Your Research Is Wrong

So here we are again, on a lovely evening, and I want to be talking about what research is, what it isn’t, how you can use research in your own mind, in your own life to help out with regards to what you’re looking for. So for example, you know, the reason I’m talking about this is because I had a patient come to see me last week or week before. And they came along and they were like, yeah, I get it. I got the treatment plan. I’ve been to other practitioners before. I understand that, you know, I need to get my back sorted. I need to get the back pain fixed and so on. Hey, just one thing. Can you do me a favor? Can you just write down the diagnosis for me? I’m like, cool. I’ll write it down for you.

I just want to do some research. So when this research, before I stopped, I’m like, Hey, that’s fine. By the way, whilst you do your research, if you want me to send you anything that might aid you, it is your research. Let me know now, respectfully this person wasn’t in the same field as me. So they didn’t really know what they were looking for. But anyway, I’ll say, listen, you’re you’re right. You’re, you’re a patient. And you have a right to say, yes, no, just treatment when you’re under barista and so on. So you’ve got to respect that. And the reason they said they didn’t want any of my health is because they work in a, in a, in a job where they have access to research articles. I’ll split it that way. And then I got worried. I got worried when they said that, because I was like, well, hang on a second.

Just because you’re able to read research articles that are likely done in a more clinical type environment or not in the field as such necessarily not always when necessarily, you know, typically what is that going to really tell you? How much does it give you? And by the way, research is one part of official research, published research is one part of how you come to clinical decisions and how you decide what’s right for the person in front of you. Yeah, no, how I choose to use the word person, because that’s how I treat my patients or my guests. I actually like to call them into my clinic, but we treat people, we look after people. And so, so it got me worried because I also have heard this term thrown about so loosely over the years, you know, whether you look at it in the media, or you look at it in conversation, you know, our research says, this says that, oh, isn’t it true that the quality of research for manual therapy is poor, but there’s a problem with this.

You see, because in terms of the entire research world, well, I considered the gold standard in terms of healthcare research to be the double blind trials. So what this means, the double blind trial is essentially where you’d have a potential patient. And you’ve got a person who is going to buy a sham treatment or a real treatment. We don’t know which of those two it is. So the researcher who’s sitting in the room back there would tell the, the, the person in the treatment, Hey, go give this tablet to that patient. And so the person giving the tablet doesn’t know if it’s a real chemical drug or whether it’s some sort of like a placebo, like a sugar pill, that’s called a double, double blind trial. Now, when you’re doing manual therapy, hands-on work. If I was the practitioner and a researcher told me, Hey, listen, you’ve got to do sham treatment.

It no longer becomes a double blind trial because I’m, I know if I’m performing a real treatment or a sham treatment. So in the world of research, suddenly that quality of research drops down to here is deemed. So we’ve got to then be careful about that bit of research. You’re right. If I expand that now, what’s the quality of research in that world? That’s number one. First of all, that’s number one thing. Second thing. What I’m a big advocate of is also how, when we take research and apply it in the field, what the results are like, you know, does it work? Does it not? And so as that’s called anecdotal research, and because for me, it’s all about if I can change that one person’s life, they don’t really care. Oh yeah. This can help in one, in 1,001 in 10,001 in a hundred and care about that.

But that one person cares, wow, you changed my world. So why would I give up on someone if I can change this one person’s life? So that’s super cool. So anecdotal research is a separate thing that often gets cost aside because we think, oh, it’s not got a good quality research, actually one person. Well, it’s life-changing. And so the thing is, is that then you’ve got people who will just simply Google things or search on a search engine or ask a few of their friends. Now, I don’t mean any disrespect, but unless your friends or colleagues, your ability to search on search engines is high quality enough to then be able to match and mirror the experience the, the, the, the education, all that sort of stuff. And by the way, an expert isn’t someone who gets it right, but knows what to do when things go wrong.

So you want to be going to the right expert for this thing. So I wanted to ensure that, you know, we’re not getting lost with this word research and getting lost with what it actually means. What research actually means is it’s much more complicated than that. And it’s too broad a word to just go, oh yeah. Research says, because we’ve got to be taking some time to consider what type of research it is, how does it apply to me? What are the chances of these things working for me, not working for me and so on. And having that conversation with someone who is, who actually is an expert in the field, what, what results have they had? What is their anecdotal research in terms of the results we’ve had when we’ve applied? In fact, it’s true. We, when we’ve applied, published research, as in peer review journals, I’ve applied some of those techniques and ways of working in our, in our connection, man, we’ve been blown away by the results.

One particular example of this, which actually is a double blind trial of manual therapy using an instrument. And I’m such a big fan of this now, and you can do a double blind trial because simply, but you can in this instrument, which does an adjustment and treats the body, it can actually make it so that it doesn’t do anything. And so therefore you’ve got the researcher telling the PR practitioner, he goes to perform, do treatment on this person. And the person performing doesn’t know whether it’s going to work or doesn’t work. This is the kind of thing that I get really excited about. So I think we’re going to take a much broader view of what research is, how it affects, what decisions we’re making clinically and also for our personal lives as well. So I hope you found this useful. I’m hoping that you’re now able to see research in a different light than you did before. And also, I want you to come back tomorrow. I want to tell you all about how a key ring has got something to do with your own health. So make sure you follow me and make sure you are turning on the notifications. So you don’t miss any of my broadcasts and I’ll see you next time. Peace out people.

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