For some time now I’ve been reading a lot about curiosity. I’ve been exploring curiosity from various fields such as philosophy, medical science, psychology, social sciences, education, art and communication; not an exhaustive list at all! Curiosity really is a fascinating area of study. Commonly defined as an eager desire to learn or know about [...]
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Physiotherapy NZ Conference 2022: My Curious Reflections
As the fragrant aroma clears and before the memories fade, I thought I would share my thoughts and reflections on my inaugural physiotherapy NZ conference. Rotorua was the venue for the 2022 Physiotherapy conference, and in a true fashion, I hadn’t intended on going. In the 10 years, I have resided in New Zealand, I’ve [...]
31 Days Project: Musical Multiplicity
My previous post focused on the concept of the Rhizome as discussed by Deleuze & Guattari in their 1987 publication, ‘A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia.’ In the blog, I discussed the six principle characteristics providing my own interpretation and providing examples of each in physiotherapy. In this post, I share an example of rhizomatic [...]
Physiotherapy: The Body and the Rhizome (#BTCP)
When living with pain are we without a body? A body that has made us who we are, when it goes wrong should we not be allowed to suffer? When we are without a body is it not a foreign experience to not be able-bodied? We possess a physical body and we possess an ability [...]
Is a Body in Pain, a Body with Organs?
The more relations a body has, the more it is capable of doing Nick J.Fox, 2012 There’s a lot of unrest in a world dominated by pain. In a very literal sense, we can understand this as a lack of rest, fatigue, a disturbance of sleep, or available energy. In another sense, it describes [...]
31 days project: The Truman Show, Pain & The Transcendent Self
The film The Truman Show is a fascinating journey into the life of Truman Burbank, who, over the course of the movie, realizes that his entire life has been one big reality TV show. A psychological comedy, the concept of The Truman Show is based upon a psychological condition called Truman delusion. People living with [...]
Pain as an Active Force
“Tell me your relation to pain, and I will tell you who you are!” Ernst Jüngers (1895 - 1998) I've been chatting and sharing thoughts on philosophy, creativity and art with a colleague, Eduan Breedt. After much discussion I invited Ed to share some of his musings in a blog. Take it away Ed! What [...]
Physiotherapy, have we “Imprisoned” Bodies?
Physiotherapy is one of the caring professions. It lies alongside Medicine, Nursing and other Allied Health Professions. Every single human on the planet is entitled to healthcare, and whilst some populations of the world do not receive adequate healthcare, there are others that are subjected to overdiagnosis and overtreatment (Maher, O’Keeffe, Buchbinder, & Harris, 2019) [...]
Is Explain Pain Dualistic, is it Physiotherapy or is it Society?
When this question popped in my head, it sparked my curiosity. I had been reading through Explain Pain recently and I got a sense of something that perturbed me. I wondered if it had something to do with the necessity of the inherent nature of duality. So, as I often do, I thought I would [...]
Physiotherapy, you just don’t understand!
Why is it that people living with pain upon seeing a healthcare professional often report, “ I have been told that it’s all in my head” and that the central focus of pain management programs is towards living well and not what people living with pain commonly report – the desire for pain reduction. Admittedly, [...]