It's been a few months since we last gave you an update on what the Critical Physiotherapy Network is up to, so here's a short summary of things we've done recently and some of the projects we've got in the pipeline. As always, if you'd like to be involved in anything that we're doing, just get in touch. Add a comment to the post, send us an email, Tweet us (@CriticaPhysio) or message us on Facebook (@CriticalPhysiotherapyNetwork). Our first co-authored book - Manipulating Practices: A critical physiotherapy reader - has been an incredible success. Published by Norway's foremost scientific and technical publisher - Cappelen Damm Forlag - it has been downloaded more than any other book … [Read more...] about What’s going on with the CPN?
The idea that one approach to practice is superior to another is a powerful discourse in physiotherapy today. Last week I was talking with a colleague who thinks of himself as a 'critical thinker', and we were debating the merits of active rehabilitation over passive treatment. So called 'passive' treatments (some forms of massage, manipulation and electrotherapy, for example), in which the patient has treatment done to them rather than taking responsibility and actively engaging, have been the subject of much criticism in the profession for some time now. There is, I was told, indisputable evidence for the benefits of active approaches over passive treatment, and that those who … [Read more...] about Going beyond good and bad practice
I spent the last two weeks in Norway and Denmark, meeting clinicians, lecturers, researchers and students, and generally talking about The End of the Physiotherapy. I spent quite a bit of time talking about the ways physiotherapy might transform itself to adapt to the future, and one of the ideas we kept coming back to was the importance of 'leaving' the profession. I wrote a little about this idea in a blog post just before I set out for Scandinavia, and the subject kept recurring during my visit. The biggest issue for many people seemed to be not so much the need to change, as much as how to change: how to find new ways of thinking and practicing physiotherapy that kept the best of … [Read more...] about Art as therapy