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The top eight myths about your pelvic floor

By Lisa Flanders, PT I’m a physiotherapist who works in women’s health. A lot of what we do is help patients with pelvic floor dysfunction, which happens when the “sling” or “hammock” that supports the pelvic organs is not functioning in an optimal manner.
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Canine Winter Sports and Potential Injuries

“Birds must fly, fish must swim, and sled dogs must run!” Joy Butler Dog sledding involves one or more dogs pulling a sled over snow and ice over varying distances in many different weather conditions. It is becoming a very popular winter sport for many dog people. It has become an excellent way for people […]
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The Scoop on Snow Shovelling

While many people recognize that shovelling snow is hard work, physiotherapists caution that shovelling can place severe stress on your heart, and cause stress and strain on your body. Research has identified snow shovelling as a high-risk activity for heart problems. Every year, shovellers also sustain injuries such as pulled and strained muscles from repetitive […]
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My experience with GBS –or “Getting Better Slowly”

I guess I don’t understand when some people say “walking doesn’t define happiness.” To me, it really does: I’ve grown up with Cerebral Palsy and I’ve undergone years of surgery and therapy to become independent, only to begin all over again after developing Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

The 3 D’s: Understanding Dementia, Depression, and Delirium

  When physiotherapists work with patients and their families, a treatment relationship develops.
Exercising for the brain
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Preventing falls

More than one-third of Canada’s elderly population (ages 65 and older) fall each year. It’s estimated that 50% of those who fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as sprains, hip fractures, or head traumas that can permanently reduce their mobility and independence. Direct health care costs relating to falls among seniors in Canada are estimated at $1 billion every year. This accounts for […]
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Are you a caregiver? Help friends and loved ones with these tips

Did you know that over eight million Canadians provide care to a chronically ill or disabled friend or loved one? Providing care can mean preparing meals, accompanying a person to an appointment and helping with bathing and dressing. Today marks the start of Canadian Patient Safety, and with that in mind, we’re happy to share […]
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Choose to Move: Ballet BC Dancers

Physiotherapy is an essential part of the life of these Ballet BC dancers, and plays an integral role in helping them stay strong and injury free.   To showcase how physiotherapy changes the lives of British Columbians every day, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia have created part two of our Choose to Move campaign. […]

Born To Move: Physiotherapy Alberta

  Over 2,600 physiotherapists in Alberta were born to help you move! Watch more videos from Physiotherapy Alberta.
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Choose to Move: Kelsey Serwa, 2014 Winner Olympic Silver Medalist

For elite ski cross champion Kelsey Serwa, her silver medal win in Sochi almost didn’t happen. Physiotherapy helped her recover from a knee injury and win a silver medal at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.   To showcase how physiotherapy changes the lives of British Columbians every day, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia have created […]

Choose to move: inspiring stories from B.C.

For the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia’s latest campaign, they travelled to different areas of British Columbia to showcase some amazing individuals, who are elite athletes, professional dancers, and those with inspiring stories of recovery. What they all have in common is that they Choose to Move, and use physio regularly to help them perform […]
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Early heart attack warning symptoms are different for women

Men typically feel the “classic” heart attack warning symptoms that we have all heard of, like pain shooting down the left arm. But what most people don’t know is that the warning symptoms are different for women!

Did you know physiotherapy can help you recover from a heart attack?

By Kerry Kittson, PT Practice & Policy Coordinator, Canadian Physiotherapy Association What is a heart attack? Heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is defined as death of a portion of the myocardium, or heart (1). This occurs because of a lack of oxygen supply to the heart. Just like you have arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood […]
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Exercises after breast surgery from the Canadian Cancer Society

Have you had or will you be having breast surgery? We have a great resource to share with you about exercises you can do to reduce stiffness and pain and improve strength and movement. Download PDF  
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Choose to move!

