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There is no skill in manual therapy…?

I'm guessing if you are reading this then you are probably a manual therapist, and probably a little pissed off with the title of my blog that's just called into question your skill, training and experience! But before you 'blow a fuse' and decide to get all 'medieval on my arse' in the comments section,…

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How do you take your Placebo… Clear or Cloudy?

So recently I find myself debating the placebo effect a lot more, and as usual I find myself disagreeing with many about it, and end up having some rather lively and interesting discussions about if we should utilise or harness this phenomenon more in our line of work. So I thought I would write a…

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Diagnostic Palpation, is it a skill, an art or an illusion?

This blog is a talk I did recently at a University Sports and Exercise Medicine Conference on the role of diagnostic palpation. As usual it's a little controversial in places and highlights some big questions and doubts over the common claims that many therapists think they can make with palpation tests. I'm also not entirely…

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So you want to be a Sports Physio…

Do you want to work in professional sport? Then I have some very exciting news, there are positions available in the Great Britain Olympic Team! However, before you get too excited, I think its well worth 10 minutes of your time to read this excellent article kindly written for ‘The Sports Physio’ by Gary Anderson…

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Pseudo paralysis…

This is a quick little rant / moan / educational piece on a very common misconception and myth that drives me a little crazy every time I hear it, be it from therapists, doctors, trainers or coaches and need to get this message out for thr sake of my sanity… THE SUPRASPINATUS DOES NOT INITIATE…

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My 10 Commandments of Physiotherapy!!!

Now a commandment is a divine rule, a set of decrees given by a higher power, God’s words… and although I have, on occasion been accused of having a God complex, I don’t really want to be seen as having one. So perhaps ‘commandments‘ are a bit strong, maybe it should be ‘My 10 suggestions…