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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 & 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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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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Acute Repetitive lumbar syndrome: insight into a subtype of mechanical back pain

Insight into a subtype of mechanical back pain A recent article published in JBMT is the culmination of at least 12 years of research into the underlying mechanisms of acute repetitive lumbar syndrome. This article is of enormous clinical significance and will alter treatment and management of this type of injury. The basic interplay is simple:  repetitive […]

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