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Old 09-04-2011, 08:32 PM   #1
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Hi there ! I am a Physical Therapist in Colorado and have been practicing since 1986. Several years ago I went to Barrett Dorko's "Manually Managing Pain: The Use of Simple Contact for Neural Tension and Chronic Pain" course. Since that time, I have read a number of his book recommendations and attended an "Explain Pain" course. In some ways, I feel that I am starting my career over again. I was trained as a "structuralist" and am now very aware of the shortcomings of this perspective. In some ways, it has been a struggle for me to let go of old habits and presumptions. (The book, "Mistakes Were Made,But Not By Me" ,by Tavris and Aronson, is a nice summary of the subtle powers of confirmation bias, self justification, pyramid of choice, power of irrevocability, etc.) In any case, I am grateful to Mr. Dorko for starting me on this journey !
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:34 PM   #3
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David,

Thanks for remembering the course. I wish I could tell you I remember but I was in Colorado several times over the years.

Changing requires that we have both the courage to allow something to die and the courage to say "I don't know."

Sounds like you've got it.

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Old 10-04-2011, 12:30 AM   #4
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Welcome David, yes letting go of the safety of the shore of structuralism is scarry as it opens up into an amazing ocean of neuroscience. But it is a wonderful journey
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Thanks for the encouraging words. ( I'm learning this site is like quicksand-once you get in, it's tough to get out.)
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Just be careful what and how you ask questions about.
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Old 16-04-2011, 04:35 PM   #7
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Welcome David!
Ask ANY question you like: as long as you can handle the answers, you'll be fine.
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Old 16-04-2011, 05:03 PM   #8
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Got it ! Thanks.
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Old 16-04-2011, 05:26 PM   #9
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David,
As long as the answers are understandable and consistent one has no difficulty. When lines get blurry here on this scientific sight and one questions a concept be prepared to get belittled, especially if one is just a PTA. At least in my personal experience.
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Amazing.

Deb identifies herself as a PTA, I refer to her as one and she then says that this "belittles" her.

Is she something else?
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Here is a good thread where I felt uncomfortable.

http://www.somasimple.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9539

There is quite a bit of good info in it and it has lead me to writing my notes in quite a different manner. Just the brevity of some responses was frustrating.
Referring to me as a PTA is expected not belittling since I iz one.
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Welcome David. You might like the "Crossing the Chasm: Meso to Ecto" thread. Find it with the search option. Welcome again.
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( I'm learning this site is like quicksand-once you get in, it's tough to get out.)
Fortunately, there are others here who are more than willing to help you so that you don't drown yourself.

I have been nowhere else online in the PT community where members provide such charitable access to their knowledge and experience. Which is not to suggest that this is some kind of love fest, tea party atmosphere, on the contrary, the debate here is vigorous and Occam's razor is wielded often mercilessly at untenable ideas or poorly developed and reasoned arguments.

That's what keeps it interesting and the faint of heart/feeble of mind away- at least most of them.

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Welcome, David.
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( I'm learning this site is like quicksand-once you get in, it's tough to get out.)
Possibly, but only if you struggle against the grains; relax and soak it up. Enjoy.

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Jason, I read that thread a while back (via bodyinmind.org ?). That's one of the reasons I'm here. Barrett, my son has Aspergers. I was deeply touched by your essay "With Death Comes Food".

As I get older, I have more questions and less answers. I suppose I'm used to life "shaving away" former presuppositions...and, though at times painful, I know this is a good thing. I take Nari's suggestion to heart ! Thanks again for the warm welcome.
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Hi David. BIM linked to "Enough is Enough", and Crossing the Chasm is a different one. And you are thinking about Barrett's essay on Aspergers.
We've got a lot of material here so it's easy to get it jumbled. Welcome again.
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