22 Dec 2016

December Webinar

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This month webinar focused on human movement and how better understanding the way our bodies move can help us to become better practitioners. The webinar started with some basic questions regarding our body. What is the basic function of the lower part of the body? What about the one of the upper body? Reflecting on...
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14 Oct 2016

The Elephant in the Room for EBM

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P-values are the gold medal of research. Finding a p-value less than .05 in your clinical trial is the pinnacle of achievement. Even though there is virtually no difference between p=.047 and p=.053, get the former and your research is a success, the latter and it is consigned to the wastepaper basket of history. The reason...
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9 Aug 2016

The Quickest Way to Change Muscle Tone

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Muscle tone is a NEUROLOGIC phenomenon. It depends on the nervous system working without interference. The basic unit of neurological function is the neurological impulse which leads to axonal depolarisation. It mostly originates in the muscle spindle cells and periodontal ligaments, tissues which, uniquely, spontaneously generate afferent input. At least 90% of our muscular activity...
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26 Jul 2016

Physiology-based Practice

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It makes no sense to me that we spend many years studying anatomy and physiology and then we are supposed to rely on an (EBM) model that takes no account of physiology. The statistics we use to determine p values or odds ratios are not specific to medicine, they can be applied in any population-based...
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14 Jun 2016

Neck Adjustment for Low Back Pain

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Adjustments provide afferent input. Where there is a deficiency of input, an adjustment will produce benefit. If there is no deficiency of input, the adjustment will have no benefit. The trick to providing benefit is providing the right amount of input where it is deficient. This month’s webinar presents a case where it was difficult to...
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8 Jun 2016

The Withdrawal Reflex

Afferent Input provides a common understanding of the beneficial effects of all the physical therapies, from reflexology to yoga, chiropractic to physiotherapy, Qi Gong to aerobics, Pilates to Shiatsu. Any practitioner who touches, moves, pokes, prods, adjusts, manipulates or mobilises a patient is altering that patient’s afferent input. Consider reflexology. When a reflexologist rubs or stimulates points...
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24 May 2016

The Vitalism Debate

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The Vitalism vs (Research) Paper-based debate and division of chiropractic needs to end. Neither is truthful and the artificial distinction ultimately leaves the majority of chiropractors out in the cold. Vitalism was discredited when Hermann Kolbe synthesized acetic acid from inorganic substances obtained from pure elements in 1845. Originally, vitalists had maintained that “life force” was necessary for the...
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17 May 2016

The Tragedy of Treating Conditions

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We get so used to naming conditions, we end up thinking of them as entities when they are not. A condition is a description of the state of the host, not a description of something that is independent of the host. Take a simple condition, like bruising. Bruising is a condition found in fruit as...
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10 May 2016

Afferent Input – the Universal Treatment

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Any practitioner who touches, moves, pokes, prods, or examines a patient, is providing that patient with altered afferent input. Since we know that the withdrawal reflex is just one of the many reflexes that will operate when the patient is touched or moved, we know that any physical input will be altering muscle tone, the...
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