A Crisis In Manual Therapy. An Opportunity. But First a Crisis.

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I wrote and published this blog in 2016 and though I’ve edited it very slightly for clarity, not much has changed in the professions. A lot has changed in my thinking. These ruminations on manual professions and pain science are … Read More

Boots on the Ground: Mind the Nail

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In 2019 I wrote a blog about the definition of pain, specifically about its classification as that of sensation or perception. It was quite the sensation (you see what I did there, right?), but why it created a splash was … Read More

Sense and Sensibility: Sensation, Pain, Perception

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Since the pain science revolution began for me personally, it has come with a little voice inside my head. A voice of disquiet. You know how it is … like an incessant tapping that eventually becomes too hard to ignore, … Read More

What’s That On The Path, A Head? Adventures In Crossing the Chasm

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The Chasm Opens You’ve been doing your thing for a while now, helping people correct their posture, or strengthen their perpetually weak glutes. Maybe you’ve been releasing their fascia and shifting their fluid and organs, or lengthening muscle and putting … Read More

The Karate Kid: Lessons in Critical Thinking

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“Remember, best block, no be there.”- Mr. Miyagi  I’ve had some interesting exchanges on the internet lately that revolve around critical thinking, or at least a facet of it. They were essentially fights; parry and thrust that had no reason, … Read More

Anno Dolore (In the Year of Pain)

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A Thoroughly Modern World The belief system I came away with once I’d finished my osteopathic training was based in traditional teachings from a founder who studied some of the natural sciences, and meshed that knowledge with spiritual convictions. A.T. Still’s influence resonates … Read More

You Don’t Win Friends With Cognitive Dissonance.

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I wish I could take credit for the phrase Formal Reality Training. I heard it listening to Steven Novella’s Critical Thinking Course and it struck me as a great descriptor of the process of critical thinking. Not just the process, that’s … Read More

Confessions of an Ex-Operator

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Myopia, Hyperopia  and Astigmatism “Better or worse?” Every time the optometrist changes the lens on the phoropter they ask that question. Sometimes it’s very hard to tell and it seems there is no discernible difference in visual perception. But eventually the … Read More

The Osteopathic Lesion: Why is this still a thing?

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So as not to set myself up to be accused of creating a strawman in another blog I’m writing, I attempted to find a definition of the osteopathic lesion, a term used consistently in Canada to describe all manner of osteopathically diagnosed … Read More

How Your Mindset Impacts Your Osteopathy – Reblog

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Most people think pain is a physical problem, because we feel it in our body. Whilst this is not wrong, it is not completely right either. This is because all pain has 3 components: “Bio” (biological – aka what is going … Read More

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