We are thrilled to share this exciting video from our partner, the Physiotherapy Association of BC.   Visit
Amy Fahlman, a physiotherapist, provides helpful tips and exercises to prevent common golf injuries.

Tips on how to prevent golf injuries

Amy Fahlman, a physiotherapist, provides helpful tips and exercises to prevent common golf injuries.
Amy Fahlman, a physiotherapist, provides tips and exercises to help prevent common running injuries.

Tips on how to prevent running injuries

Amy Fahlman, a physiotherapist, provides tips and exercises to help prevent common running injuries.

New to running? Here’s a handy guide on how to stay injury-free

  So you’ve made the decision to start running. Congratulations! It’s a great way to improve your health and your quality of life. Like all physical activity, however, running carries the risk of injury. It’s important to know how to prevent injury and what steps to take should injuries happen. We’ve created a bunch of tips to help you enjoy running […]

Tips on preventing and healing plantar fasciitis

Download the plantar fasciitis info sheet About plantar fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia – a thick, fibrous band of connective tissue in the sole of the foot that supports the arch of the foot. It runs from the ball of the foot to the heel, stretching to its limit when the foot is on the […]
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Physical therapists as experts in exercise prescription: bridging the gap between clinical practices

by Mireille Landry Evidence-based exercise prescription is a fundamental Physical Therapy skill. Despite this, exercise prescription may be under-employed. So, how do physical therapists raise the standard for exercise prescription in practice? Are we doing all we can to maximize function beyond therapeutic benefit for all of our patients? The Big Idea A well designed […]
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Minimal exercise can counteract sedentary lifestyle

Now that we know how dangerous sitting can be, it doesn’t take much exercise to combat the problems associated with a sedentary life.

Posture – A patient info sheet

  Posture Download Patient Info Sheet Having good posture not only makes you look strong and healthy — it’s also a critical factor in preventing pain and injuries. For recreational activities like golf, skating, yoga or running, posture actually plays an important role in performance. And posture is critical in preventing workplace injuries that come […]

Back and neck pain – how physiotherapy can help

Your physiotherapist will assess the causes for your back and neck pain, mobilize your spinal joints, and will give you advice on how to best maintain your thoracic mobility, essential for a healthy low back and neck.

Running 15 Miles a Week Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk

What’s the best prescription to prevent Alzheimer’s and why?

Physical Therapy Is Vital to Joint Injury Treatment

Here’s how physiotherapy may be able to help you avoid surgery

Physical Therapy Can Improve Your Dog’s Mobility

Here’s what physiotherapy can do for your dog.

Juvenile Arthritis – a patient info sheet

Although there isn't a cure for JIA, there is effective therapy. Download CPA's information sheet to learn how physiotherapy can help.
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Wear and tear of your joints may occur due to aging, injury, prolonged poor posture, overuse of joints, or excess weight. Download CPA's infosheet to learn more how physiotherapy can help.
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Born to run – Darren’s Journey

Starting physiotherapy after cancer -- or any major illness or injury -- can make a remarkable difference in recovery. It has for Darren, a bright young boy and football player from Surrey B.C. who began physiotherapy with PABC member Chiara Singh, clinical supervisor for physiotherapy at Surrey Memorial Hospital, after his surgery and chemotherapy for a brain tumour. This is their story.

A Physiotherapist Assistant (PTA) is an important part of the rehabilitation team. Working closely with a physiotherapist, PTAs help to carry out the patient’s treatment plans safely and effectively. Not only do PTAs help patients reach their goals, they help to educate and motivate patients each day. There is a quote by Homer Rice that […]



Osteoporosis is a condition that results in loss of bone mass and weakening of the bones, increasing the risk of fractures, such as a broken hip, crushed vertebra (spine), or fractured wrist. Osteoporosis-related fractures are often called fragility fractures because they happen with little or no trauma.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

RSI is one of today's major occupational hazards, affecting approximately 2.3 million Canadians annually. Many of these injuries can be prevented with improved work habits and posture (ergonomics). Ergonomics is an applied science directed at the design and arrangement of work tools and equipment to ensure products and environments are comfortable, safe and efficient for people to use.

