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A swimmer takes a breath during the front crawl in a pool between lanes.

Nine golden rules for swimming injury prevention

Swimming is awesome. Compared to other sports, swimming has a relatively low risk of injury.

However, the most common body part injured while swimming

A massage therapist presses and holds the trapezius muscles around a patients back and neck.

Eight reasons why I love massage therapy

Very occasionally I’ll meet someone who isn’t really into massage, and when this happens I resist the impulse to frown and explain why they’re deeply …

Knee x-rays.

Just what do X-rays tell us

Some scans and images can provide useful information but they can also present findings that may be misleading…

A woman lunges with a punch during a tai chi movement

Proprioception, movement, balance and grace

Proprioception is the body-brain capacity that allows us to adapt to our environment and keeps us upright. It’s a miracle of neurocognitive functioning and it’s as important for high performance athletes as it is for aging seniors…

Christy Mader hangs high, high up on a rock cliff on Vancouver Island

To push or not to push, that is the question…

Push-ups are a great body weight exercise, but they are not quite as important for creating balance in climbers as some would have you believe…

A tennis racquet lies on the clay court surface with a tennis ball on top.

Ice versus heat

Many clients ask me if they should be icing or heating their injuries. Here’s what we know about the effects of these modalities and when it is appropriate to …

A group of people on the beach, jumping in sync and moving their bodies

Debunking the many myths of back pain

There are some surprisingly persistent myths and misleading beliefs floating around about back pain, and recovering from back injury …

A worker bends over his work, looking closely at his brush work.

Ten things your chiropractor wants to tell you

The British Columbia Chiropractic Association wants you to know a few things about the work we do as chiropractors…

Two runners make their way up a hill cross country on a cold winter day in Victoria

The importance of warming up

After speaking with clients and fellow teammates, I have found that time isn’t always being taken to sufficiently warm up before physical activity. Warming up is an important part of injury prevention and athletic performance…

A skateboarder takes off toward the sunset on a beautiful autumn day on Vancouver Island.

We see athletes everywhere

Not everyone sees themselves as an athlete, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t…

Racers in ÖTILLÖ SwimRun clamber over the rocks going from island to island

ÖTILLÖ and the new world of SwimRun

In SwimRun the emphasis on teamwork is a fascinating and challenging aspect to endurance. Also, being tethered to each other is …

An athlete has a heaving bar resting on her shoulders behind her head and she's sweating.

How to be happy at the gym (do you even lift?)

In which Mae explains everything you need to know and find in order to be happy lifting weights at the gym…

Orthotics are a competitive edge for athletes

Enhance performance, reduce fatigue, with orthotics

For athletes, orthotics can be a competitive edge. In fact, most Major League Baseball teams, including the Toronto Blue Jays, wear orthotics…

A concert violinist focuses during a symphony performance

Reflections on “elite athlete”

Here at Arbutus we work with athletes and we believe in the power of sport. But lately we’ve been a little bit curious about digging deeper into what “athlete” or “elite athlete” means…

Mike Neill does his recovery exercises at the clinic

Recovering from knee surgery (Part 2)

Mike explains the process of implementing a recovery plan for knee surgery with a team of health practitioners…

A triathlete stretches their quad in preparation for a run.

Recovering from knee surgery (part 1)

In which Mike explains how knee surgery, and recovery from knee surgery, can be a little bit like planning for a race…

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