- Donald Physiotherapy Prof. Corp. was created in October 2006.
- The first physical location of Donald Physiotherapy was in Davidson, Sask. We have operated in Davidson since January 2013.
- Donald Physiotherapy works closely with 3 Saskatoon dance groups – Dance Elements, River City School of Irish Dance, and Free Flow Dance Theatre Company.
- Each year in October, Donald Physiotherapy does an on-air cheque presentation to the C95 Radio Marathon for Breast Cancer.
- Since May 2016 Donald Physiotherapy has been a dealer of Sigvaris compression socks. We currently have 4 (soon to be 6) certified fitters on staff.
- Donald Physiotherapy has consultants available in the areas of Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Paediatrics, and Mental Health & Behaviour.
- Donald Physiotherapy once had a piece of pie locked in a microwave for over a week!
- Donald Physiotherapy is a Finalist for the 2019 SABEX Awards. This is the third year in a row of being a finalist, for 3 different awards.
- In 2019, Donald Physiotherapy will be a major sponsor, for the third year in a row, for the Arthritis Society – Saskatchewan Walk For Arthritis.
- Santa visits Donald Physiotherapy every year in early December for pictures. Donations are collected for the Saskatoon Food Bank as part of Rock 102’s Stuff the Bus campaign.
We would love to hear your comments about these 10 facts or any others you feel should have made the list!
Donald Physiotherapy has been open in Saskatoon since November 2014. We have developed a fantastic group of clients since then and we thought we would like to share some facts that you may or may not know about our business. So in the spirit of David Letterman’s famed Top Ten list, we present Trevor’s Top Ten: Donald Physio Facts:
People. What is happening? It's currently -33 as I'm writing this blog. It was - 48 earlier this morning. I know, I know. We live in Saskatoon. We are going to experience all 4 seasons, some longer than others. It's winter and it's cold. But there is a difference between it being cold outside and it being freezing. This is ridiculous. When it's cold you can suck it up and not wear mittens while you are driving or even skip wearing socks in your boots. However, when it's freezing you wear layers to get the mail. If you grew up on a farm you pull out your ski-doo suit and wool socks (not because you are going ski-dooing but because you want to pack them in your car trunk in case your car decides it doesn't want to run anymore). Vanity and style take a back seat to your warmth.
When it's cold you still think about Dairy Queen and Slurpee's. When it's freezing you think about warm soup and hearty stews that burn your tongue. When it's cold you are still able to go skating or tobogganing. You are able to go Cross Country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing, skidooing (especially with a sled tied to the back and you wear ski goggles to help protect you from the debris that's flying at you). You can participate in activities that involve the temperature to be below zero. When it's freezing....................you binge watch Netflix (Chef's Table, The Office, Outlander and Workin Moms are my fave's). You Marie Kondo your closet ( do NOT do this by yourself. I repeat. DO NOT DO THIS BY YOURSELF). You start google-ing hot destinations and research how far $70 West Jet dollars can get you (Not even to Regina in case you are wondering).
If you live in Saskatchewan you have 2 different types of wardrobe.....summer and winter. Summer wardrobes are typically filled with bright colours, fun designs, and pieces of clothing that shows less skin. Winter wardrobes are typically filled with down, wool, anything that is water resistant. No one cares about colours when its -50 outside. Did you know that you can purchase a down onesie???????? YES!!! It's a real thing ($1500). The best part of it being that cold is that everyone that you see looks the same. Big parka, winter boots (with removable liners), puffy gloves, and sometimes even a fur trapper hat. But even through all of this we hold out for that sweet promise of spring. Where we can see the rest of the brown gritty snow mound melt in the parking lots and see actual concrete on the roads. Where the sound of the water dripping from your eaves is all around you (I mean that in a poetic sense, not literally). I have gone to the green houses a few times over the winter to remind myself that everything lasts for a season. That there will be new growth happening. Patience is not something I am strong in. So I'm writing this just as much for me as for you. We will get through this. Before we know it there will be the faint hint of green in the sky from the trees and allergies acting up from all the snow mould. There will be families going on bike rides and getting coconut dipped ice cream cones from Chardon's (if you haven't had one you NEED to go). Just remember that we are all in this together. We are all experiencing the cold and the freezing. So let's cheer on the melting and the end of this blasted winter.
