I am just a physio…

I often get accused of not being a true physiotherapist. Many call me a glorified personal trainer in some misguided, delusional, laughable belief that this is derogatory or an insult to me. Many think that because I don’t use much manual therapy, or any electrotherapy, dry needling, taping, or any other crappy adjunct to help…

Mind the gap…

I did an editorial recently for the Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal called ‘divided we stand‘ you can read it here. In this piece I give my thoughts and opinions on some of the issues of trying to get research implemented into practice. In particular I discuss the barriers and divisions that I’ve encountered between academics…

The symptom modification straw man…

I was just gonna let this go but then I thought ‘fuck it’ why should I. Just because you are usually right doesn’t mean you are always right, and for once my good little buddy Greg Lehman is wrong. Before I get into Greg’s wrongness let me explain what a ‘straw man’ is. A straw…

Ch, ch, ch, changes…

Creating a change in our patients symptoms is important. That goes without saying. Or does it? There is no doubt that most patients come to see us wanting a change in their pain, their disability, or their dysfunction. But how important is it for us to get these changes? Do we have to change things…

Mythbusters… busted?

You may have seen the recent media campaign by the UK Chartered Society Of Physiotherapists about challenging some of the common myths around back pain, if not you can read it here. This campaign was launched across multiple media channels including tv, radio, newspaper, and of course social media. It was aimed at educating the…

A picture is not always worth a thousand words…

The saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is often used to explain how a complex situation, idea, or thought can be conveyed with a single still picture. There are many examples of when this is true, such as in the media when a poignant photograph expresses some joyful, or unfortunately more often some…

2016: Annus mirabilis or annus horribilis?

If you know a bit of Latin you will know that Annus Mirabilis means an auspicious year, whereas Annus Horribilis means the exact opposite. Personally I think 2016 has been a remarkable year for many reasons, both good and bad. So I thought I would finish this years blogging with a review of some of…