Reflections on Aging and Independence

December 30, 2014

It’s a cold snap in Boulder with temps at zero. Good weather for reading books. I am delving into the latest book authored by Atul Gawande, about quality of life, aging, independence, nursing home and assisted living issues, and attitudes towards disability and death. It’s title is Being Mortal. It’s timely for me as I […]

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The Case of the Too Heavy Couch

November 30, 2014

This video shows a real short clip of working with maladaptive neuroplasticity in Thoracic and Lumbar muscle tone, skin receptors, kinesthesia. There is a loss of fine and gross motor control. The pain problem has been longstanding, over 15 years.

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Evaluation in the case of the TOO HEAVY couch

November 30, 2014

This short video shows some of the ways the sensory-motor function of the thoracic and Lumbar spine can be assessed. There is longstanding pain coupled with an old injury that has contributed to maladaptive neuroplasticity. This video maps out some of the findings that are present in the brain map of the areas in pain.

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Special Considerations in Chronic Pain Treatment in Physical Therapy (and what to do about it)

November 30, 2014

Bear with me, this is a work in progress.

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Thanksgiving musings

November 30, 2014

  Thanksgiving was really sweet, sharing with friends and family right here in Boulder County.        We were serenaded by my son Jamie and his friend from the bottom of The Silo. Great singing in the dark after an outrageously yummy vegetarian feast. It’s been a heck of a year or so. I’m […]

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Technique: Bone Lever, Patty’s leg

March 5, 2014

This 4.5 minute clip shows how to work with muscle tension/spasm held in a pattern which limits movement at multiple segments of the kinetic chain. The pressure is light, polite , and sustained to influence slow twitch slow adapting postural muscle receptors.

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Contemplating a surgery

June 10, 2013

Considering a surgery is usually a difficult decision. Sometimes it helps to get very logical about it because often our emotions make us want to avoid the risks or perpetually delay the inevitable. With joint pain problems, the surgical option under consideration can be as committing as a total joint replacement. Think knees and hips. […]

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Arthritis surgery recovery: What does that mean?

May 27, 2013

As you may know, I had foot surgery on 4/15/13 for a pretty bad joint in my big toe. So, as I get to be on the patient side of the table, I wonder what is a reasonable recovery? How do I get there? How much motion could I regain in my now post surgical […]

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When it’s okay to bend and twist your back

April 17, 2013

It seems like the time of year I get outside more in my yard. There’s much more bending twisting, raking that I’m paying attention to. The feeling of these movements is called kinesthesia. Two weeks ago the raised garden was planted with cool crops and the dirt turned and worked. Today I was out there […]

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Magic Carpet Back Exercise

February 17, 2013

This gentle back exercise can help you regain movement throughout your back and especially in the middle where we all get rather stiff.  By improving the general flexibility in your back, you’ll more likely be able to move more efficiently, and take strain of the areas that bother you.  This exercise works on the unconscious […]

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