Health

Advice

I just spoke with a stroke survivor’s brother. This person sought me out and asked for my help and my advice. My advice was that for starters his sister needs to get into an intensive rehab program and begin a… Read More ›

Options

I had lunch with a lady earlier this week to discuss options for her brother, a stroke survivor.  We were talking for a while and she asked “so what are the options for stroke victims?”  I responded “there really aren’t… Read More ›

Heel Raises (calf raises)

I tried to explain to someone the importance of this exercise and strengthening this muscle. This will strengthen the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, the calf muscles.  These muscles, when contracted, will plantarflex the foot(point the toes).  So when you do… Read More ›

Cerebellum

My therapist told me today that NPR is doing a fascinating series of shows this week about the cerebellum.  It obviously caught my attention.  Here it is.  I kinda always thought that the cerebellum only affected physical stuff, boy was… Read More ›

Blocking

Sometimes the muscle you want to contract isn’t the one that contracts when you try to perform a movement.  This goes for both orthopedic stuff and neurologic stuff.  Way the hell more with neurologic stuff though.  I’m working with someone… Read More ›

Control

Hi everyone.  🙂  Long time no talk.  My plan was to take a break from blogging for a month or 2 as I build back up a semi-normal life but Dean f’ed up my plan by e-mailing me and asking me… Read More ›

Pillows

When I first started dating my guy friend, he slept with two pillows.  I told him to start sleeping with one pillow, to take one away.  A few days later he texted me from work and said “my neck feels… Read More ›

Curve Reversal

I saw this term the other day doing chart  reviews….When looked at from the side, and you’re looking at someone who is sitting up straight, the spine should look like a backwards ‘S.’  In order to attain this shape, the… Read More ›

Gluteus Maximus

Happy New year.  Since 2014 has been called “the year of the rear,” I thought this was appropriate.  I think I’ve written about something like this before but here goes again….Yesterday I had a yoga lesson and was in the… Read More ›

Indifference

I was talking to a friend a long time ago, she was talking about her ex-boyfriend and said something like “the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”  Something like that, I forget how she put it exactly but… Read More ›

Cramps

Someone the other day was doing some exercises and his quadriceps muscle got a really bad cramp in it.  So here’s what I did. I had him do this exercise. I thought that might help because the exercise is to… Read More ›

NDT

Neurodevelopmental treatment is a certification you can get as a physical therapist that a whole lot of people use when treating stroke patients.  I don’t agree with the approach.  NDT is all about inhibiting improper movements. If you get trained… Read More ›

Kundalini Yoga

The yoga I do has helped me tremendously, it was an incredible modality for me to use.  My first experience with it was with a bad teacher, one who was so bad it made me consider stopping it.  Now that… Read More ›

Sound Healing

I went to a sound healing class yesterday and it was INCREDIBLE.  I took my mom and sister who also said it was INCREDIBLE.  It was an hour-long class of relaxation while gongs were played in a specific way.  Here… Read More ›