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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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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 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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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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Welcome Karen Forsman

We are welcoming sports physiotherapist, Karen Forsman to our growing team.Karen’s expertise is in Sports and Orthopedics. She is an avid cyclist and triathlete and brings special knowledge to that patient population. Karen is also trained in the Stott Pilates method and has a developing practice in Pilates based injury care and prevention, excellent for developing core control and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Remember as a club member you are eligible for a discount on regular fees for both physiotherapy and bike fitting services. To book with Karen phone the clinic … Read the rest of this post »

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Welcome Lauren McGuire

As we continue to grow with the success of West 4th Physiotherapy we would like to announce our newest physiotherapist, Lauren McGuire to the team. She has over five years of orthopedic private practice experience in Ireland, Vancouver Island, and Nova Scotia. Lauren aspires to educate every patient about their injury and then use a hands-on manual therapy approach to their treatment. Her special interests are in gait analysis for runners, plantar fascia and metatarsal pain, cervicogenic headaches, TMJ dysfunction, and treating all forms of sprains/strains of the body. She … Read the rest of this post »

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Cycling knee injuries

Cycling knee injuries

Pop quiz. Which two areas of the body will a cyclist most frequently injure? If you went straight to low back and knees then full marks. Low back pain is more frequent but tends to recover more quickly. Knee pain last longer so if it was a competition I suppose knees take it. The majority of cyclists with knee pain will have a version of patellofemoral pain. The leading causes for irritating this incredibly efficient joint are • Improper bikefit • Early season overuse • Hip/pelvis muscle imbalance Any combination … Read the rest of this post »

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Thank you Vancouver!

Thank you Vancouver!

Many thanks to all those who placed West 4th Physio into the Stars of Vancouver as recently hosted by the Vancouver Courier, February 2014. It is not our goal to to receive awards but it is pleasing to be given recognition for the hard work and extra effort constantly given by the West 4th team, from the administrative staff at the front end and to the therapy staff as a whole. We are always striving for improvement and to make sure our clients receive the best in physiotherapy care. This … Read the rest of this post »

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Achilles Tendon Tear and No Surgery?

Achilles Tendon Tear and No Surgery?

From West 4th Physio associate Marj Belot… This year, I attended the Canadian Physiotherapy association Orthopaedic Division Symposium in Montreal.  Sarah Kerslake, physiotherapist at Banff Sports Medicine Centre gave an excellent presentation regarding trends in management of partial Achilles tears as well as complete Achilles tendon ruptures. Their group was involved with a multisite study that found that people do just as well or better WITHOUT SURGERY! She also reviewed multiple other studies that reached the same conclusion.  Apparently the tendon ends do not tend to retract so, with a … Read the rest of this post »

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