The Cuddle Hormone: The Little Known Secret in the Stress-Response

Anyone who has taken coursework on teaching patients about pain, has undoubtedly heard about the “Lion in the Room” or similar story.  We talk at length about the effects of a state of prolonged sympathetic response for those of our patients living in chronic pain.  They are constantly in “fight or flight” mode, living with altered levels of adrenaline and…

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Fighting the Proposed Orthotics and Prosthetics Provider Requirements

Amassing a slew of professional healthcare certifications and designations—the “alphabet soup” of letters—after your name means putting in a lot of hard work. And I think I speak for many PTs and OTs when I say that earning these credentials not only puts us in a special league, but also demonstrates a commitment to ourselves and our profession…

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5 Ways to Improve Your Pain Neuroscience Education – A Student’s Perspective

There has been a paradigm shift in the last few decades in our understanding of pain, and how to best treat it. Research is now exploring questions regarding the impact of beliefs and cognitions on pain, the interplay between the various biological systems on pain, and the role that physical therapists should take in the assessment and treatment of pain…

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Regional Interdependence – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Regional interdependence is a term coined by Wainner et al in an article published in 2007 and is defined as:

“The concept that seemingly unrelated impairments in a remote anatomical region may contribute to, or be associated with, the patient’s primary complaint.”

Now, this idea that parts of the body are interconnected has been in existence in Physiotherapy for…

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The Constipation Connection

If there is one “pelvic health” related area that orthopedic therapists should be discussing with their patients it is the question of whether the patient is experiencing constipation. There are multiple reasons why this applies in an orthopedic setting.

First, many patients seen in an orthopedic setting are taking prescription pain medication that has constipation as a side effect. Many…

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Living Well this Holiday Season

The holidays are a joyous time often filled with excitement, fun, giving and traditions. My favorite thing over the holiday season is a day in the snow with the most important people in my life, followed by a warm beverage. Unfortunately, the joys of the holidays are also often accompanied by stresses that have the potential to derail the holiday…

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