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Sport Injuries: Lateral elbow pain

If you play competitive sports you have felt the inevitable pains that can come with too much activity. Often these pains are felt in your tendons. In this blog I will discuss how the latest researching is guiding our treatment of lateral elbow pain, while weaving in my own experience with this injury. Tendons transmit forces between muscle and bones. We don’t yet fully understand tendon pathology (the injury process), but research is providing greater [...]

By | 2018-06-07T02:31:37+00:00 June 7th, 2018|Education, Health questions answered|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

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

Strength training: Six patterns to know

I see far too many people spend hard earned time in the gym on exercises that don't provide enough benefit. As long as you are healthy and have experience lifting weights consider sticking to these six patterns to give you the most out of your workout. Of course the best picked exercise don't matter if we don't adhere to plan, so make sure you create a plan that is realistic, enjoyable and flexible. If it doesn't [...]

By | 2018-06-07T02:39:01+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Education|0 Comments

Sport injuries: achilles pain

If you play competitive sports you have felt the inevitable pains that can come with too much activity. Often these pains are felt in our tendons. Tendons transmit forces between muscle and bones. We don’t yet fully understand tendon pathology (the injury process), but research is providing greater clarity. I believe the following three points are a good place to start: A tendon injury appears to be caused by a combination of high load and [...]

By | 2018-06-07T02:39:18+00:00 May 12th, 2018|Education|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

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