Dr. Brandon Yuenger
As someone educated by the western medical system where evidence is king, this was some very strong evidence! A year or two later I found myself in a course learning to perform dry needling. The initial exposure to the needling is to take a half inch needle and put it in your forearm. After I did this, I started feeling those old dizzy feelings come back. Shit! I fought through it until the next exposure which was a one inch needle to the thigh. I decided to lay down for this one and when I relaxed I felt the waves of dizzying anxiety turn to pleasure and even laughter! I finally realized that those old feelings weren't something that was wrong with me, it was something that was very right! That day I knew the connection of mind, body and spirit. Unification of these elements is the secret we often miss when pursuing health or at least avoiding disease. This is my focus.
I began teaching mindfulness and utilizing subtle energy work as a part of my physical therapy practice and noticed not only changes in peoples pain but also anxiety, depression, digestive issues, and general improvements in well being. I paid attention to the patterns that seemed to be recurrent with my patients and learned through them a method to make permanent change in a wide variety of areas that can be tricky to negotiate on our own. I have learned that all things are connected. It is through that connection that healing occurs. I am willing to share if you are willing to step forward.
In 2012 I didn't know what I was going to do next. As I approached the end of Physical Therapy school I started seeing spots of light in my vision and feeling waves of dizziness and tingling that really scared me. I thought something was really wrong with my body. I was admitted to the hospital for 3 days and left with no answers. I was told that it was anxiety, adrenal insufficiency, food allergies, vertigo, etc. But nothing I tried as treatment really helped. Until I began paying attention to my emotions. After doing extensive counseling and healing work surrounding abuses in my childhood I started feeling better. Phew! I stopped thinking about that time and developed the structural component of my practice.
Manual therapies for neural tissues and neuromuscular reflexes and neurologically based movement re-education made for a surprisingly successful treatment for many with complicated, chronic pain as well our generic aches and pains and athletic injuries. I felt passion for helping those who our medical system couldn't but something was missing. Most of the people I treated felt great but some of the people would experience the "rebound" (pain coming back at you hard like a bungee cord) phenomena. This was an issue that needed addressing. I had been exposed to the non-structural modalities of treatment through meditation in PT school and was practicing sporadically until I had a chance encounter with a woman that would change my practice and life. She taught me a breathing technique that helped me connect to myself and then to others energetically. Once I started doing that breathing while working with patients, the "rebound" skidded to a halt. I was blown away.