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 […]

What’s Wrong With the Placebo Effect?

In my years as a Physical Therapist, I have read many research articles and even submitted one for publication. I have read some articles lately that attributed the positive effects of Physical Therapy treatment of acute low back pain to the Placebo Effect. There are a lot of research articles that I have read over […]

The Healing Benefits of Massage

Everyone knows that massage is good for your body. However, studies show that it’s also good for your mind. Research indicates that the power of touch provides benefits beyond relaxation and relief from muscle tension and that massage may actually reduce the need for medications that induce sleep, increase attention span, and alter moods. When […]

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 […]

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