A Bridge for Inference

Inference is a fascinating word. It has dual meanings that can describe both the process of thinking and the conclusions from thinking. Inference is associated with the intellectual ability to reason, think, and solve problems. Vocabulary.com defines it as:
“conclusions drawn from supporting evidence and reasoning”.
Our lives are full of inferences where logical deductions are made based on…

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Under Pressure

I’m sorry, I got that song stuck in your head, didn’t I? I just couldn’t help myself…

Today I wanted to have a little chat with you folks about intra-abdominal pressure (IAP)-what is it, how can we use it to maximize our patients’ benefit from therapy, and is there such a thing as too much…

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Manual Therapy: How Do You Measure It?

The title of this blog was inspired by a slide I found on Twitter, by Dr. Chad Cook PT (@chadcookpt) during his lecture at the 2017 New Zealand Manipulative Physiotherapists Association Conference. Dr. Cook’s slide offered five points on manual therapy; this blog will focus on the fourth point.

Manual therapy is a better choice for pain modulation than…

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Differential Diagnosis – The Functional Dry Needling® Approach

Enjoy this Clinical Pearl written by KinetaCore Faculty Member, Clay Jowers, PT, DPT, CSCS
The WHAT and the WHY
Clinical examination and differential diagnosis can be tough! Like many clinicians, I spent the early part of my career treating the WHAT. The WHAT is the symptom — it’s the presentation but not necessarily the “cause”. It seemed obvious to me…

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Turning on the Lights

Enjoy this Clinical Pearl written by KinetaCore Faculty Member, Chris Juneau, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Picture this: You did exactly what you wanted! You made great use of your training course and safely dry needled your first patient. It was flawless, and you made a change. The patient felt it and you saw it. In the midst of imaginary jump…

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O Body Part, Where Art Thou? (Says the Brain) – Part III: Making Patients Think

The final blog in this 3-part series introduces Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) and its role in treating pain and movement dysfunctions.  The introduction is used to help create a focus on a key principle of GMI: making patients think. Engaging a patient’s mind during daily clinical practice can be challenging, but in doing so there may be a…

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The Mind Has It

I went to PT school way back in the Dark Ages, when everything was extremely heavily pathoanatomically based and while we talked about the biopsychosocial model, no one was particularly clear on how to implement it. However, I think most of us are well aware of the advances we have seen in pain sciences and the impact of the –psycho…

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O Body Part, Where Art Thou? (Says the Brain) – Part II

Part I (here) of this blog series considered neuroplastic cortical changes known as brain map smudging. Primary somatosensory cortex (S1- homunculus) smudging is a potential biological and physiological change that can occur with any injury or bout of pain. Simply stated, the brain’s sensory cortex develops an altered appreciation of the location and awareness of a represented body part…

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Communication is Everything

One of the things I have been thinking about a lot recently is how vital it is that we communicate well with our patients. We are given the unique privilege and challenge of meeting someone, listening empathetically to their story, and trying to gain their confidence and trust enough for them to be comfortable with us touching them in intimate…

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