TMJ Treatment in Metro Detroit

by humam, October 11, 2017

Tempomandibular disorders are among the least seen in physical therapy practice, but the good news is that help does exist. TMJ disorders come in a variety of flavors and most patients present with various signs and symptoms but the majority of patients find great success with conservative care including physical therapy. If you have jaw […]


Perception is everything

by humam, September 26, 2017

The title of this blog is mostly click bait, but the messaged portrayed in this article should resonate with health providers, patients, and the general public. This is a story about a patient with a history of neck pain and current presentation of neck pain with concurrent R-shoulder pain with intermittent R-upper back pain. The […]


Movement, Pain, and Hormones

by humam, August 11, 2017

  “Movement is to the body as reading is to the mind”- Some Google Quote. Although the author is unknown, this is one of the best quotes I use in my clinic to motivate patients of all ages and conditions to move with intention and move often. When we see ourselves and observe others exercise, […]


Too Young For Jaw Pain?

by humam, April 6, 2017

Here is the low down about TMJ symptoms. TMJ symptoms can mimic a lot of other musculoskeletal complaints, and below are a few typical symptoms: -Headaches, facial pain, clicking/clunking, ear fullness/congestion, ear ringing (tinnitus). In clinical practice I receive a lot of referrals from a wide variety of referral sources including dentists, ENTs, and primary […]


What The Auto Industry Taught Me About Brand Loyalty

by cshafer, January 3, 2017

According to, Brand loyalty is defined by “customer behavior where consumers become committed to a brand and make repeat purchases over time.” Sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Yes and No. Brand loyalty is something that every human being feels on a daily basis. If you stop and take a few seconds to think about […]


Injections for Foot Pain

by cshafer, December 19, 2016

So, as I am at work on this first “snowpocalypse” of the season, I decided to do some research into cortisone injections as a treatment for inflammation/pain. If you do a quick Google search, you will no doubtingly find an immense amount of content that describes what cortisone shots are, how they work, side effects, […]


Why We Should Invest in Ourselves.

by cshafer, November 3, 2016

The benefits of exercise have been extensively researched, documented, and are well known to provide extensive benefits both physically and mentally. So why do the majority of human beings and specifically Americans lead sedentary lifestyles?   According to, “More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities, […]


Why You Should See A Physical Therapist For Your Jaw Pain

by cshafer, October 6, 2016

Did you know that jaw pain can be treated by a physical therapist? Jaw pain itself comes from a variety of sources including but not limited to muscular imbalances, abnormal joint mechanics, and malocclusion. What few people do not know is that jaw pain or pain related to the Tempomandibular (TMJ) joint can and does […]


How Do Your Nerves Feel About Pain?

by cshafer, September 26, 2016

Pain. It is the focus of 99% of the patients that come through our clinic doors in Metro Detroit. People that seek physical therapy are generally seeking help for pain and the effect that pain has on their quality of life. First off, lets discuss a few topics surrounding how humans experience discomfort and the anatomy […]


Low Back Pain & The Mckenzie Method

by cshafer, August 9, 2016

Hello and welcome back to another post about low back pain! I recently attended a weekend long course for something called “The Mckenzie Method.” This method is a well established treatment for different types of spinal and extremity pain. And do you know what was the greatest part of this course? (Besides the great snacks) […]

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