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Introducing our newest team member, Michelle Fraser

 

My name is Michelle Fraser I was born and raised in Oakville, ON.  I did my Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology at McMaster University and my Masters of Physical Therapy at Western University.

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Growing up with two older brothers I got heavily involved with sports at a young age. I have enjoyed playing many sports, ice hockey, soccer, volleyball and basketball to name a few. I continue to maintain an active lifestyle playing both soccer and hockey. I also love being outdoors at the cottage, going for hikes and I ran my first half marathon two years ago.

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Welcome Back Dr. Holly Herman!

 

ellephysio is proud to welcome back Dr. Holly Herman for two brand new courses in December, 2017!

Dec 1 & 2, 2017: Male Health, Wellness and Sexual Function

Dec 3 & 4, 2017:  Female Health, Wellness and Sexual Function

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Holly is in her 41st year as a physical therapist. In addition to maintaining a full time private practice in Cambridge, MA, she lectures and presents courses on Pelvic Floor, Women and Men’s Health, Pregnancy and Postpartum, Orthopedics, Geriatrics and Sexual Medicine throughout Australia, Canada, Chile, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, UAE and the United States.

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Becoming a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist – Kate Jones

As one of the newer members of the ellephysio crew, I thought I’d write about why I became a physiotherapist and why I care so much about pelvic health.

My desire to become a physiotherapist started during my undergraduate years at Queen’s University where I was studying kinesiology. At the time, I had an amazing job as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for MBA students and business executives. I loved exercise, I loved goal setting, I loved behaviour change, and I could see myself training people for a living. I wanted to learn as much as I could about how to help people make positive life choices to support their health.

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The Accidental Advocate

 

It seems that I may have started something recently. I think I may have made myself into an accidental advocate for mental health. And you know what? I’m okay with it.

Along with my day job as a physiotherapist and my hobbies of rock climbing, fitness and social media. I think the advocate hat might be a pretty good fit.

The Anxiety Monster

 

You see, I struggle with anxiety and possibly even a little bit with depression too. I think that I have likely battled this demon most of my life but the anxiety monster really reared its ugly head and made itself known between 4 and 5 years ago. This monster was so scary and brutal that it literally took my breath away, brought me to my knees and asked me to beg for mercy. I’ve shared tidbits of my experience through social media and also in person to the patients that I treat daily. The outpouring of support, kindness and people sharing their own stories with me privately, gives me strength and makes it even more apparent to me that we NEED to talk more about mental health.

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What Is Your Gut Telling You?

How Holistic Nutrition Changed My Life

I was once very unhealthy, physically, mentally and spiritually. I suffered from endometriosis, post-traumatic stress disorder from childhood trauma, obesity, depression, digestive illnesses, autoimmune disease and inflammation. I was pre-diabetic with high cholesterol.

The most devastating part, I was only 26 years old.

Looking for Answers

I spent another 8 years in this condition, seeking help from doctors who medicated me and performed numerous surgeries on me, with no relief from my symptoms. I completely lost hope and more importantly I completely lost myself.

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Canada’s Food Guide from a Holistic Nutrition Perspective

Recently the Senate Committee of Social affairs, Science and Technology have released a report proposing the review of Canada’s Food Guide. When I saw this posted on Twitter this week my first reaction was “It’s about time”, however after a deeper study the realization of optimal changes from a holistic nutrition perspective came crashing down on me.

Taxation vs. Education

Their proposal to tax sugary drinks and ban partially hydrogenated oils may create awareness of the dangers that these ingredients play on obesity, but will they truly educate our people about what foods will sustain healthy living?  In my lifetime, will I ever see realistic changes that have the health of our population in mind?

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Holistic Nutrition – There is no One-Size-Fits-All

In our fast paced lives, we very often end up eating on the run and usually choose items that are quick and easy. This puts us in a somewhat unconscious state when it comes to food selection and consumption.

What if…?

What if the food we’re eating isn’t being digested properly?

What if this food is not providing essential nutrients required by our bodies to prevent disease?

An improper diet can very quickly cause obesity, a lack of energy, emotional upset, high blood pressure, diabetes, inflammation, joint pain, infertility or unstable blood sugar levels to name a few.

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#100Daysofelle – Eileen Conquers The Program!

 

We have recently finished another #100daysofelle program here at ellephysio!

Eileen first came to ellephysio in October 2015 just a week after surgery on her left knee. She had a very long standing history of knee pain that pre-surgery had left her unable to stand for more than 5 minutes and walking even short distances was painful. She was referred to ellephysio for her post-op rehab by another patient and immediately felt at home and cared for.

Soon after, Eileen saw our flyers about #100daysofelle and asked if she would be a good candidate. She was interested in the program and with the help and encouragement from Karen, was nudged to make the lifestyle change she knew she needed to make her rehab journey a success.

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The art of ART – Active Release Technique

Today we’re taking a closer look at one of ellephysio’s soft tissue/massage techniques as we explore the art of ART (Active Release Technique).

What is Active Release Technique?

Active Release Technique (ART) is a hands on treatment of the body’s muscles, tendons, nerves, and connective tissue. To those unfamiliar with the technique ART is alike to specific, and sometimes deep, massage.

However, ART is a movement based technique.  So instead of the practitioner moving their hands over the tissue while the patient remains still, in ART the patient is given instructions and performs specific movements, while the practitioners hands stay fixed on the area being treated.  It is also worth noting that because of all that moving around, ART patients remain clothed.  So patients are often asked to bring a athletic or workout gear depending on the area being treated.

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