Episode #115 An update on CTE (Cumulative Traumatic Encephalopathy)
A recent paper was published last month by Nowinski et al. applying the Bradford Hill Criteria to the subject of CTE. CTE is neurological disease people can suffer as a results of many concussions over a life time, or a history of playing contact sports. Repetitive head impacts have become a hot topic of discussion. Until now there hasn’t been research that has proven a cause and effect relationship between repetitive head impacts and CTE. While organizations have made changes due to speculation, this paper may be the first providing insight into the causal relationship between repetitive head impacts and CTE. Will this change the way you view contact sports? *Episode Resources* Nowinksi et al. (2022). Applying the Bradford Hill Criteria for Causation to Repetitive Head Impacts and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Front Neurology. 13:938163. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2022.938163 Episode #72 - https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-concast/id1493535509?i=1000525098395 Toronto Star Article - https://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/opinion/2022/08/07/proof-linking-head-hits-and-cte-is-a-game-changer-just-not-in-the-nhl.html
September 16, 2022
Episode #114 Alcohol consumption
The Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse has updated alcohol consumption guidelines. This is the first time these guidelines have been updated in over a decade. With more evidence and understanding of alcohol, new recommendations and guidelines have been suggested. This I imagine will start a variety of conversations around alcohol use, messaging and marketing. I discuss the most recently updated guidelines with some thoughts during this episode. *Episode Resources* https://ccsa.ca/update-canadas-low-risk-alcohol-drinking-guidelines-final-report-public-consultation-report
September 02, 2022
Episode #113 A career in research with Dr. Albert Taylor
During this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Albert Taylor. Dr. Taylor retired from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, where he taught courses on healthy aging and the physiology of aging. During his career, he has published more than 400 research and professional articles and made over 500 presentations in more than 100 countries. Dr. Taylor also served as a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and was the president of both the Science and Sports Medicine Council of Canada and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. During this episode we discussed research in exercise and aging, the importance of exercise while aging and the various career highlights he had along the way. Have you considered the impact exercise has on the aging process? Comment below. We’ll see you in the next one!
August 19, 2022
Episode #112 Professional Lacrosse with Tyler Quennell
During this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Tyler Quennell. Tyler is an Athletic Therapist ,and former Massage Therapist, from just outside of Toronto, Ontario in Canada. Tyler currently serves as a faculty member, in Sheridan College’s Athletic Therapy Program, as well as the assistant Athletic Therapist for the Toronto Rock Lacrosse in the NLL. Tyler has also served as past president of the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association, and more recently was the head Athletic Therapist for team Canada Lacrosse at the World Games. During this episode we talked about what it’s like working in professional sports, more specifically lacrosse. This was another great conversation, which I really enjoyed! Are you a lacrosse fan? Comment below. We’ll see you in the next one!
August 05, 2022
Episode #111 Support and communication in brain injury
I recently wrote a blog post about the nuances of communication and support for those that have suffered a brain injury. I came research by Togher in 2012, that discussed the importance a supportive partner can play in the recovery process. The paper outlines aspect of collaborative vs. Non-collaborative communication. During this episode I review the paper and how I believe it will change my practice moving forward. What importance do you think communication plays in healthcare? Comment below. We’ll see you in the next one! **Episode Resources** *Togher L., (2012). Improving Communication for People with Brain Injury in the 21st Century: The Value of Collaboration. Brain Impairment. 14(1), 130-138. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/BRlmp.2013.3 *https://conorpcollins.com/2022/07/communication-and-support-systems-for-those-that-have-suffered-traumatic-brain-injury/
July 22, 2022
Episode #110 I got bit by a tick
This past week I got bit by a tick after hiking in the trails. I didn’t understand the potential complications with tick bites ,until I reached out to healthcare colleagues and started researching tick bites. During this episode I review the circumstances surrounding the bite, and the advice I have been given up until this point. Tick bites are no joke and should be handled in a timely manner. Thank you to everyone that has helped me so far! Have you been bit by a tick? Comment below. We’ll see you in the next one! **Episode Resources** *www.geneticks.ca (tick testing lab Canada) *www.ilads.org *Cameron D, Johson L, Maloney E. Evidence assessments and guideline recommendations in Lyme disease: the clinical management of known tick bites, erythema migrans rashes and persistent disease. Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 12(9):1103-35. doi://10.1586/14787210.2014.940900.
July 08, 2022
Episode #109 Ten things I've learned from owning a clinic
During this week’s episode, I discuss the things I’ve learned after 15 years of co-operating a multi disciplinary clinic. When I first started in business I was 25 years old. I had no idea what I was doing but I took a chance on myself. Now 15 years later, and through many mistakes, I feel as though I’ve learned a thing or two. During this conversation, I hope to share things with you that you can implement into your business practices to better help you and the people you serve? What has been the biggest thing you’ve learned as a business owner? Comment below. We’ll see you in the next one!
June 24, 2022
Episode #108 Career paths with Dr. Jonathan Clow
During this week’s episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Jonathan Clow. Jonathan is a chiropractor with a general practice in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. During this episode we chat about the evolution of his career, from buying a practice on the West Coast of Canada, then moving to a completely different community, starting over and building a clinic from scratch. This is a great episode packed full of information for anyone, that is considering a career change, or has a passion for entrepreneurship, particularly in healthcare. Have you considered changing a big part of your career? Comment below. We’ll see you in the next one!
June 10, 2022
Episode #107 Dystonia
During this week’s episode I discuss dystonia. Dystonia is a neuro metabolic movement disorder where a person can experience pain, extreme spasm and holding patterns in one or multiple areas of the body. Often inherited this can be very uncomfortable to live with. Throughout this episode I discuss how dystonia is classified, the concept of spasm and rigidity and the common disorders dystonia is often paired with. Lastly, I lend my thoughts to treatment strategies to consider when helping people with dystonia. Do you have any experience with this disorder? Comment below. We’ll see you in the next one!
May 27, 2022
Episode #106 Working in professional sports
During this week’s episode I discuss some the things to consider when working towards with professional athletes or teams. I outline whether or not it’s worth getting a specific sports designation, how to gain experience when you have none, as well as whether or not you should work for free. What have been some of the challenges you’ve faced working with professional athletes?. Comment below! We’ll see you in the next one!
May 13, 2022
Episode #105 Ten practice business tips
On this week’s episode I discuss some of the things that have helped me build my business over the years. From financing, to marketing, I let you now what’s worked for me and not worked. Whether you are new to practice, or re-branding your current practice I hope you find value in today’s episode. What has helped you build, and maintain your allied health practice. Comment below! We’ll see you in the next one!
