One common definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Unfortunately, that repetition is characteristic of a cycle many people living with chronic pain and instability find themselves in. Our nervous system resembles a computer – information goes in … it is processed … and then there […]
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The Effects of Aging, and 5 Things You Can Do About It
“The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be … !” Many “seasoned” individuals (yes, and that includes me!) can recall sitting around a camp fire singing that old famous folk song. There’s a lot of truth in those lyrics. In case you haven’t noticed, your body is changing! Some of the many […]
Marijuana, Hemp & Cana Oil: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!
My grandfather was a “Weed Inspector” in Illinois. This retirement job made him little extra money. Mostly it gave him an excuse to ride his motorcycle and interact with farmers. My grandfather’s job was to find cannabis where it grew across the rural countryside and to make sure it was legally disposed of. Marijuana vs […]
Weight Control – What You Need To Know
In the past I’ve enjoyed the incredible thrill of sky diving. I once again took a leap of faith skydiving with my daughter about 2 years ago. Yes, we are thrill seekers!! It’s an amazing experience to fall, float and fly in the magnificently beautiful blue sky, at 10,000 feet in the air, with a […]
Do You Have the Protective Joint Stability You Need?
When I was serving in the Air Force in Europe I was taken by the beautiful historical monuments. Many of them were hundreds of years old. My favorite were the Celtic crosses. These are different than the other symbolic crosses seen in churches and gravestones; they have a circular ring portion connecting all the central […]
Reducing Prescription Medication Use With Physical Therapy
(Also published in the Senior Review – March 2017) Prescription medication use has continued to rise over the past decade in the United States. As a result, American culture has become more & more drugged. Mayo reports nearly 7 in 10 Americans take a prescription drug, and over half take two. Unbelievably, 20% reportedly are […]
The Importance Of Support In Achieving Pain Control, Stability, & Support
The right kind of support matters! As a young child, I recall hearing the story of the wise man who built his house upon a rock and the comparison to the foolish man who built his house upon sand. Jesus related how the stresses of the world caused the house built on sand to collapse, while […]
Instability, Falling, & Oscillopsia – Quality Physical Therapy Can Help!
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, falling injuries are the number one cause of injury-related death in Wisconsin. Drug overdosing came in a close second (7/2015 report). An interesting additional research finding was opioid pain reliever medications (i.e. oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and other morphine-like drugs) contributed to 45% of the state’s overdose injury […]
Calming Things Down And Putting The Pieces Back Together
In college chemistry, I recall my professor describing the law of entropy. This natural law reveals how things generally go from a state of organization to a state of disorganization. Some metaphoric examples describing the entropy concept would include the fall of the Roman Empire, a computer crashing, the aging process, personal injury and the […]
How’s Your Time Management Working For You?
Two of the best questions we can ask ourselves through our life journey are: 1) How are we spending our time? 2) Is that working out for us? In other words, are we keeping things balanced in life or are we just flopping around? Is our lifestyle keeping us healthy or is it making us […]