Archive | professional development

these posts relate to post-graduate and independent research.

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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Lumbopelvic motor control: An integrated approach to clinical assessment and treatment of motor control dysfunction in low back and pelvic pain

Before the Fascia Research Summer School I attended a workshop with Paul Hodges. Paul is Professor and NHMRC Senior Principle Research Fellow in the Division of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and Director of the NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health. His own interests engage biomechanical and neurophysiological […]

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Fascia Research Summer School – Ulm, Germany 2-7 September 2012

Rather than attending the Fascia Research Congress in Vancouver earlier his year, I opted for the smaller and more intimate Fascia Research Summer School. The gathering was organised by the Fascia Research Group at the University of Ulm. The week consisted of lectures, anatomy sessions and small group workshops. In summary: Carla Stecco explored the […]

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Reflecting on the fashion of fascia

The ‘neuromyofascial unit’ is an osteopathic idea that has informed our diagnostic and treatment approach for at least 70 years. In the last 20 years there has been an exponential increase in research and publication relating to fascia. This research has deepened our understanding of fascia and supported the emergence and legitimacy of therapeutic systems […]

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some interesting and thought-provoking articles

The fall of the postural–structural–biomechanical model in manual and physical therapies: Exemplified by lower back pain. Download PDF The myth of core stability. Download PDF Pathophysiological model for chronic low back pain integrating connective tissue and nervous system mechanisms. Download PDF Connective tissue: A body-wide signaling network? Download PDF The fascial network: an exploration of […]

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