You Are What You Drink

There is a question that I now ask almost every patient during their initial appointment; it’s one that I never would have predicted would become such a common part of my repertoire and yet the answers that I get to it are often enlightening. No, it’s not the “do you have pain with sex?” question (though I do…

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The Dark Side of Focus

Highly successful achievements often require a time of singular focus. Singular focus has positive characteristics that help to shift our mindset for accomplishment. Having adequate resources, a clear vision, commitment, and dedication to the task all enhance the ability to achieve. Consider your own personal and professional victories. Many have arrived on the heels of possessing a combination of these…

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Function – It’s Different for Everyone. How Are You Measuring It?

Function. A small word that has made a huge leap in healthcare vocabulary, especially over the past few years. With increased thoughts on “function” comes increases in research and attempts at “defining” what exactly functional measurements are. What is functional range of motion of the wrist, or shoulder, or finger? How can we measure function with a questionnaire? What can…

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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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