Segmental Stabilization Beyond the Multifidus

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty instructor Steve Allen, PT, OCS, COMT, FAAOMPT takes you through structures to be considered when looking at stabilization of the lumbar spine. Let us know if you have questions, and for more manual therapy guidance from Steve, join him for one of these upcoming West Coast courses: Lumbopelvic Spine II – Seattle-Renton,… Continue reading Segmental Stabilization Beyond the Multifidus

Abstract of the Week: The effects of a standardized belly dance program on perceived pain, disability, and function in women with chronic low back pain.

Alright, this week’s abstract isn’t your average study. And while I know that an “N” of one does not hold a lot of statistical power, I still think this one warrants a quick read. Why? Let me tell you. For one, how could you resist reading an article discussing the influence of belly dancing on decreasing chronic… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: The effects of a standardized belly dance program on perceived pain, disability, and function in women with chronic low back pain.

Increasing Movement in the Lumbar Spine of Older Patients

In the manual therapy video below, NAIOMT faculty Member Kathy Stupansky, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT demonstrates her technique for increasing movement in the lumbar spine in older patient populations. For more manual therapy expertise with Kathy and fellow NAIOMT faculty, browse upcoming courses in Denver, CO including Cervical Spine, Advanced Lower Quadrant Integration and more.

Abstract of The Week: The association between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain and muscle function in patients with low back pain

This week we recommend taking a look at the following abstract: Koppenhaver SL et al.  The association between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain and muscle function in patients with low back pain: a quasi-experimental study.  Physiotherapy (2016) Objective: To investigate the relationship between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain, disability,… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: The association between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain and muscle function in patients with low back pain

Here’s What The Health Care System Needs Most

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again. But as you know, there’s a big problem in our country. People generally aren’t even aware of the depth of care, effective treatment and prevention that comes along with physical therapy. They’re not reaching PT soon enough, or even at all in many cases. They simply continue to… Continue reading Here’s What The Health Care System Needs Most

Abstract of the Week: Early Physical Therapy vs Usual Care in Patients With Recent-Onset Low Back Pain

Abstract: Early Physical Therapy vs Usual Care in Patients With Recent-Onset Low Back Pain Randomized Clinical Trial Conclusions and Relevance: Among adults with recent-onset LBP, early physical therapy resulted in statistically significant improvement in disability, but the improvement was modest and did not achieve the minimum clinically important difference compared with usual care.” My Perspective: As… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: Early Physical Therapy vs Usual Care in Patients With Recent-Onset Low Back Pain

5 Tips for Helping Chronic Pain Patients Using the Power of the Mind

Over the past year I have been working with the power of the mind. I have been observing how different thoughts or actions affect the body. Changing perceptions can change how you feel in an instance but can this work for other problems like pain? Most chronic pain patients I see have no hope that… Continue reading 5 Tips for Helping Chronic Pain Patients Using the Power of the Mind