31 days project: Gollum and the empty chair

The lord of the rings has to be one of my all time favourite movies. One of the most interesting characters in the movie is Gollum. People familiar with the movie will know the story of how Gollum came to be. Before the ring of Sauron poisoned his mind he was known as the hobbit [...]

31 days project: The Power of Touch

I saw this video and just had to share it to metaphorically emphasise the power of touch. There are some in the physiotherapy profession that bang on about how pointless manual therapy is, and  whilst the evidence base confirms that we are unlikely doing anything mechanically (i.e. resetting joints, correcting leg length discrepancies, increasing tissue [...]

31 Days Project: Forrest Gump, Physiology and Philosophy of Running

I'm a bit of a runner, always have been. Nothing overly competitive but participated because of the health benefits. So, whilst exercise has physiological effects on the body there is also another side to running that interests me, the philosophy. More specifcally the sense of freedom, the adventure and the opportunity to reflect and consolidate my [...]

31 Days Project: Connectivity

I'm always on the hunt for new information on why physiotherapists should broaden their perspectives through 1)  how we connect with people and 2) in what ways we connect with them. Connectivity is an emerging concept in physiotherapy. Several papers have been published discussing and arguing the broader view of the connections people make between ‘one’s [...]

31 Days Project – The extended Mind

Professor Andy Clark is philosopher of mind and cognitive science. He has taught and written in areas of cognitive science, in particular his publication 'Natural Born Cyborgs' is an insightful read about the extended mind. This episode of the 31 days project looks at an example of his work on the extended mind. The theory of [...]

31 Days Project: The Popsicle!

Its another 31 days project: The Popsicle! I have been scouring the movie back catalogue and found this little gem to share with you all. It's a clip from the movie the punisher and its a beautiful representation of threat and of how the fear of pain is worse than the pain itself (reference, reference). [...]

31 days project: Day 31

Day 31 the final day of the 31 days project - getting stronger! I thought about the final clip a lot and pondered on a few ideas taking suggestions from other people interested in the project and the end result seemed to fit. I think it was best to end with this clip. The rocky [...]

31 days project: Day 30

Welcome to the penultimate post for the big naked pain and brain campaign - forgiveness and acceptance This is the second clip from the railway man. It highlights that although the scars can still be there in the background forgiveness and acceptance is part of moving forward as opposed to being consumed by suffering. Pain [...]