Guest Essay by Jo Wildy: The UK Osteopathic Profession -an argument for greater inclusion of “Osteopathy in the Cranial Field”

Introduction This is an edited version of one of 3 articles which you can find on Jo’s website.  It was originally published in Sutherland Cranial Magazine.  Jo spoke most inspiringly at last weekend’s Sutherland Cranial College conference, and I hope that more of her recent work is soon to be given a wider audience. This…

The real benefits of STEP

Having spent a couple of years reading and retweeting numerous homages to exercise, and detailing its immense benefits to patients, I finally had to confess to myself that while I agreed with, approved of, applauded and condoned exercise in all forms, I didn’t actually do much myself.  Just because I stand watching kids play football…

Just what is “magical thinking”?

I’ve been hearing the phrase “magical thinking” for a few years now, ever since I began to take an interest in what skeptics were saying about alternative medicine.   It’s generally a derogatory term, the ‘magical’ bit seeming to be the antithesis of sensible science, which uses “critical” thinking.(1)  And then just recently, I noticed…

The Placebo Response: Time to come out of the shadows

While I have been gaily writing blogs on any passing topic that piques my interest, I am all too well aware that I can only do this because I stand on the shoulders of all those osteopaths (and other manual therapists)  who spend considerable time and intellectual effort doing the sterling groundwork necessary to create…