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Interacting with the Skin to change the Brain

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The skin and the brain are intimately connected more than most people realize. Understanding how direct interaction with the skin can efficiently and effectively provide stimulus to the brain to provoke neuroplastic changes, in the short and long term, is on the cutting edge of manual therapy as well as performance enhancement. 


Our guest today is Diane Jacobs, PT and we will discuss skin as an extension of the Nervous System and how therapists and trainers can use neuroscience to improve the lives of their patients/clients by becoming "interactors" instead of "operators".


Diane Jacobs, PT has been a practicing physical therapist for over 40 years. During this time, she has worked in hospital settings, studied manual therapy at the URSA Foundation as well as operating her own private practice for 15 years. Diane was able to fully appreciate neuroscience after presentations by David Butler, PT and afterwards went on to learn as much as possible via the internet that subsquently lead to developing her own method of treatment, DermoNeuroModulation (DNM). She is also a consummate writer, researcher as well as presenter. Recently, she was honored to speak at the 10th International Congress of Manual Physiotherapy (Congresso Internacional de Fisioterapia Manual) in May, 2010, in Brazil as well as an opportunity to speak in July 2010, at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association annual national Congress, where DermoNeuroModulation was presented for the first time as an overall, nervous-system friendly, interactive manual therapy treatment system, along with supporting data.