I finally met friends and colleagues whom I had only chatted and argued on Facebook and Twitter. Not only did I get to hear their voice, see how they animate, and smell their shoulders when we hug each other, I also get to a know a little bit personally, like their favorite food and drinks, where they grew up, and what makes them tick. And they know a little bit about me — like what happens to me after ONE dark beer.
While I agree that last year's San Diego Pain Summit felt “Woodstockish,” as one of the upcoming speakers Todd Hargrove described, the summit is more than just another manual therapy conference where attendees sit and listen to various speakers present like a TED Talk. It was more about content — the bridging of the science and research with manual therapy and other types of clinical care — than focusing on the “toolbox.” It focuses on the core issues that manual therapists and other clinicians face everyday in addressing patients' or clients' pain.
As Dr. Jason Silvernail, who was one of the speakers last year, said: