Exercise is the best Rx

I was compelled to publicly answer a few similar questions that I received during breaks in my presentation to the Utah PT Association meeting presentation yesterday. October 26. In an effort to answer the questions of brain to body connection, and the specific dosages of exercise to impact cognitive function, I created this short PPT. […]

Exercise IS the best medicine = #exbestrx

I continue to read, listen, and most importantly LIVE this message. Presented the Brain and Body Connection, one of my favorite topics to speak about, at the Montana Geriatric Education Conference today, MTGEC. Make positive interventions on your immune, GI, psychological/mental health, cognitive, and…oh by the way…your cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems – – all through […]

Vestibular Neuroscience

Pain neuroscience. I think that I “get it” and can even practice physical therapy in a complementary manner. Perhaps I have been for the past decade or so, as a function of earnestly just not being a great manual physical therapist. I have defaulted to find sensory inputs through exercise, stretch, and symmetrical motion that […]

Are We Using the Evidence That We Have?

Gait training after stroke is one of the most common referral reasons for outpatient neurological PT. How uniform, though, is this common procedure? The evidence ONLY says (summarizing): strength training helps; walking is improved through walking, balance training, and virtual reality training (not through time spent on activities in sitting); circuit training can help – […]

Pressure training in neurologic rehabilitation?

Experienced therapists – consider how disabling tone is on some of your patients recovering from stroke. As noted in my June 9th blog on tone, “tone can be unwarranted, unpredictable, excessive, and uncontrollable…causing an ankle to turn in”…and, “Tone can raise in times of stress (after conflict), when a task is perceived to be either […]

Learning About…Motor Learning

If you think that you “know” the answers to all of these questions…think again, as the body of knowledge in motor learning and skill acquisition continue to evolve. Now for the questions: 1) Should a learner receive cues or externally-sourced information about the particulars of how they are moving? 2) How difficult should practice be…how […]

Tone

What is tone? How is tone different from spasticity? Is it normal to have tone, or should it (continue to) be a therapeutic goal to “reduce tone”? While many take the terms and concepts of tone and spasticity to be the same, this is clearly not the case. Staying away from the comfortable couch of […]

Perception Action Podcast: Issue #107

If you are as much of a motor learning, senior health geek as I am – you will appreciate the fact that I am humbled and very honored to have been a guest on Dr. Rob Gray’s Perception-Action Podcast @ShakeyWaits I am a big fan, follower, and now contributor: http://buff.ly/2IDF2Ce       Rehabilitation-Principles-Defined

Where to start?

As I travel the US and world, therapists often ask me how to become “current” or to “stay” current in neurologic rehabilitation. For me, I never stop thinking, and ALWAYS remain critically-open to new ideas. Critically-open…that is. I need to know the physiology behind, even if there is not a science-behind, yet. Often, new ideas START […]

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