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These articles are not medical advice and should not be used to self-diagnose or self-treat.

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Enter the Neuromatrix

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Every perfectly imperfect human on this planet has a strategically designed Neuromatrix that is unique to the individual. Quick and dirty background. As is common in research and development, Ronald Melzack continued working with The Gate Control Theory of Pain and proceeded to launch his Neuromatrix Theory of Pain in the 1990s. That’s 30 years…
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Do I really have to do the homework?

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For many, the word ‘homework’ elicits a visceral reaction. Images of late nights being frustrated and stressed out start dancing in your head. So, naturally, when you see a Therapist and they recommend a self-care plan for you to complete at home there is a slight aversion. WTFAQ: Do I really have to do the…
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Musculocutaneous Nerve

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As part of the Brachial Plexus, the Musculocutaneous Nerve is a major peripheral nerve of the upper limb. It innervates muscles of the anterior arm that flex the upper arm at the shoulder and the elbow, and assists in supinating the forerarm. Nerve Root: C5-7 Motor: Corocobrachialis, Biceps Brachii, and Brachialis. Sensory: Lateral Forearm
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What to know about The Gate Control Theory of Pain.

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Whether you are a Movement Professional or simply someone that experiences pain from time to time, understanding how The Gate Control Theory of Pain works is beneficial information to have stored in the brain vault. Knowledge is power and this power can lead to change. This will be a simplified understanding of the theory and…
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But it still hurts.

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A common misconception that many have is that someone has the power or the ability to take away pain. You see Practitioners or Specialists in hope of achieving absolute pain relief. As much as my colleagues and I would love to wave a magic wand and bippityboppityabrakazam away all the hurt, that’s not how it…
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A Parallel Innerverse.

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Inside each of us is an innate system measuring what it perceives to be safe or dangerous. This parallel innerverse is what we know to be the subconscious mind. It’s evaluating our past, our present, and predicting the future so that it can send information to the conscious mind to create action or inaction. Every…
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Michelle Den Hartigh

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Leaders set the tone for the whole team. Newbies to the team can tell right away what that tone is. Marissa has created a team here that is honest, humble yet exceptional in talent, and knows how to combine fun with learning and a no bullshit atmosphere. She is a true leader, and while I…
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Neuroplasticity and Functional Movement

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Anything neuro is a hot buzzword these days. The health and fitness industry seems to have finally embraced that all therapy and training is essentially brain-based. The Central Nervous System is the driver of the meat bag and nothing happens without its’ involvement. Understanding how neuroplasticity and functional movement interplay is ridiculously fun in practice….
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Meet yourself where you’re at.

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You’ve done everything that you were supposed to do. You’ve seen the Doctors and the Specialists, taken all the meds that they’ve dished out, and now you’re medicating the side effects. You’ve tried physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, crystal healing, chakra cleansing, aura fluffing, essential oil raining, yoga, pilates, meditation, past life regression, anything…
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Is MMT Legit?

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Not MMT as in Manual Movement Therapy, which is me, my thing, my self-proclaimed moniker. We’re going to discuss MMT as in Manual Muscle Testing. Manual Muscle Testing is consistently under fire for being inconsistent. The pain science people and the movement aficionados love to target MMT to boost their own ideals. At every turn…
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What is Therapy Localization?

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Therapy Localization or ‘TL’ is one of the most underutilized and effective diagnostic tools available to Therapists that use Manual Muscle Testing in practice. But what is therapy localization and how do we use it? Origin Story. TL was first used by George Goodheart as a diagnostic tool for Applied Kinesiology (AK). AK is one…
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unraveling the compensation patterns

Unraveling the Compensation Patterns

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If you’ve been playing in the #neurosandbox for any length of time you are likely familiar with compensation patterns. You’re probably knowledgeable in how they develop in times of stress or trauma. And you likely know how to map out and in some way pair these patterns. Depending on what you find, you have a…
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what is #protectthehuman

What is #protectthehuman

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It’s pure instinct in its most primitive form. Physical, mental, and emotional traumas are inseparable to the Nervous System and the Subconscious mind. Sometimes the scales get tipped one way over another, but all are present in these experiences of pain and suffering. Our Systems are working together assessing and processing input from internal and…
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I make the complex simple

I make the complex simple.

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We humans overcomplicate everything. I don’t know about you, but my eyes glaze over as I’m trying to keep updated on the latest research. Pouring over white papers for hours simply because I need to reread the same paragraph 9 times in order to actually process each word. “If you can’t explain it to a…
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Recovery Strategy

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By listening to what your body is telling you, you have become aware. When we become aware we can then seek to create change. Seeking change by pursuing holistic therapies is a cornerstone in an effective recovery strategy. When your body feels good, when you can move freely, when your mind is less cluttered, you…
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Understanding Pain

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You’re in pain and frustrated. Pain takes over every aspect of your life. It’s mentally exhausting and it can be an emotional wrecking ball. Physically, pain can drain you of every ounce of energy you once possessed. Pain can sneak its way into your life and take away precious moments you will never get back….
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Movement Explorations

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After an injury it is our natural inclination to ‘baby it’. Treading lightly and with great care we avoid any movements or jostling that may cause aggravation. This a normal part of the healing process. Depending on the severity of the injury and the length of time required to heal tissue damage, we may create…
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Hardware vs Software

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Hardware vs Software is a hot topic in the health and fitness industry. It can spark heated debates surrounding what can be done and what can’t be done. What is software? What is hardware? What is the controversy and why does it matter? What is Software? Software is flexible, malleable, and can be changed. When…
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it's not voodoo it's neuroscience

It’s not VOODOO, it’s NEUROSCIENCE

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At least once a day I get some crazy looks. Part of it is that I’m so ME in session. So, yes, I may have a Darth Vader shirt on, because I forgot to change before work. Or perhaps I’m running around in my crazy socks or barefoot, seasonally dependent. At times, more often than…
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We were broken too.

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We’re alternative for a reason. Many reasons, in fact. Thinking outside the box is our norm and we color outside of the lines. Hell, we’ve drawn our own damn picture to color, thank you very much. The masses of people that are chronically in pain and whose once shiny hope has blackened around the edges…
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