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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Why Did I Get Injured? Summon the Escape Goats

You eat well and exercise nearly every day. Maybe you’re overcoming a few old issues, or maybe a sedentary lifestyle, or maybe being fit has always been part of your life. All seems to be going well and you feel unstoppable when out of nowhere, a mysterious injury puts you out commission. Absent incontestable evidence,…

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Why Did I Get Injured? Evident and Mysterious Injuries

Ugh! Injuries! Most of us have experienced them at some point of our lives. They’re a fact of life and don’t have to disable us to get our attention. Are you active? Chances are you’ve experienced an injury, maybe something as small as a tweak or as major as a tear. Are you sedentary? You’re…

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Reflex Arcs and the Root of Dysfunction

What comes to mind when you hear the word reflex? Probably actions so engraved in our minds, that we execute them without thinking. But reflexes—in the neurological context—are actions regulated by the autonomic nervous system. If you were ever startled by a hot surface and yanked your hand away, then you’re acquainted with their instantaneous…

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