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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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