Your Monthly Dose of Health – April

Health comes in many forms. By understanding what matters most and engaging in your health I believe you can live a full and healthy life. Exercise: it has been a big month for exercise. A fantastic three part series by the Lancet urges both clinicians and patients to change their perception of back pain. The articles explain that most episodes of back will resolve on their own and don’t need expensive and time consuming electro therapies, time away from work, [...]

By | 2018-04-18T17:45:34+00:00 April 18th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Your Monthly Dose of Health – March

Health comes in many forms. By understanding what matters most and engaging in your health I believe you can live a full and healthy life. Exercise: Roger Bannister the first man to run a sub 4 minute mile passed away this month. He was a fervent believer in amateur sport and lamented the ever increasing professionalization. As specialization and professionalism creep into sport at an ever earlier age how do we find the types of people who start rugby [...]

By | 2018-04-13T16:48:23+00:00 April 13th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Physical health and social connection – micro blog.

When I started my career and reflected on great physical health I thought of physical actions - running, walking, playing a sport - now there is no arguing that these actions are great for our physical health but I think our current understanding of the mind and body forces us to look a little broader. People look to me for advice on how to feel their best physical self. In the past I rambled on [...]

By | 2018-03-26T14:58:33+00:00 March 26th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Your February Monthly Dose – finish winter on a high note

Health comes in many forms. By understanding what matters most and engaging in your health I believe you can live a full and healthy life. Nutrition: winter may be winding down here in Vancouver but there is still time for a few cozy warm meals. My suggestion this month - vegetable or meat stock. They are as ancient as Rome and loved by anyone half interested in cooking. They are nutritious and delicious but not magic. Stocks, [...]

By | 2018-02-26T22:42:42+00:00 February 26th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Your January Monthly Dose – What to look for in 2018

Health comes in many forms. By understanding what matters most and engaging in your health I believe you can live a full and healthy life. Exercise: with an ever growing number of exercise formats, 2018 will be the year we see more research pointing to a simple fact: the best exercise is the one you are most consistent with. Consistency trumps anything fancy 9 times out of 10. Ask yourself - what do I enjoy the [...]

By | 2018-02-07T17:47:34+00:00 February 7th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Change pain with deliberate practice

We all do it - clinicians, clients, athletes, and workers - we go through the motions. We move from one activity to the next with very little focus or purpose in our actions. To enhance performance or the healing process, we ought to do more. For many years we have understood that deliberate practice can exceed results of just "practicing".  We have learnt that a greater awareness in one's body can modify the pain experience. As [...]

By | 2017-09-21T16:11:17+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Education, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

What is lifestyle medicine?

Lifestyle medicine recognizes the large impact that daily choices have on our health. Me spending time with my son in a beautiful place? Check mark for improving health:)   ___________   When I first read this phrase it made me cringe, it felt like an alternative to science based medicine. This has changed over the past month. When I dove deeper and reflected on my own messaging I realized that lifestyle changes are exactly what [...]

By | 2018-02-26T23:10:49+00:00 September 1st, 2017|My thoughts|0 Comments

A Decision to Move On

It has been a week since I left my former job and committed to going it alone. And today, I wanted to share my reflection. _________ Why do we make certain choices in our careers? Is it for increases in pay, better hours or more flexibility? When I made the difficult decision to leave my employer, it wasn't for any of the aforementioned reasons. For me, it was about reconnecting with my values - around [...]

By | 2017-08-17T19:27:27+00:00 August 17th, 2017|My thoughts|0 Comments

A moment to remember

Parenthood has taught me many lessons, one at least, appears to have stuck. If you have the opportunity slow down and take in your surroundings. While Danny and I were at the Bloedel Conservatory I had the urge to move quickly and get on to our next outing. Instead of being fully present and focusing on the moment I was already moving onto the next thing. It twigged when I was sitting with Danny, seen in the [...]

By | 2017-08-16T21:44:28+00:00 August 16th, 2017|My thoughts|0 Comments

Playing the long game

I know I am lucky but as someone working in healthcare I am fed up with the fads and quick fixes that are constantly paraded to consumers. Anything worth while takes time (a big shout out to Seth Godin for this constant reminder). Great health doesn't happen over night. A monthly detox, a crazy workout, or a once a month manipulation is not going to fix anything. That said - neither does it have to [...]

By | 2017-08-22T22:11:13+00:00 July 5th, 2017|My thoughts|0 Comments