Dry Needling Therapy…Archetypal Postures

Dry Needling Therapy...Archetypal Postures

A deviation from strictly Dry Needling topics in this post.

I was invited to attend a new study group by an Osteopath colleague of mine, Dr Rohan Armstrong. It was billed as a special night, full of surprise guests & interesting topics.

One of the guests was an international visitor, an osteopath from France & another had lectured in Australia & overseas. How could I resist?

I arrived at Rohan’s clinic and was greeted by 10 other Osteopaths from City Osteopathy. Many of them young, exciting, fresh faces from the Osteopathic profession. One could sense their energy in the room and the power of their enthusiasm for their chosen craft. I knew I was in for a great night.

The evening started off with a very practical & important review of a patient neurological examination from Dr Lachlan Goodwin. The last time I had studied this topic in a lecture room was 30 years ago. So it was very generous of Lachlan not to ask too many curly questions of the audience. This review was refreshing and very helpful. It reminded us all of how important it is as primary care practitioners to keep up our examination skills. With good examination skills we can find clues to hidden pathologies as well as rule out serious problems. A great presentation. 

Our second & final topic for the night was about Archetypal Postures. This topic is the work of Dr Phillip Beach, a New Zealand Osteopath. 

Dr Beach’s encourages people to value the floor. 

As far as possible he avoids chairs and at home always sits on the floor. He also practices getting up and down from the floor.

He says that feet are as important as your face and hands – they are all part of that embryological structure called the Wolffian ridge – and shoes deprive your feet of sensation. 

He has trained his feet so that he can walk across reasonably rough terrain. Dr Beach claims that taking your feet out of your shoes, which he calls “sensory deprivation chambers” is a great way to help patients who suffer from back pain.

Rohan presented Dr Beach’s work in a entertaining and practical manner by getting us all to take our shoes off and get down on the floor. He then took us through some of sitting, crouching & squatting postures that Dr Beach advocates.

The poses & postures Rohan put us through were very interesting. The explanations for why they’re helpful made perfect sense.

One of the postures was simply to get into a full squat. This was something many of us never attempt unless we practice martial arts or dance. 

A full squat is a great compound pose that has many useful benefits including stretching the plantar fascia & the calf muscles, engaging the knee into full flexion and loading the patellae, as well as applying passive traction to the lumbar spine, all in one position.

Although many of our patients & indeed many of us as practitioners will not be able to perform a full squat, Rohan explained that the squat and other postures could be broken down into simpler moves to suit almost everyone’s ability.

What’s great is that many of the postures that Rohan demonstrated can be used to help our patients reduce pain, increase flexibility & increase core strength without the need for expensive equipment or joining a gym.

If you want to learn more about Dr Beach’s work, here’s the link to his site.

Many things came out of last night’s CPD meeting:

  • I got valuable information that I can use today in my practice
  • I challenged my thinking
  • I was inspired by the knowledge, professionalism & enthusiasm of the presenters
But most of all, I was reminded of the importance of continuing professional development.
Whatever profession you’re in, I urge you to meet with your colleagues regularly in small groups, create an agenda for the topics in advance and keep learning!

Thanks City Osteopathy, the profession is in good hands.


Dr Wayne W Mahmoud
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