The struggle

*Image and story shared with permission and anonymised*

This image is not the end of treatment for this person, but an achievement we are celebrating.  It is part of a long piece of work, is not without pain, and should not be taken out of that context. 

A picture can say a thousand different words to a thousand different people, but when a client shared this image with me it spoke to me.

On the one hand, this is image is a person running through a beautiful part of the land within which they live.  Enjoying a family jog in the sun, full of the joys and the knowledge that they are sharing their passion with their young children - and with each other.  To passers by they are expressing their identity as a family committed to exercise and the outdoors. Individually, they are embracing and living their values as people that love to run.

And yet there's pain. 

There has been pain.

And there is the uncertainty of what the future of that pain may be.

How might a...

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Compassionate care, not just clever care #2

Uncategorized Jul 29, 2020

Last week I was joined on my FB live by Rachel Hayden and Jack Holroyde to explore the obstacles and barriers to accessing Musculoskeletal Health Care (often delivered by a Physiotherapist) and how can improve our spaces to make them safer for transgender people and more inclusive generally of the non-binary and LGBTQ+ community. 

Rachel is is in transition, learning about gender and herself simultaneously. As a peer supporter and bodywork therapist, her recent explorations of pain science and critical thinking have led her smack into a confrontation with personal authenticity. She now seeks to live from that ambiguous, evolving truth, both as practitioner and as a complete human being.

Jack is a lifelong LGBTQ+ rights advocate who has held a number of directorships and elected positions within the UK LGBTQ+ community before he qualified as a physio in 2018.

He became passionate about Trans rights and representation in 2009 while representing an LGBT Youth...
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Podcast: Healthy, Wealthy, Smart.

Uncategorized Jul 16, 2020

A few weeks ago I spoke with Karen Litzy on her podcast Healthy, Wealthy, Smart about the integration of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy into physiotherapy practice.

The podcast is available on Spotify as well on her website. Here is the link to the full podcast:

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Compassionate care, not just clever care #1

Uncategorized Jul 15, 2020

Dr Bronnie Lennox Thompson and I  talk Psychologically-informed therapy

 I had the great pleasure of chatting to the lovely Dr Bronnie Thompson last week. 

Bronnie is an Occupational Therapist PhD from New Zealand.  She has practiced in interdisciplinary pain management programmes, private practice, case management, primary prevention and secondary prevention.  Since 2002 she has been teaching postgraduate students in pain and pain management at Otago University.

Her main interest areas include pain and anxiety, motivation for self-management, resilience and daily coping choices.

My next chat in this series will be on my Facebook - click this link page as well as the clinic facebook (link) page and LIVE on Thursday 23rd July at 9pm (NL time, 8pm UK time and 2pm Central U.S time).  I will be joined Rachel Hayden from Wisconsin, U.S.A and Jack Holroyde, UK, to discuss the challenges the LGBTQ+ community face when accessing healthcare and the specific...

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'Balanced' doesn't have to look balanced!

Uncategorized Jul 14, 2020


Ok, so we talk about balance a lot.  Balancing roles, balancing life commitments and balancing our physical and mental health.  But what does this even mean?

We have a sentence that we all say don't we...

"oooh yes, it's a balancing act isn't it" or "yes, it's all in the balance" 

(does everyone do this in a northern english accent, or just me?)

The problem with this, or the allure with this, is that it's relatable enough to mislead us into thinking we understand each other, but vague enough for us to make whopping assumptions about the experience of another person.  The function is to close down the conversation. That's what these types of sentences do. They have a meaning and linguistic function all of their own. 

But what if it didn't?  What if instead of rolling out this 'saying', we asked "what does balancing all this mean to you? how does it look when it all works, and how does it look when you are struggling to find a balance?".

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Wellness: the rough-round-the-edges version

Uncategorized Jun 28, 2020

I suppose I’m supposed to say that as a therapist, I’ve thrived during Corona. I’ve put all of my own advice into practice. Exercised every day, meditated, took time for myself, focused on maintaining routine and found solace in my ‘self’…

A beautiful photo of someone else meditating…

But, fuck. that. shit.

I’m human and I have found this hard. I haven’t been able to exercise in the way I had intended to, I think I meditated once and was so annoyed with it that I have done zero formal meditation. I’ve been riding manic-level highs and absolutely floored by feelings of depression, isolation and boredom. My symptoms of Psoriasis have been all over the place and sleep has been, well, let’s just say it’s been on and off. Oh and i don’t fit my jeans anymore.

And yet, I can’t help feeling as though I HAVE thrived. I’ve shown myself that I can come...

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The pen can bring you home

Uncategorized Jun 28, 2020

Not many people know this, but before I studied to be a Physiotherapist I qualified as a journalist from Liverpool John Moores University. I had dreams of reporting on and holding accountable the people responsible for the worst atrocities around the world.

I read everything Kate Adie wrote and looked up to this incredible woman that roared in the face of in-justice.

Well it turns out, that this wasn’t the path for me, but the urge to write has stuck and I regularly find myself starting to write, then stopping or not finding the time or just losing the motivation.

Writing was always something I just did. I used the medium of writing to nurture my creativity as a child and wage great wars on the in-justice of being a 7 year old in world made for grow-ups. Why couldn’t I writ e great novels and investigative pieces from my bedside desk?

I always had at least one subscriber – my Dad. He would read and edit everything...

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