Author Archive | Patrick Craig

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

The  Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is encouraging its dutiful members (free thinking GPs) not to refer to chiropractors. I assume this advisory is motivated by conspicuous quackery, choreographed financial exploitation, miraculous claims and advertised testimonial of a number of chiropractors. I am sympathetic to these criticisms as they pertain to the ‘guilty’ individuals, […]

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Phenomenological experience of injury

The lived or phenomenological experience of injury provokes a spectrum of perceptions, emotions and thoughts. Injury is a strong phenomenological experience because it is affectively charged with perceived threat to the material coherence of the organism – injury is a provocative  ‘primordial fluctuation’ – a startling salience in what for the most part is a uneventful transparent embodiment. […]

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safety and efficacy of osteopathic medicine

Safety and efficacy of osteopathic medicine is not self evident. Apparently we need validated research to demonstrate what is already empirically obvious. The regulatory environment has become so paranoid that osteopaths are no longer allowed to assert (advertise) either the safety and efficacy of osteopathic medicine – there are after all no safety or efficacy studies.   Clinical […]

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Becoming a Supple Leopard

  Body image, meat, kinship and the primal are all expressions of a yearning for some sort authentic pre-modern human existence. The commingling of these desires has been expertly melded into palaeolithic fuelled Cross-Fit with the promise of an empowered ancestral human experience. Movements need manifestos and Dr. Kelly Starrett has offered the global Cross-Fit community […]

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Low back pain

My encounters with patients, colleagues and conventional medical practitioners is punctuated by fragmented and web-generated info-bytes, self-assessment and DIY interventions. By necessity much of my effort in consultations and professional interactions is to understand peoples causal and diagnostic narratives. These can range from accurate and coherent to dangerously erroneous. Patient and practitioner desperation around both a […]

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myofascial tools balls

myofascial tools

Myofascial tools are proliferating, marketed with testimonials promising emancipation from the hands of manual therapists. Many manual therapists will struggle to match the precision and cost-effectiveness of a high density foam ball. I sense no threat to the rich scope of osteopathic practice and for years have incorporated them in practice for years. Effective use and therapeutic […]

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Nasal and Sinus Irrigation

Nasal & sinus irrigation

Nasal & sinus irrigation (jala neti) is easier and arguably as important for some people as brushing teeth. Nasal & sinus irrigation is used to treat and manage: allergies – dust mites, pollen post-nasal drip due to chronic sinusitis or as a result of upper respiratory tract infection industrial and recreational dust and particulate exposure […]

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minimal musculoskeletal self care?

minimal musculoskeletal self care I was recently asked by a patient what might the project of minimal musculoskeletal self care look like? This question was rather timely as we had been giving it a lot of thought in relation to our MESHWORK project. The answer to this question is distinct from issues of hypertrophy, performance […]

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