~ Sheri, Admin
(Cue cheesy daytime tv show music)
Hello! And welcome back to “The Winter That Never Ends!” I’m your host Chuck Canuck. This segment of our show is brought to you by Donald Physiotherapy, where you’re in good hands. Now, let’s get back to our topic, Winter Survival! Here’s our top five tips!
1. Keep your hands in your mitts, and out of your pockets.
Mitts keep your hands warmer than gloves by giving the fingers a chance to stay warm together and generate more body heat. Keeping your hands out of your pockets increases your balance, and decreases the risk of slipping and falling on the ice.
2. Warm up before you shovel or use the snow blower.
Cold weather and cold muscles do not mix. A light warm up of marching in place or stretching will not only help your muscles work better, but it can help prevent injury.
3. Hot cup of coffee before your shovel? Save it until you’re done.
Substances like caffeine and nicotine can decrease your blood vessels to constrict, putting you at risk for a heart attack or other cardiovascular event brought on by the strain of shovelling.
4. Push the snow when you can.
Pushing the snow reduces strain on the body. If you do have to lift the snow, bend your knees and use your legs to do most of the work. Try to use a light weight plastic shovel over a heavier metal one.
5. Be cautious while walking.
Buy some ice grips that slide over your boots, and take your time. Put your phone away and watch for slippery sections or ice in your path. If your path is incredibly slippery, try walking like a penguin. Keep your feet flat, take short strides or shuffle. Keep your knees slightly bent with your toes pointed out, and lean forward slightly.
That’s our show for today folks! Tune in next time when I’ll be discussing The Groundhog: Accurate weather predictor? Or oversized rodent with an ego? Thanks again to our friends at Donald Physiotherapy. If find yourself sore after shovelling, or you’ve had a slip and fall, give them a call! They’ll get you back to the snow in no time. I’m Chuck Canuck, and this has been “The Winter That Never Ends!”
~ Becky, RMT
As I get older I try to be cool. I try and make myself watch new shows and keep up with the Kardashian's. I try to stay on top of new lingo and technology. I want to understand what millennial converse about when they go out for Tapas. But if I'm honest with myself I am turning into my parents (I say that with love). I don't understand the point of snap. I can't figure out how to make a story on Instagram. I don't know why there is a song that says' I just wanna Rolly Rolly Rolly with a dab of ranch'. I can't tell the difference between a pair of Air Force Ones and Jordan 11's. We play music at the clinic during the day. I have made a playlist on my phone of office appropriate songs. Every once in a while we get tired of listening to the same songs so we will search music and find a playlist that seems clean and upbeat......ask us how that's going.......if you happen to have an appointment on a day where we are listening to a different language of tunes it's because we can't find anything to listen to that doesn't make us feel old. How does one properly use a #hashtag? And do you use #hashtags on everything you post on social media?
Getting older comes with benefits as well. You start to care less about what others think of you and start to care more about what you think of yourself. You start to realize that self care is an actual thing and that if you need to 'unplug' for a while, that does not mean you need to involve the emotion of guilt. You start to realize that life isn't as long as what you once thought and that the moments you get to experience are precious. You are comfortable eating the foods that you like and not eating the foods you don't. You take the shopping carts at Superstore on 8'th and go for rides down the ramp every time you get groceries while laughing out loud (and if it's not busy you do it again :) ). You start to understand the bigger picture, that the world is small and that we are all connected in some sort of way. That a kind word or smiling to a stranger gives you even more pleasure than what it gives the receiver. That reading doesn't put you in the 'old' category, it puts you in the educated category. You start to define what true friendship is and having that 'A-HA' moment when you feel and know that you have the power to pick and chose people in your life that add value and support and care and encourage and push you to greater heights and love you unconditionally. That it's okay to get rid of the negative in your life, even if that means 'unfriending'people.
I will always struggle identifying with younger generations. There will be things that I don't understand and don't comprehend. The things that will always stay the same, regardless of how young or old we are, is that we all have one life. We all are in need of kindness and love. We all have bad days and get frustrated and things don't go right. Life can be hard and frankly can suck at times. But we are all in it. We are all going through things that will help define our character, that will help us grow and become stronger and better. When you are young you think you know how the world works, how life will unfold for you. Whatever age we are, whatever stage we are at in our lives we still think we get to wake up tomorrow to another day. Life is a gift. It's constantly changing and evolving. It's hard to keep up. Growth can be hard, change can be hard. It can also be exhilarating and lose your breath exciting. So, whatever age you are reading this, let's be brave. Let's let the year of 2019 be a year of bravery. Let's be kind and let's not be so serious. Let's jump into the pool with our clothes on (or sneak into the Sheraton waterslides ;) ). Let's eat our cake before our meal and learn new jokes. Let's find our favourite song and blast it. Let's spend time with those who genuinely mean something to us and verbalize it to them because we want to and not because we have to. Let's let others sit with us. And let's get ready for this next chapter of our lives.
