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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

 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

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

  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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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…

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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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

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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