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The Dave Kervin Report: The Therapist/Athlete Relationship.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been passionate about sports and all that encompasses them. From learning new skills on skates with the puck, to seeing how far I can push my body into the red zone on the bike, all the way to the ongoing battle of mastering those first 25 meters out of the starting blocks in the sprints. It’s what fuels my interest in sport and how we put our bodies to the test. It’s been an incredible driving force behind learning not only how my own body functions, but how the bodies of each athlete I’ve worked with over the years and continue to work with today, operates and maintains optimal performance. I consider myself lucky to be working in a profession, where not only do I get to assess and study the biomechanics of the human body and how it manages itself, but I get to see how individuals push it to its’ limits, demanding the very most from it, often day in and day out, time after time again. The really cool part is, I get to be a part in maintaining that optimal performance they seek from it, or in rehabilitating or repairing it when it breaks down on them. Either way, whether it’s maintaining or rehabilitating, as a Massage Therapist, I get to play an integral part of it all coming together, and personally I think it’s the greatest job in the world! I’ve decided to share a few general pieces of information for not just other therapists looking to work within the sport community, but for athletes looking for further gains or tips to help in […]

Staff Spotlight: Get To Know Reanna Montopoli

Reanna grew up in Peterborough, but has spent the majority of her post-secondary education and working years in downtown Toronto. She recently moved back to Peterborough and is thoroughly enjoying it.

Reanna is a compassionate physiotherapist who loves working with clients to help them achieve their goals. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education and Health from the University of Toronto in 2008. She then completed her Master’s of Physical Therapy at Queen’s University in 2010. After practicing for five years in orthopaedic physiotherapy, Reanna went on to complete her Master’s of Clinical Science in Manipulative Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in 2016. With this, Reanna achieved the designation as a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT), which is the highest level of education in manual orthopaedic physiotherapy. She is registered and in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario, and is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Reanna has been actively pursuing continuing education opportunities to further advance her skills and to optimize outcomes for her clients. She has completed a one-year Discover Physio Series through which she learned how to assess and treat clients using the Integrated Systems Model (ISM). The ISM is an approach in which the therapist looks at the whole person to find the driving cause of their meaningful complaint rather than just assessing the painful area. Reanna has also taken many other courses to develop her skills set in soft tissue release techniques, therapeutic taping, and acupuncture.

Reanna takes a client-centered approach to treatment, where she involves the client in goal-setting right from the beginning. She explains each step of her assessment and treatment to ensure the client understands what is […]

Massage Therapy – Pro-active vs Reactive Treatment

How many of you have used Massage Therapy in the past?  In a room full of people, when this question is posed, chances are that a good number of hands will go up, if not most.  Now, how many of you have used Massage Therapy as a reactive means of dealing with an ache or pain that prevents mobility, activity or generally causes discomfort in the body? Once again, odds are the vast majority of hands that were raised with the initial question, will again go up.
It’s a natural response for individuals to seek out therapy or treatment of some sort once they are unable to maintain their normal activity level or simply function with daily activities when some form of discomfort is present.  Whether created by an acute (new) injury, or due to something secondary or chronic (ongoing) that presents itself in the body, we all want to restore our bodies to functioning pain free with our daily lifestyle or in the activities we enjoy doing.  Therefore, using Massage Therapy as a restorative treatment approach or way of relieving discomfort is quite common and an effective form of treatment for getting us back on track.  However, how many individuals choose to use Massage Therapy as a preventative method of steering clear of injury, or maintaining optimal performance with their daily activities or hobbies?

Through my 17 years of practice and experience, I can tell you the numbers are far less, and I suppose, for relevant reasons.  If we’re not in pain or discomfort, or not limited in doing everything we want to be doing, why would we spend money on a Massage Therapy treatment if we don’t have to, or feel as though we need it?  Well, there’s a simple analogy to answer this question.  Anyone who owns and drives a car can understand the next point I’m […]

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    Posture Power And Back Burning Exercises In Less Than 5 Minutes!

Posture Power And Back Burning Exercises In Less Than 5 Minutes!

Sitting at a desk all day, many of us catch ourselves slouching – correct our posture – then slouch again. It’s a vicious cycle that can get harder and harder to correct over time. We also realize, it’s difficult to find time to dedicate to an exercise routine to help the battle against posture and back strength.
 
