Podcast 13: The lifting won’t harm you, but the beliefs might - with David Nolan


Welcome to another episode of The Words Matter Podcast.

So we’re up now up to episode 13- and the high quality conversation just keeps coming, and this one is no exception.

In this episode I speak with David Nolan. David is an MSK physiotherapist working within the NHS at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, in the north of England. He is a full time clinician currently spending his clinical days between Occupational Health and primary MSK care as an extended role musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at PhysioWorks in Sheffield.

As we discuss in the podcast, his research interests are around manual handling and lifting.

In this episode we discuss:

  • His research looking at the views around lifting of Physiotherapists and manual handling advisers and how these relation to their back beliefs. See papers here, here and here. We’ve repeated his study with osteopaths due to be published later on this year with similar findings.
  • We touch on how lifting and back pain beliefs are constructed and the common sources of such perceptions.
  • We talk about his systematic review (see here) which looked at the differences in lifting between people with and without back pain.
  • David shares his extensive clinical experience in assessing and managing lifting beliefs and behaviours in people with back pain.

You might notice a bit of interference in sound during the first 8 minutes which shouldn’t distract you from David’s incredibly valuable insights to lifting and back pain.

Find David on Twitter @DMNPhysio

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