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

Squash Warm-up #2

A good squash warm-up should get you mentally and physically prepared for your match. Before you start hitting the ball focus on few key body parts. If your physio has identified an area that needs a little more love (for me it is my ankles) address those in your warm up!

By | 2015-05-04T19:00:34+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

FAQ: What is a physio? Great question!!

What is a physio? That is a great question. Although we have many hats a private practice physiotherapist working with adult populations can best be described as: A healthcare professional who works in a one to one setting to improve a clients movement (movements that have meaning to you), reduce pain and prevent injury. We do this by using hands on manual therapy (dry needling, manipulation, soft tissue massage), injury education (why this occurred and [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 April 27th, 2015|Health questions answered, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

FAQ – I just got in a car accident, what should I do?

After a high speed accident the muscles, ligaments (tissue connect bone to bone), nerves and joints around the neck, shoulder and throat sustain high levels of force. It is hypothesized that overload to these tissues causes the symptoms following a motor vehicle accident. Symptoms are usually mild for the first day but commonly increase in the days to follow. It is important to have a full assessment to ensure no neurological involvement or sinister vertebral injury. Once this [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Health questions answered, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Physio at the PCO squash Tournament

I was fortune it to be able to help out at the PCO squash tournament this past weekend. I set up a table on Saturday and Sunday and helped injured and non-injured players ranging from 16-60 years of age! I used different forms of treatment depending on whether the athlete was preparing for a game or ramping down after a difficult tournament. There were two important lessons for most of the athletes. One: the importance [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 March 31st, 2015|Physiotherapy, Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

FAQ: I just sprained my ankle.

So you just sprained your ankle at (insert activity here) and you are not sure what to do. Although ankle sprains are incredibly common they can be troublesome to rehab and often turn into a chronic condition (Wikstrom et al, 2013). Ankle sprains vary in severity but there are a few key things to do following any ankle injury. Remember this 1. POLICE - see my post on acute injury care. Protection, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation 2. [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Health questions answered, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Lessons on shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is a common ailment, but one that is understood poorly. Initial theories and special tests that aimed to provide accurate diagnosis are flawed and provide little clinical utility. Numerous studies of gold standard MRI and ultrasound imaging have shown a poor correlation between structural change (what you see) and symptoms (what you feel).  These findings shift the diagnosis away from specific terms like, bursitis, tendonitis, impingement, to a more general term, rotator cuff [...]

By | 2017-10-25T21:31:53+00:00 November 13th, 2014|Health questions answered, Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

FAQ: What is dry needling?

As I begin to dry needle I am often asked what it is and how it differs from acupuncture. Dry needling is a form of treatment that uses a thin, solid needle (much like an acupuncture needle) to pierce the skin and enter the muscle. Because the needle is solid there is no injection of fluid, hence the term "dry needling." The initial tap of the needle into the skin is often not felt, but [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 October 24th, 2014|Health questions answered|0 Comments

FAQ: How do I reduce injury rates??

People often ask me the following question: what is the best way to stay injury free? There are many ways to answer this question and althought it may be difficult to say with 100 percent certainty, I do have a few ideas. 1. Move often: We know that being sedentary is awful for our general health and our soft tissue structures. 2. Have different strategies for movement: If we do move I would hypothosize that the [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 October 20th, 2014|Health questions answered, Movement and health Videos|0 Comments

Integrated Systems Model – Part 1

What is the Integrated System Model of Disability and Function (ISM, Lee & Lee): “it is a framework (not a classification system) to organize your tools.” Instead of abandoning the skills you already have it aims to organize your skills in a way that optimizes diagnosis and treatment. Check out these up coming courses: schedule Key components of the model: 1. For each client it is the therapist’s goal to identify the primary driver, co [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 October 9th, 2014|Education, Physiotherapy|0 Comments