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

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

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

The Fiction of Osteopathic Presupposition, and Other Logical Conclusions

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Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc I fully expected that at my age (don’t ask) I would no longer be searching for a place within my profession. With all the study and practice I’ve been through, I assumed that I would … Read More

Because …. Pain Science with MyCuppaJo

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“So pain science education isn’t a magic bullet, but it is a starting ground, a jumping off point, a strong and stable foundation upon which to build everything else up upon. It opens the door and let’s some light shine … Read More

An osteopathic sea change?

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This is a riff on a recent blog by Osteofm because she’s dropped some content and started a conversation that I want to get behind. I’m excited to see her posts, she writes eloquently, displays an aspiring honesty, and her About page … Read More

Osteopathic Palpation: Moving Beyond Tradition

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In 2014 Torsten Liem, DO, wrote an article that detailed several challenges from neuroscience and psychology to the accuracy and reliability of osteopathic palpation. These normal cognitive influences include pareidolia, confirmation bias, perceptual bias, cognitive ease, and inattentional blindness. [1. Liem, … Read More