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In addition to providing effective treatments for our clients, part of our mission at South Sherbrook Therapy is to also provide our patients with information they can use to help relive and manage their discomfort. Be sure to check back regularly for useful articles regarding physiotherapy and injury rehabilitation.

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Sports Therapy

According to the Society of Sport Therapists, sports therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injuries and the rehabilitation of the athlete/patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational, and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability. It utilizes the principles of sport and exercise sciences, incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the athlete for training, competition, and where applicable, work.


There are five key areas of competency related to injury and illness that sports therapists must possess including prevention; recognition and evaluation; management, treatment, and referral; rehabilitation; and, educational and professional practice issues. Therapists are required to meet clearly defined competency levels which cover the breadth of these areas and provide the knowledge, skills, and ability to work at all levels of the sport and exercise continuum.

While sports therapists are not physiotherapists, they will apply “physiotherapy” skills because physiotherapy is defined as the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods including massage, heat treatment, electricity, and exercise rather than drugs or surgery. Consequently, sports therapists will apply many skills and modalities that are included within this list but in a sport and exercise perspective rather than a traditional healthcare context. Sports therapists carry out assessments to evaluate their patients’ range of movement, the extent of their injuries, and to figure out whether or not they can return to training.

As a career, sports therapists are employed directly by athletes, sports teams, and specialist clinics like South Sherbrook Therapy. Sports therapists use their expert knowledge of sporting injuries to treat patients and offer advice on injury prevention measures. The nature of sports therapy means that you will regularly be required to work weekends and in the evenings, especially if you work directly with a sports team. You may also be required to travel, both domestically and internationally, on a regular basis. Working in sports therapy is a constant learning process, and you will need to keep on top of research developments and teach yourself new skills and treatment methods all the time.

At South Sherbrook Therapy, both professional and amateur athletes can benefit from athletic therapy procedures that fit your needs. Members of our sports therapy team are available to discuss your injury with you, assess the injury, and design a course of treatment so you can return to competition as soon as possible. Regardless of the nature of the injury, if you require sports therapy in Winnipeg, call South Sherbrook Therapy at 204-774-9903 today to schedule your appointment. We look forward to supporting you throughout your recovery process.

Benefits of Physiotherapy

The Manitoba Physiotherapy Association (MPA) describes physiotherapists as “primary health care professionals with a significant role in health promotion and treatment of injury and disease.” Physiotherapists combine their in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works with specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms of illness, injury, or disability. The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), describes the practitioner as “understanding how and why movement and function take place.”


Through individualized treatments, physiotherapists can help you regain and maintain your mobility and manage your condition independently. These treatments include:

  • Exercise – when prescribed, they are often corrective functional exercises that will not only help you recover from injury but also prevent future injury.
  • Manual Therapy – refers to treatments administered directly by your therapist’s hands including massage, muscle release, stretching, and mobilization of joints and soft tissues.
  • Therapeutic Modalities – include electrical currents, sound waves, ultraviolet rays, and lasers that are used to promote tissue healing, often in conjunction with other techniques, such as exercise.
  • Hydrotherapy – uses water to address your health concerns, either a whirlpool or swimming pool which makes it easier to move your body, or contrasting hot and cold hand/foot baths which address joint swelling and sensitivity.
  • Complementary Therapies – include techniques that complement traditional physiotherapy treatment including Acupuncture, Biofeedback, Craniosacral Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Healing Touch, Hellerwork, Myofascial Release, Visceral Mobilization, and Vodor.


The Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s The Value of Physiotherapy (2012) brochure outlines a number if benefits of physiotherapy treatments.


Physiotherapy is recognized as being highly effective in preventing and reducing the risk of falls. In the assessment and management of fall-related injuries in older adults, it effectively improves strength, motor function, and balance in older adults at risk of falling and those with fall-related injuries. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, it’s estimated that falls and fall-related injuries cost the Canadian health care system approximately $2.8 billion a year with $980 million alone spent on treating injuries.


You’ll also benefit from physiotherapy in Winnipeg if you have Carpal tunnel syndrome, groin or abdominal complex strain, hip or groin pain, ligament sprains and tears, overuse injuries, muscle strains and tears, shin splints, shoulder pathologies, or tennis or golfer’s elbow. Physiotherapy can also help you recover after surgery.


