Just breathe…

One of the things I keep getting asked about recently and that appears to be getting more popular within physiotherapy is the use of breathing techniques for musculoskeletal conditions. Not having considered this much in my practice I thought I would take a look at the role of breathing training and see if it is something…

The 10 best therapists…

One of my most popular posts is ‘the 10 worst therapists’ which highlights some of the common flaws and issues I see in the worst therapists across all the professions. However, I thought it’s time to look at the other side of the coin and discuss what are the 10 most common traits and attributes of the…

The most special test…

Special orthopaedic tests are commonly used by clinicians in the assessment of those with musculoskeletal pain or injury. There is a mind-boggling number of these tests, usually named after the clinicians who invented them covering all areas of the body, and they are believed to help diagnose many different injuries and pathologies. However, it’s time to…

Why treatments appear to work…

We have a duty to our patients to prove that our treatments are both safe and effective. However, trying to prove that a treatment is ‘effective’ is both complex and challenging and there are many ways smart intelligent people can be fooled into thinking a treatment has worked when it hasn’t. For many years, myself and many…

Is physio a placebo…?

No one likes to think what they do is pointless. No one likes to think that their role is meaningless. No one likes to think what they have worked hard to achieve is worthless. But this could be what many physiotherapists, including myself, are facing if our interventions are found to be nothing more than placebo.…

Push or hold…?

I like to spend a few hours most days reading ‘stuff’. This means I usually read a blog or two, half a dozen abstracts, and at least one research paper in full most evenings. Most of the stuff I read I would rate as ok, not bad, kinda meh, however once in a while something…