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9 things NOT to say to someone with a brain injury

Brain injury is confusing to people who don’t have one. It’s natural to want to say something, to voice an opinion or offer advice, even when we don’t understand. And when you care for a loved one with a brain injury, it’s easy to get burnt out and say things out of frustration. Here are a few…

Even Elite Athletes Leak (but shouldn’t)

It isn’t too often we hear athletes discussing leaking, known as stress urinary incontinence (SUI), during their training or competition but it is all too common. Studies1 have shown that 28-80% of female athletes leak, including 25-28% of high school and college athletes2 aged 12-22. The higher the impact level in the sport the more…

How can our women’s health physiotherapist help you?

Ever wondered what a women’s health pelvic floor physiotherapist can treat? Many of the issues are not openly talked about and many people don’t know with whom to discuss their concerns or that treatments and therapies exist for these conditions, so they suffer through without help. The below list is not exhaustive but will give…

Shifting the way we use our benefits: prevention rather than reactive care

There is a new trend in health care: avoiding illness and injury through self-care and preventative maintenance. Over 80% of Canadians have some form of extended health care coverage, but often don’t fully utilize them. Why? There are many reasons, from being too busy to not wanting to waste them now in case we need…

Foot Mechanics And How To Choose Running Shoes

Foot Mechanics & Their Relationship to Running Shoes: How to choose? Advice from sports Physiotherapists. Selecting Running Shoes: Looking from left to right: Far  left is a cushion shoe with curved last (Asics), ideal for supinators. In the middle is a  curved shoe with a  semicurved last (Brooks) more suited to a neutral foot and…

How Icing May Delay Recovery After Injury

Great post about icing Why Ice Delays Recovery When I wrote my best-selling Sportsmedicine Book in 1978, I coined the term RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) for the treatment of athletic injuries (Little Brown and Co., page 94). Ice has been a standard treatment for injuries and sore muscles because it helps to relieve pain caused by injured tissue. Coaches have used…

Knee Injury: I’ve torn my meniscus. How Physiotherapy can help.

Torn meniscus. Knee Ostero arthritis (OA) How physiotherapy can help and what to expect. Written by Bianca Matheson Sports Physiotherapist at Back in Action Physiotherapy Whistler. BC “Oh no I’ve torn my meniscus or knee cartilage! What should I do?” Knee injuries are common! No shortage of those in our ski resort town. As sports…

The Case Of Age Related Kyphosis Or ‘Hunchback’

In Whistler where we live; everyone skis and everyone crashes! People get spinal compressions and sometimes compression fractures that they don’t even realize they have. As the years go on spinal curvature or kyphosis (hunch back or hump back)  can develop. Some good news here is that this may be moderated or stopped by active muscle…

Rotator cuff tears of the shoulder, physiotherapy

ROTATOR CUFF TEARS: FULL THICKNESS AND PARTIAL THICKNESS, HOW PHYSIO PLAYS A ROLE…   Asymptomatic full thickness rotator cuff tears occur in 4-13 percent of people less than 59 years and 28-51 percent of those between 60-80 (research by Templehof 1999).  This means in a lot of people the rotator cuff can tear fully without…

Visual Motor Rehabilitation

Concussions or mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) can cause visual and perceptual deficiencies that make daily tasks more challenging, frustrating, or overwhelming. Our visual motor exam assesses and provides our physiotherapy clincal team with a sense of how a patient’s eyes are functioning, and any deficiencies that need to be addressed. With this information, our team can make recommendations on visual…