April 29, 2022
Episode #104 Changing behaviour with Dr. Julie Koudys
On this week’s episode I speak with Dr. Julie Koudys. Julie is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator in the Department of Applied Disability Studies at Brock University, Ontario, Canada. Julie is a Registered Psychologist and a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst at the doctoral level and has worked with children and youth with ASD, developmental disabilities, learning disorders, and mental health challenges for approximately 20 years. During this episode Julie and I discuss several concepts of behaviour and behaviour change. Julie also outlines the challenges that come along with changing behaviour, as well as how to integrate behaviour change into evidence-based practice. You can learn more about Dr. Koudys by visiting https://brocku.ca/social-sciences/applied-disability-studies/people-in-the-department/julie-koudys/#research9416-c12d We’ll see you in the next one!
April 15, 2022
Episode #103 Loblaws buys Lifemark. A few thoughts.
Last week Shoppers Drug Mart, a division of Loblaws, bought Canada’s largest corporately owned outpatient healthcare company, Lifemark. The sale price, $845 000 000. A big number! Since that time I have a number of conversations with my colleagues, as well as a few people have reached out to ask me my opinions on the sale. This got me thinking about things and I share some of them in the this week’s episode. Enjoy. We’ll see you in the next one!
April 01, 2022
Episode #102 Exercise for the older adult with Christina Prevett
During this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Christina Prevett . Christina is a physical therapist and Phd candidate practicing in North Carolina, USA, with a special interest in exercise for the older adult. During this episode Christina and I discussed frailty, accurately dosed exercise for older adults and whether high risk groups benefit from more intense resistance training. Lastly, we discussed some of the aging stereotypes that exist, which may prevent us for providing accurate guidance for older adults in both a community and clinical content. We’ll see you in the next one!
March 18, 2022
Episode #101 Peristent pain with Mike Reoch
During this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Mike Reoch. Mike is an RMT from Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada with a special interest in persistent pain. During this episode Mike and I discussed what persistent pain is, strategies to management it and the lessons we have learned along the way. Lastly, we discussed how making mistakes in practice and not solely focusing on outcomes might be beneficial. We’ll see you in the next one!
March 04, 2022
Episode #100 Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and hyer mobility with Jennifer Stacy
During this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Jennifer Stacy Jennifer is an RMT from Chilliwack, British Colombia, Canada with a special interest in hyper mobility disorders. During this episode Jennifer and I discussed the types of hyper mobility disorders, diagnostic criteria used in their diagnosis and common conditions that also present in this population. Lastly, we discussed interventions most used in this in this population to help best manage their condition. For more information on Ehlors Danlos Syndrome you can visit www.ehlers-danlos.com. We’ll see you in the next one!
February 18, 2022
Episode #99 Cycling with Dr. Mark Rocca
During this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Mark Rocca. Mark is a chiropractor from Barrie, Ontario, Canada with a special interest in the sport of cycling. During this episode Mark and I discussed periodization and program for cyclists, rest and recovery as well rehabilitation concerns when managing the cycling community. It was a great conversation and I learned a lot. I hope you enjoy the episode. We’ll see you in the next one!
February 04, 2022
Episode #98 The evolution of Massage Therapy with Whitney Lowe
During this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Whitney Lowe. Whitney is an international Massage Therapy Educator from the United States, with a career spanning of 3 decades. During this episode Whitney and I discussed the evolution of the Massage Therapy industry, Massage Therapy Education and business. When I was a student in Massage Therapy school I remember consuming Whitney’s content at the time so this interview was pleasure to be a part of. We’ll see you in the next one!
January 21, 2022
Episode #97 Life lessons from a death care worker with Ashley Brzezicki
During this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Ashley Brzezicki. Ashley is a massage therapist and death doula practicing in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. During this episode we discuss life, death, grief, hospice and palliative care. We also discuss the topic of offering support to an individual and their loved ones as they are dying. While this topic can be difficult for many, I hope you find it valuable. We will see you in the next one.
January 07, 2022
Episode #96 Season 2 finale
Thank you, thank you, thank you ! 48 more episodes. What a journey it's been. During this episode I outline some of this year's most popular episodes and interesting comments. Thank you again for those that have supported, commented, like and shared the podcast this year. Enjoy your holiday season this year and we'll see you in the next one !
November 26, 2021
Episode #95 Five must try wines part 2
This year’s 5 featured wines are as follows: 5.St Huberts The Stag Cab Sauv 2016 4.Rock point Pinot Noir 2018 3.Umerto Cesari Liano - Sangiovese - Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 2.Koonuga Hill Cab-Shiraz 2019 And #1……you’ll have to listen to the episode for that! What’s your favourite wine? Comment below and we’ll see you in the next one.
November 19, 2021
Episode #94 Therapeutic purpose & intent
One of the things I’ve teaching and self-reflecting on this past year in practice is my intent while practicing. It’s taken some time, but I feel us though I’ve finally realized what my two primary goals are within each treatment. This process was long, continues to evolve and leads to a host of questions I ask myself on a regular basis. During today’s episode I share that process with you. What is your therapeutic intent or purpose? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
November 12, 2021
Episode #93 Hernias
Up to 43% of men and 6% of women will get a hernia throughout their life. Of that, up 15% can have substantial post-surgical complications. The most type common area for a hernia to occur is in the inguinal canal or groin. There are many variations of hernias with the primary types being direct or indirect. During this episode I discuss the global consensus on hernias and the lack of research for therapists to help navigate best practice when helping people who have had a hernia repaired surgically. Lastly, I discuss two major topics with reference to hernias, mesh vs non-mesh repairs and “watch and wait” Have you had hernia? If so, did you have surgery and was it successful? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one! **Episode Resource** Hernia Surge Group (2018) International guidelines for groin hernia management. Hernia. 22(1):1-165. doi: 10.1007/s10029-017-1668-x.
November 05, 2021
Episode #92 Imposter Syndrome
For years I’ve dealt with feelings of inadequacy around success. I often pay attention to what people say. There could be 100 positive comments about my work, and I’ll hold on to the 1 comment that is unfavourable. How do we control the negative self-talk many call “imposter syndrome”. Are there ways to help it and is this something that gets better with age? These are the questions I try and tackle during this week’s episode. What has helped you manage your inner imposter? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one! **Episode Resource** Bravata et al. (2019) Prevalence, Predictors, and Treatment of Impostor Syndrome: a Systematic Review. J Gen Intern Med. 35(4):1252-75. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05364-1
October 29, 2021
Episode #91 Groin strains
Groin injuries are a very common lower limb musculoskeletal injury that can plague athletes in all sports. Commonly suffered in, but not isolated to field sports, the most commonly injured muscle is the adductor longus. This can cause symptoms of groin pain, tightness and weakness. During this week’s episode I discuss popular exercises used to address groin injury, which can hopefully help reduce injuries from becoming a nagging recurrrence. What has helped you get over your groin injury? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one! **Episode Resources** Sterner et al. (2020) Return to Sport After Criteria-Based Rehabilitation of Acute Adductor Injuries in Male Athletes: A Prospective Cohort Study. Orthop J Sports Med. 8(1):2325967119897247. doi: 10.1177/2325967119897247
October 22, 2021
Episode #90 Can I prevent a concussion ?
