Posture, Structure, Function and Knife Needles

With Guest: Brian Bowen

Episode Qi105

Musculoskeletal issues are the bread and butter of many acupuncture practices. Many people only think of acupuncture when they think about the treatment of pain, and not without good reason.

Acupuncture is helpful in the treatment of pain. And as acupuncturists we know we could probably do a lot better too.

In this conversation we explore the use of the Dao Zhen, the knife needle. But more importantly, we take a look at how the body is put together. And how to “see” the story of a person’s physiology.

Listen in for a conversation about understanding structure and function and a surprising method of needling.
In this conversation we discuss:
  • one fish
  • two fish
  • red fish
  • blue fishHow Brian found his way into acupuncture
  • Passive and active therapies
  • Postural alignment
  • Where to learn about this stuff
  • Attending to the posterior chain
  • The importance of differentiating compensation from dysfunction
  • Knife needles
  • Case study: 82 year old with chronic pain
Brian Bowen
Brian is a nationally certified acupuncturist, licensed in the state of Colorado for acupuncture and medical massage. He is also certified by the Egoscue Method as a Postural Alignment Specialist. Founder of Integrative Health Inc. Wellness Center, Brian created Dāo Needle Therapy, his own unique acupuncture method that employs a specialized needle and combines traditional Oriental medicine with neuro-fascial techniques.
After graduating from the Body Therapy Institute in North Carolina and the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Brian continued his studies in traditional Chinese medicine, as well as in one of the oldest forms of Chinese medicine called five-element acupuncture. After many clinical years in practice, Brian studied with author and well-known acupuncturist Lonny Jarrett over a two-year period in Massachusetts.

During his 19 years in practice, Brian has specialized in musculoskeletal issues, collaborating with osteopaths, chiropractors, and postural alignment specialists. He has studied neuro-muscular therapy, structural integration, myofascial release, and postural alignment, and his high-volume practice affords him the ability to work hands-on with patients to combine different modalities in order to best relieve pain.

Most recently, Brian has been doing research and designing protocols for Dāo Needle Therapy. Brian has dedicated his life to the study of the intricate human being and the use and development of natural base therapies that support healing.
Links and Resources

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Michael Max

Acupuncturist, Podcast Host
About me
I've always been more drawn to questions than answers. And the practice of medicine seems to more lively when infused with a sense of curiosity and inquiry. It's been delight and honor to be able to discuss our medicine with so many thoughtful and skilled practitioners.

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