In this blogpost, Dr Mario Elia talks about the reasons he supports referral to physiotherapy. I've re-blogged it here not because he waves a flag for physiotherapy - which is all well and good - but that he portrays physiotherapy as a safe pair of hands: consistent, predictable and reliable. "When I refer a patient to physiotherapy, for the most part I know exactly what my patients are getting into." While this might be the fantasy of our regulatory bodies, part of me wonders if being so conservative is such a great thing in the 21st century. Is there something about the embodied, sensual nature of health and illness that is elided when you have a strong, dependable professional identity? … [Read more...] about Why I recommend physiotherapy to my patients
A new paper by CPN member Julie Latchem (click here to open Julie's member profile page), Jenny Kitzinger, and Celia Kitzinger titled Physiotherapy for vegetative and minimally conscious state patients: family perceptions and experiences for Disability & Rehabilitation has just become available as an open access early online edition. You can find a free copy of the article here. Abstract Purpose: To examine family perceptions of physiotherapy provided to relatives in vegetative or minimally conscious states. Method: Secondary thematic analysis of 65 in-depth narrative interviews with family members of people in vegetative or minimally conscious … [Read more...] about Latchem J et al (2015) Physiotherapy for vegetative & minimally conscious state patients: family perceptions & experiences. Disability & Rehabilitation. Early Online. 1. 10.3109/09638288.2015.1005759.
In case you missed these notices during January, here are a few new things that you might be interested in: Breath A beautiful short video about breath from The Mercadantes, the husband-and-wife filmmakers Daniel and Katina Mercadante in California. The film explores the human breath and its innumerable forms – from the first gasping cries of a newborn to the sighed relief of a well-earned chance to rest. New book by Felix Guattari A new book edited by Gary Genosko collecting some of French philosopher Félix Guattari's work during his frequent visits to Japan in the 1980s. Guattari frequently visited Japan during the 1980s and organized exchanges between French and Japanese artists and … [Read more...] about Some January highlights