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Michael Shacklock Quotes from Clinical Neurodynamics

Updated: Apr 20, 2018

Ever wonder what makes an experience great vs. mediocre? I recently reviewed my notes from the Upper Quarter and Lower Quarter Clinical Neurodynamics course I took in Seattle. The class was taught by the developer Michael Shacklock and attended by many intelligent, curious and open-minded clinicians.

As I reflect on the class experience and my notes I’ve realized one of the reasons I enjoyed the class so much is the knowledge nuggets dispersed throughout. This course is rooted in the sciences of physiology and neurology but also science as a whole. We talked about principles of physics, evolution, phenomenology, and complexity theory.

I highly recommend this course for a thorough and systematic assessment and treatment approach to neurodynamics. If you listen and take good notes, I think you’ll also gain more than expected.

Here are my top 10 favorite quotes along with some of my brief thoughts. (in no particular order) If you’re intrigued go sign up at

The assumptions that form the basis for our perceptions are not constant. They change and therefore so does behavior. As Donella Meadows says “Pay attention to what is important, not just what is quantifiable”

Critique is a form of questioning and questioning is essential for progress.

We need to know parts and function. We need to learn how these integrate to affect the whole.

STOP: read it again because many will read this sentence and disregard it. I’m not taking the high road here. I can do better. We can all do better.

You don’t need to learn the coolest new manual technique or sexiest new exercise if you aren’t doing a solid assessment. Start with WHY?

As much as we have learned about pain in the last decade, there is still much we don’t know. It is important to remember mechanisms coexist and interact.

Assess the patient in front of you. You should have more than a hammer.

Would we get farther if we focused more on what we agree than how we think we are better or different?

Don’t be fooled with this type of logic and reasoning. Keep Richard Feynman in your back pocket.

Boom! It is about them. #caremore


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