Meditation and Chanting

Growing up, my sister was the one who was very much into all this stuff, all this Eastern stuff, not me at all.  Then I got a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and became a physical therapist/practitioner of Western Medicine and kind of thought I knew everything about everything and poo-poohed alternative stuff.  Although, as Dean […]

2 Years

WordPress just sent me a notification that today is my 2-year anniversary of starting the blog.  I remember reading somewhere that the majority of personal blogs are discontinued within 2 years because of lack of interest.  So good for me I guess!  This blog has changed DRASTICALLY from when I started it.  I started it […]

Sleep and Rest

There is a theme in stroke recovery and that theme is ‘repetition.’  I say it all the time.  But I think I say it too much.  I think I’m giving the wrong impression.  It’s easy for me to say that now, 3-years post-stroke, because that’s what I need to do.  I need to do a […]

BDNF

I had never heard of this and didn’t know what the hell it was until I took a course taught by Peter G. Levine.  BDNF stands for brain-derived neurotrophic factor.  That’s a really long name for a protein.  BDNF is a protein that is produced by the brain.  It helps neurogenesis – it makes new brain cells.  New brain cells = […]

Do It Yourself

My friend just hired a personal trainer to help him lose weight and it spawned an idea for a blog post.  I always told my patients that it’s a heck of a lot more important what you do at home and work all day, every day than what I can do with you in here […]

Neuroplasticity

A stroke is a brain injury, not a muscular injury.  It may seem like your muscles don’t work anymore but they do, they’re still there and just as good as they once were, well at first that is.  Soon atrophy starts and that’s when your muscles will look less developed.  But the actual stroke doesn’t […]

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