Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is physio (physiotherapy)? It is the application of exercise, education, and empowerment to facilitate the healing process in patients. Physiotherapists work with people of all ages through pain, injury, neurological and cardiorespiratory conditions. Like no other medical profession we promote health living through exercise, nutrition, sleep and stress management. We strive to be experts in exercise prescription and injury management. Why do you work as physiotherapist? I love promoting exercise as medicine. The body [...]

By | 2018-12-05T17:28:40+00:00 November 27th, 2018|My thoughts|0 Comments

The need for physiotherapy to champion exercise

The roots of Physiotherapy were planted during world war I and II. We strengthened, encouraged and taught people to move again following injury. Since this time there has been a slow transition towards more passive treatments and pain eradication. I think the time has come for us to refocus our attention on how the simple, but incredibly dynamic, tool of exercise can get more people moving, with less pain and better health. Although more and [...]

By | 2018-10-29T16:15:21+00:00 October 29th, 2018|My thoughts, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

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

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

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 – 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

FAQ: How do I reduce injury rates??

People often ask me the following question: what is the best way to stay injury free? There are many ways to answer this question and althought it may be difficult to say with 100 percent certainty, I do have a few ideas. 1. Move often: We know that being sedentary is awful for our general health and our soft tissue structures. 2. Have different strategies for movement: If we do move I would hypothosize that the [...]

By | 2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00 October 20th, 2014|Health questions answered, Movement and health Videos|0 Comments