Open-source slide-deck for clinical teachers

Quality educational material takes time to create, and I have likely spent hundreds of hours developing and optimizing my presentation slides and slide decks. However, instead of those slides lying dormant and unused, I thought other teachers within the musculoskeletal field could benefit from my work. The goal is to better the future clinicians in […]

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Podcasts, free lectures and interviews (with me as guest)

I have been a featured guest on multiple podcasts, recorded interviews, and zoom talks in the last 4-5 years. I have also been a guest lecturer for Trust Me I’m a Physiotherapist, where I did two free online lectures that Trust Me ED now hosts. The list of podcasts and interviews is in chronological order, […]

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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biopsychosocial model, still stubbornly refuse to change their methods or mindset, and continue to promote and teach outdated methods of assessment and treatment” (1).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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Acute/chronic pain is (often) misinterpreted

The terminology “acute/chronic” pain is often misinterpreted and is largely misunderstood by many laymen and some clinicians. The primary difference between acute and chronic pain is in the “relatively arbitrary time posts” (Apkarian et al.). In other words, the main difference is in the duration of the pain experience; it does not say anything concrete […]

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Don’t be a therapist sell out – 8 reasons why this is wrong

As Adam Meakins has stated, “Just doing what ever a patient wants is prostituting yourself!”. A typical argument for letting the patient choose the choice of treatment is this: “I agree we should advocate for patient education on EBP but that comes at what cost? We’ll never know. Some patients may not return.”

 Often there […]

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