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  • Aquatherapy for Gait Training

    August 24th, 2017 by

    I have waxed poetic in previous blog posts about my love of the water, so when I began my PT today at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, I was super excited that it was pool day! The Center has two different pools – one slightly larger than the other (but definitely not large enough for swimming). Continue Reading..

    Is an MS Cure Already Here?

    June 15th, 2017 by

    Ever since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002, I’ve been hoping for a cure. Since that time, doctors and scientists have given us more than a dozen new medications, you can get a stem cell transplant if you meet some criteria (I don’t) and want it (plus have amazing insurance or enough money Continue Reading..

    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..

    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..

    Two Hours in an MRI Machine

    October 21st, 2015 by

    This blog post includes language that might be offensive to some people. Proceed at your own risk. I am generally a very mellow person. Someone cuts me off in traffic? Whatever. A client cancels at the last minute? Awesome – found time. I’ll read my book. Housekeeper breaks an irreplaceable statue my sister got me Continue Reading..