Depression embodied: an ambiguous striving against fading Louise Danielsson and Susanne Rosberg Although depression is associated to physical discomfort, meanings of the body in depression are rarely addressed in clinical research. Drawing on the concept of the lived body, this study explores depression as an embodied phenomenon. Using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach, the analysis of narrative-based interviews with 11 depressed adults discloses a thematic structure of an embodied process of an ambiguous striving against fading. Five subthemes elicit different dimensions of this process, interpreted as disabling or enabling: feeling estranged, feeling confined, feeling … [Read more...] about Critical physiotherapy research update
Each day over the next week I'll post up an abstract for a paper being presented by a member of the Critical Physiotherapy Network at the In Sickness and In Health conference in Mallorca in June 2015. (You can find more information on the conference here.) Embodied ways of knowing in physiotherapy - unexplored competencies? By Anne G. Langaas The glocal phenomenon under scrutiny in this presentation is the marginalization and uncertain status granted to certain ways of knowing in physiotherapy. The empirical material was generated through a study of Norwegian students of physiotherapy. Different ethnographic methods were used including repeated dialogic interviews/conversations with … [Read more...] about Embodied ways of knowing in physiotherapy – unexplored competencies?
Each day over the next week I'll post up an abstract for a paper being presented by a member of the Critical Physiotherapy Network at the In Sickness and In Health conference in Mallorca in June 2015. (You can find more information on the conference here.) Bodies, voice and change: exploring the construction of fat bodies in health. By Jenny Setchell, Michael Gard and Irmgard Tischner Recognising the body as a colonised space brings up the question of who has the right to speak about the body. Who determines how it should look, what will make it healthy? Using the fat body within a health care context as an example, I discuss the dominant voice of health professionals in negotiating and … [Read more...] about Bodies, voice and change: exploring the construction of fat bodies in health
An extract from a recent book review of Cassandra S. Crawford's, Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment and Prosthetic Technology. New York: New York University Press, 2014. Pp. vii + 307. £15.99. ISBN 978 0 8147 6012 3. 'George Dedlow, a fictional nineteenth-century amputee said: ‘About one half of the sensitive surface of my skin is gone, and thus much of [my] relation to the outer world destroyed …’ (p. 110). 'This quote, like much of this book left me thinking. Some of those thoughts flitted around being fascinated, surprised, but also a bit depressed. With that maelstrom of impressions, if you are interested in thinking about the nature of bodies and how our (supposed) relationship … [Read more...] about Phantom limb pain and embodiment
Thanks to everyone who sent me comments and thoughts on the Connectivity writing project. Over the next few days I'll post up some of the feedback and thoughts that these pieces. Remember to send comments on these things too and I'll pull them all together. This post came from Paul Lagerman - The Naked Physio. Paul Lagerman Historically society has created disability evolving from eras such as the industrial revolution. We have invented and provided practical means and solutions to speed up our lives but at risk of potential harm and injury. Yet once an individual is rendered ‘disabled’ an ostricization occurs from society, with minimal support to re-enable the individual into … [Read more...] about Connectivity – Contributions from the Network #10 – Paul Lagerman
Thanks to everyone who sent me comments and thoughts on the Connectivity writing project. Over the next few days I'll post up some of the feedback and thoughts that these pieces. Remember to send comments on these things too and I'll pull them all together. This post came from Naomi Eisenberg Departments of Allied Health and Vascular Surgery, University Health Network, Toronto and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Naomi Eisenberg Well, I think that a logical critique of the medical model could evolve from Foucault and his thoughts on the medical gaze…in The Birth of the Clinic he writes of how the patient is … [Read more...] about Connectivity – Contributions from the Network #9 – Naomi Eisenberg
One of the things I've learnt quickly in getting this Critical Physiotherapy Network going, is that there is actually quite a lot of really interesting, ground-breaking philosophical work going on out there but it's not breaking through into mainstream physio practice. As I've said before, in my job I'm fortunate to have access to databases of journals, e-alerts, and the like, but I still hardly knew anything about the work going on in Scandinavia, for instance. Some of it is quite outstanding, but be honest, how many of you knew about Norwegian Psychomotor Physiotherapy? Over the last few weeks I've been talking to a few of our colleagues in Norway, Denmark and Sweden and finding out … [Read more...] about Norwegian psychomotor physiotherapy and embodied narrative identity