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  • Can Mirror Neurons Help Us Become Better Athletes?

    March 20th, 2017 by

    Photo: pixabay Just over a couple of years ago, we talked about the sports spectating phenomenon known as mirror neuron, here on our blog.  In a nutshell it’s about the idea that we’re not just watching other people’s action (in this case, a soccer match), we can actually feel ourselves in it. To a certain Continue Reading..

    Understanding Stroke – 4 Minutes/4 Hours

    November 17th, 2016 by

    There are several types of strokes, but for this article – let’s look at the most common – an ischemic stroke (85% of strokes). In this type, a blockage (like a blood clot) occurs and prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching parts of the brain. Any point downstream of the blocked blood vessel can be Continue Reading..

    Neurological Medications and Their Impact on Exercise

    November 17th, 2016 by

    Most neurological clients are on multiple medications, both to manage symptoms and in the cases of chronic diseases such as MS and Parkinson’s disease, to slow disease progression.What does that mean for you as a teacher?First, you need to understand that many of the medications for neurological symptoms cause… wait for it… neurological symptoms. That’s Continue Reading..

    That Time I Broke My Knee

    November 17th, 2016 by

    For some reason, I think the universe feels the need to:a. Teach me how to rehab nearly every injury conceivable through personal experience.b. Keep me humble.c. Remind me that when one body part isn’t working, you can always work something else.d. All of the above.In a recent non-MS-related fall straight down on my knee cap, Continue Reading..

    Ten Tips for Working with Neurological Clients

    November 17th, 2016 by

    Program design for clients with central nervous system problems is pretty similar, regardless of what the problem is – stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, head injury, etc. Sure, there are differences between the disease processes and treatments, but as exercise professionals, there are certain things that hold true for all of them. Here are my Continue Reading..

    Are Cures on the Horizon?

    July 5th, 2016 by

    I have a fairly hefty number of Google alerts set up, and because of that, I read a lot about potential cures and treatments for neurological diseases. In the past month, some potentially exciting news has hit the Internet. Since many neurological diseases have complicated or unknown causes, scientists may have struck gold when they find the cause Continue Reading..

    Walking Funny? Here Are a Couple of Reasons Why

    July 5th, 2016 by

    (photo from Pilates Anytime – Wobbly: A Balance workshop) If you’ve taken a workshop with me, you have probably heard me wax poetic on the importance of strengthening the gluteus medius (glute med). In the neurological as well as the normal populations, weakness here is one of the main problems in walking. In my Balance Tutorial on Pilates Continue Reading..

    Fixing Neuropathy Through Desensitization

    July 5th, 2016 by

    Damage to the sensory nerves or sensory nerve pathways can cause an extremely painful condition called neuropathy. It’s common in neurological conditions, as well as conditions such as diabetes and even damage from chemotherapy. What does it feel like? Depending on the person – it can present as burning pain, numbness, tingling, hypersensitivity, buzzing, and other weird sensations. Continue Reading..

    The Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll of Neurotransmitters (and the Main Issue in Parkinson’s Disease)

    July 5th, 2016 by

    I have a favorite neurotransmitter, and chances are, it’s your favorite, too. Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that relay signals between nerve cells, and dopamine, in addition to (importantly) regulating movement, activates the reward and pleasure pathways in the brain. Party!!Let’s go on a dopamine reward journey similar to one I’m sure you’ve taken. You log into Continue Reading..

    The Dilemma of Choice in Chronic Disease

    December 24th, 2015 by

    Over the summer, I had a massive liver tumor removed. My PT found it. I had a CT scan. I met with a liver surgeon. He said it had to come out a.s.a.p. The surgery was scheduled for the following week. A student later asked me if I learned anything from the situation. Nope, I thought. Continue Reading..