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Clinical Pilates at West 4th Physio

Clinical Pilates at West 4th Physio

This post is prepared by West 4th Physiotherapy associate Jenny Lehmann What is “Clinical Pilates”? Traditionally, “Pilates” was stigmatized as a yoga-like exercise for women, emphasizing core stability. Current research supports its utility in conjunction with conventional physiotherapy to treat various injuries. “Clinical Pilates” is the delivery of classic pilates by a pilates-trained Physiotherapist in the context of rehabilitation. Using their clinical background, your physio can individualize exercises and provide tactile feedback to correct pain provoking movement patterns at the root of your injury. In attempt to further explain the … Read the rest of this post »

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Stop slouching, stop neck pain…

Stop slouching, stop neck pain...

This post is prepared by West 4th Physiotherapy associate Lauren Macauley Sitting slouched at a computer not only can make you look ten years older but it creates tight and painful neck muscles. Slouching can be the cause of sore trigger points, tension headaches, numbness/tingling in the arms, and early osteoarthritis. But there are steps everyone can take to relax their neck muscles and reduce neck pain. It’s all about aligning the neck bones and understanding our body’s natural reflexes. Our muscles are designed to hold our bones together. In … Read the rest of this post »

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Core strength for runners

Core strength for runners

The following post is prepared by West 4th Physio associate and runner Suzanne Hood 75% of runners get injured every year. Whether your goal is to get faster or just enjoy the sport for life you need to focus on PREVENTION and staying healthy. CORE STRENGTH is critical. Weak muscles are prone to injuries and less resilient to the impact forces of running. Incorporating a core stability program into your routine just 3 x per week can allow you to run more consistently, reach higher weekly mileages safely, endure more challenging … Read the rest of this post »

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Thoracic Ring approach

Thoracic Ring approach

This post is prepared by West 4th Physio associate Marj Belot. The Thoracic Ring ApproachTM: What is it and how does it work? In early 2017, I learned The Thoracic Ring ApproachTM. on a four day course. Since then, I’ve had many opportunities to incorporate it in my physiotherapy practice and clients have been reporting some great results. Although courses are taught in many countries, including England, US, Canada and Australia, many people have not heard about this approach, so I’m sharing this brief summary. The Thoracic Ring ApproachTM. is … Read the rest of this post »

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Cycling and bone health

This post is presented by West 4th Physio associate and cyclist/triathlete Jen Macpherson Cycling has really taken hold in Vancouver over the past decade. The health benefits are clearly established by research and include:  improved general fitness decreased risk of cardiovascular disease decreased risk of colon cancer decreased obesity The low impact nature of cycling also makes it an appropriate component of rehabilitation; such as, following surgery for a knee ligament repair or joint replacement. Sounds perfect so could there be a downside? Unfortunately, because cycling is low impact or primarily … Read the rest of this post »

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Injury Prevention Through Workload Monitoring – Part 3

This post is prepared by West 4th Physiotherapy associate Peter Francis How about a practical workload monitoring example? Let’s take a real life example and help apply it by using an elderly person in our general population who simply wants to stay mobile.  Some older adults might keep a walking log, so here’s how we can take a brisk walk to the next level!  There are only two columns that the individual needs to fill in (1) distance of blocks walked at a brisk pace and (2) session’s rating of … Read the rest of this post »

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Injury Prevention Through Workload Monitoring – Part 2

Injury Prevention Through Workload Monitoring - Part 2

This post is prepared by West 4th Physiotherapy associate Peter Francis How do we manage load? Once you understand that any stressor on the body is a training load you can start to manage it.  This means introducing the right amount of stress to elicit an adaptation to the tissues you are intending to train.  The first thing you need is a metric, or variable, to measure and monitor.  In baseball, for example, the number of high velocity throws is a good starting point to monitor a pitcher’s workload.  Tim … Read the rest of this post »

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Injury Prevention Through Workload Monitoring – Part 1

Injury Prevention Through Workload Monitoring - Part 1

 This post is prepared by West 4th Physiotherapy associate Peter Francis Injury prevention is something that most people can get on board with and very few (if any) will admit is a bad thing. When designing an “Injury Prevention” Program, however, we must first be able to identify what it is we are trying to prevent. Aimlessly performing “preventative” exercises without a focus or intent is just eyewash. Most injuries can be classified as: Acute (contact) :Has a discernable moment in time where the injury occurred and was a result … Read the rest of this post »

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Welcome back Marj Belot

Welcome back Marj Belot

I am excited to announce my return back to the West 4th Physiotherapy team as of February 15, 2017. I look forward to continuing to serve my clients with passion and a dedication to excellence. My Philosophy All people deserve the best physiotherapy care possible. My thirst for learning, my love of problem solving, my natural curiosity and enthusiasm for sharing my knowledge and skills with my clients all help me to empower them and guide them to success. I believe my greatest strength as a physiotherapist lays in the diversity … Read the rest of this post »

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Squats exercises

Squats exercises

  Runner’s, triathletes and cyclists will often develop an asymmetry in their hip stability resulting in symptoms around the knee, hip or low back. Their chosen activity involves thousands of repetitions of the same motion so small differences in form can become cumulative and over time develop into an injury. Squats exercises and their variations are favourites and a valid part of most balanced training routines. They are frequently recommended as baseline strengthening for the lower limbs and with just a little attention to form  are also a great core strength … Read the rest of this post »

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Core strength for horse riders – 2

This post is prepared by West 4th Physiotherapy associate and keen equestrian Lauren McGuire     Book an appointment with Lauren McGuire at 604 7309478 If you have enjoyed this post help us spread the GoodPhysio word by liking us on Facebook, Yelp and Google  

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Core strength for dressage – 1

This video post is prepared by West 4th Physiotherapy associate and keen equestrian Lauren McGuire     Book an appointment with Lauren McGuire at 604 7309478 If you have enjoyed this post help us spread the GoodPhysio word by liking us on Facebook, Yelp and Google

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