Why you will benefit from coaching and accountability

I am physiotherapist and exercise coach. I help people recover from injury and help people maintain there health through regularly exercise. We have all experienced the struggles of sticking to a plan. Over time motivation to exercise decreases and the effort becomes increasingly difficult. One way to deal with a decrease in motivation is to increase your ability to complete the task. A coach, who keeps you accountable, who checks in with you, and who [...]

By | 2018-10-03T17:05:04+00:00 October 3rd, 2018|Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Rehab and pain education for youth athletes

Education on injury and pain can vary from clinician to clinician, but it shouldn’t. Healthcare clinicians have a duty to be up to date with the latest research, educational tools, and clinical guidelines. In the same breath we also need to adapt as new information comes to light. I think one of the most important components of my treatment is offering quality evidence based education. In Canada we tend to think of treatment as massage, [...]

By | 2018-10-02T23:13:32+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Education, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

What is Cognitive Functional Therapy

My viewpoint of Cognitive Functional Therapy. Cognitive Functional Therapy (CFT) is the combination of bio-pyschosocial care (not bio-medical), cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing and exercise. It is a comprehensive and sound therapy model:) The model has been proposed and developed by Peter O’Sullivan. He created the model primarily for chronic low back pain but I see commonalities in the CFT approach with those of Jeremy Lewis, Adam Meakins, Greg Lehman, Bahram Jam, Sandy Hilton, and [...]

By | 2018-07-11T21:25:51+00:00 July 10th, 2018|Education, Physiotherapy|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

Sport Injuries: Low back pain.

Back pain inflicts western society more than any other disability. It is a huge burden on our system and sadly it is a largely manageable and preventable injury. Why has it become so out of control? There are appear to be numerous factors contributing to the ballooning costs (not in any order of importance). We assume a simple cause and effect but multiple factors are often at play. A bio-pyschosocial approach is more comprehensive and [...]

By | 2018-06-07T02:38:18+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Education, Physiotherapy|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

Squash Resilience

https://youtu.be/UEUTebpZSpM Wow...what a rally. As amateur squash players our rallies may not always get to two minutes, but this rally begs the questions - what do the best do to tolerate such gruelling points?  How do you become a more resilient amateur athlete?   First things first. Injuries typically occur, not because of overuse but under-training . The body was inadequately prepared for the sport. If you train smart and hard your body can handle a lot of [...]

By | 2018-06-13T20:05:17+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

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