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Lets Pie Crust and tenderise… A guest blog by Paul McCarroll

Last weekend I was talking in Northern Ireland about simplifying the shoulder. During part of the weekend I discuss the role of manual therapy and other passive techniques in shoulder complaints and in physiotherapy in general. One of the discussions it created with one of the delegates Paul McCarroll really challenged my thinking. Paul who is…

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Closing the window of opportunity…

There are many phrases, terms, and sayings used in this profession. Some are good for patient education, some are good to help us remember things, and some are just a bit of fun. However, some are misguided, misused, and misinterpreted. One of the most misguided phrases I hear being misused by all healthcare providers is…

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It’s not you, it’s me…

Relationships are hard work, they require effort, commitment, and sacrifice from all involved to succeed. However there are times when it's clear that this is is not happening and the relationship isn't working. Being able to recognise this takes honesty and courage, and taking action to address it sooner than later is usually best for…

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We are not cars…

I am still amazed at the number of times I hear therapists comparing humans to cars, and themselves as mechanics who can 'fix' them. They often use this analogy to justify how we need to see patients for regular servicing and maintenance treatment. This kind of thinking has to stop, so if you are a…

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A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing…

As a physiotherapist with 15 years experience I know most back pain is nothing serious (ref). I know the severity and intensity of back pain is poorly correlated with the amount of pathology (ref). I know that most back pain resolves spontaneously regardless of the intervention used (ref). I know that imaging for back pain is not necessary for the…

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Profanity in Physiotherapy…

WARNING: this blog is a little controversial, and a lot tongue in cheek. It is meant to be a bit of fun and not taken too seriously. It does contain the odd rude word or two, although it has recently been heavily censored from its original version due to complaints to the CSP. So if you are…

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Support our Doctors…

I don't normally get too vocal about politics but I wanted to write a very quick piece to voice my opinions and show my support for all the junior doctors in the UK who are currently under a great deal of pressure and stress during this difficult time with the goverments enforcement of a new…