Rehabilitation of the Lumbar Spine By Means of Physical Therapy and the Alexander Technique
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I decided to complete my SIP during the summer of 2002 as a shadowing intern at NovaCare Rehabilitation in Rockford, Michigan. With the intention to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy, this experience seemed to be the most advantageous for me. I volunteered at NovaCare on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays and although I was completely stimulated with such a warm and friendly learning environment, I was relentlessly focused on finding a research topic that inspired and challenged me. Little did I realize that my case study was staring me in the face each day upon returning home. The case study is that of my father, Michael Garfield, who suffers today from an assortment of spinal disorders that began with a herniated disc in March of 1988; however due to a number of circumstances that followed, that was just the beginning the journey that Mike has had to live with for the past fourteen years of his life. I was inspired to examine his condition and possible methods of rehabilitation because he is my father and I love him dearly; but also because he has reached a dead end in finding some kind of solution to ease the pain with which he has been living. I will explore the complications of the spine with concentrations on the cervical and lumbar regions (the complications that Mike has been struggling with), physical therapy modalities to aid in rehabilitation, and the Alexander Technique in taking a different approach to rehabilitation.