The 20th century bias of physical therapy was to focus on external stimuli and cues for both the patients and therapists. That focus led to many amazing advances in our profession setting physical therapy apart as the profession of human movement. Despite the many gains, the data regarding pain and fitness suggests we have a long way to go yet.
Dr Alan Bowling, MD, PhD, a neurologist specializing in multiple sclerosis and an expert columnist for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the US has suggested that the biggest advances in the future will come from shifting our focus to sensing and the afferent systems of the human nervous system. I agree and will briefly provide some background and rationale for the title of this article, followed by practical techniques for the clinic.
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