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Mr. Matthew Powell

MCPA, FCAMT, CGIMS Physiotherapist Vancouver, BC

Matthew Powell, MCPA, FCAMT, CGIMS, discusses the RICE regime.

Treating Injuries with the R.I.C.E. Regime

The R.I.C.E. regime is short for rest, ice, compression and elevation, and it’s the routine that is advised immediately following any soft tissue injury.

At the time of injury, bleeding occurs immediately into the tissues, and we want to contain that bleeding to just that that occurred with the original injury. Any bleeding on top of that, and we end up with too much scar tissue, that becomes a problem as the injury progresses in its healing.

“R” is for rest, this allows the blood vessels to plug with the clot and extra motion just forces the blood out of the tissues. “I” stands for ice, and that helps to narrow the blood vessels and restrict blood coming into the area.

“C” for compression, usually through a tensor wrap, and this helps to control swelling in the area, and “E” for elevation, keeping the area elevated helps drainage from the area.

After that 48 hour period, consult with a physiotherapist for assessment of the injury, and they can advise you on what would be the most appropriate management then going forward.

Presenter: Mr. Matthew Powell, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist

I am a graduate of the Auckland School of Physiotherapy in New Zealand and have worked and studied in several countries since graduating in 1982. After 3 fascinating years working in the Middle East, I returned to New Zealand and completed my post graduate studies in manual and manipulative therapy (1988). I then spent 4 years working and cycle touring in the UK and Europe before coming to Canada in 1992.

In 1994, I founded West 4th Physiotherapy and have taken care to develop a clinic that upholds the highest standards of professional expertise and offers precise, personal physiotherapy care. Since that time I have continued a commitment to post graduate orthopaedic education, taking courses and updating skills regularly. In addition to manual, exercise and manipulative skills I am a certified Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation practitioner and a qualified bike fitter.

My professional strength is in the assessment and treatment of both orthopaedic and sporting injury, especially where more than one body area is involved. I enjoy unravelling complex musculo-skeletal issues, either traumatic or wear and tear related and in working out underlying causative factors. My treatment approach uses manual (hands on) and manipulative therapy, specific movement prescription, biomechanical analysis and where needed, needling techniques. I am a strong believer in educating the patient about underlying causation and believe in working with other members of the health team who may already be providing care.

I have been an active sports participant my entire life. As I grew up in New Zealand it is not surprising that I spent 20 years cycling, playing rugby and cricket, sailing and suffering resulting injuries. Those early injuries have given me a great personal appreciation of injury care and what is required in the successful recovery process. They also provided the motivation to pursue a career which I find still find endlessly interesting, stimulating and challenging.

These days I continue to enjoy outdoor activities, particularly cycling, swimming and running. In my free time, I love spending time with my family, gardening, playing sports, music, reading, and enjoying all that this great neighborhood has to offer. I also love travelling the interior of BC for fly-fishing and hope to do more of the same in the future

If you are looking for local services or treatment in the office or hospital from a Physiotherapist, contact a provider such as ( Mr. Matthew Powell ) with this phone number to inquire if they are accepting patients or you need a referral. Phone number to book an appointment (604) 730-9478 Now Health

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