This is one of the most common questions I get from patients, colleagues and friends. During this week’s episode I discuss the topic of concussion prevention and whether we can truly prevent or mitigate risk of injury. I also outline some of the popular marketing strategies in the world of concussion prevention. Have you heard of any of the topics in today’s episode? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
October 15, 2021
Episode #89 How soon after a concussion can I get a Massage ?
This past week I was tagged in a post on Facebook with this very question. Amongst the comments there were questions about Dr. notes, assessment, treatment and much more. It also wouldn’t be 2021, without a few laughter emojis and passive aggressive comments towards the original person who posted. The post did get me thinking about this question. I thought maybe rather than write a response I’d talk about it. So enjoy this week’s episode. If you sow this post do you think my answer is reasonable? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
October 08, 2021
Episode #88 Running
There’s nothing better than getting back from a great run. Running is so popular for the simple fact that all you have to do is start doing it. The entry to the sport is often cheap in terms of monetary output. There are also many great benefits to running including improvement in cardiovascular health and endurance. Not to mention all of the amazing running communities that exist worldwide that are bringing like minded people together on a daily basis. During this week’s episode I discuss the topic of running technique and if there is a “best” way to run. I outline some of the principles of running and how I see running and injury prevention. What has lead you to stay injury free during your runs? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
October 01, 2021
Episode #87 How to pass your massage licensing exam
Trying to get your Massage Therapy license following graduation can be one of the most stressful things a student goes through. With the uncertainty of the exam it’s often difficult to know how, or what to study to become successful. During this week's episode I provide a few tips I think have worked well in my 15 years of preparing students for the OSCE. What helped you pass your exam and get your Massage Therapy license? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
September 24, 2021
Episode #86 ACL injuries
ACL injuries are so prevalent in athletes and the general population. From acute traumatic events, to seemingly benign plant and twist injuries on the soccer field, or ski hill ACL, injuries cause allot of upset. Further aggravation is caused by a long recovery process post-surgery, if that is the route you decide to take. During this week's episode I discuss all things ACL. Have you torn your ACL? If so, what has help you get back to your pre-injury status. Comment below and we'll see you in the next one! *Episode Resources* 1. Meredith SJ, et al. (2021) Return to sport after anterior cruciate ligament injury: Panther Symposium ACL Injury Return to Sport Consensus Group. J ISAKOS. 6:138–146. doi:10.1136/jisakos-2020-000495 2. van Melick N, et al. (2016) Evidence-based clinical practice update: practice guidelines for anterior cruciate ligament rehabilitation based on a systematic review and multidisciplinary consensus. Br J Sports Med. 50:1506–1515. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-095898
September 17, 2021
Episode #85 Helmets
Earlier this week I saw a young man riding his bike with his helmet on and chin strap undone. As he road past me I thought to myself, "that is about as useless as trying to cut a tree down with a butter knife". Helmets have been around forever. As technology advances helmets become better. Unfortunately, amongst the great advancements there unfair claims made in the marketing of certain types of helmets. During today's episode I discuss the importance of helmets, helmets and concussion and address the claims made by certain companies who market "concussion helmets". I hope you enjoy the episode!
September 10, 2021
Episode #84 Thoracic outlet syndrome
TOS ! TOS ! TOS! One of the most popular syndromes taught in massage therapy school is thoracic outlet syndrome. This is a compression syndrome, similar to carpal syndrome syndrome, but involves structures of the neck. Depending on the individual the brachial plexus, subclavian vein or artery may be compromised leading to a variety of patient presentations. Luckily surgery and invasive medical procedures are seldom needed to help alleviate symptoms from thoracic outlet syndrome. Have you suffered with this ? If so, what helped you? Comment below and we will see you in the next one! **Episode Resource** Olimpio Masocatto, N. et al. (2019). Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: a narrativa review. Rev Col Bras Cir. 46(5):e20192243. DOI 10.1590/0100-6991e-20192243
September 03, 2021
Episode #83 Bursitis
I’ve never understood the diagnosis of bursitis outside of traumatic, or infectious. A bursa is a sac of fluid, or a fluid filled shape in the body responsible for managing compressive, tensile and other forces that go on within the body as we move. I’ve often wonder, are we making an injury out of something that is simply a normal process of stress, strain and movement within the body? I discuss my perspective during this week’s episode. What do you think? Comment below and we will see you in the next one!
August 27, 2021
Episode #82 Ten life lessons from a puppy
As some of you know I got a puppy. His name is Huxley and he is a 10 week old yellow lab. Now that I am a dog father I have to try and figure things out and fast. It’s been a challenge to say the least. Shout out to all of the human parents out there, I have no idea how you do it! During this week’s episode I discuss what my puppy has taught me in the first 3 weeks of having him. What lessons have you learned from your pets? Comment below and we will see you in the next one!
August 20, 2021
Episode #81 Skin cancer self-assessment
Do you perform a monthly skin cancer self-assessment? Skin cancer does very well with early intervention and treatment. As a manual therapy I discuss and get asked questions regularly on skin health. As with the majority of cancers early detection is key. During this episode I outline the 4 most common types of skin cancer, discuss how to perform a routine skin self-assessment and outline measures you can take daily to prevent skin cancer. Did you learn anything new during this episode? Comment below and we will see you in the next one!
August 13, 2021
Episode #80 Massage myths
During this episode I review the following discussion points within the Massage Therapy industry. -The concept of "no pain, no gain" -Can we breakdown adhesions, or "scar tissue" with our hands -Can Massage Therapy flush out toxins -Does Massage Therapy improve blood flow -Can your therapist put things back in place for you -Does Massage Therapy improve inflammation -Does Massage Therapy improve tone -Is bruising therapeutic -Does Massage Therapy reduce swelling -Can Massage therapy lengthen tissue
August 06, 2021
Episode #79 Overwhelm
With big life changes coming my way I am feeling a little overwhelmed. Overwhelm is something that is always around and can come and go. It’s dynamic and ever-changing. Overwhelm can present both positively and negatively. While the positive aspects can be so great, the negative consequences of overwhelm can set us back, hold us down and prevent us from moving forward. During today’s episode I discuss how overwhelm has affected my life, and some tools I have found along the way that have helped me manage it. What has helped you manage your overwhelm ? Comment below and we will see you in the next one!
July 30, 2021
Episode #78 Sleep
When I was younger my parents gave me worry dolls to help me sleep. I sat on the side of my bed, told them my troubles, placed them under my pillow and went to bed. Every night I’d rinse and repeat. Sleeping is one of the biggest challenges people face. From tossing and turning, sleeping less to having poor quality sleep, a poor night’s sleep can have negative consequences in the days following. The benefits of good quality sleep are endless. From healthy brain aging, to the positive management of stress. During this episode I discuss sleep and things I have integrated into my daily routine that have helped me in a positive way. If you’ve struggled with sleep in the past, what has helped you get back on track? Comment below and we will see you in the next one!
