Assessment and Treatment of the Sinew Channels for Pes Planus (Foot Over-Pronation) and Its Relationship to Leg, Ankle and Foot Injuries

Friday, 11/03 at 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Foot pronation is a part of normal foot motion during gait and is regulated by an even balance in the sinew channels, especially the biao li channel relationships of the kidney-urinary bladder and spleen-stomach sinew channels. When the foot is pronated, its spring-like action provides both shock absorption and elastic recoil to propel continuous movement. However, in many people, the foot rolls into excessive pronation, a condition also known as pes planus or foot over-pronation. In pes planus, postural and muscle imbalances predispose the patient to lower extremity injuries such as plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, medial tibial stress syndrome, Achilles tendinopathy, tarsal tunnel syndrome, pes anserine tendinopathy, patellar tendinopathy, and even lumbopelvic and hip injuries. In this workshop, we will assess common muscle imbalances of pes planus and treat the postural distortion with acupuncture protocols and innovative needle techniques to the affected sinew channels. Treatment techniques for many leg, foot, and ankle injuries will be demonstrated. In addition, therapeutic exercises will be demonstrated that greatly enhance rehabilitation success.

Matt Callison & Brian Lau

Matt Callison is well-known for his work with professional athletes and has traveled across the United States to work with NFL players. His unique ability to blend Chinese medicine with sports medicine is particularly evident in his international certification program, Sports Medicine Acupuncture. He has been published on acupuncture and tibial stress syndromes and sports-related muscle tension headaches. Callison created the Motor Point and Acupuncture Meridian Chart and is the author of The Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders and the Sports Medicine Acupuncture textbook. He has worked at Alvarado Sports Medicine Clinic and Scripps Hospital in La Jolla for 6 years. Callison received his master’s from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and serves as PCOM’s supervisor of acupuncture interns at the University of California, San Diego Sports Medicine RIMAC Center. Brian is certified in both Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Structural Integration, developed by Ida Rolf. Since beginning his studies in 1998, his primary focus has been the sinew channels (jingjin)--first in his taiji and qigong practice, then by study of Western fascia systems such as Anatomy Trains, and finally through direct exploration of the sinew channels described in Chinese medicine. This included literature review and work with Matt Callison in cadaver dissection under the auspices of the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program. He continues to work with SMAC and is on the faculty of East West College of Natural Medicine in Florida, where he also maintains a private practice.