Do Professional Athletes Always Get the “Best Care”?

Do professional athletes always get the “best care”, they are the “best athletes” so they should right? Well, that might depend on how someone defines “best care”. Many of the therapists that read this blog on a regular basis might question the “best” portion behind some of the “care” delivered to our athletes that so many in our culture hold…

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Is Pain Neuroscience Education the Same as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

We often get the question: is pain neuroscience education the same as cognitive behavioral therapy? The literal answer is no. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psychosocial intervention that is based on a combination of basic principles from behavioral and cognitive psychology. It was originally designed to treat depression, but is now used for various mental disorders. To deliver CBT…

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The Next Big Thing

It’s that time of the New Year for predictions on what the “Next Big Thing” for 2017 might be.
I want to go on record to say, pain neuroscience is NOT the “Next Big Thing” in physical therapy. This may surprise a few of you, but hopefully I can explain. Now that I get to check the “20+” box…

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REALLY!?!

The longer I practice and the more I learn through reading the research about various interventions, I look at some treatments that are being delivered and say, REALLY!?! But that gets me wondering: “What treatment does my patient REALLY need?” I’m not asking what treatments have been shown in study to get people better or what treatments that I…

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Therapeutic Ritual

Rituals are a sequence of activities, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence. Rituals are something we all partake in as part of living in society. We just had the centuries old ritual of going door to door wearing customs and asking for candy on October 31st. We also saw the breaking of the 108-year…

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Control versus Influence

I came across an interesting concept in an excellent book I recently read – CBT for Chronic Pain and Psychological Well-Being. In the session looking at “orientation to change”, Dr. Carlson points out that when an individual feels they have some control over a situation, they are more apt to act and advocate for themselves. This thinking is in alignment…

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