My acupuncture adventure: pinned & cupped

integrative medicine

Acupuncture and myofascial cupping therapy (“cupping”) are used by people around the world to overcome many health issues. CommUnity Acupuncture & Massage in Fort Collins offers both treatments at affordable rates.

This weekend, I’ll be stopping by there to tryout these integrative approaches to healing. Acupuncturist David Gorski will be leading my adventure.

I’m particularly interested in cupping — it’s all the rage among Olympic swimmers — though I boast of no gold medals. I’m also known to sink.

My acu-cupping experience will be captured on video, which I’ll share with you, once it’s edited. Stay tuned.

At CommUnity Acupuncture, you decide what fits your budget. They have an honor system requiring no income verification. Check it out.

#acupuncture
#cupping
#neurology
#neurologist
#Colorado
#Wyoming

83,000 brain scans: lessons learned

brain, memory, music therapy, Neurorehabilitation, videos

22 years
83,000 brain scans
from 93 countries

Lesson learned?

  • You are not stuck with the brain you have.
  • Brains can be rehabilitated.
  • You can make it better.

“When you have the privilege of changing someone’s brain, you not only change his or her life, you have the opportunity to change generations to come.” — Dr. Daniel Amen.

Amen. Aye, men.

Want to retrain your brain? Checkout Learning Rx in Fort Collins, led by Mike Winchell. He’s the Program Director. Learning Rx provides 1:1 brain training for people, ages 0-100.

When Mike’s not running the show at Learning Rx, you’ll find him fine-tuning his skills as guitarist in KD & The Painkillers*, a local band (I’m also a member).

*We’re performing this weekend at Island Grill in Fort Collins on Friday & Saturday eve. Please stop by to see our brains at work!

Watching a loved one pass

music therapy, videos

This beautiful video is for families, caregivers, or friends in need of strength, as they watch their loved one move on.

Video by BAFTA winning animator Ainslie Henderson
Song by James/album La Petite Morte

10 signs your child might have migraines

headaches, migraines, pediatric

Here are important signs that your youngling might be suffering from migraines:

10 signs your child might have migraines

“Almost 9 percent of American children 5 to 13 years old suffer from migraines. However, because migraines can be difficult to diagnose, it’s estimated that only 20 percent of children with migraine are diagnosed by a doctor.”Migraine.com

If you’re concerned your kiddo might be experiencing migraine symptoms, feel free to contact my office to setup an appointment. I’m here to help.

#MHAM
#MoveAgainstMigraine

10 MORE songs about the mind, science, & other medical mayhem

music therapy, videos

The first ten of the brainy playlist are here. Brainy songs #11-20 are right here, on our YouTube channel:

11. What’s on Your Mind? (Pure Energy) – Information Society
12. Mind Control – Stephen Marley
13. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
14. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
15. Unforgettable – Natalie Cole
16. House, MD Opener – (Teardrop) Massive Attack
17. Mind Set on You – George Harrison
18. Peace of Mind – Boston
19. Girlfriend in a Coma – The Smiths
20. Transfusion – Nervous Norvis

Headache pain: it’s legit

headaches, migraines

Seeing stars? Seeing auras? Are you blinded by the light? Headache pain is a legitimate condition. I’m here to help.

June is Migraine & Headache Awareness Month — a perfect time to learn about the many ways to tackle migraines.

The newest thing to hit the scene is a cutting-edge preventative therapy called CGRP* (calcitonin gene-related peptide) inhibitors.

In simple terms, CGRPs are what give pep to the process of how a migraine happens in your body.

CGRP inhibitors pro-actively block a migraine’s pep rally before it ever morphs into a pain parade. In an interesting turn of events, suppressing pep has never been so spirited.

Other approaches to migraine relief include medications, complimentary/alternative medicine, nerve stimulators, and/or Botox injection therapy.

If you need help with migraines or headaches, feel free to schedule an appointment with me by contacting my office.

#MHAM
#MoveAgainstMigraine

*More about CGRP.

Music therapy alert: 2 days away…

events, music therapy

My band The Roctors will be performing at The Whisk(e)y on Friday, June 8th, 8pm, in downtown Fort Collins. Are you ready to be rocked?

Throw on some dancing shoes, bring your friends, and enjoy a dose of music therapy!

#band #FortCollins #music

10 songs about the mind, science, and other medical mayhem

humor, music therapy, videos

Below is a brainy playlist. Hear the whole thing here:

1. Weird Science – Oingo Boingo
2. Despacito Biology – Evo-Devo
3. Dig – Nervous Norvis
4. Where is My Mind – The Pixies
5. Where is My Mind – Weezer
6. Read My Mind – The Killers
7. Always on My Mind – Elvis
8. Always on My Mind – Willie
9. Always on My Mind – Pet Shop Boys
10. Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby

Pick a brain, literally: local youth to partake in human brain dissection

brain, events

I’m excited for my visit tomorrow at the CareerLaunch program of Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne. Here’s the news release:

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Copyright-free, post-event images/video available for download here.
These images may be reproduced without permission.

CHEYENNE, Wyoming, May 22, 2018 – Local neurologist Dr. Tim Allen, MD from Neurology Specialists of the Rockies (NSR) will appear at Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne (BGCC) on Wednesday, May 23, 5:00pm – 6:00pm to discuss neurology, dissect a human brain and encourage careers in medicine.

“When kids see a real brain and can speak with a doctor in a down-to-earth manner, then the idea of a profession in medicine becomes a reality,” says Dr. Allen, who practices at NSR in Cheyenne.

Approximately 10-15 sixth and seventh-graders are expected to attend.

“If even one child’s interest is sparked to become a doctor after seeing my presentation at Boys & Girls Club, it’s a great thing for humanity, says Dr. Allen. “As an MD, they’ll impact thousands of lives.”

Dr. Allen will show samples of a male and female adult brain. He’ll discuss brain myths, neuroplasticity, the mental health/brain connection, and how to care for your brain.

His visit marks BGCC’s last CareerLaunch demonstration of the school year.

About the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne
Since opening in 1997, the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne has focused on inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Program areas offered to youth include character and leadership development, education and career development, health and life skills, the arts, computer training and sports/fitness/recreation opportunities. The Club provides afterschool and summer programming for youth ages 6-18. The annual fee for afterschool programming is only $10 per year. The Club’s main location and mailing address is 515 West Jefferson Road, Cheyenne, WY 82007 and The
Club at LCCC for senior high teens is located at Laramie County Community College, Center of Conferences and Institutes Building, Room 142. For more information, visit BGCChey.org or call 307-778-6674.

About Dr. Allen
Dr. Allen provides compassionate care for adult and pediatric patients from Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and beyond. His integrated approach to healing includes music, art and animal-assisted therapies. As a member of The Roctors (a musical group comprised of doctors), Dr. Allen frequently plays charity benefits. This August, The Roctors will perform at a fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County. He is a co-
speaker for lobotomy survivor Howard Dully, who is a survivor of psychiatric abuse. Dr. Allen has been a neurologist since 1997 and has served nearly 10,000 patients. His practice, Neurology Specialists, is located at 2003 Bluegrass Circle, in Cheyenne. Dr. Allen’s newsletter is Neuro-News.net.

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