Ease Back Pain with a Physiotherapist in Downtown Vancouver

Standing, sitting, walking, and even sleeping—back pain can put a serious dent in your daily activities. You are not alone. Whether it’s chronic or acute, virtually everyone will experience some form of back pain in their life. Not surprisingly, it is one of the main reasons people miss work and visit a doctor. Fortunately, there is help available to ease your suffering. Seek a physiotherapist in downtown Vancouver to treat your back pain so you can get back to doing the things you love. What causes back pain? Back pain has a way of creeping up on you when you least expect it. And for many, it can be a challenge to pinpoint the source. Maybe it’s a too soft mattress or shoes with horrible support. Or perhaps you overdid it when you were playing with the kids. The good news is you can take steps to treat and prevent back pain issues. The key to a fast recovery is to get early diagnosis and treatment from a physiotherapist downtown Vancouver. Here are just some of the factors that can contribute to back pain: Poor posture Aging Improper body mechanics Rheumatoid arthritis Herniated disc Back ligament strain Fibromyalgia Poor physical fitness Being overweight Whatever the reason, back pain is treatable. Physiotherapists are skilled at improving and restoring flexibility and movement, as well as helping to prevent back pain before it even starts. How Physiotherapists Downtown Vancouver Ease Pain Physiotherapists are specially trained to help relieve back pain without medications or surgeries. By incorporating targeted therapeutic strategies, interventions, and specialized hands-on techniques, your physiotherapist will be able to address and...

Free Pillow Talk at Chopra Yoga Vancouver – spots remain!

  Free Pillow Talk at Chopra Yoga – Spots still available!! There’s still a chance to see Andrea Martens speak at Chopra Yoga tomorrow at 2:30! She will be discussing acupuncture’s role in sleep improvement and other speakers will share their expertise. Sign up for the free talk online through Chopra Yoga and make the most of your...

ArmAid Review and Promo Code

  ArmAid A year and a half ago friends introduced me to indoor sport climbing at Cliffhanger and bouldering at the Hive. Since then, I’ve climbed outdoors in Squamish, Skaha, and Croatia. Rock climbing 2-3 times per week, combined with the time I spend doing manual therapy in the clinic, means my forearms need some treatment of their own.   A fellow climber at Cliffhanger was using a device I had never seen before, rolling his forearm back and forth and grimacing. It looked similar to trigger point release with a foam roller but was simultaneously applying targeted pressure to the forearm flexors and extensors. He told me it has helped him recover faster from his training sessions and after reading additional reviews, I purchased the Armaid Package.   I agree with previous posters that you can get away with buying the ArmAid only at $79 U.S. plus shipping, but the “package” includes a leg strap, an additional roller, and an instructional DVD. It should be noted that there are excellent instructional videos on the ArmAid site, including how to use it without the leg strap. Also be sure to ask for an extra “tab”, which international orders should include.             Self massage using the ArmAid for a few minutes per day, with sustained pressure for up to 30 sec on individual tender points, can help to reduce the amount of tension on the common flexor and extensor tendons at the elbow. This can help not only with local pain in the muscle belly but with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis, pain at the outer aspect of the elbow)...

Pillow Talk at Chopra Yoga Center featuring Physiotherapist Andrea Martens

  Pillow Talk at Chopra Yoga Center featuring Physiotherapist Andrea Martens   Please join Andrea Martens, PT, on March 21 for an afternoon from 2:30-4:30 p.m. to learn about sleep deprivation and how you can improve your sleep. There will be a variety of practitioners from respiratory therapists to naturopaths presenting.   Some of the questions answered will be how does exercise help me with sleep and what are the best types of exercise to help with sleep?  How does acupuncture help with sleep?  One of the practitioners will be talking about how snoring is not normal.   This is a free event and the flyer can be accessed by clicking the image below.  ...

Physiotherapist Lauren Welch’s recovery from two forearm fractures

Physiotherapist Lauren Welch’s recovery from two forearm fractures   On September 1, 2010, I was riding back from Granville Island on my commuter bike, looking forward to grilling burgers from the market. This was day 1 of the only week of summer vacation we had in the UBC Master of Physiotherapy program. As I was rounding the corner in front of Sammy J Peppers (now the Vancouver Fish Company), the front wheel of my bike lodged in the old trolley tracks, sending me flying over my handlebars. In a classic FOOSH injury (fall on outstretched hands), I landed with both hands in front of me while hitting my chin on the pavement.   It was the Labour Day weekend, one of the busiest at Granville Island, and I was lying right in the middle of traffic. A quick thinking bystander yelled that she was certified in first aid, blocked traffic, and called 911. After being cleared of having a cervical spine injury by paramedics, I was whisked away to Vancouver General Hospital. I remember thinking that those burgers needed to go in the fridge…   The x-ray process was more painful than the injury itself. The muscles surrounding my elbows were in protective muscle spasm, in a position of a full bicep curl. Unfortunately that position didn’t lead to an effective x-ray. The technician helped me to straighten my elbow to an unbearable 90 degree angle long enough to take the images. The E.R. doc later informed me that I had bilateral, undisplaced, radial neck fractures.         I left VGH in two slings with instructions to...