From our patient letter  "Pain Free News"

Last updated on January 27, 2021

I shouldn't really be sitting here writing this as I have mountains of stuff to sort out.

We're moving house next week.

Trying to sift through what is junk and what needs keeping is quite a task.

We've been in our current place for over ten years

and there is a significant accumulation of debris.

What strikes me as I root through long forgotten boxes and cupboards is how transient technology is.

I keep coming across items like old computers that were desirable things a short while ago. But now they look like museum exhibits.

And all the information stored on them is effectively lost. In theory, you could retrieve it. But in reality its too much bother.

Makes me wonder how much of our digital civilisation will survive for future generations. Perhaps it's better that most of it doesn't!

However, the simple tech of words on paper goes on forever.

Twenty-year-old diaries can be flipped open and read.

Manuscripts from thousands of years ago remain readable.

There is something to be said for traditional methods that persist.

Evolutionary progress over technological revolutions.

Osteopathy is a proudly low-tech business. The rate of technical innovation runs at one per 40 years. Even I can keep up with that!

Our practice relies on the human nervous system, and it doesn't change much.

The endless innovations of scientific medicine suggest that the new way is always better than the old way.

But I wonder.

Is constant change sometimes a symptom of not getting to grips with the fundamentals?

Philip Hambly