Personalities Persist

As a health care professional, I am trained to read charts and look at diagnoses. I am trained to be informed in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiologies. Over the past 30 years of my education – admittedly continuing to learn more every year – I have learned that personalilties persist. We must not only respect (emerging […]

Neuropracticity

Yes, even if you learn a new word, “neuropracticity” (the intentional application of principles leading to neuroplasticity in rehabilitation practice), you are changing your brain. How do we make neuroplasticity more tangible and less theoretical? Consider looking for opportunities to incentivize, constrain, or create avoidances – giving learners a clear pathway toward neuroplasticity – in […]

Seven Parameters of Fitness?

Strength and endurance. I was a largely unschooled, unqualified, and un-certified personal trainer for a small gym in Southwest Missouri before I entered PT school over 30 years ago. My perception and prescriptions of fitness at that time included strength and endurance. Largely, sport science and our culture defined fitness in these terms as well, […]

Aging – Are You Up for It?

The science of aging includes three main components: An understanding of what truly is obligatory and expected in normal aging Specific applications designed to delay the aging process in efforts to perform (sport) or function (life) Rehabilitative considerations, defining what is possible to recover from in the face of advanced age (stroke, TKR, extended bedrest […]

So many variables…so little time

In his 1970 book, Future Shock, author Alvin Toffler coined the term “overchoice”. At times, neurologic rehabilitation may seem to be filled with the burden of overchoice, referring to the overwhelming burden of making a decision when options are both plentiful and seemingly similar/equal. Give feedback or not? What form of feedback? Increase the intensity or […]

Promoting learning and neuroplasticity – three pathways

First, I will acknowledge that some learning is innate and a function of nature, prior to any nurture. Nursing might be the best example of this, coded as a sensory-motor reflex, rather than an instinct. Second, I will acknowledge that some learning is truly by instinct, with no observable sensory to motor connection, but rather […]

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 […]

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