July 23, 2021
Episode #77 The Conor Mcgregor injury
On Saturday July 12, Conor McGregor suffered a dramatic injury while fighting Dustin Poirier for the 3rd time. As he stepped back in his stance, his leg caved out from underneath him. This unfortunately, is not the first time we have seen an injury of this type in MMA this year. Just a few months ago Chris Weidman suffered the same injury under similar circumstances. Could these injuries in some way be related? During this episode I break down Conor’s injury and the circumstances surrounding it pre and post fight. I offer my opinion on return to sport timeline, as well as whether Conor will be able to compete at the elite level again. What do you think? Is Conor’s career over?
July 16, 2021
Episode #76 Whiplash injuries
Neck pain and whiplash is one of the common reasons people visit their family physician. Whiplash injuries while having classifications and categories are broad and complex in nature. Recovery can range from something as straight forward as a 2-week timeline, to something more drawn out and frustrating. At times these injuries lead to permanent symptoms and disability. During this episode I discuss a few thoughts on whiplash injuries and how I see them in the clinic. I discuss the relationship between concussion and whiplash and tools I try and use to separate the two as difficult as this is. Lastly, I discuss a few treatment and exercise strategies I use generally use with these injuries. If you’ve had a whiplash injury what has helped with your return to pre-injury status? Comment below and we will see you in the next one!
July 09, 2021
Episode #75 Exercise post-concussion
One of the most challenging things for individuals that have suffered a concussion is a return to their pre-injury status. For each person this may look a little different. Some may want to return to professional sports, while others want to return to work, school or simply spend more time with their grandkids. While all of these activities may look a little bit different they are grounded in a similar foundation of re-adaptation of a system and its elements. One of these adaptations is the brain’s ability to withstand the stressor of cardiovascular exercise. During this episode I discuss some of the principles behind progressing patients through cardio vascular exercise, resistance exercise as well as a few things I do in the clinic to help facilitate the process post-concussion. If you’ve had a concussion what has helped with your return to pre-injury status? Comment below and we will see you in the next one!
July 02, 2021
Episode #74 Runner's knee
This week’s episode was inspired by a post on instagram. The post had a runner battered, bruised and bloody from treatment to the IT band. Runner’s knee is an injury that many runner’s go through. It’s very common in new runners, as well seasoned runners as they increase volume in their programs. During this episode I discuss the potential causes and my thoughts around how to help runner’s knee. Runners are some of the passionate group of athletes I’ve met. Getting a runner back to running can be so important for many reasons. Have you had runner’s knee? If so, what helped you get back on the road or trails? Comment below and we will see you in the next one!
June 25, 2021
Episode #73 I hurt my knee
On this episode I discuss my recent knee injury. The irony of the injury is I was training to prevent the very injury I suffered during the process. It was a silly accident and if I tried to re-create it 100 times over again it wouldn’t happen. During this episode I discuss what I think injured, the steps I have taken in the almost two weeks following my injury and how I feel currently. Have you had a knee injury ? What helped you get back to your pre-injury status? Comment below and we will see you in the next one!
June 18, 2021
Episode #72 Cumulative traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)
CTE in brief, is a progressive neurodegenerative condition associated with a history of repetitive head impacts (RHIs) or sub-concussive blows. CTE may be present in individuals with, or without, a substantial concussion history and is most often discussed in the context of contacts sports. Diagnosis of CTE occurs after death when the brain is examined under autopsy. More recently the scientific community has coined the term TES, or traumatic encephalopathy syndrome to try and better characterize those living with difficulties following a history of RHIs. During this episode I discuss some of the recent research I have been reading on this topic? Have you heard of TES? Comment below and we will see you in the next one! Episode Resources Willer et al. (2020) Long-term Neurocognitive, Mental Health Consequences of Contact Sports. Clin Sports Med. 40(1):173-186. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2020.08.012. Reams et al. (2016) A Clinical Approach to the Diagnosis of Traumatic Encephalopathy Syndrome (TES). JAMA Neurology. 73(6)743-749. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2015.5015. Katz et al. (2021) National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Consensus Diagnostic Criteria for Traumatic Encephalopathy Syndrome. Neurology. 96(18)848-863. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000011850.
June 11, 2021
Episode #71 Leg length discrepancies
When I was in school I was taught a very specific way of how to measure the length of someone’s legs. Once a leg length was established I was then taught how to systematically correct a length length discrepancy, while at the same time relieving a patient of their symptoms. The process of learning this frustrated me. I found it confusing, while also feeling as though I didn’t understand what I was learning. When I left school this was one of the first things I abandoned, mainly because I lacked confidence in the method. Some years later I began to understand the reasons why. During this episode I discuss them. Do you agree or disagree? Comment below and we will see you in the next one!
June 04, 2021
Episode #70 The John Tavares injury
On May 20th, Toronto Maple Leafs captain, John Tavares, suffered a scary injury in the 1st game of the teams' Stanley Cup playoff series. John was struck at a high rate of speed by the knee of Montreal Canadians forward Cory Perry. The collision lead to a scary on ice scene, resulting in John being transported to hospital via ambulance. He was medical cleared after thorough imaging and medical evaluation. As he begins his road to recovery, there will be three injuries the Maple Leafs medical staff will be focused on managing. Listen to this week's episode to find out what they are. How long do you think it will before we see John Tavares back on the ice? Comment below and we will see you in the next one!
