some were incorrect (not there or wrong one referenced). Annoying when wanting to follow up themes. Diagrams were good, and cases studies are often used to illustrate treatment concepts. A good book to have on the shelf and better if you read it.
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