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

Bodywork and Mild Frontal TBI

Public awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is growing. That’s a good thing.

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Unfortunately, disability and the need for care of people with TBI is also growing. Sports-related injuries, war trauma, whiplash or concussion in an auto accident, even toxic chemicals and stroke can result in TBI.

Mild to moderate frontal brain injury, or frontal TBI may give people trouble with memory, reasoning, emotions, and social relations.… 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

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

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

Feedforward in Learning, Neuroplasticity in Body-Mind Healing

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Body-Mind Concepts to Train the Brain: Feedforward Principles

Feedforward[1] in psychology or cognitive science is a way of learning new behaviors by projecting. It means that when we anticipate a goal–see it, visualize it, plan it–it facilitates movement or behavior towards that goal. It makes it easier to get where we want to go. It has been used in sports, for an autistic child to learn to prevent tantrums, as well as to retrain movement after stroke or spinal cord injury.… Read the rest