Hello fam, friends and strangers alike!
I started this blog because as an impressionable new grad, I found myself surrounded by a lot of body chatter and varying points of view. What I define as 'body chatter' involves emotionally driven sweeping statements that create patient's metaphors about their body, often a result of fear mongering medical education. Language that is just banter, disempowering, pathologically oriented and at times entirely incorrect. The desire for a diagnosis and a plan can often drive health professionals to dig for pathologies and labels that just aren't necessary, creating disabling narratives for patients. I found myself going home after shifts ferociously trying to navigate all of the 'broken body' and 'I can't" narratives; coupled with this was the weight of multiple clinical questions from my patients.
I starting realizing that I didn't go to University for 11 years for a B.Sc honours degree, and a master's in physiotherapy to surrender to one school of thought, self-affirm with confirmation biases, create a long list of credentials and over promise patient outcomes with falsehood for the sake of building myself up. That being said, it's very difficult in an age of science and information to make sense of it all and strive to be humbly good at your job. More so, it's even harder to actually help people, and use one's clinical sieve to find good clinical pearls that are worthy of sharing. In attempt to sift through the endless clinical jargon, negative narratives, broken body statements, false diagnosis, false over-promises and soup du jour trends, I aspire to bring you something simple and real. From a thirsty clinician to you my every day patient, here's to bringing you accurate physio education, empowering cancer rehab tools in simple every day language. Welcome to my blog and learning site :)
The Cancer Physio