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

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

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

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

FAQ: what to do with knee pain when riding your bike

During the winter more and more recreational cyclists are taking to spin class. The more intense your training load the higher the likelihood for injury. Knee injuries are the most common amongst both recreational and competitive cyclists. The pain is often located on the lateral side (outside) of the knee joint. The pain is usually more pronounced when going uphill or when putting more pressure on the cranks. Below are few things we will look [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 January 9th, 2015|Health questions answered|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: Core training for squash.

Core training has been a buzz word for a number of years and was definitely an area that I focused on during my time as a personal trainer. In more recent years I have come to realize that our obsession with "core training" was probably a little misguided. What I came to realize was that every exercise when done correctly calls on our core to stabilize and provide a base for us to generate movement [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 October 30th, 2014|Health questions answered, Physiotherapy|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