Functional Neurology Controversy: Needs Research

How could functional neurology 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), graduate of the Carrick Institute. Like other chiropractic functional neurologists, Dr. Thomas trained in a rigorous three year graduate program after completing his chiropractic studies.

Chiropractic functional neurologists often have 3 to 6 month wait lists.… Read the rest

Fibromyalgia Treatment: Exercise, Massage, O-B

Fibromyalgia Treatment is continued from Fibromyalgia Cause is Still a Mystery.

yay-1064623People usually consult their physicians for fibromyalgia treatment. Although some have found medication to be effective for pain relief and improved sleep, others prefer to supplement with integrative approaches. Still others like to do everything they can do themselves. Lifestyle changes with massage and exercises often reduce stress and benefit immune and nervous system response.… Read the rest

Chronic Low Back Pain and Research

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If you have had back pain from a recent tweak (who hasn’t?), it often gets better without treatment. Chronic low back pain is different. Many people find relief from massage. This has more and more support from research. In one study testing non-pharmaceutical options for low back pain, the massage group “used the least medications…and had the lowest costs of subsequent care.Read the rest

Post Traumatic Growth and Serving Vets

I first heard of Post Traumatic Growth through researching issues for people in the Returning Veterans Project, where I am a volunteer massage therapy provider for vets and their families. At first, I thought, “Is this just another excuse to deny the trauma of PTSD?” No it isn’t. It is more than surviving trauma and making the best of a bad situation.… Read the rest

Birth and Infancy of a Research Massage Therapist, Pt. 3

continued from Birth and Infancy of a Research Massage Therapist, Pt.2

a research massage therapist uses a pulse-oximeter to know heart rate and blood oxygenationIn 2011, at the Oct. AMTA conference,1 I learned about the importance of research to advance the field of massage therapy. In 2012 I enrolled in Functional Neurology for Bodyworkers taught by a chiropractic physician, Dr. Paul Thomas. It was a year-long, rigorous study of human neurology, brain and nervous system structure and functions, applications of neuroscience research, principles of neuroplasticity, and how massage, acupuncture, other bodywork, diet and specially designed movement exercises could impact a variety of health conditions.… Read the rest

Birth and Infancy of a Research Massage Therapist, Pt. 2

First, Detours:

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Chef and dishwasher. Alternative school. Printer, publisher. Operated large presses and guillotine paper cutter and didn’t lose any fingers. Film stripper: I loved my boss and looked forward to Mondays–a coworker used to tell her husband’s friends that our boss was a male stripper! Black belt in karate. Aikido and Ki training for mind-body coordination.

Rosi42 clear, sincere, listening, curious, pleasant, peaceful, calm, thoughtful Then back to college:

Speech Communications and Physics majors, to keep the left and right hemispheres of my brain balanced.… Read the rest

You Can Heal Your Life & Your Body

You Can Heal Your Life book cvrLouise Hay is a popular metaphysical teacher and author. I bought her first book, Heal Your Body in the late 1970’s. That little blue booklet had a chart of the beliefs people use to create bodily and mental distress or dis-ease, along with affirmations of new beliefs to create health. In You Can Heal Your Life, the chart was expanded and some items amended.Read the rest

Preventing Falls in Aging

A fall is a risk factor for frail elderly, old-old, or people who do not combine exercise with joint mobility, balance training and proprioceptive stimulation. For frail elders, it is often the trigger for a steep decline, since pain impedes movement, decreases circulation and appetite. A fall that is accompanied by hip fracture or compression fractures of the spine can be the beginning of the end for the 75% of older adults who do not recover completely.… Read the rest