abcabcabc Worthwhile places (on the web) to visit to unlearn what you’ve been taught!

Worthwhile places (on the web) to visit to unlearn what you’ve been taught!

If you are like me, your manual therapy and/or bodywork training entailed quite a bit of very good information, but more than its fill of questionable material, presented in a “science-y” manner. I started questioning my teachers a while back, which can create a rather sad but predictable avalanche of criticism. To question what you/I have been taught is good, though your questions are often not in the spirit you intended. As I moved beyond what I was taught I began gathering information in one place so that I can recall them when I wished to refer to them. I also hope to share with you some viewpoints that may conflict with what you believe. To some, what I’ve posted below (and will continue to update) is nothing new, they have been critical thinkers for a long time. Others (like myself), were not so ambitious. I was content to allow the “because it works” principle to guide my beliefs, along with the many absurdities that I was taught and in turn passed along to others.


Thixotrophy is Nifty, but It’s Not Therapy, by Paul Ingraham

Does Excessive Sitting Shorten the Hip Flexors? by Todd Hargrove

Use of intermittent stretch in the prevention of serial sarcomere loss in immobilised muscle.

Drop the plumb line…static posture assessments were so last decade, by Joseph Brence, PT

Does Posture Matter?, by Paul Ingraham

Articles Index: Hundreds of articles about the science of pain and injury, manual therapies like massage and chiropractic, sports and exercise, and much more, by Paul Ingraham

Palpatory Pareidolia: Sensory illusions, wishful thinking, and palpation pretension in massage and other touchy health care, by Paul Ingraham

The Myofascial Release Blog, by Walt Fritz, PT

What is the best way to reliably assess the Sacroiliac Joint?

The HumanAntiGravitySuit Blog, by Diane Jacobs, PT

Water Fever and the Fear of Chronic Dehydration: Do we really need eight glasses of water per day? by Paul Ingraham

Should You Drink Water After Massage? Only if you’re thirsty! Hydration and massage are not detoxification treatments. By Paul Ingraham.

“Drink at Least 8 Glasses of Water a Day” – Really? Dartmouth Professor Finds No Scientific Evidence for ‘8 x 8’

Assessing the Sacroiliac Joint: The Best Tests for SI Joint Pain

Wired to the Kitchen Sink: Studying Weird Claims for Fun and Profit.An evaluation of Dr. John Upledger’s craniosacral therapy illustrates an exercise proposed for skeptics to develop critical thinking and a better understanding of human psychology

Candace Pert’s Molecules of Emotion

A review of Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis – by Harriet Hall, MD

Doctor Do Little, Barrett L. Dorko, P.T.

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Objective Assessment of an Ionic Footbath (IonCleanse): Testing Its Ability to Remove Potentially Toxic Elements from the Body

The Myth of Core Stability

Confronting Confirmation Bias, by Alice Sabvito, LMT

Book Review: Explain Pain by David Butler and Lorimer Moseley, by Alice Sanvito, LMT

The best treatment stool out there. No need to fumble while reaching for the adjust lever!

Now I know where they get those explanatory models from! If you can see your modality’s story in there, your radar should be up.

The MyofascialResource Store: Your source for Dycem, Liquid Chalk, and more.

Diagnostic Palpation, is it a skill, an art or an illusion? Here is a great article written about our illusions of touch and so-called diagnostic findings.

The Relationship of Osteoarthritis, Spinal Discs, and Degenerative Joint Disease With Pain: A collection of research/articles by Rex Fujiwara, PT “The purpose of this section is to provide scientific evidence to make the statement that arthritis, spinal discs, joints, and etc may not be causing your pain.” (2014)

Neurodynamic Assessment

Reliability of Physical Examination for Diagnosis of Myofascial Trigger Points A Systematic Review of the Literature

Five Misconceptions About Posture