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The Arbutus Physiotherapy & Health Centre is a health and wellness clinic that provides physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care. We provide assessments and treatments to people with acute injury, chronic pain, and sports related injuries. We can help you recover and return to an active, healthy lifestyle, and peak performance.

Two people under a blue and white tent with a table full of things and two massage beds along the sides of the tent.

Catching up on the sidelines!

Catching up on the sidelines! Dr. Mike and physiotherapist Sandy Wilson ready to support our local gymnasts last weekend for the 36th annual Garden City gymnastics competition! Community-awesome and the Garden City Invitational

Sandy and Kristen provide treatment for athletes at the Garden City Invitational 2016.

Throwback to 2016: team Arbutus supporting Falcon Gymnastics

Team Arbutus supporting Falcon Gymnastics at the Garden City Invitational! Good luck athletes!

Gymnastics athletes from Edmonton compete on the floor and on the uneven bars.

Community-awesome and the Garden City Invitational

Sport is awesome. And the community that makes sport happen is also awesome. We see it, and we hope that everyone else sees it too. It takes a lot to put on a gymnastics competition and the gymnastics community on Vancouver Island, and beyond, do an amazing job of it. This weekend the Garden City

A smiling woman crouches on a field, holding a tiny puppy with another dog in the foreground; in a park in Vicwest.

Everyday athlete and Rizzolaroo the Mighty Thunder Dog 🐾

This week’s everyday athlete with her partners in action! 🐾 #Rizzolaroo #TheMightyThunderDog

Arbutus Physio wishes all the competitors of the Garden City Invitational 2018 good luck!

Falcon Gymnastics Garden City Invitational 2018

May 19th and 20th is the big competitive event of the year for these young athletes and we are proud Gold Sponsors of the Falcon Gymnastics team so we’ll be there providing treatment for the athletes. We wish all the athletes a successful and fulfilling competition! “Each year in May the Falcon Gymnastics Parents Association (FGPA)

Parking map for Arbutus Physiotherapy

Parking in and around Amphion Street and Oak Bay Ave

People arrive at our health clinic in every way. They walk, they bike, they bus. They get dropped off. And many folks also drive. As a handy service to those who drive, our team has made a map with some hints about good parking spots. Green and yellow are good places to park with unlimited

This shows Ashley holding her chocolate birthday cake.

Happy birthdays all around at Arbutus Physio!!

Happiest of birthdays to Scott and Ashley! Thanks for being part of the Arbutus Team, and for bringing more laughter, big smiles, and doughnut cravings into the clinic! Enjoy more adventures and puppy cuddles this year! And yes, our practitioners and front end team are always laughing, we’re just made up of a happy crew enjoying

This is a photo of two women working behind black laptops in a light grey office, and both have the corners of their lips turned up in smirks.

Getting ready for the weekend in the office

What a beautiful, sun-filled ☀️ week we’ve had! At first glance you’ll see two physios focused on entering their charts, but if you look a little closer, one of them is trying very hard to maintain a working-diligently-and-totslly-not-thinking-about-the-weekend face before stepping out of the clinic to start the weekend. Enjoy your weekend 😎

This is an image of two smiling women with brown hair who are both holding bundles of pink flowers. They are in an office

Administrative Professionals Day 2018

Happy Administrative Professionals Day! 💐

Mike Gotuaco holds up his birthday card with illustrations, and smiles broadly.

Happy birthday Dr. Mike!

Happy Birthday Dr. Mike! Thanks for the active energy and contagious laughter you bring to the clinic. Enjoy another year filled with more surf, Red Barn wraps, and handstands. #partylikeachiro #birthdaycake

A basketball player throws the ball to his coach, who is recovery from a shoulder injury, underneath the basketball hoop.

Recovering from shoulder sprains, strains, dislocations, tears and immobility

The shoulder joint is the most movable joint in the body. It is comprised of the collarbone, the shoulder blade, and the upper arm bone. Shoulders are prone to injury because they are by nature unstable since the ball of the upper arm is larger than the socket that holds it. This is why it

This is a photo of three figures on a beach with the sun coming from behind them so they are just silhouettes. One of the people in the distance is carrying a surf board, and two in the middle ground are standing in front of a board that's stuck in the sand with another beside them lying flat.

Happy surfing spring from Arbutus!

We hope everyone is having a great weekend and a happy spring!

Jessica Hall, physiotherapist, enjoys a juice at Jusu in Oakbay.

Things you didn’t know about Physiotherapist Jessica Hall

We sat down with Jessica Hall recently to talk about physiotherapy, sports, family life and the joys of living on Vancouver Island…

A grandmother: lifts grandkids everyday.

What if everyone is an athlete?

We have a pet theory that everyone is a great athlete, in the context of their own lives…

A soccer player lies down on their back on the football pitch grimacing in pain and grabbing their head due to a probable sprain

Reduce the healing time of sprains and minimize the risk of re-injury

A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament. Ligaments are tissues that connect bones at a joint. A sprain occurs when trauma, like falling, twisting or getting hit, causes two bones to move beyond their normal range of motion and the ligament is stretched. Ankle and wrist sprains are the most common sprains and symptoms

An athlete goes through a few warm up exercises before starting thier training.

Keeping your tendons healthy and preventing tendinopathy

Tendinopathy refers to damage to a muscle tendon, the most common of which affects the elbow (tennis elbow) and the Achilles tendon. Tendinopathy can be caused by sports or work-related activities that involve repetitive overuse or sudden trauma (tendinitis) or degeneration and tearing of the tendon (tendinosis)…