🎶It’s that time of the year…

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“The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called ‘Gitche Gumee’
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy”

#EdmundFitzgerald #GordonLightfoot #boats #shipwreck

A neurologist tries whole body cryotherapy at 5280 Cryo Recovery Clinic

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[Note: This is not a paid advertisement. But it is an act of adventure-sharing. My goal is to checkout new and interesting approaches to healing, and to share my discoveries with you.]

Recently, I joined the ranks of many great humans who’ve tried everyday things such as immersing oneself into a metal chamber whilst surrounded by gasiform nitrogen for nearly 2.5 minutes to lower one’s skin surface temperature by 30-50 degrees Fahrenheit.

This, my friends, is known as whole body cryotherapy (WBC). It’s cold. It’s quick. It’s known to provide pain relief. You see, WBC is WMD = a weapon of mass de-inflammation.

Dr. Ryan & Dr. Tim at at 5280 Cryo Recovery Clinic, Fort Collins

The technical definition of WBC is here.

In short, WBC helps you ice your owies faster and more effectively, compared to putting an ice pack on your skin or enduring an agonizing ice bath. WBC reaches the core of your body, tackling inflammation deep inside. The anti-inflammatory results are known to last weeks or months for most people.

WBC worked for me. I’d been coping with some issues with my back for quite some time. (News flash: Doctors are human beings. We can — and do — experience inflammation, strains, and pain… just like you.)

Immediately after my WBC session, I was able to turn and twist, zippering my spine back into place. And, man, did that feel fantastic! Later on, I slept like a baby. WBC is known to induce zzzs.

Connoisseurs of cryotherapy include a grab-bag of people: from common Joe coping with neurological problems, to average Jane coping with soft tissue injuries, to top-notch triathletes, and even the Denver Broncos.

Me? I’m just a neurologist. The closest thing I got to football was wearing footsies bearing the Bronco’s logo. I needed to keep my feet fashionably cozy in subzero temps.

This ESPN video gets to the point of WBC:

The local cryo joint I visited was 5280 Cryo Recovery Clinic, located in Fort Collins, CO. They have other locations in Denver and the surrounding area, and are expanding elsewhere, which is super-cool.

The owner of 5280 is Dr. Ryan Tuchscherer. He’s kind, bright, down-to-earth, and prefers to be called “Dr. Ryan” which is a good indicator of a healthy, well-grounded individual. He’s a swell guy who has helped heal hundreds (thousands?) of people.

On a more fascinating note, Dr. Ryan is also a rancher. No joke.

If you’d like to give cryo a tryo, here’s a handy coupon from Dr. Ryan:

When booking your appointment at any 5280 cryo location, simply mention this article to receive a $25 first time cryo session.

Many thanks to Dr. Ryan for letting me chill at 5280. Your kindness is much appreciated.

My complete cryo experience was captured on video by photographer/videographer/artist Alistair Dunnington. The video’s being edited; stay tuned for more.

(I know, I know, I know, all my recent videos are being edited. The creation of fine, fine, fine video takes time.)

Until next time,
Dr. Tim
Neurology Specialists of the Rockies

Various conditions cryotherapy has been known to help reduce symptoms of: pain, inflammation, sprains, strains, sciatica, pain or injury in: back, shoulder, neck; numbness in extremities, neuroma, contusions, issues with: shoulder, elbow, forearm, hand, wrist, pelvis, rib, knee, ankle; soft tissue injuries: muscles, tendons, ligaments, muscle; arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, chronic headache, pinched nerve, benign nerve growths (neuromas), pinched nerves (nerve entrapments), pain management, neurological conditions.

#cryotherapy #neurologist #neurology #Cheyenne #Colorado #FortCollins #Colorado #Wyoming #5280Cryo #5280 #coupon #discount #Broncos #DenverBroncos #WholeBodyCryotherapy #WBC #WMD #WeaponOfMassDeInflammation

Needles, cups, camera, action!

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[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!
*Yes, doctors can feel pain, just like you…


83,000 brain scans: lessons learned

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Today: therapy dog at the office

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Today from 12pm ’til closing, our therapy dog Miss Wigglesworth will be here. Are you ready to pet her?🐕

Timothy J. Allen, MD
Neurology Specialists of the Rockies
2003 Bluegrass Circle
Cheyenne, WY 82009


Dementia Village: a revolution in dementia care facilties

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“Free to live in the moment, until they take their last breath.” Dementia Village and other special places are setting new standards for dementia care: separate yet open communities with more freedom and fewer barriers, where residents lead normal, fun-filled lives. As these dementia care models expand globally, hopefully the increased competition among facilities will bring down costs elsewhere in the world. I hope the US catches on soon.

#dementia #neurology