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…

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Is pain science bad for business?

I was recently alerted to a very interesting article, written by a Swedish naprapath called Tim Husted- (no I’d never heard of naprapathy either, but it sounds a bit like what we do) – whose list and bank balance shrank following his conversion to the biopsychosocial model.  It is called When your therapeutic ideology becomes a…

Things I wish I’d said to Simon Singh

As someone who couldn’t even work Facebook nine months ago, it came as something of a shock to find I was involved in a Twitter spat with Simon Singh, one of osteopathy’s fiercest critics.  What next?  A public fracas with Richard Dawkins?  However several emails and a long phone call later, feathers were unruffled, a…

Homeopathy: Does it work?

One of my patients used to run a health food shop which sold various herbal, homeopathic and assorted alternative remedies.  One of the most annoying questions people asked her was “Does it work?”  She likened it to a pharmacist being asked if paracetamol works.  ‘Well, it does work for some people and some conditions, but it…