Finding common ground…

I was going to write another blog about how batshit crazy our profession can be, but instead, I thought I would try a different approach and see if I can find any common ground with those I disagree with the most. Now don’t worry I haven’t gone soft, I just thought I would try something different other than just ranting and raving and see if I find something that may help me understand others with ‘alternative’ views and opinions. Let’s see how it goes.

So this blog was triggered after I saw a recent post on Facebook from someone called David Weinstock who is a Natural Therapist, whatever that is. Anyway, he runs something called ‘Neurokinetic Therapy’ and he posted on Facebook his thoughts about how tattoos and belly button piercings can affect fascia and throw your “core off” causing dysfunctions, imbalances, problems, and pain (see the post below).

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Now, clearly, this a load of complete and utter bollocks and needs to be questioned and challenged, and I did, as did many others. However, this didn’t go down to well with Mr Weinstock and so this blog was born.

Short Temper?

Now many tell me that I am too harsh, too direct when I challenge stuff like this, and this is why I get resistance and kick back from the whackos like this Weinstock character. Many say I would have more success if I softened my approach and was more ‘polite’ and ‘respectful’. Many think I have a short temper because I challenge stuff like this a lot. I don’t, I just have a quick and violent reaction to clear and obvious bull shit, and in my opinion, clear and obvious bullshit needs to be treated with disdain, not respect.

Usually, in my experience those who make ridiculous claims like this never listen to anyone who disagrees with them, no matter how nice, polite, or respectful they are. And this was proven yet again when this Weinstock knobhead deleted ALL the questions, comments, critique, and piss-taking left on this post no matter how polite or rationale they were worded.

I see this happen all the time when anyone disagrees with these kind of pillocks who have clear vested interests in selling a particular method, a special technique, or promoting a book or courses. When someone questions their claims they are instantly considered a threat and so are often tarnished as being disrespectful for daring to ask a question no matter how its worded.

So when I see this kind of batshittery nowadays I just can’t be bothered with polite, respectful questioning anymore, there is no point, you either get ignored or if they do engage, you just end up going around in circles fight logical fallacies and ad homs. Instead, I think our efforts are better used by calling out this kind of fucktardary more publicly, more vociferously, more often

The world of crazy!

Now Weinstock and his Neurokinetic Therapy crap are not alone, there are many others who are just as coco bananas and who promote their clear and obvious bull shit on social media, and who need to be called out more for it. For example, Perry Nickelson and his ‘Stop Chasing Pain’, Ron Hruska and his ‘Postural Restoration Institute’, Tom Myers and his ‘Anatomy Trains’, Kelly Starrett and his ‘Supple Leopards and Mobility WODs’, and Naudi Aguilar and his ‘Functional Patterns’, and these clowns are just the tip of the stupid-berg…

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All these individuals are notorious for making ridiculous, implausible, unsubstantiated, unevidenced, stupid ‘say hello to my little friend’ crazy claims about being able to fix this, correct that, cure something faster, quicker, better than anyone else, and of course they still want to sell you their books, courses, gadgets and gizmos. But more importantly, these individuals are ALL notorious for ignoring different views and opinions, closing down disagreements, and attacking anyone who dares question or challenge them or their methods.

So I thought for a change is there ANYTHING I can find in their material and social media posts that I can work with, that I can connect with, that I can find some common ground with, that I can try to use to build a bridge to reach out and engage with them on a more positive footing.

So I dug around and looked deep into their web pages, and their online profiles, and blogs, and social media posts fighting hard to control my laughter, anger, and frustration. I looked and looked to see if there was ANY common ground…

And to put it simply, there isn’t… but, with some wishful thinking, some hard reading between the lines, and possibly clutching at some very thin straws I think I found a couple of things that we may have in common, so here they are…

No1: They want to help!

I do think that most of these individuals do have a genuine desire to help people in pain. Ok they have some deranged, bonkers, Lady Gaga ideas about how to do it, and they don’t seem to recognise the other alternative explanations of why what they do, does what it does, nor do they recognise the possible negative effects their methods could create. But then again, do I fully understand or recognise all the reasons why the things I do work? Probably not!

I think that there are very few malicious healthcare practitioners out there who are deliberately looking to rip vulnerable people off and don’t care about helping them. I remember seeing a video of Perry Nickelson a few months ago online where he was helping a very elderly gentleman walk after multiple strokes, and you could clearly see the joy on Perry’s face as he helped this man walk for the first time in months. Unfortunately, Perry was also promoting some fucking stupid ‘Neuro Amino Frequency’ stickers/plasters that he had whacked on this gentleman’s body and head as being the reason for him being able to walk again, which clearly is complete and utter bull shit again.

