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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

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

A Decision to Move On

It has been a week since I left my former job and committed to going it alone. And today, I wanted to share my reflection. _________ Why do we make certain choices in our careers? Is it for increases in pay, better hours or more flexibility? When I made the difficult decision to leave my employer, it wasn't for any of the aforementioned reasons. For me, it was about reconnecting with my values - around [...]

By | 2017-08-17T19:27:27+00:00 August 17th, 2017|My thoughts|0 Comments

A moment to remember

Parenthood has taught me many lessons, one at least, appears to have stuck. If you have the opportunity slow down and take in your surroundings. While Danny and I were at the Bloedel Conservatory I had the urge to move quickly and get on to our next outing. Instead of being fully present and focusing on the moment I was already moving onto the next thing. It twigged when I was sitting with Danny, seen in the [...]

By | 2017-08-16T21:44:28+00:00 August 16th, 2017|My thoughts|0 Comments

Playing the long game

I know I am lucky but as someone working in healthcare I am fed up with the fads and quick fixes that are constantly paraded to consumers. Anything worth while takes time (a big shout out to Seth Godin for this constant reminder). Great health doesn't happen over night. A monthly detox, a crazy workout, or a once a month manipulation is not going to fix anything. That said - neither does it have to [...]

By | 2017-08-22T22:11:13+00:00 July 5th, 2017|My thoughts|0 Comments

Lessons as a manager

I have learnt many important lessons over the past six months, both as a dad and as a manager. As you move into a position of leadership you get excited about the prospect of implementing strategies, ideas, and initiatives. What I have come to realize is that the execution and implementation of a good idea is much more challenging than coming up with the idea! I work with smart and capable people. They are motivated, [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:31:59+00:00 July 5th, 2017|My thoughts|0 Comments

Danny turns 1

This is the transcript of the letter I wrote to Danny for his first birthday. It's meant to be a special gift to Danny but I felt the words were worth sharing. Thanks Danny - you were loved the moment you were conceived and that love has grown with each passing day. You are precious but resilient. You are able to make us laugh, worry, and cry all in the same moment. You are an [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:31:59+00:00 June 18th, 2017|My thoughts|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