Kamloops Physiotherapy Blog

History of Physiotherapy

May is National Physiotherapy Month! Did you know that the Canadian Physiotherapy Association was founded in 1920, and was originally called The Canadian Association of Massage and Remedial Gymnastics? In 1935 it was renamed the Canadian Physiotherapy Association...

Running and Knee Osteoarthritis

It’s warm outside, let’s go running!   In clinical practice, patients frequently tell me that they are worried about the long-term impact on their knees from running. In particular, patients are worried about the potential link between running and the development...

Hamstring Injuries

With outdoor soccer season right around the corner, we’d like to highlight hamstring injury management. While injury prevention strategies do work, hamstring strains are still one of the most common soccer injuries and are not always avoidable. If you haven’t run or...

Headache Management

There are many types of headaches and seeking relief from headaches is a very common reason to visit a physiotherapist or massage therapist. A thorough assessment is needed to determine the type of headache and the best management approach. This assessment also helps determine if referral to a doctor is needed for things like medical tests or medications. Many headaches are caused or aggravated by joint problems in the neck or jaw, muscle tension in the neck, shoulder blades or face, muscle weakness or imbalance and poor posture. After considering your history and physical signs, if your headaches appear to be related to some of these issues your therapist will discuss a treatment plan with you and will prescribe a specific program tailored to your needs.

Should I use Ice or Heat?

Whether to use heat or ice is a very common question and like many things to do with the human body there are some simple answers that suffice in most cases but some complexity if you dig a bit deeper. Ice can numb small nerve endings and relieve pain. It may also...