Soccer players young and old are ready to head out to the pitch for another action packed and fun-filled season. The world's most popular sport continues to grow across Canada, in particular amongst those aged 25 and under.

What do you like most about being a physio

What do you like most about being a physio?

CPA members tell us what they love most about the profession.

Put the pedal down

It's summertime, and time to get out on your bike. Bicycle riding is one of the easiest ways to stay fit, promote cardiovascular health and improve muscular endurance. It's a relatively inexpensive exercise that can be enjoyed by the whole family. However, a correct bike fit is absolutely essential.
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Stroke – How physiotherapy can help

Stroke is one of the major causes of disability and handicap in adults. Canadian physiotherapists play a key role in the rehabilitation of people who have had a stroke, helping them return to their highest possible level of physical mobility.

It is estimated that there are more than 100,000 whiplash cases in Canada each year. Most occur from automobile accidents, but whiplash can also result from sport or occupational injuries.


Is your bladder ruining your life?

Urinary incontinence is a common problem that affects both men and women, though it is more common in women. It is estimated that 10-30 per cent of all women experience incontinence at some point in their lives. It can be a distressing and embarrassing condition that affects many aspects of your life: work, social activities, recreation, travel and intimacy. Whatever the cause, incontinence is often successfully treated with physiotherapy.
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Hot and Cold Treatment for Sprains and Strains

I’ve injured myself. Should I use hot or cold? Download CPA's infosheet to learn more.
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Waiting for imaging

A lot of people think we need imaging and doctor referrals to find out what is wrong with us, but the truth is a physiotherapist can get to the root of the problem by looking at you and how you move.
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Blog – Is there a stretch for that?

Stretching is a hot topic in the world of pro athletes and armchair quarterbacks alike
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Advice and Thoughts for Runners

Francine Eastwood, PT talks about common injuries for runners and how physiotherapy assessment.
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Ankle sprains and treatments

The adage "it is better to break an ankle than sprain one" need not apply if the injury is diagnosed and treated properly. Download CPA's infosheet to learn how physiotherapy can help.
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How Physio changed my life – A journey back to recovery

I remember the day I tore my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) like it was yesterday. It was my birthday and a gorgeous Saturday in September. It was also the day after I left my dream job to go back to school for a Masters’ degree and the last soccer game of the year for my co-ed recreational team.
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Are you in pain?

Physiotherapists are skilled in assessing and treating these temporary and acute painful MSK conditions caused by injury. Physiotherapists can help relieve your pain.
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Ageing and Preventative Care

Physiotherapists can plan treatment to help you maintain independence and mobility as you age. Talk to a physiotherapist before small issues become bigger problems.
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Blog – My first love, running

For me there is nothing more freeing than feeling the ground under my feet

I am a professor in the physio program at a leading Canadian university, at the professional masters’ level

Pain will affect the way you move. The way you move will affect your pain. It can be a vicious cycle.


Running From Injuries

As a physiotherapist with a passion for running, I am always looking for opportunities to educate fellow runners on how to avoid injuries
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Common running injuries (and how to fix them)

8 pieces of advice from Outside Magazine

For less time in physio rehab, try ‘prehabilitation’

From the Globe and Mail - what if you could gaze into a crystal ball that could predict your injuries before they happen

Physiotherapy and Cancer

From the Canadian Cancer Society

Helping the elderly get back on their feet

there could be various reasons behind a fall among the elderly

Headaches have different causes, different treatments

Long hours in front of the computer, family demands, erratic sleep schedules and traffic jams are few of the daily stresses that can trigger headaches

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises

Symptoms tend to be worse at night

Knee Pain Exercises

Whatever the cause, exercise and keeping a healthy weight can reduce symptoms