Pain felt in the body is not a “thing” in the body

Pain felt in the body is not a “thing” however, many therapeutic modalities have conceptualized pain as something in the body like a kidney or a patella. Pain is not a somatic entity. This erroneous belief leads the therapist to try and attack this “thing” called pain with “tools,” forgetting that it is an experience. […]

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Addendum: How to recognize a dinosaur therapist (or dinosaur guru)

This is an addendum to my article on Adam Meakins The Sports Physio’s blog. 
 Dinosaur physiotherapist is a term coined by Adam Meakins to describe the “iconic, influential and idolised clinicians and researchers who, despite a new era in understanding pain and growing evidence of the biopsychosocial model, still stubbornly refuse to change their methods or mind-set, […]

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How to recognize a dinosaur therapist (or dinosaur guru)

Dinosaur therapist is a term coined by Adam to describe the “iconic, influential and idolised clinicians and researchers who, despite a new era in understanding pain and growing evidence of the biopsychosocial model, still stubbornly refuse to change their methods or mindset, and continue to promote and teach outdated methods of assessment and treatment” (1).
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The 10 key traits of a highly skilled therapist

I asked on social media for what my colleagues and peers deemed traits of a highly skilled therapist. 

Thanks a lot to all my peers and colleagues who participated. Below is an amended list of suggestions: A highly skilled therapist bases their clinical reasoning upon the current scientific knowledge of pain and adheres to a comprehensive […]

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Accepting anecdotes is not good thinking

“The three most dangerous words in medicine are “In my experience.” Dr. Mark Crislip, MD Personal anecdotes and testimonials are one of the most common validations we encounter, particularly when somebody wants to provide proof that something “works”. This is often the case for painful conditions, rehabilitation, training, weight loss, and diet. We have to […]

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Fundamental prerequisites for modern high-quality care

There are two prerequisites that clinicians and therapists need to accept, embrace and implement in clinical practice, and they are like two sides of the same coin.

 Now, there are multiple fundamental problems in the musculoskeletal field. However, the problems presented below are two of the most substantial barriers to the progress and development of […]

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How to dismiss research – In one easy step!

That is research that does not support your preconceived beliefs or your clinical modality-focused identity. The false publication date argument seems to be the preferred tactic! By many physiotherapists and chiropractors! This is an easy way to quickly defend against an attack on your precious preconceived beliefs or clinical identity without any effort! Find the […]

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A pandemic of dysrationalia

There is a pandemic of epic proportions in pain management and physiotherapy, which is a pandemic of dysrationalia. Professor Stanovich coined the term dysrationalia. Keith E. Stanovich is a professor of human development and applied psychology at the University of Toronto.

 The term “dysrationalia” is analogous to “dyslexia”, “meaning the inability to think and behave […]

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Courses and lectures for 2022

These are my speaking engagements, online lectures, and courses for the year. Prices may vary between courses dependent on the location and country, the venue, and the included “extras” of the specific venue like meals and coffee, etc. Neuroscientific painmodulation is an innovative two-day course focusing on pain research and pain rehabilitation, and with citations […]

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