Session 7 – Critical Thinking, Twitter & Manual Therapy Myths with Adam Meakins

Jun 29, 2014
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Session 7 – Critical Thinking, Twitter & Manual Therapy Myths with Adam Meakins

Session 7 features an interview with Adam Meakins, often controversial, Adam is an increasingly eminent name in the field of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. Adam is a big advocate of critical thinking and has developed a twitter following on which he debates a variety of relevant topics. Jack gives him a grilling on a few of his recent lectures and tweets.

Podcast timeline:

  • 0:00-2:10
    • Podcast intro.
  • 2:10 –  4:15
    • Adam Meakins intro.
  • 4:15 – 5:30
    • A journey on twitter for ‘The Sports Physio’.
  • 5:30 – 7:15
    • Why Twitter?
  • 7:15 –  8:45
    • Physiotherapy’s Lady Gaga?
    • Motives and reasons for controversy.
  • 8:45 –  11:30
    • Pros and Cons of Twitter for CPD use.
    • Accessing the experts and varied opinions.
    • Brevity and conflict.
  • 11:30 – 15:30
    • Dramatic twitter case studies.
    • Psoas-release-gate.
    • “is ‘e bothered?”
    • Any regrets?
  • 15:30 – 16:45
    • Tips for those yet to embrace twitter for CPD.
    • Don’t shy away from opinions.
    • Be respectful and learn to debate.
  • 16:45 – 19:25
    • Critical thinking. Is it lacking in our industry?
    • When was a desire to question born?
  • 19:25 – 23:10
    • Critical analysis of evidence and research.
    • Untrustworthy abstracts and papers.
    • As important as red flag screening?
  • 23:10 –  24:30
    • What makes a constructive critic?
    • Is Adam one?
    • Conciseness, conviction and open-mindedness.
  • 24:30 – 27:25
    • Is Adam Meakins Pro-Physio?
    • Defensiveness of the industry.
    • Dishonesty in the industry?
  • 27:25 – 31:00
    • Is being ill informed good enough these days?
    • Is the Undergraduate education system letting us down?
    • A change in UG teaching? Specialised courses?
  • 31:00 – 32:30
    • Myths and misconceptions of passive and over treatment.
    • Profiteering in therapy.
    • A problem with how treatment is ‘sold’?
  • 32:30 – 34:30
    • Can we passively, mechanically influence tissue?
    • Viscoelastic properties of tissue.
    • Brief mechanical effects, some lasting neuro-physiological effects.
    • Excuse changing?
  • 34:30 – 37:10
    • Research golden oldies in mechanical diagnosis and treatment.
    • Inter-tester variables in manual Ax and Rx.
    • Anatomical variability of patients and dubious relevance.
  • 37:10 – 39:30
    • Soft tissue techniques and trigger point myths.
    • ‘I have never felt a trigger point’ Adam Meakins
    • Unreliability of trigger point assessment. Wolf et al.
  • 39:30 – 41:30
    • What are we feeling then?
    • Why are paradigms difficult to move away from?
    • Confirmation bias.
  • 41:30 – 46:20
    • Palpation paredolia.
    • Surely we can trust our hands at times?
    • Obvious and blatant over particular and subtle.
  • 46:20 – 49:45
    • Has the pendulum swung too far towards biomech frameworks?
    • The variables of testing and the variables of ‘normal’.
    • But we have to start somewhere!
    • Get comfortable feeling uncomfortable.
  • 49:45 – 52:00
    • Consider pain and antalgic movement at all times.
    • Interaction over intervention.
    • Experience vrs literature.
    • The push towards communication as core Ax and Rx variable.
  • 52:00 – 54:45
    • Why a resistance to change?
    • Comfort zones and modern channels of learning.
    • Evolution and battling technology aversion.
  • 54:45 – 55:40
    • Adam’s plugs and recommendations.
    • Embracing interactions on twitter @AdamMeakins
    • Adam’s shoulder courses at OMT Training.
  • 55:40 – 56:10
    • Outro.
    • Shownotes Newsletter.
    • Review on iTunes!

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