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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Sitting on a ball

Sitting on a ball

Many of our clients are office workers and find sitting to be a significant requirement of their work. Continuous sitting has been widely reported over the past few years to be negative for a wide variety of health metrics. As a result we get frequent questions in the clinic as to whether there might be benefit in sitting on an exercise ball instead of a regular chair. Most people are familiar with the ball in a gym setting where it is regularly used as a vehicle for enhancing core stability (more on this in … Read the rest of this post »

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Effects of throwing…

Effects of throwing...

This post is prepared by West 4th Physiotherapy associate Peter Francis. Performing any activity repetitively can produce a pattern of tightness and weakness based on the direction of movements and muscles that are active at the joints being moved. Simply put, if you do any activity repetitively and long enough without maintenance you are bound to develop predictable joint ranges of motion. Having a full joint range of motion is important in sport and activity because we need adequate movement to produce force through muscles and then decelerate (slow down) the moving body segment. … Read the rest of this post »

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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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Tapering for a half marathon

Tapering for a half marathon

  This post is prepared by West 4th Physiotherapy associate and runner Suzanne Foster Tapering Tips – Half Marathon Distance 1) Your last long run should be two weeks from race day. This allows the body to fully RECOVER from all those hard earned miles and to reap the physiological benefits of the increased mileage. This run is a great time to practice your fuel/hydration/warm up strategy for the race, what you are going to wear, what are you going to eat the night before the race as well as … Read the rest of this post »

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Downhill running tips for success

Downhill running tips for success

 This post is prepared by West 4th Physiotherapy associate and runner Suzanne Foster Don’t Put On The Brakes: Keys to Conquering Running Downhill! If your quadriceps muscles are sore after hilly running, it is probably from the downhill portion.  This is because downhill running requires our thigh and lower leg muscles, to contract “eccentrically” or lengthen as we move down the hill. This can actually cause microtearing within the muscle as eccentric loading uses more force than on uphill or flat terrain. This is more costly from an energy and recovery perspective possibly leading to injuries (IT Band … Read the rest of this post »

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The Joy of Running Hills

The Joy of Running Hills

This post is prepared by West 4th Physiotherapy associate Suzanne Foster. Read on and enjoy! Nothing brings me more joy during a run or race than seeing a huge hill ahead of me just waiting to be conquered. As someone who has run for 20 plus years, I have avoided speed work like the plague and will find any excuse not to do it! Thus I was pleased to find out that running hills could actually make me faster and could actually be considered a form of speed training  ( http://www.runnersworld.com/for-beginners-only/why-you-need-hills-in-your-running-routine ), … Read the rest of this post »

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Over pronation and motion control shoes

Over pronation and motion control shoes

I came across an interesting article recently with yet more research into the role of running shoes in preventing injury. It was done at Luxembourg Institute of Health in 2014 and reported in British Journal of Sports Medicine so is quite current. Participants for study were aged 18 to 65 and numbered 386 which makes for meaningful research. (Beware any study with just a few participants and yet big conclusions). Runners were assigned either neutral or motion control shoes for up to 6 months. 372 runners made the cut for final … 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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Hip flexor issues in cyclists

Hip flexor issues in cyclists

Hips are the domino joint for cyclists. Get them balanced and you’ll be mostly happy. Ignore them and the constancy of the cycling motion can lead to a cascade of back, hip and knee discomfort. The repetitive motion of cycling is predominantly done within a flexed inner hip range and is all in a straight line. The hip never reaches a position of neutral such as found in regular standing, let alone into actual extension where the long thigh extends out behind the body. It only goes sideways when you … Read the rest of this post »

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Patellofemoral arthritis

From West 4th Physiotherapy associate Gretchen Mclennan… Now that we know it is in fact healthy for our knees to keep running (provided we are doing that correctly!), http://www.west4thphysio.com/archives/2784  here is some info about an often “forgotten joint” that will hopefully keep us all running and cycling painfree for a long time! Osteoarthritis in the knee is something most of us are either familiar with, or at least we’ve heard about it in some respect. But most of us think of OA happening at the main knee joint. This is … 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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