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Meshworks are systems

In recent times there has been a flurry of publications, within academia and clinical research, pointing to the relevance of systems thinking in physical therapy and our understanding of factors that contribute to injury and health.     Emergence is a key feature of the systems approach. Emergence is not readily predicted – since the […]

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MESHWORK

Sometime after we decided on the name MESHWORK, we encountered the visionary work of Francisco Varela. Along with Humberto Maturana, Varela is perhaps best known for developing the concept of autopoiesis and for also developing the enactive approach. Varela expressed the view that the ‘organism is a meshwork of selfless selves and we are and […]

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ABC Interview with Paleo-Pundit Robb Wolf

Response to interview with Robb Wolf ABC RN 27 March 2014 – posted but substantially edited by moderators at ABC. Here is my response in full 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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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

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

After cleaning out my shed recently, I was reminded of the effectiveness of nasal and sinus irrigation (jala neti). I performed neti after a massive dose of dust and mould  then again the morning after and felt enormous relief. Neti is easier and arguably as important for some people as brushing their teeth! Nasal and […]

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