Do I need core training for squash??

Core training has been a buzz word for years and was an area I focused on during my time as a personal trainer. I now realize our obsession with "core training" was misguided. Every movement we do requires our core to stabilize and provide a base to generate movement and power. If you think you need core training to improve your game  first identify what your training needs are. From this starting point an appropriate [...]

By |2019-01-15T22:54:13+00:00January 15th, 2019|Health questions answered, Physiotherapy, Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

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+00:00June 7th, 2018|Education, Health questions answered|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+00:00April 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+00:00April 21st, 2015|Health questions answered, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

FAQ: what to do with knee pain when riding your bike

During the winter more and more recreational cyclists are taking to spin class. The more intense your training load the higher the likelihood for injury. Knee injuries are the most common amongst both recreational and competitive cyclists. The pain is often located on the lateral side (outside) of the knee joint. The pain is usually more pronounced when going uphill or when putting more pressure on the cranks. Below are few things we will look [...]

By |2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00January 9th, 2015|Health questions answered|0 Comments

FAQ: I just sprained my ankle.

So you just sprained your ankle at (insert activity here) and you are not sure what to do. Although ankle sprains are incredibly common they can be troublesome to rehab and often turn into a chronic condition (Wikstrom et al, 2013). Ankle sprains vary in severity but there are a few key things to do following any ankle injury. Remember this 1. POLICE - see my post on acute injury care. Protection, Optimal Loading, Ice, Compression, Elevation 2. [...]

By |2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00November 26th, 2014|Health questions answered, Physiotherapy|0 Comments

Lessons on shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is a common ailment, but one that is understood poorly. Initial theories and special tests that aimed to provide accurate diagnosis are flawed and provide little clinical utility. Numerous studies of gold standard MRI and ultrasound imaging have shown a poor correlation between structural change (what you see) and symptoms (what you feel).  These findings shift the diagnosis away from specific terms like, bursitis, tendonitis, impingement, to a more general term, rotator cuff [...]

By |2017-10-25T21:31:53+00:00November 13th, 2014|Health questions answered, Squash Performance Videos|0 Comments

FAQ: What is dry needling?

As I begin to dry needle I am often asked what it is and how it differs from acupuncture. Dry needling is a form of treatment that uses a thin, solid needle (much like an acupuncture needle) to pierce the skin and enter the muscle. Because the needle is solid there is no injection of fluid, hence the term "dry needling." The initial tap of the needle into the skin is often not felt, but [...]

By |2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00October 24th, 2014|Health questions answered|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+00:00October 20th, 2014|Health questions answered, Movement and health Videos|0 Comments

FAQ: what does POLICE stand for

For many years the acronym PRICE (protection, rest, elevation, compression, and ice) has been used to help guide clients in the treatment of their acute injuries and to foster quicker healing. With emerging evidence a shift to POLICE has been recommended. I fully support the shift because OL, optimal loading, is imperative for good tissue healing (tendon repair). POLICE P: Protect. Following any injury it is important that we cease movements that cause pain or [...]

By |2017-08-02T17:32:00+00:00September 23rd, 2014|Health questions answered, Physiotherapy|0 Comments