Why I care less about anatomy

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My journey to becoming a Doctor of Physiotherapy started in January 2005. Turning 30 that year, I returned to full-time study to become a Personal Trainer. It introduced me to anatomy and physiology, of which I remembered absolutely nothing from school. Not one bit. Maybe I’d learnt it and forgotten … Read More


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I attended an Up The Buff trail race yesterday. I wasn’t running of course (that would be absurd) because I’m allergic to running. I saw an 11yr old boy with some rigid tape poking out from the top of this socks. I asked him what it was for. He told … Read More


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Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve shared a number of articles about physical activity and exercise(s) specifically in relation to older adults. Listening to an episode of the Senior Rehab Podcast with Margaret Martin from March 14 last year (2016) ‘How to fight osteoporosis & build stronger bodies’ (here), … Read More

Low Value Healthcare

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*This* is why we’re so passionate about NOT signing people up to lengthy periods of treatment that they do not need. Published only a few days ago (Feb 28): Traeger AC, et al. Wise choices: making physiotherapy care more valuable. J Physiother. (2017) ➡️ Low-value healthcare broadly refers to the … Read More


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Of humility, C.S. Lewis said “humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” and Ezra Benson said “pride is concerned with who is right, humility is concerned with what is right.” I am a Dr of Physiotherapy. I received the Doctor of Physiotherapy Award for Academic … Read More

Operator vs Interactor

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Operator vs Interactor An operator imagines they are directly affecting “tissues”, and that “tissues” are responding, directly, to their tender or not-so-tender ministrations. They see themselves as direct agents of any change – “It was all about me, and my magic hands, making your tissues behave themselves.” The implication of … Read More

Do Nothing

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When a client/patient comes to us for help, we inevitably have an in-built drive to do ‘something’. The question then is, is that ‘something’ actually doing ‘anything’? It’s not uncommon for a therapist to throw the kitchen sink of treatment interventions at someone’s symptom(s), from ice to compression boots to … Read More

Choose to M.O.V.E

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Clinician’s goals are irrelevant to what is more motivating to patients – why selling the ‘Exercise Is Medicine’ approach doesn’t work. Clients/patients will be more motivated to consistently choose to move when clinicians prescribe and promote physical activity through cultivating choice, featuring emotions/affect instead of logic, and prescribing physical activity … Read More

Questions from Erik Meira

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Questions from Erik Meira: Are you defined by your occupation? What about the specifics of your practice? Do you define yourself as a “manual therapist”, a “movement specialist” or something else? How much time have you devoted to be those things? Is it who you are? What if that thing … Read More