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Understanding Back Pain: Your Back Isn’t “Out”.
Back pain is a common experience for many people, and an expression we hear often at the clinic is "my back is out". In reality, there is no single joint in the back that can pop out or become dislocated like in the shoulder or hip. Thankfully when you have pain, your back isn't actually "out" - and persisting with [...]
What is Video Running Gait Analysis Really All About?
Motus Physiotherapy's own Darren Dukes (with an assist from Trevor Millar) explains how a running gait analysis works, and how he uses it to help runners of all skill levels - especially those with persistent running injuries. In this video, he addresses several common technical running errors, and gives suggestions around how to correct them. While video running gait analysis [...]
Why should you see a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist during pregnancy?
Women are bombarded with information during pregnancy - this advice can range from helpful to even harmful (I’m looking at you, kegels!). With all the misinformation out there, why not have a health professional dedicated to your physical health and recovery work with you during this special time? With that being said, what can a pelvic health physio help you [...]
UPDATED: July 1st, 2021
COVID-19 Clinic Policies and Procedures
We are happy to announce that as part of Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan, we have re-opened our doors for in-person treatment. Online physio has been a blast, and we’re continuing to offer it for those who prefer that option. But, for the patients who would like to be back in the clinic, we have made a number of […]
A Day in the Life of a Sports Physiotherapist
By far, the most common thing for us to hear from physio students and recent graduates is that they want to work with athletes. It will be no surprise that some of us at Motus said that too – and have been fortunate enough to be able to do it. Working with high-performance athletes and teams can be a lot [...]
Pelvic Floor & Physiotherapy – The Forgotten Factor
Muscles play a key role during exercise and daily life, but have you ever put a second thought into the muscles that stabilize your pelvic floor? The pelvic floor muscles form the base of what we commonly call the core or inner unit. They work in unison with the deep abdominal muscles, the back muscles and the diaphragm (an important [...]
What is shockwave therapy? And why all the fuss?
Rehabilitation is trendy. As opposed to fashion or music though, our trends tend to be based on research. If there is evidence that a particular treatment or modality works, it tends to show up in our practice. Of late, one modality that has drawn lots of attention for its positive effects has been shockwave therapy. Shockwave works by delivering energy [...]
What we’ve learned in our first year.
As you may know, we at Motus just celebrated one year since our doors opened. We’ve all been physios for quite a while, but as all small business owners know, the learning curve in the first year is steep. So, in the interest of helping out all our friends who might be in a similar position, we want to share […]
Ankle mobility – is it really that important?
Physiotherapy, like most other fields of study, experiences its fair share of trends. While the word ‘trends’ can often sound negative, in many cases, it isn’t – in fact, trends often serve to draw the attention of a large number of professionals in a field, who must then make their own educated decisions about how to expand on them – […]
Running injury review: Is manual therapy enough?
A lot has changed since the ‘jogging’ boom of the 1970’s: footwear, clothing, training methods, nutrition – the list goes on. One unfortunate constant, however, is the repetitive strain injury. The past few decades have seen countless research papers written on runners and their injuries, and while these can be divided into many sub-categories, persistent tendon pain and plantar […]
Is your pain ‘all in your head’?
I don’t like the term ‘chronic pain’. It’s common for patients to come to us at Motus and describe an issue they’ve had for a long time – sometimes for years or even decades. When pain sticks around for a while, people often have the term ‘chronic pain’ assigned to them (or sometimes they even adopt it themselves). […]
10 Things To Expect at The TC10K
It’s that time of year again in Victoria – days are getting longer, cherry blossoms are everywhere, the lawn needs weekly mowing, and the TC10k is almost here. This Sunday, nearly 10,000 runners and walkers will fill the streets of downtown Victoria for one of the biggest 10k events in the province. Some will have done the race every year […]
We’re coming soon!
Jordan Monks, Wes Maunu, and Trevor Millar are proud to announce the opening of Motus Physiotherapy, the Westshore’s newest physiotherapy clinic. Opening Spring 2017, the clinic will provide expert, one-on-one therapeutic care, in a brand new, 3000 square foot facility. Jordan and Wes met and became friends while in physio school at UBC, in 2007. Trevor was introduced in 2011, […]
Motus Noun mōtus m (genitive mōtūs); fourth declension A movement, motion. (by extension) An advance, progress. When Wes, Jordan, and Trevor came together over a burger and a beer at Bin 4 in Victoria in early 2016, the discussion centred around one question: What kind of clinic do we want to build? That question didn’t refer to the size of […]
What does evidence-based really mean, anyway?
Anyone who’s had any experience in sport has probably come across the prototypical old-school coach - the one who claims that something working in the past is evidence enough to keep doing it. Like coaching, the world of therapy has these same ‘old-school’ practitioners. We’re working hard to change that thinking - ask any recent physiotherapy grad, and they’ll tell [...]