Public awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is growing. That’s a good thing.
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
The weekend before last, I had been reading Peter Levine’s In an Unspoken Voice1 about how the body releases trauma. I wasn’t planning an experiment to test it out. My plans changed.
I take my mother to a therapeutic swim midday Mondays, so that’s the one evening I don’t visit her. Instead, Monday had become the late night at the office.… Read the rest
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
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 (CFN), Dr. Paul Thomas, (American Functional Neurology Society), graduate of the Carrick Institute. Like other CFNs, Dr. Thomas trained in a rigorous three year graduate program after completing his chiropractic studies.
CFNs often have 3 to 6 month wait lists.… Read the rest
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
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
Ortho-Bionomy® is remarkably effective for releasing muscle tension, for increasing body awareness, and increasing awareness of our connection to others. It can sometimes unravel the causes of an injury, by revealing and then unraveling the pattern of holding you took on at the time of the injury. It follows the direction your body was going, completing the action that was stopped by a wall or the ground.… 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
I once heard a minister say, “Whatever happens, praise God and thank Him. If things are going well, they will continue. If things are not going well, they will improve.” I practiced this attitude.
One time, I was hauling a heavily loaded cart at an elder facility where I worked as the Organic Gardening Coordinator. I was approaching the elevator of the newest house, pulling hundreds of pounds of organic produce, to deliver to the chef.… Read the rest