As I was recently reading Dr. Dan Vaughn’s last editorial in JMMT, “A Lasting Legacy“, I was struck by a magnifying statement that he made concerning past treatment approaches. Dr. Vaughn, as many were in that time (I wasn’t born in 1978 but taking his word for it!), were using William’s Flexion Exercises as the typical approach to treating low back pain. He explains that the thought at that time was that these exercises were “no brainers” and should be the norm. We now know that is not true. Honestly, I do not know who does the William’s Flexion Exercises anymore…does a dead bug maneuver sound enticing to you?
Not to discard the focus in this article illuminating Robin McKenzie’s work for our profession, but this statement struck me. Not because my high school baseball coached half-spit, half-yelled this phrase; but it strikes deep, just as it did for Robin. During the time of McKenzie’s ‘invention’, he was on the far left side of the curve. He can also known as a, no, the innovator for low back treatment. Refer back here to which side of the curve do you practice?
What do we do now in treatment that we perceive as “no brainers”, but in reality will look back on in the future and slap ourselves? For the modern age, we may even give these a hashtag of #SMH #whatwasIthinking
So, I would like to take a poll? It doesn’t have to be for back pain, but what exercises, approach, etc. do you think we will look back 20 years from now and hide in our memory???