Functional symptoms and today’s neuroscience

Massage therapists and functional symptoms

assessing and treating functional symptoms of lower leg numbnessAs massage therapists, we treat functional symptoms all the time. Functional symptoms means you may have pain or other complaints, but the doctors can find no cause. Nothing shows up on scans.

This can be frustrating to doctors. But for those of us who work with the body, it is normal. We figure out how to resolve your pain or stiffness by getting your body to function better.… Read the rest

Functional Neurology Massage & Head Injury

brain showing lobes, cerebellum, brain stemWhen you have had whiplash, concussion, trauma or head injury, the brain and nervous system may adapt in ways that make it hard to resume normal life. You may find problems with walking, thinking, speaking, memory and learning. You may have lost awareness of a part of your body. You may have exaggerated fear or anger reactions without the pre-injury emotional balance you and your family were accustomed to.… Read the rest

Research, Massage & Ortho-Bionomy®

Would you like to be part of research?

Rosi, the research geek, is a research oriented Rosi OB to neck 2massage therapist. I combine Ortho-Bionomy®, mind-body integration, and Functional Neurology Massage.

I submitted case reports to the Massage Therapy Foundation 2013 and 2014 Practitioner Case Report Contests. Both times, I won Honorable Mention: Mind-Body and Body-Based Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, and Contralateral Treatment for Disabling Shoulder Pain.… Read the rest

How Does Functional Neurology Massage Work?

20948508_sFunctional neurology massage works to bring about better cooperation of the body, emotions and nervous system. It uses learning and feedback principles of neuroplasticity–how the brain can rewire itself–to improve functioning. The assessments (see Functional Neuro–A Different Approach to Massage) may give me information about how sensations are limited or distorted–numbness in one arm, or down one side of the face, or continued pain from an old injury.… Read the rest

Neuroscience of Touch via Aline Newton

Aline Newton, a Rolfer with many publications to her credit, has written the best post I’ve seen on the neuroscience of touch. Her main points, with my interpretation:

  1. Massage therapists and bodyworkers have long been aware of the power of touch to benefit our clients.
  2. Functional MRI’s show that touch influences mood, sensations, movements, thinking and learning capacities.
  3. The brain may have different responses to different kinds of touch, duration and depth, and more research is needed here.
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Neuroplasticity for Parkinson’s Research, Why Not?

Could neuroplasticity for Parkinson’s (PD) be developed by following the same principles that have been effective for recovery from stroke, spinal cord injury, memory decline, loss of use of a limb, hearing impairments, blindness, severe vertigo, and obsessive-compulsive disorder?1

Complete neuron cell diagram, components of a myelinated vertebrate motorneuronRelated Research Has Focused on Neuroprotection, not Neuroplasticity for Parkinson’s

Much of Parkinson’s research has mostly been on drug or surgical options to slow the rate of decline, or to protect the remaining brain cells and their connections.… Read the rest

Neuroplasticity, Brain Injury, Massage

yay-12759848Brain Injury and Neuroplasticity

The ability of the nervous system to adapt, change and repair itself is called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity means you can change how your own brain functions. When you have had a brain injury, what you can do for yourself is key. But you don’t have to do it alone. Integration Massage has the knowledge and experience to help.… Read the rest

Functional Neurology Controversy: Research Needed

How could functional neurological massage become well-accepted when its parent field is controversial?

Our 2012 Functional Neurology for Bodyworkers class was taught by a Board-Certified Chiropractic Functional Neurologist, Dr. Paul Thomas, (American Functional Neurology Society, AFNS), graduate of the Carrick Institute. Dr. Thomas trained in a rigorous three year graduate program after completing his chiropractic studies and was practicing as a Chiropractic Physician.… Read the rest

Functional Neuro–A Different Bodywork Approach

Functional neuro tracks the brain-body connection. Brain_human_normal_inferior_view_with_labels_en.svgMy capacity to make a difference with massage and bodywork changed enormously in 2012, when I took a year-long advanced course called Functional Neurology for Bodyworkers.1 It increased my understanding of the relationship of brain, nervous system, body, and emotions, and how we create neuroplastic changes. I learned to perform a functional neuro assessment. It can be used to treat chronic pain, numbness, “brain fog”, head injury (see Head Injury), or other neurological conditions.… Read the rest

Understanding Fibromyalgia Pain

Understanding Fibromyalgia

continued from previous post–Fibromyalgia: From Disbelief to Documented

fibromyalgia tender points

fibromyalgia tender points

Over the past 12 years, doctors have recognized fibromyalgia as a centrally sensitized pain condition. Central sensitization means the brain and nervous system are hypersensitive. How they interpret pain signals is not functioning properly. Also, a part of the brain that normally regulates pain perception doesn’t work well.… Read the rest