Survivor, a short poem by Roger McGough: Everyday, I think about dying. About disease, starvation, violence, terrorism, war, the end of the world. It helps keep my mind off things. That poem always makes me smile. I used to have it on my office wall for the times when I thought I was taking myself too seriously. I was reminded of it after last week's rather heavy blogposts about physiotherapy and sex. So I thought I'd post about something a bit more lighthearted today. In the spirit of Roger McGough then, this post is about video violence, simulated injury and death. … [Read more...] about Why are there no physiotherapists practicing inside video games?
It's been interesting this week to hear from physiotherapists who share my concern for the kinds of objective, detached, depersonalised ways that physiotherapists often project their professional practice identities. I think, as a profession, we're starting to understand some of the important reasons why we do this (we want to be considered professional, scientific, evidence-based, etc.), but it would be nice if we could also see more of the barriers to progress that these discourses are creating, and discuss whether there might be some value in thinking otherwise. I've developed, led and taught a 1st year UG paper called Therapeutic Touch for over a decade at AUT, and in the paper we … [Read more...] about Wrong-doing in physiotherapy is not where you think it is
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
A beautiful example of connectivity at work here. Two dancers - one in a wheelchair, one standing using immersive video goggles to embody dance. … [Read more...] about Embodied dance: connectivity at work
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
Hot on the heels of yesterday's @physiotalk Tweet-chat about philosophy and physiotherapy, comes the latest edition of Qualitative Inquiry. For those of you who don't know it, QI has a strong focus on innovative and experimental qualitative material (follow this link to visit the journal's website). This month's edition focuses on the life and work of Laurel Richardson - a major force in areas like autoethnography (where the researcher's experience becomes the data) and creative writing as a research process. The papers are all about embodiment, pain and disability and have real application to physiotherapy practice. Ronald J. Berger, Carla Corroto and Julie White (2014). … [Read more...] about Embodiment, pain and disability – the latest edition of Qualitative Inquiry
Embodiment is a hard concept to grasp. We don't just have bodies, we are bodies, movements, capacities, abilities...we experience the world through our bodies and literally and figuratively feel what it's like to be alive. Here are three recent advertisements that shamelessly play on the idea of bodies and embodiment. As a result of watching these you should definitely vote, buy a Volvo and drink Smirnoff vodka. If you do, remember to be a donor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nc-lmer_TQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbEVE0CPdR8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPQJXhZK_4k … [Read more...] about Bodies, embodiment, advertising