A response to the CPA acupuncture article.

I always read the CPA magazine because it is important to stay abreast of what our professional organization is discussing, implementing and supporting. I was disappointed in the recent edition (Oct 2018, promoting the value of physiotherapy) when I read a feature article on acupuncture. As a profession we claim to be evidence based and to offer best practice to our communities, yet this article was wrought with opinion, poorly supported and overly simplistic. I [...]

By | 2018-10-16T17:50:53+00:00 October 16th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Squash training: pre-season preparation

We have still have some great weeks of summer ahead but the start to squash season is now just six weeks away. Hopefully if you followed my last blog you started doing a few weights in July to build up your strength for the season. As I stressed in the prior blog, although strength is important it does not replace running, ghosting, and hitting lots of squash balls! In the end, the key to performance [...]

By | 2018-08-20T20:37:08+00:00 August 20th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Your Monthly Dose of Health – June

Health comes in many forms. By understanding what matters most and engaging in your health I believe you can live a full life. Exercise: run, run, run your way to healthy knees:) But wait I thought all that pounding was bad for your knees?? This was the narrative for many years. Running was bad for your knees and if they hurt you should do something else. Like most things in life it is still a balance. In [...]

By | 2018-07-11T22:24:12+00:00 July 11th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Why you don’t need manipulation, massage or mobilizations to be a good physio.

In this blog I argue that even under the guise of a good scientific explanation manual therapy (massage, manipulation, ART, fascial release) should be used sparingly, if at all. The blog is written in a question and answer format as I think this best illustrates my counter arguments. I don’t want to be in a fight with “manual therapists” as I know awesome, respectable therapists who use these techniques. I do however, think it is [...]

By | 2018-05-24T18:54:20+00:00 May 24th, 2018|My thoughts, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Your Monthly Dose of Health – May

Health comes in many forms. By understanding what matters most and engaging in your health I believe you can live a full life. Grub: Nutrition is a daunting field to master. Endless ideas on micronutrients (vitamins), macro dosages (carbs, fats, proteins) and so called superfoods, to ameliorate your health woes. I didn’t grow up with this complexity. I grew up believing food was simple - something we did as a family, mostly at home, and quick and dirty was sometimes, [...]

By | 2018-07-11T22:05:32+00:00 May 18th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

The Vancouver Squash League: It rocks!

Beer league squash finals - does it get any better?? I argue that in the amateur sports realm not much:) I have played a lot of sports in my day but few compare to the fun of Monday night league. It combines individual intensity, team camaraderie and social beers, much like rugby. The bonus of squash is you play the game well into your 60s and 70s. The league works like this. Every Monday from [...]

By | 2018-06-07T02:38:30+00:00 May 17th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Your Monthly Dose of Health – April

Health comes in many forms. By understanding what matters most and engaging in your health I believe you can live a full and healthy life. Exercise: it has been a big month for exercise. A fantastic three part series by the Lancet urges both clinicians and patients to change their perception of back pain. The articles explain that most episodes of back will resolve on their own and don’t need expensive and time consuming electro therapies, time away from work, [...]

By | 2018-04-18T17:45:34+00:00 April 18th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

Your Monthly Dose of Health – March

Health comes in many forms. By understanding what matters most and engaging in your health I believe you can live a full and healthy life. Exercise: Roger Bannister the first man to run a sub 4 minute mile passed away this month. He was a fervent believer in amateur sport and lamented the ever increasing professionalization. As specialization and professionalism creep into sport at an ever earlier age how do we find the types of people who start rugby [...]

By | 2018-04-13T16:48:23+00:00 April 13th, 2018|My thoughts|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

Your February Monthly Dose – finish winter on a high note

Health comes in many forms. By understanding what matters most and engaging in your health I believe you can live a full and healthy life. Nutrition: winter may be winding down here in Vancouver but there is still time for a few cozy warm meals. My suggestion this month - vegetable or meat stock. They are as ancient as Rome and loved by anyone half interested in cooking. They are nutritious and delicious but not magic. Stocks, [...]

By | 2018-02-26T22:42:42+00:00 February 26th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments