Friday, June 24, 2011

Taping for Knee Pain

Here is my latest youtube video. This demonstrates a couple of taping techniques I use for people with knee pain. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Which Batman Character are You?

Loss of control is frustrating. It blurs boundaries and creates uncertainty. We all go to extensive measures to maintain our boundaries and have some sense of certainty (even if it is imagined). Regardless, we are often robbed of these precious possessions and are left groping for answers and as our story unfolds we assume a role. Two relevant roles that I tend to see in these situations are victim and hero in their various stages of victim-hood and heroism.

I am a huge fan of the new Dark Knight Batman movie franchise by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale. And since we’re talking heroes and villains we might as well talk Batman!

Victims, have control taken from them. They are subject to the whims of sinister plots and nefarious acts. They are the people of Gotham. John Q Citizen stands no chance against the likes of the Joker. Victims feel incapable of, and are even reluctant to, credit themselves for successes. Victims need a hero.

Batman is a hero. He has the tools to fight tyranny and restore justice in an evil world. Hero’s take responsibility for failure (and promptly work to reverse the failure) and receive the credit for successes.

Often my patients are looking for a hero and they would be more than happy to let me be that for them. But, I don’t want be your Batman. If your Batman is anyone but yourself, then you must wait for him to arrive and save you. And as much as I like my patient’s I don’t want them to be dependent on me although I do want them to be able to depend on me. Instead I’d like for them to learn the secret.

Here is a secret. You are Batman.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say that you are on your own. Even Batman needs help. You may just need Alfred, and I’m cool with playing the role of Alfred.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Video: Taping for Elbow, Wrist, and Arm Pain

Here is a demonstration of a simple taping technique I use for people with elbow pain, wrist pain, or arm pain. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Look and New Name

I’m happy to announce that the Moving Forward blog is now “Leaps and Bounds: Perspectives of a Physical Therapist.” I've also updated the layout.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Story Teller vs. Contextual Architect

We are story tellers whenever we interact verbally or non-verbally with another, whether we want to be or not.

We are contextual architects when we attempt to have a specific impact on the stories people tell themselves.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Interaction 2

Whenever you are in someone’s presence, that person is telling themselves a story about you.

Whenever someone even thinks of you, they will project a story they perceive as coming from you.

It’s like seeing a movie. The movie makers had a story in mind to portray to you, to move you in certain ways. However, the story you actually tell yourself about the movie may be totally different. On many occasions I’ve seen the same “bloodletting” story used to make opposing points, as another example.

The story we’re told and the story we tell ourselves are two different things.

Interact with these things in mind.


Whenever we touch someone, we are telling them a story with our hands.

Whenever we talk we are telling a story with our voice.

When we listen to someone, we are telling them a story with our body language.

When we enter a room that someone else occupies, we are telling them a story with our body language.

What stories are you telling?