Understanding Chronic Pain: It’s All In Your Head

 

Understanding Chronic Pain: It’s All In Your Head

By: Deanna Camilo, PT, DPT The first thing we need to know in order to begin our understanding of pain is that pain is a product of the brain’s interpretation of two things: An unpleasant sensation. The circumstances surrounding the introduction of the unpleasant sensation. All sensory information (touch, vision, taste, etc.) must be evaluated by the nervous system, and accurate interpretation of this information depends on the context surrounding the introduction of the sensation.  Pain does not become pain until the brain interprets the sensation as dangerous or threatening. “Dangerous or threatening” is determined by contextual clues provided by the rest of the body: emotions, previous memories, and potential consequences of each response. Thus, the amount of pain you…

Read More

Resolve to Relieve the Headache

Post By: Mandy Blackmon PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT Brian blogged a few weeks ago about the “holiday stress factor” and the effects that stress can have on our bodies and pain.  One of the primary pathologies I see in my patients is chronic headache and jaw pain.  Many of my patients describe their headaches as “migraine” and their facial pain as “TMJ,” often without knowing the truth of their pain.  Did you know that tight muscles and trigger pints around the head, neck, and shoulder can actually refer pain patterns that look and feel very much like migraine headaches and temporomandibular dysfunction?  We know from the work of Dr. Janet Travell, Dr. David Simons and others that each muscle in…

Read More

12 Things I Learned in my Year of Running

Post By: Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS As some of you may know my New Year’s resolution for 2014 was to run 1 race a month. I did not put any stipulations on it except that it had to be a sanctioned race aka  I had to pay for it and I got a shirt at the end of it.  The distance did not matter, but I did want to attempt getting to a half-marathon somewhere in the middle of all these races. The half-marathon was important to me because it was the race that has alluded me over the past couple of years due to a variety of injuries or unexpected life circumstances. In my mind, completing a half…

Read More

How to be a GOALkeeper in 2015

Post By: Beth Collier, PT, DPT, OCS The fast approaching end of December marks a time of celebration with family and friends as another year comes to a close. It is easy to look forward to a New Year in celebration and excitement as a new beginning with the best intentions to make change. Often we find ourselves setting similar goals to those made in years past, which tend to fall by the wayside as lives become hectic and priorities shift to unexpected distractions.  Rather than continuing to break cycles of goal setting for another upcoming year, consider the following for success in your endeavors. REFLECTION American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer John Dewey said, “we do not learn from…

Read More

Tis’ The Stressful Season!

Post by Brian Yee PT, DPT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT How many of you feel this underlying tension or anxiety during this time of season? So when you say to someone Happy Holidays!!! – with a sense of cheer, peace and joy there’s also this funny vibe in you that says “ohhhh man…ever since Thanksgiving I am so stressed because I have end of the year things to take care of at work, at home, my kids’ school, getting ready for family coming over, buying gifts, dealing with traffic..and now I or my loved one has a winter cold. All at the same time! Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!”Perhaps you do not think that at all..and that’s simply just me.Even if it is just me, I…

Read More

Run Your Way to Better Walking

Post By: Laura Gold PT, DPT It’s possible that running and other high intensity exercise is beneficial in helping older adults keep that spring in their step. In a world where we often think that running might not be possible or advisable for older adults, I think that’s good news! A study (Here) published in November’s issue of PLOS One and summarized in today’s New York Times Health section  provides evidence that running may be beneficial for older adults in improving walking economy (i.e. how much energy it takes to walk at a given speed). The study looked at two groups of active older adults in their 60s and 70s; one group included regular walkers and the other included regular runners. The…

Read More

Keep on Your Toes

Post By: Mandy Blackmon PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT Let’s keep you on your toes this season! Having treated dancers in the Atlanta area for 9 years, the holiday season always arrives with a bit of hope and apprehension.  My ballerinas are preparing for the Nutcracker.  My Irish step dancers are preparing for Southeastern Regional Oireachtas in Orlando. Even my adult, recreational dancers are in performance mode with upcoming events at Dance 101.  Whether you are a Snowflake or the Sugar Plum Fairy, you need to be at your best.  As much as I love treating dancers of all ages and styles, I would much rather be busy watching you all dance than treating you. So, how can we all stay…

Read More

The Value of Pain: Leprosy

Post by: Laura Gold, PT, DPT Leprosy. We’ve almost all heard of it and many of us, at a very early age. It is a common topic in biblical stories and a horrible disease of “biblical” proportions. Leprosy is not nearly as ubiquitous and devastating as it once was — it is far less common, and we have much better means of treating it. Unfortunately, it is still a problem in poorer areas of the world in which people don’t have access to healthcare. But this post isn’t about the epidemiology of leprosy and steps for global eradication. It’s about what leprosy can teach us. What you may not know is that leprosy is not a flesh eating disease. It…

Read More

Business Travel, Sardines, and Planes

Post by Brian Yee PT, DPT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Can we say PACK IT IN!!!!!!! ABC News just aired a segment (Click Here) about two people getting into a fight during an airplane flight. A female passenger sitting ahead of male passenger tried to recline her seat back to find that she could not because the other passenger used a special bracket that is placed on the pull out tray. The bracket blocks the person from reclining the chair in front of them. Well can you imagine what happens when you want to press your button in your seat so you can sit back…relax….and ‘enjoy your flight’ and then all of the sudden you cannot. Well in this case the next…

Read More

Disney or Motion Stability?

Post by Brian Yee, PT, DPT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT When you think of Disney World, outside of Mickey, It’s a Small World, and now Frozen..you might think what a GREAT EXPERIENCE! And why is that? Its because the Disney Corporation has valued and made the customer experience one of the utmost priorities.Our staff recently read through a book written by Fred Lee called “If Disney Ran Your Hospital”. Fred was a former hospital administrator that worked with Disney. In his time at Disney, he was able to experience the culture and leadership training focusing on Disney’s gold standard in customer satisfaction. He wrote this book to bring his lessons from Disney and apply them to our healthcare system.He makes some interesting points about how…

Read More

Motion Stability