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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25 Feb 2016

Evidence is Gambling, and we are all Addicts

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Evidence. It’s such a powerful word. Who wants theory, speculation, falsehood when you can have evidence? There are even those who want the power to insist on certain types of evidence. Evidence is real, tangible and useful – or that’s what we would like to think. Are we addicted to evidence to the detriment of...
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31 Dec 2015

Weakness is the Opposite of Health

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Weakness is THE most important diagnosis, everything else is secondary. In musculoskeletal medicine we find the same injury often given different labels depending on where is in the body. To use just a few common examples: RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff tendonitis, frozen shoulder, neck pain, whiplash, bursitis, osteoarthritis, sprain,...
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22 Dec 2015

Why Afferent Input is Essential for Health

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The Afferent Input Solution (AIS) is a diagnostic technique system for health professionals based on known anatomy, neurology and physiology applied in novel and clinically relevant ways. AIS enables fully qualified health practitioners to examine and challenge their patients’ primary defence mechanism – the nervous system, and identify any and all weaknesses which make them...
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