NY Times Wellness blog just had a recent post on the lasting effects of exercise on the brain (using rats).  Seems like all the research is going to the brain now doesn’t it?  Unfortunately what they found is that the effects of memory are short-lasting.  You can read the whole article here.  I would imagine this being true just in regards to how the body reacts physiologically to exercise. You can’t just be active once and think it will last…stay moving!

Dr. Erson Religioso over at themanualtherapist.com just posted a blog on “3 myths of MDT (McKenzie)”.  Great read for students and practitioners alike, especially myself who does not have formal training in this approach.  I was recently debunked from a MDT diplomat when I mentioned that I normally put my hands on low back pain patients first (just speaking generally on differences in OMPT and MDT).  She didn’t seem to like that too much!  So…not sure who is telling the truth here.  Maybe it was just a defensive tactic.


  1. HV,

    Hardcore MDT practitioners (and the Dips are the most hardcore) think it’s almost sacrilegious to put your hands on a patient first. They believe it creates dependency on the practitioner. I’ve asked every single one I’ve trained if that is just philosophy or if there is any research to back that up. There isn’t. Still, it’s a good philosophy to have Despite putting my hands on the patient from visit 1, I always say that nothing I do or teach you to do will remain unless you keep up with your HEP, thus trying to alleviate the dependency on the practitioner. Best of both worlds!

    1. Yeh good point! It is really up to the patient but they need to have the pa to get results. That path is now shown to be from neurophysiological results but in most cases (and could be all cases), you have to have some type of mechanical input to get that response. I am all about self management but sometimes the manual mechanical input is needed to initiate the chain of responses.

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