In many ways, the entire Western healthcare system is built around normalisation. The fact that it is the job of ‘the system’, and all those that work within it, to identify those people who are ill, sick, or suffering, and to offer them a cure, is so deeply entrenched in the way health services work that it would be hard to imagine it otherwise. But imagine it otherwise we must, or else the more problematic aspects of the approach remain hidden. Firstly, we should remember that normalisation is a social construct. What this means is that there is no object that you can point to to say “that is normalisation right there”. It is an idea; an invention, based on a set of principles that … [Read more...] about Critique of the biomedical model #4 – Standard Deviation
The 5th in our 2019 series of Critical Physiotherapy Courses will be led by Tobba Sudmann, Physiotherapist and Professor of Public Health at the Centre for Care Research, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. The session is titled 'How to understand disability? On the making of disability though discourse, materiality and practice'. As always, the session is free, all you need to do is click on the link below at the time of the meeting to listen in. Zoom link: https://aut.zoom.us/j/408228596 Session times around the world for 5th Critical Physiotherapy Course session Abstract This session will show how the phenomenon ‘disability’ is created through our modern … [Read more...] about The 5th critical physiotherapy course is next week: Tobba Sudmann on ‘How to understand disability’
We had another fabulous online critical physiotherapy course session yesterday, this time delivered by Gail Teachman. Here are the resources for the talk. Audio recording | PowerPoint slides | Chat Our next session will be 23 May at 19:00 GMT featuring Patty Thille presenting on 'What does it mean to care? Thinking with Annemarie Mol'. More information, links, and invites will come out a week or two before the next session. … [Read more...] about 3rd Critical Physiotherapy Course – Resources
The idea that most grabbed people's attention during last week's 1st critical physiotherapy course was slow physiotherapy (you can listen back to the full talk here). Slow physiotherapy - like the slow food and slow TV movements - would be a reaction to the hyperkinetic life that we're now all leading. But more than that, it would force us to focus more on exactly how pervasive questions of time and speed are in physiotherapy today. Paul Virilio - the philosopher we looked at last week - coined the term dromology to refer to the study of speed and time and, especially, how speeded up our lives increasingly feel. Virilio was concerned with the way technology had collapsed the time … [Read more...] about Slow physiotherapy
Last week, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) updated its advice on the use of autologous chondrocyte implantation for treating symptomatic articular cartilage defects of the knee (link). Perhaps amid all of the other newsworthy events of last week, this announcement passed you by? In reporting on the announcement, however, the CSP's statement said something interesting. It said; The treatment ... is used to help patients with an articular cartilage defect – or early arthritis in the knee – which tends to affect people in their 20s and 30s, often as result of a sporting injury. But the NICE guidance stresses that surgery should only be considered once … [Read more...] about Physiotherapy as process, not event
There are a lot of physiotherapy books in print, but not many of them engage in the kinds of (post)critical thinking celebrated by the CPN. One exception is Barbara Gibson's superb Rehabilitation: a post-critical approach, published last year by Taylor and Francis. Earlier this week a new review of the book came out in the eminent journal Disability & Society. The review highlights the many radical and important features of the book, and celebrates Barbara's ability to 'extend[s] these discussions and bring[s] a critical eye to bear on concepts that remain under-theorised within the field'. There is a link to the review in the title of the journal above, but if you'd prefer, … [Read more...] about Review of Barbara Gibson’s book ‘Rehabilitation: a post-critical approach’
There are many powerful critical arguments about health professional practice. Anyone who has studied how health professionals came into being, whose interests they served, or how they've adapted to the broader changes happening in society, can't fail to be shaken by the belief that the fight to become the agents of our own destiny is one with many casualties, many of whom are the people we earnestly claim to serve. Perhaps one of the most powerful arguments pertaining to physiotherapy - especially those areas of the practice that relate to long-term illness and disability - comes from disabled people themselves, who, for more than half a century, have been vocal in their criticism of … [Read more...] about Are health professionals parasites?