Are you perturbed…?

To be perturbed is described as being anxious, unsettled, or upset and there is no doubt that some of my blogs have perturbed a few of you over the years, however, for once that is not my intention with this one. Perturbed also has another definition, that is to influence a subject or object so…

Get a grip…

You can get a lot of information from a handshake. A good, firm, vigorous handshake often tells me the individual is strong, healthy, interested and enthusiastic. However, a weak, limp, flaccid handshake often tells me the individual is cautious, timid, weak, lethargic or disinterested. And the over-the-top bone crusher handshake usually tells me the individual…

Changes, challenges and opportunities for the shoulder…

I was recently asked to speak at the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists annual conference at the famous Croke Park Stadium in Dublin. The theme for their conference was on “change, challenge and opportunity” and on this theme I was asked to talk about the challenges faced in our clinical assessment of the shoulder. I was also asked to take part…

Do you even motor control…

I’m hearing more and more therapists talking about ‘motor control’ exercises recently and how they think these help patients with pains and problems. Now I am not a fan of these kind of exercises, finding them over complicated, under dosed, and generally a waste of time. However, these exercises do seem to help people but…

Snugging not Shrugging…

Many therapists, including myself, have been taught to look for patients shoulders shrugging on elevation of the arm and to consider this ‘abnormal’. We are then told to correct or prevent this from happening. The belief is that shrugging of the shoulder is an incorrect, bad, or even a harmful movement pattern and can be…

Is it OK to K tape…?

I am curious yet skeptical about most things in this profession, especially the things that are said to add to our ‘tool box‘, the so called ‘adjuncts‘ to treatment. However, in my experience, these often end up being nothing more than a waste of time, energy, and money, and more importantly they usually end up…