Sport injuries: achilles pain

If you play competitive sports you have felt the inevitable pains that can come with too much activity. Often these pains are felt in our tendons. Tendons transmit forces between muscle and bones. We don’t yet fully understand tendon pathology (the injury process), but research is providing greater clarity. I believe the following three points are a good place to start: A tendon injury appears to be caused by a combination of high load and [...]

By | 2018-06-07T02:39:18+00:00 May 12th, 2018|Education|0 Comments

Why IMS, dry needling, or acupuncture are NOT the next big thing and what you can do instead.

I practice physiotherapy in Vancouver. When I started my career it felt like I couldn’t be a good therapist unless I did dry needling. Chan Gunn, of Gunn IMS, lives and works in Vancouver and has a strong hold on the PT community. I got my dry needling certification and used it for a few years - it seemed to work - but five years on I am glad to have thrown my needles away [...]

By | 2018-05-04T19:05:20+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Education, Physiotherapy|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

Sport injuries: Hamstring strain

Hamstring injuries - both muscle strains and tendon overload can benefit from load management, strengthening, and movement skill. In this video and post I discuss the benefits and implementation of a strengthening routine. In high speed sports like squash, soccer, and rugby, hamstring injuries are common place. The high velocity of sprinting, kicking, and lunging puts the hamstring unit under tremendous stress. If an athlete manages stress well the unit can become more resilient but [...]

By | 2018-06-07T02:39:53+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Education, Movement and health Videos|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

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