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The Missing Key to Positive Results with Many Complex Manual Therapy Clients

Featured Article of the Month: January 2017

Section I: Introduction

Do you ever find yourself frustrated after getting good manual therapy results but then finding that clients with complex presentations return with an intense list of symptomology? I know I did. After learning about breathing pattern disorders (BPD), I had a “lightbulb” moment. This was the key I was waiting for in my clinical practice . . .

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Application of CranioSacral Therapy for Sensory Motor Health and Development: An Anthroposophical Perspective

Featured article of the month: November 2016

“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” -Albert Einstein Visualize a child that you know. What does their movement tell you about them? Do they move with ease? Are they able to come to stillness? Do they have mastery over their instrument? Or do they struggle to find themselves in space, to sit in a chair and write, to move with fluidity and ease? . . .

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An Introduction to Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome for the CST Practitioner

Featured article of the month for December 2016.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a genetic, connective tissue disorder affecting collagen production. Since collagen is found throughout the body, all systems, structures and biomechanics can be affected. The most noticeable physical manifestation is joint hypermobility as described by the Beighton Criteria (6), a scoring system for joint hyperflexion and hyperextension (see fig 1). There are six major types of EDS recognized by the Ehlers-Danlos Society . . .

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Yoga Therapy, Pose as Pathway

Featured article of the month, February 2017

 

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.

                                                     -International Association of Yoga Therapists definition

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Soft Hands, Soft Words

Featured article of the month: March 2017

Towards a more non-invasive use of language in therapy . . .

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"It's All in Your Gut"

 I have been immersed in the area of the gut, its Enteric Nervous System now referred to as The Second Brain, and its place in creating our overall good health for a number of years now. My own gut has been talking to me all my life and I guess I am finally learning how to listen. Listening to what it has to say is fundamental to my physical, mental and emotional health.

     As I began to talk about this “obsession” to my study group, my patients and friends, it became startlingly clear that gut health or gut ill health impacts on almost everyone in some way at some point in their lives. Everywhere I Iooked I saw more books on new insights on the gut, the microbiota, the second brain, the gut/brain connection and how food was important but what was more interesting to me was its impact on the whole body/mind system. In other words in order to address our mental health, emotional health and physical health we need to work with our gut, to listen to its unheard stories and to expand our awareness beyond the food we eat.

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Chronic Pain: Harnessing the Power of Knowledge
Physical therapist and educator Natalie Cook has written an article that many therapists might appreciate. It is about some of the most current thinking in pain science and talks about some of the skills and features of working with chronic pain clients. It's a beautiful article and such a nice companion piece to the other articles of the past few months that have been giving different perspectives to pain as well as how to listen and hear our clients better.
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