🎶 Music therapy alert: my band’s performing on Aug. 31

events, music therapy

My band The Roctors has a show on Aug 31, 2018 in Windsor, CO. Open to the public. See you there!

Click here for details.

#FreeMusicFriday #Roctors #music

Here’s my killer recipe for homemade weedkiller

recipes

Roundup: what a downer! It contains toxins known to be harmful to pets and humans. Our brains don’t need that stuff.

Not to fear. Here’s a recipe for homemade herbicide. I use this mix all summer long.

It works great, is less expensive than commercial products, simple to make, and easy to apply.

Only 3 ingredients:

▪ 1 gallon white vinegar

▪ 12 ounces of white table salt (or Epsom salt)

▪ 1 tablespoon dishwashing detergent

Mix and shake the ingredients in a plastic container, such as a spray bottle or pump sprayer, like this one:

Spray the solution onto weeds, covering the entire plant and roots. I suggest spraying it on sunny day, for the heat helps the mix stay stuck onto weeds.

If there’s a hearty rain, you’ll want to reapply the spray.

More details here.

My practice grows, my dog pack grows: Raurie the Aussie visits today

animal therapy

Yet another dog joins the Dr. Allen Pack! Trish Chacon and her therapy dog Rauri are stopping by the clinic at 11am.

Rauri is a 2 year-old Aussie. He is both a registered therapy dog and a certified emotional support dog.

Trish is working on her Masters degree as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Together, Rauri and Trish not only volunteer, but work together to help others see the positive side of life.

Thank you to Trish & Rauri, for uplifting our patients, families, caregivers, and staff.

To learn more about Alliance of Therapy Dogs, click here.

Petting is the best medicine,
Dr. Timothy J. Allen, MD
Neurology Specialists of the Rockies
2003 Bluegrass Circle
Cheyenne, WY 82009

#TherapyDog
#Neurology
#Neurologist
#Wyoming
#Colorado

Haven the Dog is visiting the clinic today

animal therapy

Hear ye, hear ye! Today is Therapy Dog Tuesday! Haven, a four-and-½-year-old Doberman Pinscher, will be stopping by at 11am to spread some sunshine.

Haven’s a special soul. She’s deaf (but doesn’t know it). Haven’s here to cheer up patients at my clinic, Neurology Specialists of the Rockies, along with Cheyenne Radiology Group — located in the same building.

Alliance of Therapy Dogs

Haven’s human handler/best friend is Billie Smith, Executive Director from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Thank you, Billie, for volunteering your time and kindness to bring smiles and joy to our patients, families, caregivers, and staff.

Learn more about the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, here.

Petting is the best medicine,
Dr. Timothy J. Allen, MD
Neurology Specialists of the Rockies
2003 Bluegrass Circle
Cheyenne, WY 82009

#TherapyDog
#Neurology
#Neurologist
#Wyoming
#Colorado

🎶Tomorrow: Food Truck Rally

events, music therapy

Stop by the Fort Collins Food Truck Rally tomorrow! I’ll be performing with my band, KD & The Painkillers from 5:30pm to dusk. Details here. See you there!

Address:
Sheldon Drive, City Park Fort Collins, Colorado

#MusicTherapy #neurologist #neurology #FortCollins #Wyoming

Introducing Tucker, our newest therapy dog!

animal therapy

As my practice grows, so does my pack of therapy dogs. The newest member to join the gang is Tucker, a darling Golden Retreiver.

Tucker is six years old and loooves heavy petting from patients. His handler (dogmom) is Marsha Robinson from the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

Alliance of Therapy Dogs

Tomorrow Tucker will be here at 11am to cheer up patients at my clinic, Neurology Specialists of the Rockies. He’ll also share smiles & joy with patients at Cheyenne Radiology Group (we’re located in the same building).

Thank you, Marsha, for volunteering your time to help brighten the days of patients, families, and caregivers… and our doctors, nurses, n’ staff, too.

Learn more about the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, here.

Petting is the best medicine,
Dr. Timothy J. Allen, MD
Neurology Specialists of the Rockies
2003 Bluegrass Circle
Cheyenne, WY 82009

#TherapyDog
#Neurology
#Neurologist
#Wyoming
#Colorado

Study: neckties are possibly mind-numbing

brain, news, stroke

Nerve-racking headline from NY Post:

“Wearing neckties reduces blood flow to the brain”

The Post goes on to reference a recent study from das University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, where German scientists scanned the brains of 30 healthy young men, some of whom were necktied; others necktie-free. Their conclusion?

Neckties squeeze neck veins, thus potentially causing the slowing of brain processing.

The Post continues:

“The study found that guys wearing ties had 7.5 percent less blood flow.

In extreme cases, insufficient blood flow to the brain can kill organ tissue or cause a stroke.”

That’s a little extreme. Big story. Small study. Few men. Organ-killing.

Some might say more research is needed. I’d say it doesn’t take more funding for gaggle of researchers to deduce that neckties lead to mind-numbing discomfort.

If, indeed, there is a tie/brain crisis backed by science, fear not! Here are three easy solutions, all inspired by rad 80’s fashion…

1. Loosen the tie, lose the shirt, like drummer Roger Taylor from Queen:

2. Wear a loose bolero with a t-shirt, like Joe Strummer from The Clash:

The Clash's Joe Strummer wearing a bowler instead of a tie

Photo credit: Bob Gruen / BombedOutPunk.com

3. Nix the tie altogether; only wear scrubs, like Dr. Fink from Prince & The Revolution:

I’m going for the scrubs.

Study participants needed: impact of music therapy

brain, music therapy

Colorado State University Music Therapy program is conducting a study on the impact of music therapy on brain responses in children with autism.

They are “seeking children ages 6-12 for a study on the impact of a music therapy attention protocol on the brainwaves and behaviors of individuals on the autism spectrum.” Click here for details.

I’m a strong proponent of music therapy. Read more about my Compassionate Care Mission here.

Needles, cups, camera, action!

integrative medicine, neck and back pain, spasms, videos

[Note: This is not a paid advertisement. But it is an act of adventure-sharing.]

Last weekend, I had a terrific visit to CommUnity Acupuncture & Massage, where David Gorski performed acupunture and cupping on me.

The whole thing was captured on video by talented videographer Alistair Dunnington. (The video’s being edited; stay tuned for the final work.)

Most of you are familiar with acupuncture, so I’ll dive right into what’s foreign: cupping therapy.

Cupping — aka mysofascial release — aka what all the Olympic swimmers are doing — is basically a “reverse massage”. Specially-shaped cups made of plastic or glass are placed upon the skin to create a suction, which pulls myofascial tissue to create increased bloodflow, muscle movement, and relief. A more thorough oveview of cupping is here.

How’d it work for me? It went swimmingly.

Once David suctioned those cups to my back and moved ’em around on my skin, I felt immediate relief in my thoracic capacity (that’s my back), where I’d been experiencing some tension.*

The cupping provided an added bonus of overall mind/body relaxation.

You, too, can tryout cupping and acupuncture. ComUnity Acu offers “affordable health services for all”. Click here for details.

Much gratitude to CommUnity Acupuncture & Massage founders Nancy & Robert Evans for opening your doors to me.

And a mega-thanks to the creative, skilled videographer, Alistair Dunnington. I highly recommend him!
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*Yes, doctors can feel pain, just like you…

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

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