The Words Matter Podcast with Oliver Thomson

Dr Oliver Thomson shares his thoughts on topics and answers questions sent in by you.

Show Notes

Welcome to another episode of The Words Matter Podcast.

Only 6 months late, here is the Ask Me Anything number 3, where I respond to your questions you've sent me. Given how much time has passed since the last one (back in September last year) there was quite a library of questions to choose from, so I’ve selected a bunch to cover a range of topics.

So in this episode I share my thoughts on:
  • The upcoming Qualitative Research Podcast Series.
  • The need for still having three evidence facing MSK professions (physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopath? Should we drop the labels and focus on clinical competency? Or does each profession have something unique that it brings to the table?
  • My most influential non-therapy related books.
  • What I have changed my mind about since starting your podcast.
  • My best resources for explaining chronic/ persistent pain (in the absence of pathology) from a BPS perspective to patients.
  • How I would use language differently with children.
  • How the CauseHealth Series  (see here) has influenced the way that I practice and any adaptations I have made because of dispositionalism.
  • My favourite philosopher and whether I use a particular philosophical framework in my clinical practice.
  • On whether it is better to specialise in a field (eg headaches, shoulder or LBP) than be a general MSK clinician as a new graduate.
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What is The Words Matter Podcast with Oliver Thomson?

The Words Matter Podcast brings you insights, reflections and conversations focused on the latest evidence, theory, philosophy and practice of communication-focused healthcare.

Find out about the more tacit, 'softer' and personal side of clinical practice such as the role of philosophy, beliefs, behaviours, developing therapeutic relationships or the purposeful use of language with people experiencing pain from expert academics, clinicians and researchers from across the world and spanning the musculoskeletal disciplines. This podcast will help you reflect on your own current practice and inform and stimulate you to consider new ways of approaching your practice and patients, to create a better clinical experience and outcomes in people with musculoskeletal pain.

Hosted by Dr Oliver Thomson PhD, an osteopath and Associate Professor who is passionate about researching and educating clinicians on a revised narrative, communication and biopsychosocial approach to musculoskeletal therapy. If you like the podcast, subscribe and check out the online learning and resources at

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