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 | 2017-09-07T17:19:14+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Health questions answered, 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

Coaching and Motivation

At its core good physiotherapists know how to coach and motivate behaviour change. Whether it be taking something away (often the case) or adding something new, learning skills for behaviour change are invaluable. Changing pain often requires changing habits. It is up to us to listen well, find motivators and provide our clients with the tools they need to succeed. First Listen Listen more than you talk. Many years ago, esteemed physiotherapist Professor Maitland, encouraged [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:31:59+00:00 May 29th, 2017|Education, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Lessons from Movement 108

Last month, I did another in-service at a studio gym. Movement 108 is similar to Innovative Fitness in that they have a great culture but they differentiate themselves by offering specialized classes. They offer kettlebell, TRX, MovNat, and strength training classes. They do a little 1 on 1 training, but classes are their bread and butter. I am always happy to refer people to their classes! For myself, one of the biggest lessons from the in-service [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:31:59+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|My thoughts, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Greg Lehman and why I think physio can be the best

For most of my time as a physio and even more so since reading wait but whys blog on Elon Musk I have been contemplating the first principles of physio. I had many questions: What is it that truly works? With each unique person what unifies our approach? How can it be that gurus teaching wildly different approaches are getting people better at a higher rate than the rest of us? If I had to [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:31:59+00:00 May 3rd, 2016|Education, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Five patterns to maximize your effort in the gym

I see far too many people that spend hard earned time in the gym on exercises that don't provide enough benefit. As long as you are healthy and have a good base in movement (squats, presses, push ups), this post offers advice on how to maximize your time in the gym. Do you find yourself laying on your back? sitting in a chair? riding a bike or warming up for 20 minutes? There is nothing inherently wrong [...]

By | 2017-09-26T22:51:44+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Health questions answered, My thoughts|0 Comments

9 Ways to Create Value and Stay Efficient

I had a great meeting today at the Willow Cafe with Andrew, a new hire at Physio Room Oak. We chatted about the usual physio topics of injuries, treatment techniques, and new research, but then we delved into some of the things they rarely talk about in school -  how to create value and how to be efficient. As with most aspects of our lives it is incredibly important to re-visit and reflect on the efficiency [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:31:59+00:00 October 28th, 2015|My thoughts, Physiotherapy|2 Comments

What is it like starting a career in physiotherapy?

At yesterdays UBC Physiotherapy job fair I was asked this same question time and time again. I figured it might be a good idea to write it out and share! I think the two emotions that I felt at the time were excitement and trepidation. Suddenly I was going to be doing the job I had wanted to do for so long, but I couldn't help but question my own credibility and expertise. When I [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:31:59+00:00 June 2nd, 2015|My thoughts, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Squash warm #1

Squash is my sport of choice these days and I think a good warm-up is imperative to get your mind and body ready for the match. 3 Common injuries: 1. Low back strain 2. Achilles rupture or Achilles tendinopathy 3. Groin pull 4 ways to reduce injuries 1. Strength train - a proven way to reduce injury 2. A good warm-up - don't just get your heart rate up, do movements that will prepare your [...]

By | 2015-05-04T19:01:35+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments