Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) offers a novel three stage approach for treating pain. As a biopsychosocial treatment approach, GMI takes into account what has gone wrong in the body and brain (the 'bio') and also incorporates the influence of psychological and social variables.
GMI has been developed based on the current neuroscience of brain pathways, brain plasticity, mirror neurons, and knowledge from psychology and physical rehabilitation. Through a deep learning process of the physiology of pain, the contextual influences on pain (time, place, emotion, knowledge), and individualized motor imagery treatments, GMI aims to alter pain sensitive networks in the brain for the achievement of significant pain reduction.
Graded Motor Imagery, in addition to treating other types of pain, has been shown to be an effective treatment for the difficult-to-treat pain conditions of CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) and phantom limb pain. It is an approved treatment by the Colorado Division of Workman's Compensation for the treatment of CRPS.
Graded Motor Imagery includes 3 stages: Left/Right Discrimination (Implicit Motor Imagery), Explicit Motor Imagery, and Mirror Therapy.
Contact Denise or Linda, specialists Graded Motor Imagery, to find out how it can help you.
“Rising Strong is about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.” -Brené Brown
It takes courage to work on restoring our bodies, rebuilding our lives and renewing our joy. We have to shift from looking for quick physical fixes to embracing a slow, persistent process of self-discovery and self-compassion. It takes a courageous belief in our ability to change our own stories.
As a certified facilitator of Brené Brown’s work, Linda shares the principles and practices of ‘rising strong” with all her clients. She is also able to share an exclusive video-based Rising Strong™ curriculum that helps us learn the skills we need to rewrite our health stories.
Linda credits the life-changing work of Brené Brown for helping her recover from her own persistent pain and health conditions. The complete Rising Strong™ program can be completed individually, in small groups, or as a 2-3 day retreat. Shortened programs or presentations are also available for groups, in-services, or community or business events.
Contact Linda to learn more about rebuilding your life and renewing your joy with Rising Strong™ for Health.
The Occupational Experience Profile (OEP) is a specialized occupational therapy assessment that is designed to help us:
Become aware of what we do and experience in everyday life
Reflect upon our experiences
Discover what impacts how we feel about what we’re doing
Think about how what we do and experience impacts our health and well-being
This unique self-discovery tool helps us explore these 4 measures of how we experience what we do in daily life:
Amount of pleasure
Degree of social connection
Sense of restoration (sense of energy restoration)
Sense of productivity
In addition, we can look at the environments, people, and emotions we experience while engaging in our daily activities. We gain deeper insight into the meanings, values, goals, and vision we have for our lives.
Activities can help restore health and energy! Let us help you discover your healthy experience profile.
How much is too much? How much is too little?
These are the two most common questions people with pain and health conditions ask when trying to become more active in their lives.
Doing too much often results in a flare-up of symptoms. Doing too little makes us overly sensitive and reactive—which can easily result in doing too much when we try to do more!
The solution? Graded exposure and learning how to self-pace our activities.
We are trained in the science and strategies to help you learn these important skills. And we won’t just talk about them, we will DO activities with you to discover the rhythm and pace that works best for your body.
Afraid to move? Our bodies are designed to, and desire to move!
You can do more. Let us help you learn how!
Your body needs a good night’s rest.
Study evidence for the role of sleep in influencing pain and health conditions is compelling. For this reason, we believe sleep should be the number one “restore your body” priority.
“Healthy sleep is important for both physical and mental health. It can also improve productivity and overall quality of life. Everyone, from children to older adults, can benefit from practicing good sleep habits.” -National Sleep Foundation
Sleep hygiene is about learning good sleep habits and environmental modifications to help you achieve your optimal sleep. In addition to helping you learn these skills, we provide in-home environmental assessments, as well as personalized sensory processing, cognitive behavioral, emotional and nervous system self-regulation, and meditation strategies.
We also routinely screen for breathing, sleep apnea, and other medical conditions that affect sleep to help you find additional professional help if you need it.
Sensations are a part of experiencing life. Every moment of every day your body is experiencing a multitude of sensations—noise, light, touch, temperature, movement, taste, and smell. This also includes other internal body sensations of body position, hunger, thirst, heart rate and bodily functions (interoception).
The sensations we feel, and how the body responds to them, has a direct influence on our pain, our emotions, our health, and our ability to engage in life activities.
If you aren’t feeling well or have a persistent pain or health condition, your body will be more easily overwhelmed by sensory experiences and you may feel like you constantly live in the yellow and red zones.
As occupational therapists, we are the only profession specifically trained in sensory processing assessment and treatment.
Let us help you explore your personal sensory profile and how you can help restore your body and rebuild your life through sensory self-regulation.
Your ability to see depends on your brain as much as your eyes.
IRLEN syndrome is a visual perceptual processing issue that results in difficulties with:
READING, COMPREHENSION, CONCENTRATION, LIGHT SENSITIVITY, WRITING, TAKING NOTES, WHITE BOARDS, TEST-TAKING, LOW SELF-ESTEEM AS LEARNERS, etc.
Other symptoms include:
FRUSTRATION, FATIGUE, ANXIETY, AGITATION, EYE DISCOMFORT, BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS AND HEADACHES WITH READING/WRITING, OR WHEN IN VISUALLY STIMULATING ENVIRONMENTS.
Who can benefit from an IRLEN screening?
People with chronic headaches or migraines, children or adults with reading fatigue or difficulties, people who are light sensitive, become sick or sleepy in a moving vehicle, and children and adults with dyslexia or learning difficulties.
Contact Linda Crawford, Certified IRLEN Screener, to find out more.
Meaningful movement enhances our cognitive, physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
If pain or a health condition is restricting your ability to engage activities that are meaningful, Heart, Breath and Movement Therapy can help!
As an Exercise Physiologist and Occupational Therapist, Denise is able to address heart, respiratory, or endurance issues that may be limiting your ability move freely through your life.
In addition to extensive knowledge in exercise, stretching, and movement, Denise is also trained in modified yoga, Tai Chi, and adaptive sports.
Denise uses her cardiovascular and pulmonary expertise to help bridge the gap between functions of the heart, mind, and body.
You’ll learn how to successfully pace yourself, manage your breathing and heart rate, improve your endurance, and increase your body’s ability to move.
Fun, Interactive sessions for individuals, families, community groups and healthcare professionals
Pain is a complicated, complex human experience. Pain is—simply put—weird.
Researchers are constantly discovering new insights into the common factors and physiology that influence pain, but they are also discovering that pain is a highly individualized experience.
To help our pain we need to understand our pain.
It also helps our pain if the people we do life with also understand pain!
Linda has developed a creative, experiential pain education session that is suitable for all audiences and ages 7 and up. Designed for maximum enjoyment, you’ll laugh and learn the latest from the world of pain science research and how it applies to you and your life.
Sessions typically last 90 minutes and are available at a reasonable cost.
Even though pain is weird, and pain is no fun, learning about pain can be fun!
Contact Linda for more information or to schedule.