The value of a health care service is more than its proven cost-effectiveness, especially when it comes to physiotherapy - quality of life, access, continuity of care, and integration of services are equally important criteria when looking at the broader concept of value. At South Sherbrook Therapy, our physiotherapy team creates a customized recovery plan. You’ll also benefit from use of a fully-equipped gym and a variety of treatment products, like orthotics. Your physiotherapist also keeps track of your progress as you recover from your injury and improve movement. We also offer athletic therapy, massage therapy, and nutritional counselling to meet all your needs.


Regardless of the reason – an accident, surgery, or illness – if you require physiotherapy in Winnipeg call South Sherbrook Therapy at 204-774-9903 today. We look forward to supporting you throughout your recovery process.

The Right Footwear for Your Foot Type

Spring is here and everyone is taking advantage of the beautiful weather by running more outside. Proper footwear selection is beneficial to help decrease the risk of injury or chronic pain. Everyone's feet are made differently and our running mechanics are as well. There are 3 general foot types and there is a right type of shoe for each. Over-pronators (flat feet or fallen arches) would benefit from a motion-control shoe. These are made of a stiffer material, so it helps correct normal heel-to-toe mechanics, as well as help maintain the dome shape of the arch. Supinators (high arches) would benefit from a cushioned/neutral shoe. This type of shoe focuses on cushioning and doesn’t have the same stiff material, therefore it is lighter. Normal pronators (medium arches) would want to look for a stability shoe. This shoe mildly helps correct foot mechanics, but has half the stiffness; arch support only on the medial aspect of the shoe. The proper shoe could save you a lot of grief as you try to keep active this spring and summer. Contact South Sherbrook Therapy today to learn more.

Managing Shoulder Pain

What do you do when your anti-inflammatories don't take care of your shoulder pain? Often, a diagnosis such as "tendonitis" is the source of your symptoms however it is rarely the cause. So if your shoulder pain returns when going off the meds, possibly looking at muscle imbalances around your shoulder blade or your overall mid-back mobility might be the key to getting your rotator cuff tendons to be less inflamed. With my patients, I often use the analogy of brand new tires on your vehicle. If you don't get the wheel alignment checked, you will always wear out the front left tire. Our physiotherapist, athletic therapist and sport medicine specialist can help address your alignment so you don't wear out your front left wheel!


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Trends in Fitness Routines

Did you know that stretching before a sport or event that requires explosive, fast movements can actually decrease your performance? Depending on the type of activity you perform, you may actually decrease the amount of power you can produce. This could be your tennis serve or your vertical jump. Dynamic warm ups involve putting your joints and muscles through ranges that are similar to your sport's movement pattern thus preparing you for the exercise ahead without losing your body's natural "springiness" that helps you with producing force. Dynamic warm ups can help prevent injury as well! Simple examples could be leg swings, light resistance band work, agility ladders or jumping. For more info, check out our personal training or boot camps provided by South Sherbrook Fitness. Ask for Lester.

Movement Screening

If you have ever had an injury that has popped out of nowhere, maybe it's time that you had someone screen your movement! Movement screening has become increasingly popular in recent years with professional sports, but it can be used on anyone who is active. The main concept behind screening revolves around the idea that pain and injury at one site can be due to impairment above or below the affected site. Addressing restrictions or mobility issues in the ankle or hip, for example, can alleviate your knee symptoms.


Our Athletic Therapist has Functional Movement Screening (Levels 1 and 2) in addition to selective Functional Movement Assessment geared towards rehabilitation. Whether you're trying to alleviate pain at work or at the gym, let us help increase your movement competency.

How to Train for Your Sport

Depending on the sport/activity of your choice, the demands of that sport should influence how you train. Such factors to consider in training programs are the energy systems being used. For example, anaerobic/alactic exercise includes short powerful bursts of activity typically lasting 30 seconds or less. Activity at higher intensity levels performed greater than 30-45 seconds start to stress the anaerobic system, which often produces lactic acid as a bi-product. This is known as "the burn" in the legs. Other factors to be considered are the work/rest ratios and movement patterns performed in your activity. This may influence your exercise program to include parallel stance (squats), split stance (lunges) or single leg stance (step ups) based on what activities you love to do. Remember, move well so you can move often.

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