My Dear Old Dad and His Back Pain

When I am working with someone with a back problem, part of what I try to do is help them understand the importance of putting in a certain amount of effort and energy into preventing a re-occurrence of this problem or keeping it from being a major problem in their lives. I often ask people […]

Patience and Sports Medicine

The other day I worked with a young man who is a highschool wrestler. He had injured his back last summer doing a lifting job. He had also sprained his ankle during a wrestling practice. Although he was in a great deal of pain during his practices and matches, the last thing that he wanted […]

Physical Therapy and Chiropractics: Commonality Through Competition

I was recently attending the Duke Mind-Body Medicine study group and heard the presentation of a local Chiropractor. He was attempting to inform the audience of what chiropractic is all about. This was his second presentation this year in the same vein. As he was presenting, I was very uncomfortable with the mode of presentation […]

Stress and the Inseparable Body-Mind-Soul

Yesterday, a friend of mine got a “crick in his neck”. His neck had been slightly stiff for the past few days, and he had a restless night the night before. Yesterday morning he had some grabbing pain in the morning especially when he would turn his head to the left. As the day went […]

Back Pain and the Sense of Coherence

A colleague of mine relayed a story of a new patient that just started to see him for Physical Therapy. This person had several accidents and a neck and shoulder surgery. He was in severe pain and any movement to the neck and shoulder would increase his pain. He had some not-so-good experiences with physical […]

Motion is Life – Emotion is Life

This past month, I attended two short workshops in conjunction with the American Dance Festival. They were held in the Physical Therapy department at Duke University. The teacher was a dancer named Amy Dowling. She was teaching dance students how to take dance into the community. Their teaching was a celebration of movement, music and […]

The Nature of Treatment – It’s More Than Physical

I was treating my soon-to-be husband for his back problem, when he said to me “you think that you are just mobilizing my back but you are doing a lot more than that. You are working on an energetic level.” He was an acupuncturist and clinical psychologist. He was used to working in the realms […]

Behind Carpal Tunnel Sydrome: Do Nerves Actually Move?

As you sit at your computer working or surfing the Internet, you may be aware of your hands, arms, or neck, painful, or feeling numb or pins and needles. Most people, who work on computers, are aware of the increasing prevalence of a group of maladies known as “repetitive strain injuries”. These include carpal tunnel […]

Stinging Nettles: The Many Health Benefits of This Overlooked Herb

Nettles (Urtica spp.) are among the more versatile and therapeutic, yet maligned and under-utilized, western herbs. Commonly used in earlier centuries for fiber and netmaking, nettle’s medicinal value is now being recognized. Though nettles make an excellent potherb for use in soups and casseroles, nowadays they are often part of herbal formulas for specific conditions, […]

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