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Central Governors Part One: Strength

What are your physical limits? What is your body capable of? How fast, how far, how strong, how long? In all likelihood you will never know, because your brain will probably never let your body reach its real limit. And that’s a good thing, because that will help prevent you from breaking bones, straining muscles, dislocating joints and maybe even killing yourself…

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Guest Post at Perfect Health Diet Blog

I just did a guest post called How to do Joint Mobility Drills over at the Perfect Health Diet blog, which is written by the brilliant Drs. Jaminet – Paul and his wife Shou-Ching. The Jaminets are frighteningly intelligent. Shou-Ching is a molecular biologist and cancer researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard […]

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The Limits of Imagination

If you can dream it you can do it! Well, according to a recent study, maybe not so much, at least when your dream is to rehabilitate an arm weakened by stroke.

I have written several times on this blog about how imagery and visualization can be used to build coordination and physical skills. For example . . .

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Interview with Will Stewart

I did an interview! With Will Stewart.

Will is the owner of 3-D Optimum Performance and he just decided to start interviewing everyone in sight who thinks the nervous system is the primary target for manual therapy or athletic training.

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How Does Kinesiotape Work?

Ever notice that athletes sometimes wear medical tape on various parts of their body during competition? During the 2008 Olympic games, numerous athletes, including volleyball star Kerri Walsh, wore interesting formations of “kinesiotape” on their shoulders, knees, and backs. David Beckham and Serena Williams are also fans of the tape. Perhaps this is just because David and Serena are fashionable types – they are bored with tattoos and looking for the latest in alternative body adornment.

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More on Pain and Illusions

One of the main themes of this blog is that therapies attempting to treat chronic pain should target the brain for change, not just the body. Some recent studies based around sensory tricks or illusions provide further compelling evidence in support of this idea. 1. Big hand, small pain In the first study, researchers placed […]

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The Rubber Hand Illusion

Neuroscience is to some extent an exercise in reverse engineering the brain. Reverse engineering means trying to understand how a complex device works without knowledge of its design or access to the owner’s manual. One of the basic tools of reverse engineering is to disable one part of the machine and then see what effect […]

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The Importance of Play for Motor Learning

Waste of time? I frequently make the claim on this blog that movement is best learned with an approach that incorporates an attitude of curiosity, exploration and play. Play is one of the central tools used in the Feldenkrais Method, which I think is an excellent way to train efficient movement. The purpose of this […]

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The Monday Effect, or Why Your Massage Lasted Only Two Days

Every other day of the week is fine. Yeah Here’s a common frustration for therapists of all kinds (and their clients.) After a session, whether it’s massage, chiropractic, a Feldenkrais movement lesson, Rolfing, osteopathy, whatever, the client feels great, as if there has been a major progress. Pain is reduced, coordination improves, movement feels easier, […]

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