Pump up the volume…

It still astounds me how little most physiotherapists know about exercise. Many still do not know how to prescribe, progress or regress structured exercise well, and most are unaware of what parameters are more important than others to monitor, that’s if they even bother to monitor anything at all. So in this short blog I want…

I am just a physio…

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

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…