Friday, February 17, 2017

Physiomoves: You Ask, We Answer - Ball Hockey

Photo credit: White Rock Ball Hockey Association

CASE STUDY: 14 Year Old Boy
Prepping for Ball Hockey
Problem Areas: Achilles

"My son started ball hockey a couple of years ago with the White Rock Ball Hockey Association. Even though I thought we got good enough running shoes, during both seasons he had to take long breaks because of sore Achilles. I am wondering what we can do better this year"

1.) Do you have any at-home treatment advice? 
It sounds like your son has developed Sever’s disease (a full examination should be done to confirm this diagnosis). This is a condition common in active youth during their rapid growth phase, especially when there is sudden increase in running or jumping. The Achilles tendon becomes irritated at its attachment to the heel bone (calcaneus) but will settle down with modified activity and some self-management tips from your Physiotherapist.


2.) What kind of therapy would you recommend? Physio? Massage
A Physiotherapist can properly assess the area and provide treatment suggestions such as modified activity (temporarily reducing the amount of running and jumping while the Achilles tendons settle down), using heel lifts inside the shoes to reduce tension on the Achilles tendons, suggest off-the-shelf orthotics if needed, teach gentle stretching exercises or self-massage techniques using a foam roller or ball, using ice after activity, etc. This program can be used to self-manage the Achilles with some guidance from your Physiotherapist. Massage therapy would certainly be a beneficial treatment in conjunction with physio.


3.) Before ball hockey begins, do you have recommendations for how he can prepare himself for this in hopes to lessen injury potential?
A good warm-up program (including some calf raises) followed by a dynamic stretching routine will help.

4.) Do you think that this has to do with the running shoe or is it more of a physical fitness issue?
Footwear can be an issue, especially if it doesn’t provide the right support or has lost its shock absorption capability. However, this condition is usually related to tendon overload – a sudden increase in running or jumping, compounded by the tight muscles and tendons caused by the athlete’s rapid growth phase. Being generally active and fit may have some protective effect, but young athletes are at risk of tendon issues during their rapid growth phase and any sudden changes in training can cause problems.

If you have some questions you would like us to check into, please come visit us in our Ocean Park or Panorama Village location or visit our Facebook page.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Physiomoves 2016 Highlights

Physiomoves 2016 Year in Review



It's hard to believe that 2016 has come and gone and we are opening our arms to an exciting 2017! Here is our year in review for 2016. 

  • In February, we supported the 3rd annual Family Day Amazing Race event in Ocean Park on Family Day- Tyler and Madison had some fun physio challenges ready for families to face! 

3rd Annual Family Day Amazing Race in Ocean Park
  • In March Physiomoves welcomed Dave Gifford to the team- an experienced Registered Massage Therapist who is a great fit at our Panorama clinic
Dave Gifford, RMT

  • In April, Physiomoves sponsored the Junkyard Dog mountain bike race at the South Surrey Athletic Park, and Jeff and Madison were on hand to treat athletes and answer questions.
  • Tyler taught a bike fit course in Squamish to other Physiotherapists and professionals, one of whom was Tanya Jones, a local triathlon coach. Tyler continued to mentor Tanya at the clinic, and now Tanya offers road and triathlon bike fits at Physiomoves. 
  • In the summer, Physiomoves proudly accepted the Peace Arch News Finalist award for best Physiotherapy Clinic in White Rock and South Surrey.
Thank you for voting for us!


  • Physiomoves was on hand as medical staff for the World Softball Championships at Softball City. 
  • Eric was a physiotherapist at the BC Rugby Championships.
  • In September, Kenny (RMT) and Tyler supported the SORCE kids mountain bike race at the South Surrey Athletic Park. 
We hope to see you out there in 2017!

  • In November, Dan Stapleton joined the team of Physiotherapists at Physiomoves. He works at both clinic locations and is doing a great job of helping people in our community reach their physio goals. 
Dan Stapleton, Physiotherapist

Here's to a great year with some new adventures. We are looking forward to being a part of the Ocean Park Family Day Amazing Race in February as well as sponsoring some local cycling races. We are also thrilled to be hosting a BradCliff Breathing Method course at our clinic in April and we can't wait to see what else swings our way. Wishing you all the best in 2017.