What IS happening in Ukraine?

What IS happening in Ukraine? For the last two months my Facebook news feed has been covered with posts about "the situation" in Ukraine. I see live photos from friends in the thick of the protests, articles posted by those supporting from a distance, and have messages from friends saying they are going to the … Continue reading What IS happening in Ukraine?

Before you fly

I know I haven't really written much as I was thoroughly busy and on a different page during the Christmas holidays and since returning to school it has been a non stop whirlwind. I don't know if I expected to be in the better hang of it and I'm not, or if I just haven't … Continue reading Before you fly

what happened to the joy of learning?

Because I am currently “stuffed” I will simply say, Ditto.


Regular Thursday night in grad school: brain to capacity, at all times. Evidently, the wonders of the central nervous system is not very impressive to my own central nervous system, as no more than 2% of what I was reading had been retained.

I remember when I would be fascinated by whatever I encountered: unnamed botanicals that I tripped over on a walk, the way certain consonants and vowels link together and becomes a symbol of a tangible object, the different shades that water and mountain take on the colors of a sunset, tracing out constellations on a clear night with my breath fogging up my vision. I craved to learn, to know more, to know deeper, and I’d flip through pages of atlases and dictionaries and chronicles until aha!, I find something that interconnects whatever was befuddling only a moment before.

The older I get, the less I am…

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In the last couple of months my brother has had huge shifts in his life. While I was home for Thanksgiving he said to me, "I think I want to go somewhere. Anywhere, just go and work and travel. I'll do anything, I just want to go." Ok I am paraphrasing the essence of several … Continue reading Travel.

I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy…

The video linked in this post is embarrassing. Thanks to this writer for taking a moment to comment on why PT is so much more than a tiger balm patch! Not that I don’t love a little TB on sore muscles, but that is not what we have dedicated so much time and energy to studying. Frankly, it bothers me a lot that the PT on Dr. OZ would allow our profession to be represented as such. Not to mention there is no formula to fixing all the different back pain out there. Please take a moment to read and learn just a smidge more about a very misunderstood profession. I hope that my class and those to follow realize the importance of educating the public on what a PT is and does.

iDryNeedle Blog

mike-twohy-my-physical-therapist-says-this-is-the-worst-possible-position-you-can-li-new-yorker-cartoonBefore we get started, take a second to watch this clip on “cutting edge physical therapy techniques” during a Dr. Oz Show (Dr Oz Cutting Edge Physical Therapy).   Kind of surprised they didn’t have the electrode shock device that builds 6-pack abs while sitting on the couch, or the vibrating belt machine that giggles away your fat. My initial reaction, eye roll.  My secondary reaction, concern.  Third, frustration.  Fourth, responsibility.  Let me explain this rollercoaster of emotion in a bit more detail…

The “eye roll” – Ultrasound, Tiger Balm and a Bumpy Ball are cutting edge therapy techniques?  Kind of like representing an accountant with a multiplication table, an abacus and a quill pen.

The “concern” – Do people really think this is what physical therapy provides?  Or more concerning, is this the treatment people ARE receiving? If you are, I’ll be the first to say you…

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