Squash Resilience

Squash, like any competitive sport puts high demands on the body. The competitive nature and high demands that make it great are also why you need to work hard to keep fit and injury free. Before discussing the resilient squash player,  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 [...]

By | 2017-09-23T03:21:42+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

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

9 Ways to Create Value and Stay Efficient

I had a great meeting today at the Willow Cafe with Andrew, a new hire at Physio Room Oak. We chatted about the usual physio topics of injuries, treatment techniques, and new research, but then we delved into some of the things they rarely talk about in school -  how to create value and how to be efficient. As with most aspects of our lives it is incredibly important to re-visit and reflect on the efficiency [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:31:59+00:00 October 28th, 2015|My thoughts, Physiotherapy|2 Comments

What is it like starting a career in physiotherapy?

At yesterdays UBC Physiotherapy job fair I was asked this same question time and time again. I figured it might be a good idea to write it out and share! I think the two emotions that I felt at the time were excitement and trepidation. Suddenly I was going to be doing the job I had wanted to do for so long, but I couldn't help but question my own credibility and expertise. When I [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:31:59+00:00 June 2nd, 2015|My thoughts, Physiotherapy|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