What do physios actually do?

If you chat to your friends you will find a host of different stories; some good, some bad but they will no doubt demonstrate a wide range of treatment strategies. Ranging from being given an exercise sheet to acupuncture to massage to even having your neck ‘cricked’. 

Often it’s not the pain but the patient that determines the treatment; some people are actively seeking a particular intervention and tend not to feel a physio it’s doing a good job of that treatment isn’t applied.

Communication is key to doing the right thing. 

One thing oI have been doing lately is talking about diet. I have absolutely no expertise in this area and talk to clients as a peer and it is very interesting to swap ideas and interests. I’ve switched to a mainly plant based diet this year (it’s going very well, thanks for asking) and I guess people are interested in that, as am I. 

I know it can affect many MSK conditions and an slowly learning as I go along. What is gratifying is the huge amount of food I get to eat with no significant weight gain. Harder are trips to country pubs – previously a favorite thing to do. 

Helping me in this is Michael Gregor’s podcast – I really recommend it. Each episode is only 15 mins and deals with specific issues. If you’ve ever wondered what single thing could you do to feel better, get healthier and live longer – listen to this:


Should a physio be fit?

There’s two schools of thought here; evidence shows that the closer in body type to your client’s the increased their exercise compliance. The other is that physios should be able to operate at all levels and be a bit aspirational.

I tend to go for the former. Being a physio is about communication; being able to help others. Being able to understand. I’m not into everything, that’s not possible but I’m into a lot including reading, drinking beer, playing computer games, lazing around with my dog and going to the cinema. 

I also happen to be into biking, running, climbing. 

Audit passed….

Every now and then the dreaded letter from one of our professional bodies lands on our door mat requesting evidence to demonstrate we are maintaining our CPD and can prove our effectiveness as practitioners. Then follows the quick check that enough courses had been attended and that there are enough critical incidents logged to reflect upon. A rapid peruse of the classifieds looking for local events you can get involved with and a few discussions with colleagues to produce some collaborative work.

I had one of these in January and I did all the above but to be fair I was in top of it and only had to cross the t’s and dot the i’s so to speak. And indeed it turned, as it always does into a positive learning experience.

I discussed my burgeoning understanding of TCM with a colleague and discovered how visceratomes can be used diagnostically and for treatment. I reviewed an ongoing case and concluded I needed to flag a possible neglect issue. And I went on a yoga course to expand my knowledge.

So, yes I passed and I am relieved but more importantly I am a better Physiotherapist than I was. 

Good stuff audit wallahs but pick someone else next time – thanks.

4 National Parks, 4 crags, 4 aching legs.

Tom and I had fun at Cloggy in Wales with a rapid in and out bivi trip but the slog combined with 10 pitches of E2 caused us to feel a bit tired. So fir our rest day we went to The Lakes and did a couple of easy climbs on Shepherds and Black Crag. I also squeezed in a 10km run up Castle Crag. Last day at Cathedral in the shade (for a little bit at least) and two E3s for Tom an E1 and nearly an E2 for me but the last move caused me to pop and a 10m fall ensued. Marv.

Good trip. Only pictures of Tom I’m afraid. He’s not big on soul stealing