Brian Freeman Embryology Series
Why is learning Embryology relevant to health professionals?
Associate Professor Brian Freeman is presenting a series of lectures on biodynamic embryology. His presentations are based on the work of German anatomist Erich Blechschmidt in conjunction with modern scientific understanding. Learning embryological growth and movement concepts helps you to understand anatomy and physiology in post-natal life and may help explain the maintenance of health. Failure of these metabolic and gross movements may be a precursor to the development of disease.
Growth and Development is not due to the genetic blueprint alone
The complex formation of a human from a single cell has traditionally been described and explored via the concepts of molecular biology. An emphasis on the genetic blueprint in conjunction with biochemical markers has been a limiting model and can not explain why stem cells can differentiate into different tissue types.
Movement is an important part of the process
According to the biodynamic model of embryology, cellular differentiation and organism form occurs directly in relation to growth forces. While this process could not occur without genes, growth and development involves much more than genetic information alone. He describes cellular movement occurring in relation to movement of the whole and that these movements themselves are important part and stimulate developmental process.
Relevant to adult function
Research in the last decade has explored the concept of epigenetics. Outside forces, be it chemical, environmental or even emotional have been linked to changes in genetic behaviour. In this model, physical mechanical pressure forces are included in this concept. It may be that movement is a prime stimulator of changes on a cellular level. Understanding molecular as well as gross movement may help explain why cells divide into their tissue types and or provide a platform for the initiation of disease.
Explains human anatomy
Understanding movement, development and growth of the embryo helps to explain the how and why anatomy forms and functions the way that it does. Why does the diaphragm have primarily innervation from the mid cervical spine? These lectures will help you explain the complexity of human anatomy from a simple but insightful concept.
Development of disease
In addition the biodynamic embryology model helps to explain why localised pressure forces, such as compression and muscular strengthening are important for the maintenance of bone health and absence can be a precursor for the development of osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Brian Freeman is a consummate speaker. He has presented at conferences in Australia, NZ, UK, Germany, Italy, and France. He has a profound depth of knowledge in this area and he will take your quetions at the end of the session. SCTF ANZ intend to run a series of lectures over the next 12-18 months on different topics.
Lecture 1: The Musculoskeletal System
Learn more about the growth, development of the musculoskeletal system in relation to the whole and underlying principles of biodynamic embryology at this 3 hour seminar.
Tissues including the development of bone, joints, cartilage and muscle will be explored as well as explain under what conditions these structures develop and why.
These concepts are particularly relevant in relation to childhood cases that present in clinical practice, including but not limited to stress fractures, scoliosis, apophysitis and many soft tissue injuries. In addition these concepts are relevant to help explain the maintenance of health and development of disease in older populations including; osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, cartilage injuries and many more.
If you would like to access some related reading material, please click here for some references on biodynamic embryology.