A report in The New York magazine last week speculated on the likelihood that President Trump might die in office because he is one of the least active presidents in human history (link). How, you might ask, has this got anything to do with physiotherapy? Well, the President of the United States, it seems, holds a view about the body, and the detrimental effects of exercise, that was popularised by some of the same 19th century physicians that made physical therapy popular. It seems President Trump 'considers exercise misguided, arguing that a person, like a battery, is born with a finite amount of energy' (link). There's a lovely historical overview in The Guardian about this rather arcane notion, and in it we're reminded of the powerful idea that underpinned much of the physical medicine that was the forerunner of our … [Read more...] about Assault and battery
Tradotto da: Cristiano Modanese. Scritto da David Nicholls. A huge thank you to Cristiano Modanese for translating and reblogging this and other criticalphysio.net blog posts in Italian here: Fisioterapista in Trentino Altre traduzioni dal blog di criticalphysio.net qui: Fisioterapista in Trentino Chiunque viva con un artista, ne conosca uno o abbia una formazione nelle arti sarà drammaticamente consapevole di quanto sia povera di creatività tanta parte della educazione e della pratica in fisioterapia. Mio fratello è fotografo ed insegnante, e mi rammenta spesso del nostro diverso modo di affrontare le cose. Quanto spesso lui riesce a pensare come un’artista, tanto poco di frequente io riesco ad applicare quel design-thinking di cui parla Grace Jeffers quando afferma che “se il design-thinking permette di risolvere un … [Read more...] about Creatività e fisioterapia
One of the challenges facing the physiotherapy profession today is not so much what the future might be, but how to get there. Innovation requires creativity and imagination; going beyond oneself and the limits on what might be possible. Georges Bataille called this transgression, and his work explores why our moral codes are set 'here' and not 'over there'. His writings concentrate on some of most sensitive topics, particularly to do with sex, because, he argued, it's here where we choose to apply some of our most stringent social conventions and norms. Bataille's idea was that we need to explore ways of thinking and being that are far beyond our present boundaries of convention if we are to see where our present level of tolerance lies. It's hard to see it without doing this. But from this new position, where everything is … [Read more...] about If you’re looking for innovation, regulatory authorities need to change
This is the second of two blog posts which reproduce articles from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's excellent recent "Diversity in Practice" issue of their news magazine Physiotherapy Practice. A huge thank you again to the authors and the CPA for permission to post this here. NB: While this article contains a lot of detail specific to Canada, I am sure that the content will resonate for many physiotherapists across the globe. IEPT: Imagining an Encompassing PhysioTherapy Jeffrey J.D. Andrion, PT, BScPT, MA, PhD(c), CPA Member since 2004. An emerging social justice researcher, Andrion's areas of interest are in health policy and equity. He is currently completing his PhD in Health at York University. A physiotherapist at the Sunnybrook Holland Centre, he is also a faculty of the Ontario Internationally Educated … [Read more...] about Imagining an Encompassing Physiotherapy
CPN Salon - book now places limited! The Critical Physiotherapy Network will be meeting for a 1-day CPN Salon (mini-conference) after WCPT2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. Wednesday 5th July 2017: 10am-5pm - central Cape Town venue The Stack. Cost is US$62 including lunch. Expand your thinking: Stimulating speakers, facilitated critical dialogues, dreaming the future! Program includes: 2 keynotes confirmed (details to follow - speakers from Norway and South Africa) session led by CPN chair Dr David Nicholls (New Zealand) on the current state of critical physiotherapy globally facilitated discussion led by Dr Barbara Gibson (Canada) and Dr Jenny Setchell (Australia) on key 'provocations' to stimulate thinking on key critical physiotherapy topics brainstorming session 'dreaming the future' led by Dr Nicky Wilson … [Read more...] about CPN Salon update – book your place now!
This is the first of two blog posts which reproduce articles from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association's excellent recent "Diversity in Practice" issue of their news magazine Physiotherapy Practice. A huge thank you to the authors and the CPA for permission to post this here. On considering your role in creating a safe environment for trans populations in physiotherapy. By Katherine Harman, PT, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Physiotherapy, Vice Chair Senate (Student Affairs), Dalhousie University, CPA Member since 1981; and Greyson Jones, Dalhousie University, Sociology and Social Anthropology, Graduate Student. © Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Physiotherapy Practice, Diversity in Practice, Volume 7, No. 2, 2017. At a recent event about transgender concerns on campus, a speaker presented themselves as male, and stated that … [Read more...] about Creating a safe environment for trans populations in physio
Anyone who lives with, knows, or has trained as an artist will be painfully aware of how lacking in creativity a lot of physiotherapy education and practice is. My brother is a photographer and a teacher, and I am frequently reminded of how differently he responds to things. Where he often thinks like an artist, I often default to the kinds of design-thinking that Grace Jeffers talks about when she says that "Design thinking is about solving a problem, but art thinking is about feeling your way to a solution" (link). It's not that there's anything particularly wrong with the way physiotherapists are trained to think - there's certainly a lot to be said for the kinds of deductive reasoning that can work out the specific aetiology of a problem and rationalise a response - it's just that this kind of thinking doesn't work that well … [Read more...] about Creativity in physiotherapy