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All aboard… the latest bandwagon!

We all have jumped onto a bandwagon at some point in our career, come on admit it, if it wasn’t electrotherapy or acupunture back in the day, it is core stability and stretchy tape now, even my much loved exercise therapy isn’t immune from bandwagons with the recent eccentric exercise cures all tendons. However, there…

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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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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…