The South Vancouver Physiotherapy Clinic Blog

Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow

tennis elbow

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” says the old song. School is out, vacations are on the calendar and the weather is conducive to all sorts of outdoor activities. For summer sports enthusiasts, it’s a treat to be able to […]

Ankle Sprain and Instability

ankle sprains

You’ve undoubtedly seen it happen while watching a basketball game: a player jumps to grab a rebound and turns his foot as he lands awkwardly on his ankle. The player limps from the court, seeking help from the trainer. Ouch! […]

Achilles Tendon Problems

achilles tendinitis

In Greek mythology, Achilles was the son of King Peleus, a mortal, and a sea nymph, Thetis, and the greatest warrior of the Trojan War. His mother attempted to render him invulnerable by dipping him in the River Styx, protecting […]

Plantar Fasciitis – Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis – Heel Pain

We all have our metaphorical Achilles heels, but for people suffering from plantar fasciitis, the heel itself is actually their weak spot. What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tough, fibrous band of tissue that runs […]

Why Do Muscles Feel Tight?


We’ve all experienced the unpleasantness of stiff or sore muscles, whether they feel tight when we get out of bed in the morning or after a long walk or run. Even if the pain isn’t excruciating, the stiffness can be […]

Coping With Neck Pain and Headaches

neck pain and headaches

How many times have you thought of somebody to be “a pain in the neck”? Interestingly, however, a number of physical issues that affect the neck actually manifest themselves as “a pain in the head” – or a headache. Although […]

What is a Muscle Knot?

muscle knot

During the centuries when tall ships adorned with sails dominated the seas, any skilled sailor knew how to tie dozens of knots with intriguing names such as the anchor bend, the bowline and the half-hitch. The knots we get in […]

What are Shin Splints?

shin splint

What do runners, ballet dancers and military recruits have in common? One trait they all share is a susceptibility to shin splints. What are shin splints? A shin splint is  actually an inflammation of the tendons, muscles and bones surrounding […]

How to Exercise Without Injuries

injury prevention

It may be winter and cold or snowy, but exercise still figures prominently in many people’s schedules. If you’ve just started an exercise regimen or tend to just do what you’ve always done without giving it much thought, it’s time […]

Does Back Pain Go Away on its Own?

back pain

Your back is probably one part of your body that doesn’t require much thought – unless it’s hurting. Unfortunately, according to Statistics Canada, four out of five Canadians, or 80 per cent, will experience back pain during their lifetimes. In […]

What is Physiotherapy?

What is Physiotherapy

A common question for people that have never visited a physiotherapist is the very basic question of “What is Physiotherapy?”. Physiotherapy encompasses rehabilitation, injury prevention and health promotion/fitness. The profession employs a holistic approach to treatment, looking at the patient’s lifestyle […]