Articles Of The Week November 29, 2020

By Herman | November 29, 2020

One of the most valuable things that we can give to pain clients is validation. Yet, this is something that patients will often spend years trying to attain from a practitioner.
I believe you! – Adam Meakins
COVID-19 has been hitting us all through 2020, but the opioid crisis that was here before that never went away.

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The Kids Are Not Alright

By Herman | November 28, 2020

In the early days of COVID, I spent a good deal of time writing essays on the silver linings of the lockdown. March and April were filled with Home Depot-driven adrenaline and even a strange sense of adventure. Zoom was an epiphany. My closets were spotless. I organized each and every kitchen drawer with military precision. I made meal after meal, combing through cookbooks and deeply channeling my inner Martha.

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Gut Feelings: Causes and Remedies for Digestive Distress

By Herman | November 28, 2020

Digestion seems, to the layperson who does not spend much time thinking about their innards, to be a fairly simply thing. You eat and/or drink, your digestive tract breaks down the food and liquid down into its constituent parts, like amino acids and sugars, your body absorbs and/or expels the meal, the end. But sometimes digestion doesn’t go quite as well as we planned.

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Staff Spotlight | Brenda Gonzalez | NHI Santa Ana Instructor & Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy Program Graduate

By Herman | November 26, 2020

Brenda (right), with a group of NHI Santa Ana Graduates
This Staff Spotlight is focused on Brenda Gonzalez, NHI Santa Ana Instructor and Advanced Neuromuscular Therapy (ANMT) Program Graduate. Read Brenda’s testimony about her journey to becoming an ANMT graduate and NHI instructor below.
I always knew I didn’t want an “office” job, I wanted to interact with people, and constant movement was something I enjoyed.

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Massage Therapists Take Action to Support Cultural Competence

By Herman | November 25, 2020

Two massage therapists are at the forefront of a movement in massage to increase cultural competence by identifying biases. As a massage therapist, you may work with people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and with the U.S. in a state of racial unrest, it is a very appropriate time to become conscious of […]
The post Massage Therapists Take Action to Support Cultural Competence appeared first on MASSAGE Magazine.

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3 Exercises To Help Patients With Back Pain

By Herman | November 25, 2020

As you know, we’re big advocates for therapeutic exercise around here.
This is one of those occasions where I’ve had to do some self care to help a little pain spot I deal with. On the left side of my mid to lower back I get this one little spot that flares up once in a while. so I went to a friend of mine to get a little work done in the area.
They recommended doing some back extensions on a machine at the gym, however, most of us don’t have access to a gym in our clincs.

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That’s a lot of summarizing

By Herman | November 25, 2020

Total wordage of all the summaries of all the scientific papers in my entire bibliographic database:
201,000
And it only took me about 20 years! Phew! 😰 Can I stop now? (Do I want to?)
The bibliography page has a list of recent highlights, and a larger list of all-time highlights.
[Go to this post on PainScience.

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Better late than never

By Herman | November 25, 2020

The American Medical Association has declared that racism is an “urgent threat to public health,” and they have a new policy to prevent/fight it.
See also the Race and Medicine Collection from New England Journal of Medicine, which reflects a “commitment to understanding and combating racism as a public health and human rights crisis.”
Links added to my own collection of notes on inequality and pain.
[Go to this post on PainScience.

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An ego so big it could get me killed

By Herman | November 25, 2020

Jake Sidwell (@jakesidwell):
New doctor: You’re rather articulate about your condition.Me: Yeah. I have to be. Communicating with doctors who treat me as an unreliable witness to my own condition is a second language. It’s even harder to feign ignorance to protect an ego so big it could get me killed.
Truth burn!
[Go to this post on PainScience.

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Spinal flexion demonization

By Herman | November 25, 2020

Some tasty food for thought (not a thesis paper) from Taavi Metsma (@fysioviis):
Funny how one movement or position is usually seen as dangerous and the other one as healthy/natural, even tho they are basically the same:
Of course these things aren’t all truly identical and the differences could matter some. But there are strong similarities, and that’s interesting too — and that’s the point.

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