Stretch or not stretch? This is the question :)

Van Sports Physio Tips

Stretching is one of the most common types of exercise performed by people who are into fitness activities, athletes, and clients undergoing rehabilitation. They are prescribed to stretch as a form of treatment/prevention for multiple injuries. Based on research, we know that stretching benefits the soft tissues, but depending on the purpose of the treatment or sport/activity played, one type …


Management of Headaches

Zili Acupuncture, Physiotherapy, Tips

In the previous blog entry, we have explored the various types of headaches one can experience. Pharmacological interventions are often prescribed by doctors for severe headaches, ranging from simple analgesics or NSAIDS for mild to moderate migraines to triptans or ergots for moderate to severe headaches. However, many pharmacological interventions have adverse side-effects and some carry the risk of drug-drug …


What To Eat Before A Workout?

Van Sports Physio Tips, Workouts

In Vancouver, it seems like there is a new workout trend or diet, or combination of both, so often that it’s almost a workout trying to keep up with it all. We each have different ideas about what a healthy body and workout routine is, so it can be overwhelming trying to incorporate all the information into our lives. But …


How To Prevent Back Pain

Van Sports Physio Back Pain, Healing, Injuries, Tips

Back pain is a common complaint and a condition that can be debilitating, but given our lifestyles, we almost expect to feel some aches and pains the older we get. And that’s for a reason, the more we sit at desks and the less active we are, the higher our chances of experiencing the inconvenience and pain that comes with …


What is a ‘Pinched Nerve’?

Van Sports Physio Healing, Injuries, Tips

We’ve all heard of a pinched nerve before, and many of us have experienced the uncomfortable sensation of one, too. But how much do you really know about the causes, symptoms and treatments of this all too common, pesky and sometimes very painful condition? Let’s start from the beginning. To understand what a pinched nerve is, we should know what …


How To Pick Running Shoes

Van Sports Physio Running Shoes, Tips

Spring is here at last and with the warm weather often comes a renewed desire to throw on the running shoes and head out for a jog. Maybe you’ve dug out your running shoes from the bottom of the shoe pile and see for the first time this spring that the smelly, worn out, old things are in dire need …