Why is it that we do physiotherapy in this way?


  'Oh, I've been shaking I love it when you go crazy You take all my inhibitions Creativity, there's nothing holding me back You take me places that tear up my reputation Manipulate my decisions Creativity, there's nothing holding me back There's nothing holding me back There's nothing holding me back'  Adapted from Shawn Mendes, [...]

Physiotherapy and The Marvel Effect


 “Heroes are made by the path they choose, not the powers they are graced with.” –Brodi Ashton / Iron Man(Attribution) Superheroes have fueled the imagination and inspired us. We are currently in the cinematic age and renaissance of superheroes. Since 2008, when the first Iron Man movie was released, Marvel have released no less than [...]

Heart rate formulas, how reliable are they?


I have been a bit of a runner for most of my life. Where I grew up in the Highlands of Scotland there was plenty of cross country running tracks to be explored. Of course that was mixed in with mountain biking, fly fishing, kayaking, sailing, football, hiking, rock-climbing… you get the picture. I have [...]

Exercise and Pain: Can we case formulate exercise?


I’ve pondered for quite some time if we can efficiently tailor exercise programs for people living with pain. Recent evidence (Hodges, 2019)and a consensus amongst peers, suggest that a hybrid approach to pain management programs is necessary. As proposed by Hodges, (2019) this would include stratification, identification of pain mechanism and subgrouping based on movement and/or psychology.  The multidimensional [...]

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 [...]

Chronic Low Back Pain: Can we be specific?


Persistent pain is certainly a complex beast and if we are to discuss particular body regions, low back pain would have to be the kraken* of all musculoskeletal disorders. In 2018 it was still the number one cause of disability globally and has dominated the number one spot spanning nearly 3 decades (James et al., [...]