New NICE Guidelines – what’s in the draft?

The last NICE guidelines, which were indeed quite nice to osteopaths (along with acupuncturists and chiropractors), came into action around 2009/10. Now we have a draft of the revised guidelines, which should be published in September 2016.   They are only guidelines, and doctors and therapists are not bound to abide by them.  However they do…

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What is popular on osteofm?

One of the many great things I’ve discovered about blogging is the instant feedback.  I have a page called “statistics” where I can see how many visitors I’ve had each day, and how many total views.  I can also see what countries they are from (mostly from the UK, but countries from Finlnd to Saudi…

The Art of Fascia

  THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE BODY, by Lucy Dunleavy Lucy, an old school friend of mine, has always been a talented artist and illustrator, along with running a successful massage therapy clinic in Brighton.  To my delight I discovered recently that she has combined both careers and produced this stunning, original painting inspired by her…

Book Review: Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

  Ben Goldacre is a physicist and science writer.  Along with Richard Dawkins and Simon Singh, he is a high profile advocate of rigorous scientific method, and is furiously exasperated at the dumbing down of science. This book is his attempt to educate the reader to look critically at science. He begins by conducting some…

Guest blog: An Osteopathic Sea-Change

A guest spot today.  Monica Noy is an osteopath in Canada who has actually done some proper serious research into palpation, and is also very engaged with the issues of the day in osteopathy.  She wrote a response to a blog I wrote called Bluff your way into the Osteopathic Zeitgeist, and has given me…

Why are Skeptics so Angry?

I didn’t do A levels.  I was lucky enough to go to a school where we were given the option to do the more colourful and varied International Baccalaureate Diploma.  Part of this delightful programme was a course in “Theory of Knowledge”.  I still don’t know what that means, but in practice it consisted of…

IJOM – I’ve read it for once!

If you have read my previously impassioned pleas for more research in osteopathy, and have gained an insight into my love for my NCOR Research Hub (Haywards Heath division), you might have made the mistake of thinking I know something about research.  I might have a strange propensity to do things like pour my tea…