May 28, 2021
Episode #69 Pelvic health with Jocelyn Kirton
During this week's episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Jocelyn Kirton. Jocelyn is Massage Therapist from Victoria, British Colombia in Canada. Throughout this episode Jocelyn and I discussed a variety of topics within pelvic health. We cover topics like access to care, unsuccessful treatments as well as the frustration, anger and embarrassment patients often go through during the process of trying to find answers. We pay particular attention to men’s and male pelvic health during this episode. Jocelyn offers a unique perspective on this population as it is a large part of her current practice. Do you have pelvic pain and have struggled to find answers? What has helped you navigate things along the way? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
May 21, 2021
Episode #68 Food choices with Pam Rocca
During this week's episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Pam Rocca. Pam is an author and woman's nutrition and lifestyle coach from Barrie, Ontario in Canada. Throughout this episode we discussed food choices, body image, exercise and the various relationships we can have with food. Pam shares her thoughts on food through her own personal journey, as well as some great tips for meal prep, shopping and stocking a great pantry. One of the biggest lessons I took away from this episode which I have already adopted in my own life is the concept of "neutrality". What has helped you make healthy food choices in your life? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
May 14, 2021
Episode #67 Hamstring injuries
How many times have you pulled your hamstring? I know in my many years of playing competitive soccer it was plenty. Unfortunately, for many people this story is all too familiar. Hamstring injuries can be quite common and can often develop into something persistent. During this episode I discuss common things I see in practice when helping people with pain in the back of the leg. Have you suffered a hamstring injury? If so, what has helped you get over it? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
May 07, 2021
Episode #66 Shin splints
Shin splints are a pain in, well frankly, the shin....Seen commonly in the running and athletic community this injury can plague people and become very debilitating. Shin pain can happen for many reasons. During this episode I discuss some of the common causes of shin pain. Lastly, I outline what shin splints are and ways you can help manage them. While all injuries are important to get ahead of, this injury is one that can become persistent quite easily. How have you best managed your shin splints? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
April 30, 2021
Episode #65 Meditation for children with Taes Leavitt
During this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Taes Leavitt. Taes is part of the Juno award winning performance group, Splash n Boots, as well as the founder of the Big Heart Journey, a meditation program for children. During this episode Taes provides valuable tools on how to integrate meditation into your children's lives. We discuss bullying, tantrums and so much more. Lastly, Taes outlines how meditation for children may have positive carry over into adult life and the family unit. Have you tried meditation with your children? If so, has it helped? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
April 23, 2021
Episode #64 Rotator cuff tears
One of the more common injuries I see in the clinic are rotator cuff tears. The question I always ask myself is, "does the physical nature of the tear matter in the context of patient recovery?" During this episode I outline what happens when a rotator cuff is injured and the considerations taken in recovery. I also discuss the strategies I take in clinic, as well as what other disciplines may do to help manage the injury. Lastly, I outline the importance of exercise when trying to get yourself back to pre-injury status. Have you torn your rotator cuff? What did you do to help get back on track? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
April 16, 2021
Episode #63 Exercise with Jamie Johnston
During this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with Jamie Johnston. Jamie is a Massage Therapist, firefighter and founder of the website The Massage Therapy Development Centre. Along with being a Massage Therapy educator, Jamie has a clinical practice. When he is not in clinic he spends his time helping to manage athletes in Hockey Canada's development program. Jamie and I discussed the importance of exercise and movement in clinical practice. We discussed how to prescribe exercise for patients in a pain. The difference between exercise for pain management, versus exercise and performance as well as much more. What activities have you found help you manage your pain, or mood, over this past year? Comment below and we'll see you thin the next one!
April 09, 2021
Episode #62 The ripple effect
An opportunity someone gave you, advice you received, or chance you took that elicited a long term repeating and endless effect. This is what I call the ripple effect. It's always interesting to think back on a moment in time and see the positive, or negative, fallout from nothing but a brief interaction or thought. During this episode I discuss the positive "stones" I have been given in life and 5 key conversations, opportunities and chances I took that got me to where I am today. What stones have you been given and what were the outcomes? Comment below and I'll see you in the next one.
April 02, 2021
Episode #61 Golf with Mark Cormier
I am as good for a slice on the golf course as anyone. With golf season approaching I thought it would be great to sit down with someone that is far better at the sport than I am. During this episode I have the pleasure of chatting with Mark Cormier. Mark is strength coach and college instructor from Hamilton, Ontario in Canada. Mark and I covered topics like swing sequencing, training to become and better golfer, as well as how to help you recover when you are not on the course. What is the biggest weakness in your golf game ? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one! www.conorpcollins.com
March 26, 2021
Episode #60 Versatility with Dylan Drake
During this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Dylan Crake, a Massage Therapist and Registered Kinesiologist from Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. Dylan and I discussed different elements of the business of Massage Therapy and how to grow your business as a new therapist. We covered topics like being unique in your practice and how to incorporate exercise into your treatments. Lastly, we discussed her tips for using social media to get attention in your practice, including TikTok which can be foreign to a lot of practitioners. What has helped you grow your practice? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
March 19, 2021
Episode #59 Jaw pain
I don't know about you, but it seems like jaw pain is on the rise. With increased complaints, come an increase in questions. During this episode I discuss my perspective on jaw pain and some of the categories I consider when helping others to manage it. Have you suffered from jaw pain? What has helped you manage it in the past. Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
March 12, 2021
Episode #58 The human body with Dr. Gil Hedley
During this episode I had the pleasure of chatting with Dr. Gil Hedley. Gil is an integral anatomist from the United States and has spent much of his life examining, and teaching others to appreciate, the textures and layers of the human body. Our conversation allowed us to dive further into to depth on some of his well known analogies pertaining to the human body including the onion tree, his refined definition of "fuzz" and the heart centre. Gil also shared how his years of work in dissection have caused him to view stress, his life and how "slipperiness" is essential. Did you learn anything new during this episode? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one.
March 05, 2021
Episode #57 Assessment with Taylor James
During this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Taylor James. Taylor is an RMT and movement coach, as well as CMTBC board member, with a massage therapy practice in Vancouver, British Colombia in Canada. During this episode Taylor and I discussed assessment, treatment and exercise choice and the differences between research and what's relevant to the patient's experience. We also touched on the education system for Massage Therapists and things we would like to see change. From your perspective (patient or practitioner), what is the most important thing you get out of your manual therapy appointment? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
February 26, 2021
Episode #56 Ten tips when working from home
Working from home is increasingly with popularity. With new opportunities comes periods of transition, setback and growth. Adopting a new routine takes time, purpose and effort to try and get the best from our routines. During this episode I discuss working from home. I offer some tips I have adopted in my own home routine based on research that exists on biological rhythms and behaviour to maximize productive when change arises. What tips have you adopted in your at home work routine that have allowed you to get the most out of your work day? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
February 19, 2021
Episode #55 Mindset with Eryn Jewitt
Maintaining and prioritizing your own mind is so difficult, especially when you feel stuck. During this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing Eryn Jewitt. Eryn is a professor and mindset coach with a specialization in sports psychology. She helps former athletes and first responders make the next in their lives as they go through career transitions. We discussed mindset, fear, overcoming obstacles and how to make yourself a priority. What is something that is currently holding you back? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one !
