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As physical, occupational and speech therapists working with children with complex needs (and too often) exhausted families and disconnected teams that don't always see eye-to-eye, we recognised the need for clinical discussions that go beyond what we can gather from textbook and published guidelines.

Dr Mary Massery: Bridging systems in pediatric physical therapy

Esther de Ru: Elastic Therapeutic Taping in Pediatrics

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We talk about multi-disciplinary and we talk about being wholistic therapists that see the whole child, but Dr. Mary Massery lives and breathes these concepts (excuse the pun).

Mary Massery is probably most well known for her soda pop can theory of postural stability and in our interview, I was expecting to focus on breathing and core - and we did a lot of that - but that’s just a starting point. Mary has a formidable and impressive reputation as a thought leader in physical therapy and it is well deserved. She is an international key note speaker, an academic and a practicing clinician who fully intends to keep practicing after she turns 100, which is a good thing for the rest of us and all the clients she works with!

I was hugely excited to interview Mary for a wired on Podcast and I was not disappointed. You won’t be either - you are going to love this interview – enjoy!

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  • What do PNF and NDT have in common 03:47

  • Some interesting insights into the history of our profession 5:00

  • Why participation is not a good place to start 8:00

  • The BIG question you need to be asking 10:51

  • Surviving to thriving 17:03

  • Finding the key 15:00

  • How does it fit together 16:53

  • Common misunderstandings and the importance of loading 21:24

  • A good case study 29:50

  • Excellent advice 35:34

  • Toe-walking and the gut 36:47

  • The soda-pop can theory 42:40

  • Cystic Fibrosis and shoulder injuries 43:25

  • Questions

  • Abdominal binders 47:00

  • Outcome measures 50:35

  • Core skills 46:08

  • Back to sleep campaign and the rib-cage 47:30

  • Night time positioning 52:35

  • Hot topics in PT and where we're heading 60:01




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