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

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 picture. There are many examples of when this is true, such as in the media when a poignant photograph expresses some joyful, or more often unfortunately some heartbreaking…

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…

Liar, liar…

Despite claims from a few deluded individuals it is a basic fact of the human condition that everybody lies, and I mean everybody. Me, you, the guy down the street, everybody at some time or other, for some reason or other has been a fibber, a falsifier, a fabricator, a deceiver, an equivocator, a perjurer,…

My agenda…

I can both love and hate twitter at times, but it often does give me some ideas for blogs, such as this one which I had no plans to write until certain events unfolded recently over what I thought was a simple helpful tweet I posted on the latest NICE guidelines for low back pain here.…