Our regular research review summarises research looking into how the act of observing an action can help prepare the patient for executing the action. It is possible that using this activity as a first stage in the rehabilitation process might result in higher quality movements and faster recovery.
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Joseph Brence DPT, COMT, DAC is a physical therapist and clinical researcher from Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He is also a fellowship candidate with Sports Medicine of Atlanta, GA, USA.
Joseph’s primary clinical interests involve a better understanding of the neuromatrix and determining how it applies to physical therapy practice. He is currently involved in a wide range of clinical research projects investigating topics such as the effects of verbalising pain, the effects of mobilising v. manipulating the spine on body image perception and validation of an instrument which will assess medical practitioners’ understanding of pain.
Clinically, Joseph treats a wide range of painful conditions in multiple settings including complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Joseph also runs the Forward Thinking PT blog.
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Mark Powers DPT, OCS APTA is a Massachusetts native currently residing in Savannah, GA, USA.
Mark is employed with Candler Hospital Outpatient Rehab. His clinical interests include treatment of patients with persistent pain states and learning more regarding the role of observation and clinician language choice in rehabilitation.
Mark is an avid runner and is currently training for his first triathlon.
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