When 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. Or you may have lost awareness of a part of your body. You may be hypersensitive to noise or sounds, have sleep disturbances, or pain.… Read the rest
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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
Sometimes I work on people who have amazing experiences of healing. I don’t put myself out as a “healer” because I would rather empower you. Then, what is happening with the amazing experiences, the unexpected woo? It’s not in me. The healing is in you.
Ortho-Bionomy® and Self-Corrective Healing Reflexes: Not Woo
I usually explain Ortho-Bionomy® in terms of its origins in Osteopathic Positional Release and the principles of Judo.… Read the rest
Functional 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
My 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. 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. (1)
Fibromyalgia Treatment is continued from Fibromyalgia Cause is Still a Mystery.
People 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
The struggle to define a fibromyalgia diagnosis has been a long one. It is an example of a reversal of scientific disbelief in the face of consistent reports of unexplained symptoms. Fibromyalgia doesn’t show up on tests. For many years, the mostly women were dismissed as hypochondriacs, or hysterical. Although it was called “muscular rheumatism” in the mid-1800’s to distinguish it from “joint rheumatism,” or arthritis, it wasn’t identified as a distinct syndrome until the last 30 years.… Read the rest
continued from previous post–Fibromyalgia: From Disbelief to Documented
Over the past 18 years, doctors have recognized fibromyalgia as a centrally sensitized pain condition. (This was written in 2013, updated 2015. Research has improved since then in terms of understanding fibromyalgia.) Central sensitization means there may be changes in your brain that affects your experience of pain. Or, a part of your brain that normally regulates pain perception doesn’t work well.… Read the rest
Chronic Low Back Pain Relief
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
Beliefs and emotions in the body
Your thoughts may become embedded physically or stuck as emotions in the body. Thoughts are powerful. And mindfulness is a vehicle to change them. As Louise Hay says, “Life is really very simple. What we give out, we get back. What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us.”
Your body reflects your negative self-talk: sometimes by contraction, making yourself small; sometimes by inflation, puffing up.… Read the rest