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Or, You Could Always Use Maps

In my last post I talked about lifting the fog to get off of the ledge. I made two summarizing statements: The fog of reason is the fog of working from bad information. The way out of this fog is critical rationalism. The fog of faith is the fog of working from maladaptive beliefs. The way out of this fog is through evangelism. These equate to “talking someone down from the ledge.” But there’s another option. You could just give them a map. I mean this both metaphorically and literally.… Read more Or, You Could Always Use Maps

Lifting the Fog

Yesterday, I spoke of the fog. If one is in unfamiliar territory and blinded by fog it may feel as if the edge is an inch away in any or all directions. This does not feel like an edge. It feels like a ledge and it is crippling. People fall off of ledges unless they are rescued, after all. Either way, ledges rob one of feeling in control. It’s a helpless feeling. Of course I’m using the fog metaphorically here. So, in reality, what makes up this fog? What is… Read more Lifting the Fog

Movement Enrichment

1. (noun) enrichment act of making fuller or more meaningful or rewarding People are demanding more enrichment in their lives. We’re seeing it addressed at the cutting edges of many sectors, like Google’s approach to employment and the rise of social networking’s role in marketing. There is a huge outcry and demand for Healthcare that is more enriching, and while I don’t pretend to have the answers to that, I do have an approach to the enrichment of movement. Let’s break the definition down into 2 parts and make some… Read more Movement Enrichment

Novelty: A Window of Opportunity

Novelty is king when it comes to moving with less pain. There’s some pretty cool brain chemistry at play in this. Dopamine is released in the brain when we encounter something novel. It’s like a messenger to the rest of the brain saying “Hey everybody, wake up and pay attention. This is something new.” Novelty is so useful because it is something you don’t yet have an impression of. In pain, you keep encountering movements that give the impression of danger and thus the response of protection. Novel movements give… Read more Novelty: A Window of Opportunity

What can we learn from Pixar?

I recently posted about producers and the similarities with my work as a physical therapist. I said that I’m not a director and that people shouldn’t try to hand over their director’s chair to me. When I wrote this I know that some readers would think about the various movements and exercises that may be provided in physical therapy and how directed they can seem. So, let me further clarify. I was recently watching some of the extras from Pixar’s Cars with my son. They were discussing the setting at… Read more What can we learn from Pixar?

We Can’t All be Clint Eastwood

I like movie analogies. After all, getting through pain, disability, and loss of function is a lot like a good Batman movie. In this recent blogpost, Seth Godin said this of Sofia Coppola: In describing the role her brother played in producing one of her movies, Sofia Coppola said, “he protected the film.” I hope the same could be said of my work as a physical therapist. Sometimes we are not in a position to self produce, direct, and star in our own movie. Hey, we can’t all be Clint… Read more We Can’t All be Clint Eastwood


Welcome to my blog. My name is Cory Blickenstaff and I am a physical therapist. I own and operate a clinic in Vancouver, WA called Forward Motion Physical Therapy. I am a board certified specialist in orthopaedics and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. While physical therapists help a wide variety of people with a wide variety of problems, my particular interest is in helping people in pain. These people may be young or elderly, elite athletes or couch potatoes, dealing with new pains or with very old and persistent… Read more Introduction