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Guest Post from Paul Ingraham: The Bamboo Cage

Time for another guest post from Paul Ingraham, his second. Paul recently contacted me to say he wants to do a post that “criticizes the idea of trigger points,” which is interesting, because he’s written a whole book about trigger points. I told him whatever you do, just make sure the title of the post sounds like a Chuck Norris movie.

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Ideomotion Part 2: Corrective Movements

In a previous post I introduced the concept of ideomotion, which is a non voluntary movement prompted by mental activity. In this post I’ll discuss Barrett Dorko’s interesting theory that ideomotion may play a role in reducing and preventing some common sources of chronic pain. Here is my (hopefully accurate) interpretation of Dorko’s theory in a nutshell….

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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 Back Pain Myths: MRI Abnormalities

I just read a new study that provides yet more evidence that the body can sustain substantial tissue damage that is not accompanied by pain. In the new study, researchers evaluated 44 pain-free adolescent boys involved in rowing. They found that nine rowers (40%) had at least one abnormality detected by MRI in the lumbar […]

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The Thermal Grill Illusion

Body Map Error On this blog I frequently discuss the idea that pain can sometimes be caused by the brain’s faulty perception of the body as opposed to actual tissue damage to the body. Put another way, errors in the way the brain maps the body can cause threat which causes pain, even when there […]

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