Exercise as a Component of Healing – Dangerous or Necessary? It’s the Intention

We think of physical exercise as an essential component of overall health with well-documented benefits on stress control, weight management, sports performance, and rehabilitation. While there’s truth to this, it’s not the whole truth. On the one hand, exercise is a key component in the rehabilitation and prevention of specific conditions. There’s ample evidence—empirical and…

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The Healing Process – Who is Responsible?

A wise man once said that although people are saturated with information, they’re starving for wisdom. I can see how this applies to most aspects of life, and how it is such an undeniable truth in the therapy world. Most of the information flooding the internet makes it appear as though healing is a linear…

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Finding the Root of Back Pain – It’s Not What You Think

Well, duh! If your back hurts it’s because it got hurt. Isn’t this pretty straightforward and evident? Yes, and … no! Not really. And before you say something along the lines of: “Of course! It’s because of a…” (Insert: weak core, tight psoas, muscle imbalances, or any other approaches that will be discussed in future…

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You Treated Me and I’m I Still in Pain. Part Three – Thoughts: The Intangible Factor

“His tension headaches keep coming back,” the dad said about his son. “He feels better for a week and then the headaches return.” He sighed. “I thought you could fix him.” I had seen the son for three sessions. His symptoms manifested as pressure that triggered debilitating pain and nausea. Medications provided little relief and…

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You Treated Me and I’m Still in Pain. Part Two – The Powerful 80

In our previous article, we stated that the 20 is the role played by the therapist—the catalyst of healing if you will. Now it is time to explore the remaining 80, the powerful set of components that ensures long lasting results. I am referring to all the factors in the patient’s control and outside of…

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You Treated Me and I’m I Still in Pain. Part One – The 20 and 80

“You fixed my friend in two sessions but I’m still in pain. Why?” Enquiring minds ask when the nearly-instantaneous cure of their condition doesn’t materialize. As if that were not enough, long-forgotten pain patterns resurface. Frustrating! But by the 4th or 5h session, when they finally start experiencing relief, they wonder why I waited so…

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Why Did I Get Injured? Final Part: The Straw Effect

The otherwise fit gentleman—in his early fifties and active in many sports—was embarrassed to admit that he threw his back out sneezing. How could this be? His body, just like all of our bodies, had been compensating for dysfunctions brought about by previous injuries. When the accumulation of these dysfunctions reached a threshold, it was…

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