In my opinion, most healthcare professionals are not malicious, just ignorant, misguided, and misinformed, who don’t recognise the uncertainty around what they do or realise the harmful consequences their methods or approaches have. However, I don’t feel that sorry for them as in this day an age ignorance isn’t an excuse and is their own fault. If these individuals chose to listen to alternative views and different opinions a little more they may start expanding their horizons and begin to realise there are other explanations.

No2: They get people moving!

They may have some screwy, squirrely, crackerjack ideas about how to do it, but most of those I disagree with do try to get people in pain to move more. Unfortunately, they do tend to focus on the small, innocuous, inconsequential details, and believe in so-called perfect posture, positioning, form for everything and anything. As much as this stupid reasoning about perfect form, or only using tri-planar vectors, or needing to stand on a boss ball fucks me off, I will always think dumb movement is better than no movement.

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Even the king bell end of perfect alignment and correct posture Naudi ‘functional patterns’ Aguilar gets people moving more, a lot more, and if I let you in on a little secret and you promise not to tell anyone… *whispers* I sometimes use some of Naudi’s exercises with some of my patients...

I know its shocking, but the angry little cock womble does have some good ideas about novel movements from time to time. However, I draw the line at wrapping bands around my patient’s, giving them a gazzilion instructions, and telling them this is the only way they can move.

No3: They want to make a difference!

One last thing I seem to have in common with all of these individuals is we all want to reach a big audience and spread our message, views and opinions far and wide, however, our motives are often very different.

Attracting attention in this day and age can be hard. In fact, it can be near on impossible as there is so much noise it can be difficult to get yourself heard and noticed. So at times an outrageous comment or statement can make people stop and take notice of you.

Now I am not saying this is right but I will admit I am guilty of this at times. I will often play devil’s advocate and take a much harder position than I actually have, even at times exaggerating it for effect… Except for my views about manual therapy, I haven’t exaggerated those… I fucking hate it… that shits for real… Also, I do swear this much, thats not for attention either!

The difference I have from those I disagree with, is I want to promote more simple, honest, and pragmatic message that doing the simple things well is often all that we need to do, but we need to be better at doing it. These others tend to promote the exact opposite, pushing a particular way, method, or technique that is complex and complicated and often not needed, nor backed by any evidence. I want to simplify, they want to complicate, and so this is where our common ground ends.

Summary

So there you go, some common-ish ground with those I disagree with. It was hard, really hard, actually nearly fucking impossible, but I did it, I managed to find a couple of things I may have in common with those I don’t agree with, and actually this has made me reflect a little. First its made me think that I should do this more often before I go off on one, and second, that despite our differences around the unhinged, batshit crazy world of neuro amino frequency stickers, tattoos causing fascial adhesions, tight psoas muscles causing back pain, it may not matter that much if we are all just trying to help people in pain to move.

Actually, what the fuck am I on about… ignore that, bull shit ALWAYS needs to be called out as bull shit. Call it out, call out that fucking crazy bull shit… always! 

As always, thanks for reading

Adam

9 thoughts on “Finding common ground…

  1. Couldn’t agree more Adam!
    & hats off for writing this Mate 👍

    Having lived with a therapist for many years, I found myself as a guineapig for NKT & also P-DTR practise sessions (thank Christ I didn’t get ANF’d as well, cause I wouldn’t have held back 😤) & what a crock of shite it all was!
    Agreed, my partner still got good results with her clients, but I’d say in all honesty, a lot less frequently than she did before she attended those courses.
    The results come from listening, understanding & giving the clients confidence to move again, which unfortunately she had much less time to do whilst practising those modalities, or whatever you wish to call them.
    This is not meant as a knock against my partner at that time, but it does sadden me that people feel like they’ve been helped via a woo woo kinda magic, as opposed to a confidence building lets get you moving again & working out & away from pain..
    Thanks for writing this Adam!! Respect dude👍

  2. Adam,
    Come to a seminar and see it for yourself. Scars can and do affect the body, posture and movement. Do not be so short sighted as to think that things like that cannot affect your fascia. You should know as well as anyone that not all things that work clinically are validated through research. In Western medicine we too often make the important measurable and fail to make the important measurable. Like Perry Nicholsten’s work and all the others you mentioned. Try it see it feel it then form an option instead of blasting off in a profanity laced rant of ignorance.

    • I know scars can affect soft tissues, I just question what effect manual therapy can have on them, the forces are too low and too brief to have any significant effect. And there is a fine line between short sightedness and common sense… I think will stay a little short sighted and keep my common sense. Regards Adam

  3. What can I say? You are an absolute genius. I am in the process of writIng a little missive to you (should you have time to read it) about my dealings with the English physio profession & NHS & also how easy it is (in the early days) to fall for some of the shite out there on t’internet, when one is desperately trying to find a solution to ones own aches, pains, injuries and is it turns out totally knackered right hip joint (now successfully totally replaced).

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