February 12, 2021
Episode #54 Core stability
"Core stability" We hear this term all of the time. From pain, to performance, to working your abdominals for aesthetic purposes, core stability is a popular topic. During this episode I discuss how I view core stability, the anatomy, the function and tips for exercise selection. I also give the 4 questions I encourage people to ask themselves when selecting a core, or any exercise, for that matter. What is your favorite core exercise? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
February 05, 2021
Episode #53 Mindfulness, meditation and stress with Steve Ferrell
During this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing counsellor, yoga instructor and author Steve Ferrell. We discussed mindfulness, meditation and stress. Steve outlined how triggers can influence our actions as well as provided helpful tools on how to manage the mind. He also discussed at the length emotional and physical pain and how a mindfulness practice can often help us explore these concepts in a different way. Has meditation helped you? If so, how? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
January 29, 2021
Episode #52 Low back pain
1 in 3 people will suffer from low back in their lifetime. A back pain episode can range from something minor to debilitating. The question I'm asked often is, "are there primary reasons we get a sore back?" During this episode I discuss the process I go through when thinking about managing back pain. I outline some of the reasons a back may be sore and the strategies I take to help people get back to their pre-injury status. What has help your back pain ? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
January 22, 2021
Episode #51 Chronic pain with Eric Purves
Eric is a Massage Therapist and educator from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. During this interview we discussed persistent, or chronic pain. Eric provided great context on how pain is not always as linear as we may think, the reason pain may be present and how empowering people may be the best means for resolving a painful experience. If you are a practitioner dealing with persistent pain patients, or are dealing with it yourself, you'll definitely want to check this episode out. What things have helped you manage pain? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
January 15, 2021
Episode #50 Education for charity
Save the date! March 27-28, 2021 B3 Conference - building your brain, brand & business I have teamed up with Mark and Amanda from the Coned Institute to host a virtual zoom conference with some top notch presenters. There will also be some pretty sweet prizes given out! This 2-day conference costs a minimum donation to Food Banks Canada of $20. You can sign up for the conference at www.conedinstitute.com/b3conference Can't make the date? We will arrange a playback you can score! I look forward to seeing you there, we'll see you in the next one!
January 08, 2021
Episode #49 New Year's Resolution - pay yourself a dollar a day
Happy 2021! I am sure we are all finally glad to see the end of 2020. As always at the beginning of each year I like to reflect on the year past and look forward to the year ahead. During this episode I share with you my goals for 2021 and how I arrived at the overall theme of, "paying myself a dollar a day". What goals have you set out for 2021? Please share them below and we'll see you in the next one.
January 01, 2021
Episode #48 Season one finale
Thank you, thank you, thank you ! 48 episodes. What a journey it's been. During this episode I discuss the process it takes to make an episode. I also outline some of this year's most popular episodes and interesting comments. Thank you again for those that have supported, commented, like and shared the podcast this year. Enjoy your holiday season this year and we'll see you in the next one !
November 27, 2020
Episode #47 Five must try wines
Wine, the perfect blend of art and science. From food, to geography, to history, to sociology the study of wine is plentiful. This past year I've taken interest in looking at all aspects of wine. Along the way I've tasted some wines I hated and some wines I loved. With the holiday season approaching. I thought I'd share a little bit about what I've learned this past year, along with 5 wines I had in 2020 that I thought were special for different reasons. What are some of your favourite wines? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one! *Episode Resource* Puckette, M., & Hammock, J. (2018) Wine Folly: The master guide. Penguin Random House. **Episode Correction** Wine #1 was a 2015, not '14. Brunello de Montalcino.
November 20, 2020
Episode #46 Creatine and concussion
Remember in grade 8 when we all took creatine before doing 10 exercises of bicep curls......Oh okay that was just me. Creatine has long been used in the athletic world as a supplement to help improve strength and performance. Outside of performance may creatine offer help to those who have suffered a concussion? During this episode I discuss what creatine is and how it may relate to concussion. Have you used any supplements to help with the symptoms you have felt following a concussion? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one! Episode Resources Dean et al. (2017) Potential for use of creatine supplementation following mild traumatic brain injury. Concussion. 2(2):CNC34. doi: 10.2217/cnc-2016-0016
November 13, 2020
Episode #45 Dizziness and vertigo
Do you know the difference between dizziness and vertigo ? There are often very tricky, and scary symptoms to navigate. During this episode I discuss the two major categories, as well as common causes of dizziness and vertigo. I finish by discussing the importance of a correct diagnosis. Have you suffered from dizziness or vertigo in the past? What helped you resolve your symptoms? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one! Episode Resources 1. Reiley et al. (2017) How to diagnose cervicogenic dizziness. Archives of Physiotherapy. 7:12:1-12. DOI 10.1186/s40945-017-0040-x 2. Brandt, T., & Dietrich, M. (2017) The dizzy patient: don’t forget disorders of the central vestibular system. Nat Rev Neurol. 13(6):352-362. doi: 10.1038/nrneurol.2017.58.
November 06, 2020
Episode #44 Ten tips to get through winter
In my discussions with many people over the past few weeks it appears winter is going to be a tough one. People have expressed that this winter more so than ever is going to be full of uncertainty, stress and anxiety. It got me thinking..... I don't like winter. I am fine with the cold, I am fine with snow. I DON'T like darkness! During this episode I share with you what I am going to be doing this winter to help me along the way. In the comments below add to the conversation. What are you going to do to help you through this winter season? Have a great weekend and we'll see you in the next one!
October 30, 2020
Episode #43 Tennis elbow
It's happened again, you've been overcome by a jar of pickles. It's just too much and you lie on the floor sulking waiting for someone to come home so you can make your pickle and peanut butter sandwich.... Tennis elbow can be just that debilitating! On today's episode we discuss what exactly tennis is and isn't, as well as strategies to help manage this very common injury. Have you had this before ? What has helped you manage it ? Have you ever made a pickle and peanut butter sandwich? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
October 23, 2020
Episode #42 Cupping
Ever since Michael Phelps stood on the pool deck in the 2016 summer Olympics people have been wondering, "does cupping work"? Cupping is more mainstream than ever and is a mainstay in many therapists' tool boxes. During this episode I discuss some of the proposed mechanisms as to why I think cupping may work. Have you been using cupping on yourself or in your manual therapy practice? What have you found it to be helpful for? Comment below, and we'll see you in the next one!
October 16, 2020
Episode #41 Food, health & cooking
When I was little I used to cook mushroom and green olive omelettes for breakfast. Sophisticated palate, or weirdo ?! Since as long as I can remember I have loved food and cooking. My passion for food almost took me to culinary school. Instead, it has become the thing I spend most of my free time doing. During this episode I discuss staple foods in my day-to-day lifestyle, eating choices and cooking. What is your favourite meal to cook ? Leave it in the comments below. We'll see you in the next one!
October 09, 2020
Episode #40 Stress, business and virtual education
It's been a difficult and stressful year for everyone. During this episode I discuss the process I went through to help me decide to change my live courses towards something digital. What have you learned about your resilience to stress in 2020? Overall, was your year filled with distress or eustress? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
October 02, 2020
Episode #39 Piriformis syndrome
Piriformis syndrome is really difficult to pin down, it can often be mistaken for back pain, hip pain or sacroiliac pain. During this episode I discuss how I navigate this tricky injury and discuss my favourite rehabilitation strategies to help manage symptoms. What have you felt has helped manage either your own Piriformis syndrome or helped your patients? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
September 25, 2020
Episode #38 Osgoode-Schlatter disease
Osgoode-Schlatter "disease" is a very common presentation in children as they approach puberty. As children grow they can develop irritation and inflammation around the tibial growth plate. During this episode I discuss this often stubborn and tricky to treat condition. What things have you found valuable while dealing with this condition ? Let me know in the comments below and we'll see you in the next one!
