🎶Tomorrow: Food Truck Rally

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

Sheldon Drive, City Park Fort Collins, Colorado

#MusicTherapy #neurologist #neurology #FortCollins #Wyoming

Introducing Tucker, our newest therapy dog!

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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


Study: neckties are possibly mind-numbing

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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

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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!

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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…


My acupuncture adventure: pinned & cupped

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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.


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

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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 signs your child might have migraines

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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.


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