Your therapist is there for you to help you help yourself.
Below are selected books, videos, and web resources that I’ve found helpful during my studies. I encourage you to learn more about your body.
Books & Videos
What is Pain?
All pain is real, and for many people it is a debilitating part of everyday life.
Stress and the Body
Topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories to present a broad perspective on how stress appears in the
Are you an Over-breather?
Patrick McKeown is the president of Buteyko Professionals International. His book is based on 4 years of scientific research and tailors breathing exercises for anyone seeking to improve their fitness, health and sports performance by addressing dysfunctional breathing patterns and simulating high altitude training through specific breath holding exercises.
Theory of Emotion
Scientists have long assumed that emotions are hardwired in the body or the brain. Leading the charge is psychologist and neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett, whose theory of emotion is driving a deeper understanding of the mind and brain.
Role of Sleep
The book provides a complete description of, and prescription for, sleep. It answers critical questions about sleep.
How sleep enhances learning, increase performance and improves your memory. Health effects due to lack of sleep and societies trends towards sleep. Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime?
Science of Meditation
Mindfulness is a powerful painkiller that can dramatically enhance quality of life in chronic pain sufferers, suggests new research.
Here you will find science based information about how and why mindfulness works through meditation. Increasing your focus and attention, decreasing your anxiety and stress, improving your lifestyle and career.
The Sacred Psoas
Ida Rolf among others like Liz Koch and Robert Schleip refer to the psoas as a muscle that greatly influences the sympathetic nervous system during the flight, fight, freeze response in the body. During stress the psoas contracts and has adverse affects on the body. The psoas’ close neighbours are the diaphragm, breath holding during times of stress, and below the pelvic floor diaphragm also having contractile properties during stress.
Do you have Core Stability?
Diaphragmatic breathing is often referred to as belly breathing. Many fitness and rehab specialists would agree that breathing is fundamental to core function and pelvic stability. If we consider that notion, then then we must master healthy breathing patterns before progressing to more advanced excersizes and training methods for injury prevention and therefore increasing performance. This article reviews the concept of core stability and discuss the role of proper respiratory mechanics on core function.
Scoliosis in Utero
Tethered Cord (TC) is a disorder in which the spinal cord is “stuck” to a structure within the spine such as dura, scar tissue from a previous operation, a bony spicule, a tumor or develops in utero.
Scoliosis may be the first symptom of the tethered spinal cord. Tethered cord syndrome (TCS) is a progressive clinical entity that arises from abnormal spinal cord tension.
The Schroth Method is a nonsurgical option for scoliosis treatment. It uses exercises customized for each patient to return the curved spine to a more natural position. The goal of Schroth exercises is to de-rotate, elongate and stabilize the spine in a three-dimensional plane.
Your spinal disc is a living adaptable force transducer that joints your vertebrae together, its has a huge amount of strong ligaments. You can damage it but it repairs, you can’t ‘slip’ it. The use of medical terminology is important in our pain experience. Studies have been made where the use of visualisation of joints becoming longer, like a traction, has significantly reduced peoples pain. It helps to understand that tissue damage does not determine how much pain you have.
Research and Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition that causes widespread pain and tenderness in the body. People living with fibromyalgia experience extreme pain and fatigue among other symptoms. There is on going research into the role of the nervous system in Fibromyalgia.
What is Carpal Tunnel?
Your carpal tunnel is one component of a whole system: the median nerve travels from your neck, through the shoulder, down the arm to the wrist and hand. Also too be considered is your thoracic and its visceral content. There is a growing body of research demonstrating that patients with CTS have a generalised disturbance of somatosensory function.
New insights on pain neuroscience
Research has found that the brain can not determine how much damage there is in the tissues. Dr Tasha Stanton, Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia, talks about bodily illusions and how our experience of pain can be moderated by the senses. Another great addition to understanding how the body makes pain
Fascial Plasticity — a new neurobiological explanation
Fascial mechanoreceptors and their potential role in deep tissue manipulation. A series of articles exploring the neural dynamics behind fascial plasticity and perspectives for myofascial treatment methods..