Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Gold standard for services for motor disorders

Whatever should it be?

There seems a widepread mindset in the modern world that 'physiotherapy' (or 'physical therapy') may implicitly stand as some sort of gold standard, against which other responses to motor disorders, and other conditions, ought to be judged – and very often are.

How ahistorical and unthinking, yet people in Conductive Education may be drawn into this discourse, perhaps thereby helping legitimate it, while longer-term advantage urges that they should challenge it whenever raised.

From the otherwise generally recognised standpoint that developmental disorders deserve appropriately formulated and delivered special-eduational services, it is the approach that might be regarded as the more rightful gold standard.

So, what is physiotherapy?

To set against such standard, what is physiotherapy? This is how the World Health Organisation defines it—

Physiotherapists assess, plan and implement rehabilitative programs that improve or restore human motor functions, maximize movement ability, relieve pain syndromes, and treat or prevent physical challenges associated with injuries, diseases and other impairments. They apply a broad range of physical therapies and techniques such as movement, ultrasound, heating, laser and other techniques. They may develop and implement programmes for screening and prevention of common physical ailments and disorders.


No comparison. No contest. No question.

3 comments:

  1. Spot on Andrew. Coincidentally, I was today reviewing with Gabor Fellner a draft of a press release precisely so that it would be "appropriately formulated and delivered special-eduational services" that those with "developmental disorders deserve". That it was a challenge speaks volumes about the (medicalised) language we and parents are surrounded by.

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  2. Norman, you are so right about the games that we are drawn into by the words that we get drawn into using when we try to communicate publicly...!

    Over the years I have been more guilty than I can bear to recall and I wince when you quote me back as as you do here. And I actually talk like that too!

    Traps that I TRY to avoid include:

    - the medicalisations that you allude to
    here

    - bureaucratisations/mnagerialisations

    - PR-tosh

    - desperate trendiness

    With respect to the last of these, yesterday I had an amusing conversation with a visiting European intellectual about the current tendency to use the word 'challenge' to bland out the distinct realities behind such words as 'problem', 'difficulty', 'disorder' etc. He thought it funny. I don't!

    Do share the Press Release that you have written.

    Meanwhile, from 1971, here are some appropriately profound words on the subject, that I am sure you will remember...

    Andrew.

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  3. Sorry, forget to add the URL:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRIUfOVSNF8

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