Lead The Way to the rescue! All you need is 5 minutes, and you’ll be correcting your posture, and targeting those all important upper back muscles, in no time!
 
Simply follow along with Reanna, one of our talented registered physiotherapists at Trent Health In Motion!
 
Posture Power
 
Stand tall looking straight ahead with your elbows bent to 90 degrees at your sides, and hold a resistance with both hands.  Next, squeeze your shoulder blades together and pull the resistance band apart, keeping your elbows in at your sides.  Hold 5 seconds, then slowly release.  Perform 10 repetitions of this to help improve your posture and strengthen your shoulders and upper back.
 

 

 
Back Burner
 
Start laying on your stomach, with a rolled towel under your forehead if needed to keep your neck straight.  Bend your elbows to place your hands under your shoulders.  Engage your abdominal muscles first to protect your low back, then squeeze your shoulder blades together to open your chest, and slowly lift your head and chest up to feel the muscles your upper back engage.  Hold for 3 seconds, then slowly lower back down and relax.  Perform 10 repetitions of this exercise to help improve your posture and strengthen the muscles in your upper back.
 

 

 

LOVE Your Spine! [Infographic]

Happy Valentines Day! Wether you have plans to spend this special day with a loved one, or maybe you’re flying solo. Whatever the case may be it’s always important never to forget to take care of yourself too! Often times we get so caught up in our day to day of looking after everyone else, we forget to take care of ourself.

That’s why on this day of love, we bring you LOVE Your Spine! . These quick visual tips will help you strengthen your spine, and keep it happy and healthy for years to come. Just like any relationship, good spine health takes consistent work so try these mini exercises everyday!

(**reminder: please consult a registered physiotherapist before attempting these exercises**)

 

 

The Importance of Hydration During Exercise

The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75% and when we exercise it’s extremely important that we replenish the fluids that we use to keep our body working hard. Here is a visual guide as a quick reminder on how much water to consume before, during, and after your workout.

Slip & Fall Accidents: Stats & Prevention

Slip and fall accidents are associated most with the elderly population, but in fact they effect every age group. From a slip off a ladder, to tripping over baby toys, nobody is safe from accidents around the home. As physiotherapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors, our clinics see a large scope of injuries but slip and fall are one of the most common.

This infographic contains lots of great stats and ways to prevent these injuries from happening. We hope it helps you avoid the next possible household accident!

22 Ways To Get More Sleep in 2017

It’s easier said than done, but getting a great night’s sleep is of paramount importance for the body and the mind. Besides the obvious zombie like side effects of not getting enough sleep, your body needs sleep in order to repair the body overnight.
 
While you sleep, your brain triggers the release of hormones that encourage tissue growth. This can help you recover from injuries such as cuts or even sore muscles from your last workout.
 
Heading into the new year, give these sleep tips a try, and who knows, maybe you’ll catch more Z’s in 2017! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 

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Strength Training & Injury Prevention: [video tutorials]

We pride ourselves, at all of our lead the way clinics, at not only injury therapy but injury prevention. The key ingredient in injury prevention is strengthening the joints and muscles so when a trip, fall or pull takes place, your body can better handle what’s thrown at it.
 
To help people get a handle on these techniques, the team over at Trent Health In Motion have been creating strengthening videos – most of which you can do from home or at the gym. To kick the new year off on the right foot, we’ve combined 6 months worth of strength building content into one nice neat blog. Give them a try and your body will thank you! Happy New Year!
 
Crank Up The Current

 
Stair Master

 
Dead Bug

 
Walk-Out That Bridge

 
Stir The Pot

 
Swing Strengthening

 
Shoulder Strengthening

 
Functional Core Stability

 
Side Pull

 
Y On the Ball

 
Underwater Treadmill Walking

Physio Tips 1-10 [infographic]

We’ve had fun over the past 10 weeks creating our #WednesdayWisdom physio tips. For those of you who have missed them on our social feeds, we’ve taken the liberty of putting them together in one nice neat infographic for your viewing pleasure.

If you need treatment, we have clinics all over the Kawarthas. Every member of our clinic staff is passionate about what they do and are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Use our contact us page if you would like anymore information. Be well, and we hope this tips come in handy!