September 18, 2020
Episode #37 Is there a perfect posture ?
"Shoulders back and head up!" We hear this all the time in the discussion of posture. Have you ever stopped and thought about the idea of posture? What exactly does better posture actually mean ? During this episode I attempt to express my thoughts on posture. Does this episode cause you to reframe any ideas you've had around posture lately? If so comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
September 11, 2020
Episode #36 Should I get work on my surgical scar?
The number of scars produced annually through surgeries, injuries and trauma is in the millions. With all of these scars, it begs the question, "is there something we should be doing with these scars?" If you are a therapist should you be working on them? If you are a patient should you be getting your scars worked on? During this episode I provide a background on scar types as well as my thoughts on getting therapy on scars. Do you have a scar still causing your trouble? If, so comment below. We'll see you in the next one!
September 04, 2020
Episode #35 How do I create a treatment plan?
Treatment planning is used as an integral part of the learning process while in school. The question becomes, are treatment plans better in theory than utility? During this episode I will discuss how I see treatment plans in my practice. Do you use treatment plans as part of your practice? If so, what helps you with formulating structure around creating them? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
August 28, 2020
Episode #34 Should I Google medical advice ?
Your palms are sweaty as you nervously await for that split second after you hit enter. You've Googled splitting headache... Let's be honest there are people that have Googled their medical symptoms and there are liars. During this episode I discuss my thoughts on the positive and negative aspects of having medical information at our fingertips. Do you think the positives outweigh the negatives? Comment below. We'll see you in the next one!
August 21, 2020
Episode #33 Carpal tunnel syndrome
If you Google "hand or wrist pain", one of the first options you will discover is carpal tunnel syndrome. During episode I outline the anatomy of the carpal tunnel as well as my thought process around assessing and treating it. We finish the podcast by outlining some of the commonly used medical treatments for this often debilitating injury. Have you had carpal tunnel syndrome? If yes, did you fully recover. We'll see you in the next one!
August 14, 2020
Episode #32 What is a "knot"?
A common question I get from both students and patients is, "what is a knot"? During today's episode I attempt to answer this question as well as discuss visible lumps and bumps under and on the skin. I also leave you with some important information and advice on what you should do if you have a visible lump or lesion. Did this episode help you understand "knots" more? If so, comment below. We'll see you in the next one!
August 07, 2020
Episode #31 SI joint pain
On this week's episode I discuss the Loch Ness monster of back pain, the SI joint. This joint is often the scapegoat for many cases of back pain, but how often does it truly play a role? Today I'll lend my thoughts on how I see this joint and instances where I think it may be the culprit. Do you suffer from SI joint pain? What are some things you've done to help you along the way? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
July 31, 2020
Episode #30 Plantar fasciitis
Heel pain may be one of the most common things I see in the clinic. Having worked with the running community for years it is a regular part of my practice. Over the years I've seen a trend that often all foot and heel pain being described as "plantar fasciitis". On today's episode we talk about some of the sources of why you may be experiencing foot and heel pain. Did this episode make you think twice about your foot pain ? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
July 24, 2020
Episode #29 Should I get an MRI or x-ray?
During this episode I discuss an interesting case I had in the office. It brought up a question I ask myself regularly. How important are x-rays and MRIs? Furthermore, when is surgery the only option that remains for a finding that may be on an image? I attempt to provide insight during the week's episode. Have you had an image that led to you having surgery ? If yes, how was the outcome? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one! Resources Brinjikji et al. (2015) MRI Findings of Disc Degeneration are More Prevalent in Adults with Low Back Pain than in Asymptomatic Controls: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol, 36, 12, 2394-9. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A4498 Brinjikji et al. (2015). Systematic literature review of imaging features of spinal degeneration in asymptomatic populations. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol, 36, 811–16 doi:10.3174/ajnr.A4173 pmid:25430861
July 17, 2020
Episode #28 Frozen shoulder
I am not sure I can think of a more difficult thing to treat than frozen shoulder. Often the pain and stiffness drastically affects sleep, work and activities of daily living. During this episode I discuss common theories about the cause of frozen shoulder and my thoughts on how to manage it. Have you had frozen shoulder ? If so, what helped you get back on track? We'll see you in the next one !
July 10, 2020
Episode #27 How I reframed motivation
For the longest time I didn't understand what truly motivated me. I often blindly followed others without reflecting on the various of elements of motivation and how they relate to the goals we establishing in life. During this episode I talk about simple steps I've taken that have help me tremendously. What have you found has helped motivate you? Do you ever question the path you are on ? Comment below and we'll see you in the next one!
July 03, 2020
Episode #26 Does reiki work ?
Reiki claims to alter life force energy. While this claim is often met with criticism is there a more scientific means by which reiki may be explained and understood? During this episode I provide my thoughts on proposed mechanisms by which non-touch reiki and distance reiki may work. Do you perform reiki treatments or have you received one? If so, do you think it matters that we attempt to explain it from a scientific background? Comment below. We'll see you in the next one!
June 26, 2020
Episode #25 Should I stretch ?
One of the most common questions I get is, "should I stretch?" During this episode we discuss the two most common types of stretching, their proposed benefits and negative consequences as well as the utility of stretching overall. Do you have a regular stretching routine? If so, what does it entail ? Thanks for listening and we'll see you in the next one!
June 19, 2020
Episode #24 My first day back at work during COVID19
During this episode I discuss my experience leading up to my first day back at work. I'll cover what we did in our business as well as some irrational fears about returning. How has your experience been? What things have helped you return to work smoothly and safely? I'd love to know! We'll see you in the next one!
June 12, 2020
Episode #23 Do you think you have a fracture?
Fractures are a tricky little (or big) injury! Sometimes they are straight forward and obvious, while other times they can be complex and ambiguous. There are many different classifications and subtypes of fractures. During this episode we cover the various types of bony injuries and fractures. Have you fractured something before? If so, what? How long did it take to heal?
June 05, 2020
Episode #22 The different types of headache
During this episode I have a discussion around some of the most common types of headache. Headache is very prevalent and can happen for a multitude of reasons. What's important is understanding the headache type and what treatments may benefit a particular presentation. Are you a headache sufferer? If so, what has helped you overcome them? *Episode Resource* The International Classification of Headache Disorders 3rd Edition (2018) Cephalgia. 38, 1, 1-211. DOI: 10.1177/0333102417738202
May 29, 2020
Episode #21 Does CBD oil work ?
