Month: February 2014

Perturbation Training

Perturbation training is pushing the patient’s limb or body in order to cause instability that the patient is asked to resist.  An example of this that I used to do is at the shoulder.  I would have the patient lay… Read More ›

Falls

I said something in a comment once about falls and our friend Dean replied that I would make an excellent neuro PT and that I might actually know what I’m talking about.  Now, I had to do a post about… Read More ›

Plyometrics

Cool people call them ‘plyos.’ Plyometrics are jumps. I can’t jump, so no plyos for me right now. A plyometric exercise is when an eccentric contraction is immediately followed by a quick and powerful concentric contraction. What that means is… Read More ›

Carl Jung

I’m in therapy and I don’t care who knows it.  When your entire life and world is interrupted by a stroke at the age of 30, a little therapy is quite, quite necessary to figure some things out.  Frankly, I… Read More ›

Read This

Everyone that has had a stroke or loves someone who had a stroke……..actually everyone, just everyone read this.

That First Year

It takes a while after something like this to realize that the existing medical community knows nothing about recovering from a brain injury and you are completely on your own if you want to get better. Me, Dean, Barb, etc…… Read More ›

Trunk Ataxia

I told a couple of people that I would research trunk ataxia and see if I could make any specific suggestions other than just strengthening the trunk.  I never had trunk ataxia.  I had ataxia BAD, still do but it’s not so… Read More ›

Radiculopathy

Did you ever have pain in your toes or fingers but nothing actually seems to be wrong with your toes or fingers?  Or numbness?  Or weakness?  Or tingling?  I’m going to explain why this can happen in the orthopedic realm… Read More ›

Pregnancy

One of my favorite people just had a baby and she was telling me about some back pain that she had when she was pregnant, and continues to have. Let me tell you a little bit about the anatomy of… Read More ›

Pittsburgh Penguins

A member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, our hockey team, recently had a stroke. This news just came out yesterday and a few people felt the need to tell me about it. I debated doing a blog post about it because… Read More ›

Yoga Breathing

Here’s another post that I should warn you about because apparently some people think my blog is too full of anger.  If you think that, do not read any further.  Stop now.  My life was nearly ruined before it even… Read More ›

Talking

When I had my stroke, it was physically taxing to speak. Just talking took an incredible amount of effort and I didn’t want to do it. I used to just grunt. Especially when I was really tired. I would reach… Read More ›

Extension

My back hurts right now and I know a little bit about back pain so I thought I’d share what I’m doing to make it feel better. A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away when I… Read More ›