Squash Resilience

Squash, like any competitive sport, puts high demands on the body. To keep fit and injury free it is important to work hard at the right things.  Before discussing how to be a more resilient athlete,  I want anyone reading this to remember two important messages. Injury typically occurs not because of overuse but under-training . The body was inadequately prepared for the sport. If you train smart your body can handle a lot of [...]

By | 2017-09-26T22:29:01+00:00 September 23rd, 2017|Education, Physiotherapy|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 the homunculus?

In my opinion and of many others (Reference), the brightest spot in the progression of physiotherapy is our  evolving knowledge of pain science (ie why things hurt). In this post I will try to explain the role of the homunculus. It is a recognizable term to most but beyond it being something to do with the brain I imagine things are little fuzzy:) It is important to physios because it broadens our understanding of pain. The [...]

By | 2017-09-07T17:29:28+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Education, Health questions answered|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

Going back to my old stomping ground! Innovative Fitness

It was an absolute pleasure to be able to give a talk at my former employer Innovative Fitness. I have stayed in touch with manager Brett Hodge since I left and have even solicited his advice over the past couple months as I have transitioned into a managerial role at Physio Room. My time at IF was invaluable. I learnt a lot about customer care, business operations, and self discipline. All tools that I continue to [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:31:59+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Education|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

Daily Fitness Habits

Over the last few months I have spent a large amount of time thinking about how people can stay healthy and move better without disrupting their day and putting added pressure on already busy schedules. As a physiotherapist, unlike most other medical professionals, we pride ourselves on empowering our clients to get better using their own skills in conjuction with our guidance. Our goal is to create windows of opportunity through manual therapy techniques so [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 March 12th, 2015|Education, My thoughts|1 Comment

SFMA Advanced Course

This past weekend I took part in the advanced portion of the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). The advanced course reviews the assessment and provides in depth ideas for treating stability, motor control (SMC) dysfucntions. The SFMA allows clinicians to go through a thorough full body assessment in an organized fashion. Instead of narrowing your lens on the site of pain, the assessment forces you to broaden your focus and identify other areas of the [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 January 22nd, 2015|Education|0 Comments

Functional Dry Needling Level 1 – Course Review

Just last week I finished the first level of the Kinetacore Functional Dry Needling course. Dry needling is the use of small, solid, acupuncture needles to pierce the muscle belly in an attempt to ellicit a twitch response. It is a very powerful tool for the modern physiotherapist. I thought I would share what the course covered as well as my opinion on the course. The course covered the following topics. 1. Accunpcture vs dry [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 October 14th, 2014|Education, Physiotherapy|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