The use of CBD oils, creams and lotions is popular in the therapy industry. From sales within clinics to patients, to them filling racks at trade shows, I've seen them everywhere. Sparked by curiosity I wanted to find out what the research says about the use of transdermal CBD specifically and if these topicals serve any therapeutic benefit whatsoever. Have a listen to this week's episode to find out what I found. Do you agree with my findings? We'll see you in the next one! Episode References Nitechna-Buchta et al. Myorelaxant Effect of Transdermal Cannabidiol Application in Patients with TMD: A Randomized, Double-Blind Trial (2019) J Clin Med. 8,11,1886. doi: 10.3390/jcm8111886 Gotenhermen F. Pharmakinetics and Pharmcodynamics of Cannabinoids (2003) Clin Pharmacokinet. 42,4, 326-60. doi: 10.2165/00003088-200342040-00003 Hammell et al. Transdermal Cannabidiol reduces inflammation and pain-related behaviours in a rat model of arthritis (2016) Eur J Pain. 20,6,936-48. doi: 10.1002/ejp.818 https://zynerba.com/zynerba-pharmaceuticals-announces-results-phase-2-stop-trial-support-continued-development-zyn002-osteoarthritis/ https://www.cmto.com/position-statement/practice-resource-cannabis/
May 22, 2020
Episode #20 The art of meditation
We could all use a little meditation in our lives. While the potential benefits are plenty, the intervention is simple. We are also beginning to understand more in depth what meditation does to the brain as well as the body. Listen to this week's episode to find out more. Do you have a mediation practice? If yes, what are you doing in this moment? Comment below. We'll see you in the next one!
May 15, 2020
Episode #19 How to fail
Failure. It's a part of our lives and it can hurt. Beneath the hurt there lies opportunity. Opportunity to learn, grow and ultimately succeed. Is failure a regular part of the pages in your story ? If so, do you see failure as negative or positive? Listen to this week's episode to find out my perspective. I really enjoyed recording this one! We'll see you in the next one!
May 08, 2020
Episode #18 Trigger points
Trigger points are one of the most controversial topics in the world of manual therapy. Do they exist? How should we treat them if they do? Do having them make you part of the illuminati ? This list goes on. During this episode I go back to the original trigger point text by Travell & Simmons and lend my thoughts. Do you think the elusive trigger point exists? Comment below. We'll see you in the next one !
May 01, 2020
Episode #17 Intimate Partner Violence and Brain Injury
This is a topic I was quite unfamiliar with when I began researching this podcast. I was admittedly shocked and saddened by the statistics. I think it's important open up the conversation around violence and concussion in general. What else can be done? Please comment below or share this episode to spread awareness. Resources https://www.womenatthecentre.com/initiatives/ipv-tbi/ http://www.abitoolkit.ca/ https://www.sheltersafe.ca www.menandfamilies.org Thank you, and we'll see you in the next. one !
April 24, 2020
Episode #16 Contraindications
During this episode I discuss what a contraindication is as well as common myths pertaining to common practices around patient modifications. Do you agree that we should be taking a more evidence based approach to how we communicate patient modifications? Comment below I'd love to know. We'll see you in the next one!
April 17, 2020
Episode #15 Ankle sprains
One of, if not, the most common injury in the lower body is an ankle sprain. During this episode we discuss the 3 major types of ankle sprains, ankle sprain grading and some common thoughts around rehabilitation. How many times have you sprained your ankle? What has worked for you along the way? We'll see ya in the next one!
April 10, 2020
Episode #14 The cause of shoulder pain
Shoulder pain, while complex, is really a result of one thing - a loss of stability and reactivity. Regardless of the source of the pain often correcting these patterns will lead to patient success. What are your favourite go-to exercises for the shoulder right now ? Enjoy your day. We'll see you in the next one!
April 03, 2020
Episode #13 Let's talk about stress
The world is a stressful place right now. During this episode I discuss what's happening in our bodies when we feel negative stress or anxiety. I also discuss what I find works for me when managing my own stress day-to-day. What are you doing to help stay positive and manage stress during this difficult time? We'll see you in the next one!
March 27, 2020
Episode #12 Concussions in children
During this episode we discuss concussions in kids and things I consider during an appointment with a child. Visit www.canchild.ca to learn more. Did you learn anything new from this episode ? We'll see you in the next one !
March 20, 2020
Episode #11 How to navigate neurological injuries
The nervous system is an incredibly complex system. During this episode I try and simplify my approach to neurological injuries. I will be the first to say these injuries are more complex than this episode discusses. Do you approach your initial thought process the same way ? We'll see you in the next one !
March 13, 2020
Episode #10 Understanding meniscus injuries
Injuries to the meniscus are often thought as a primary cause of knee pain. During this episode I discuss how I navigate this often tricky injury. I hope this episode has created new questions to ask the next time you come across a suspected meniscal injury. Do you think surgery to this structure is over performed? We'll see you in the next one !
March 06, 2020
Episode #9 Aging and movement - be more like Diane
Movement may be the most important thing we have. During this episode I discuss the importance of movement while aging. Are you going to start the 30 for 30 challenge? My hope is that this episode encourages you to start moving. We'll see you in the next one !
February 28, 2020
Episode #8 The source of mid back pain
Mid back pain is one of the most common ailments for people to experience. During this episode I explain how I work through cases of mid back pain. How do you think we could do a better job of managing mid back pain? Be sure to check out Robert Libbey's work at www.lastsite.ca. We'll see you in the next one!
February 21, 2020
Episode #7 Achilles tendon injuries
Achilles tendon injuries are often painful, frustrating and stubborn to manage. During this episode I discuss strategies that I use and consider that have been helpful for me clinically. What are you finding helpful in your clinical practice? Researchers who's work to check out: Peter Mallerias, Karen Silbernagal, Hakan Alfredson What researchers are you currently following for tendon injuries? We'll see you in the next one!
February 14, 2020
Episode # 6 How to avoid therapist burnout
Therapist burnout it something that is often not discussed in our industry. It's becoming a serious problem forcing therapists into uncontrolled time off, disliking their jobs and pursuing new careers. During this episode I provide 10 strategies that have helped me with burnout. What has helped you ? We'll see you in the next one!
February 07, 2020
Episode #5 The three most common systems affected following a concussion
There are many systems affected following a concussion but these three seem to be the most common. Depending upon the systems affected it can alter the symptoms a person will experience following a concussion. In the vast majority of concussion, all of these systems are affected which we often characterize as a sequel of symptoms. Were you aware of these systems before this episode ? We'll see you in the next one !
January 31, 2020
Episode # 4 Top three priorities when managing concussion
Get these 3 priorities under control for yourself and/or patients and they stand a better chance. Were you aware of these? Is there anything not mentioned in the podcast that helps you? We'll see you in the next one!
January 24, 2020
Episode #3 What is a concussion ?
The education around what a concussion is continues to be miscommunicated. Did this episode help lend clarity to that? We'll see you in the next one!
January 17, 2020
Episode #2 "Psoas I was say'in"
Do you agree or disagree? Have we gone about treating and rehabilitating this muscle in the wrong way? I'd love to know your thoughts. See you in the next one!
January 10, 2020
Episode #1 Introduction
Welcome everyone to my new podcast on health, wellness, concussion, injuries and manual therapy. If you have ideas for any future episodes, always feel free to reach out.
January 03, 2020