Hauntological Corrective Exercise: A Critique of Physical Therapy

If I have to out-advertise you, I will lose. If I need to pay you to listen to reason, I can tell you I don’t have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a long career of mistakes. Skills that make me seem extremely arrogant in text but also make my ideas entertaining to read. If you let your delusions go now that will be the end of it. I will not say you are too stupid to insult and I will stop yelling at you on the Internet. If you fail to let these delusions go, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will teach you how to deadlift (and force you to admit that your practice is a sham).



Jacques Derrida saw the present as inexorably tied to the past and future. It’s never simply this moment, but an amalgam of the three. He called this hauntology, a mixture of haunt and ontology. Imagine that at any given point in a symphony, we are hearing only the note(s) being played in that instant. Although, we carry into that instant the prior notes and as that moment dissolves into the past it is used as fodder for the notes that are yet to be played as a projection into the future.

If we didn’t have this innate characteristic of continuous temporal fusion, the conception of music would belong to greater beings. The current moment devoid of the past and future is utterly impossible to imagine because our entire experience of Being is an intermingling of all three phases. Our existence, then, is haunted. The present moment is always partially a ghost of the past that no longer exists and the blurry image of conjecture. How much of our existence is abstraction and how much is real?

This is how I’ve come to view the phenomenon known as pain. If pain is a warning sent down from the brain that does not have to be pinned down with a musculoskeletal abnormality, how much of it is real? Lorimer Moseley PhD experienced no pain when he was bitten by a snake, but months later was brushed on the ankle by a twig and was crippled with pain [1]. Was his pain real if he had not actually been bitten by a snake this second time around?

The rest of this article can be read on Starting Strength.


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