Category: Health & science

Brandon Warren poses with his SwimRun gear at the finish line of SwimRun Victoria.

Taking on, and recovering from, my first SwimRun

Whew! That was a long race (3km of swimming and 18.4km of running to be exact). As I sit here 36 hours post-race nursing my sore muscles, I figured I would share my recovery tips post-event that help us get back in the lake or on the trails sooner rather than later. Firstly, recovery from

A paddler stands on a paddle board in the late afternoon light of the Gorge in VicWest.

Vestibular (dizziness) assessment and treatment services

Dizziness is assessed using specialized equipment including eye examination by infrared camera. It is quantitative and correlates well with traditional medical measures of dizziness including vestibular function testing.

A doctor holds up an X-Ray of a lower back and we can see all the bones.

Considerations for nonsurgical interventions in low back conditions

Managing low back pain through conservative management first eliminates the risk of side affects from surgery, improves mobility, strength and knowledge on the condition itself, provides strategies on how to manage the pain, and tends to produce more active living, longer.

The Victoria Johnson Street Bridge in the morning light, looking glorious.

COVID-19 update on community care: stay home, essential services provided

We are in the process of scaling back to acute care and urgent needs patients to promote social distancing…

An elite athlete lifts her craft onto a shelf in the rowing shed.

Sports medicine now offered in our clinic

I am excited to announce that I am opening a sports medicine practice in Oak Bay at Arbutus Physiotherapy & Health Centre, which is right across from the Red Barn Market on Oak Bay Avenue. It is a brand new clinic with sports medicine, physiotherapy and massage therapy. You may recognize Arbutus Physiotherapy which was

Ashley Scopick and Sandy Wilson pose with their certificates at Kinetic Link Training.

Professional development: Kinetic Link Training with Wayne Rodgers

Ashley and I spent the two days downtown Victoria studying some functional movement training – it always feels good to fit in some continuing education when we can. We had the pleasure of learning directly from Wayne Rodgers who has a Master’s in Physiotherapy. He’s from Australia and has been working and studying in the

A worker stands in his climbing gear at the bottom of a hospital building, ready to do more cleaning.

It takes a lot of different kinds of workers to make a community click

It takes a lot of different kinds of work to make a community click. Stay active, safe, and vital out there folks. #athleticismiseverywhere #yyj #victoriaBC #jubileehospital #victoriajubileehospital #worklifestyle #yyjclimbing

Runner with taped knees out in the rain and water during a race.

Looking for a physiotherapist to join our team

We’re looking for a dynamic and motivated physiotherapist to join our team. Our clinic offers physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, IMS, shockwave therapy and custom orthotics. As part of our team you will enjoy a flexible work schedule, guaranteed caseload, and a structured mentorship program.  We’re expanding in the fall, and there will be many opportunities

A masculine person sits on the far left in this animated image slouched over and on his phone. At the far right a feminine person sits rigidly straight with a tiara on her head. They are sitting across from each other at a long dining table. The background is bright yellow.

We really should sit and stand up straight

Sitting is not as good as standing. And standing is not as good as moving. But what about the positioning of our bodies in general? We’re not advocating for posture shaming, but maybe we should listen more when our aunties and family members tell us to sit up straight. Good posture helps our efficiency of

An animated image of a masculine person skateboarding through an office.

Sit less, move more (if you can)

We live in a world where we are constantly asked to sit. What does that mean for our bodies? Everything from our blood, to our nerves, to our skin depend on us to move, and they are there to help us do just that. Sitting, and especially hunching, can even impact our breathing by “giving

A runner turns the corner in a beautiful Vancouver Island park on a sunny day.

Running & walking ideas for injury prevention

Here’s a few running & walking tips to prevent injury, alleviate pain and keep you moving for life. If your feet are happy, you’re happy The proper shoe can help maximize your efficiency and minimize your risk of injury. Try on many then select the shoe with the best shape for your foot. We can

Two people lift a box while moving into their new place.

How to improve your lifting

BC physiotherapists are the most physically active healthcare professionals in Canada and the ones physicians recommend most. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep you lifting. Lifting tip #1: Warm up and plan ahead Warm up and plan before you lift. To get your blood flowing and your joints lubricated do some practice

Donna punches a punching bag with one of her gloved hands while Naomi, her physiotherapist, holds the bag steady and smiles encouragingly.

A passion for movement can take us to new places, like boxing

Her diagnosis, though frustrating at first, led her to seek out options to cope with her symptoms. This included more traditional treatments such as medication, as well as physiotherapy-focused boxing classes. The movements taught in the class led to a noticeable improvement in her symptoms…

A woman rubs her neck late at night while staring into her computer

Techniques to alleviate back and neck pain

Back and neck pain are among the most widespread reasons patients seek physiotherapy. And back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 80% of people at some point during their lives…

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 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