Now excuse me while I work on my floss
This is going to be a slightly different blog post this week.
Each week we do an internal HIGH FIVE FRIDAY, where high fives are doled out to staff for different accomplishments or good deeds. In this post I want to say a few words of thanks and then have some fun. Bear with me. It’s been a long December.
Firstly I want to say a big thank you to all our wonderful clients who have come to see us in the past year for physiotherapy and massage. To those of you who have trusted me with your care in the past ten months, an extra big thank you as I appreciate you taking time out of your busy days for self care and healing.
Secondly I want to thank all my coworkers, physiotherapists Amber, Kristyn, Miranda, Trent, and my RMT room share buddy, Kirsten for all the collaboration this year. It’s always awesome to have people to bounce ideas off of for treatments. Thank you to Sheri, Jocelyn and Shawn. Without you the clinic would grind to an absolute halt.
Last, but certainly not least, thanks to Trevor and Michelle for creating a space for us to work together with so many diverse modalities within our four walls. It makes helping our clients easy and convenient.
Now, without further adieu, and with my apologies to Clement C Moore, (who I am sure is rolling in his grave somewhere) I present to you:
Becky’s Night Before Christmas Blog
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the blog,
Not a creature was stirring, except for me because of too much egg nog.
The stockings were sat on the floor with great care,
Because I live in an apartment with no chimney to spare.
The clients were at home, nestled in their beds.
I hoped visions of stretching danced in their heads.
Snug in my sweater, and massage sheets on my lap,
I had just settled down for a long winters lap.
When out in the clinic there arose such a clatter!
I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.
Away to the clinic I flew like a flash!
I threw open the door with a mighty loud crash!
The moon on the crest of the new fallen snow
made the gym look like midday reflecting the glow.
When what should my wondering eyes should appear
but Trevor dressed as Santa with eight tiny stuffed reindeer.
Like the little old driver,
Both lively and quick,
I had to ask myself
“Is Trevor really Saint Nick?!?”
More rapid than gophers his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted and called them by name:
Now Kristyn, now Kirsten, now Myranda, and Trent!
On Becky, on Michelle, on Amber and Jocelyn (sorry no ones name rhymed there)
To the top of the squat rack!
To the top of the wall!
Dash away! Dash away!
Dash away all!
As dry leaves on the wild prairie winds fly,
when the meet with an obstacle, straight to the sky.
Up to the clinic top the stuffies they flew,
With all of the stretching bands and Trevor/St. Nick too.
Then with a shuffling I heard on the roof,
The padding and pawing of each stuffy’s hoof.
I drew in my head and was turning around
when down by the dryer vent Trevor/St.Nick came with a bound.
He was dressed all in faux fur, from his head to his foot.
And his clothes were all covered in dryer lint and floof.
A bundle of physio tools he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a sales rep opening his pack.
His eyes, how they twinkled, his dimples how merry!
All I could think was, “I can’t wait to tell Shawn and Sheri!”
His mouth it was all drawn up like a bow
and the stubble on his chin was as white as the snow.
A roll of K-Tape he held tight in his teeth
while physio tubing circled his head like a wreath.
He was happy and light like Buddy the Elf,
And I laughed out loud, I couldn’t help myself.
With a wink of his eye, and a nod of his head,
I knew I was dreaming and should wake up in bed.
He spoke not a word and went straight to his work.
Filled up our coffee cups and turned with a jerk.
Then picking his bag up off the floor,
He turned and casually strode out the door.
Trevor jumped in his truck, with plush reindeer in tow
He rolled down his window as he drove out of sight
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!
I’d like to share some thoughts that I recorded last year following the passing of my good friend, Chris. Chris taught me a lot of things in life and I'd like to share with you some of the catch phrases that Chris used to use which I think apply not only in physiotherapy practice, but also in life.
The first of these is “Be better.” Sometimes we think that we've achieved the pinnacle and we're doing well in work, in sports, and in life but we can always be better and can always strive to be better.
The next phrase I would like to share is “you're all a bunch of the lollygaggers” which is from one of Chris’s favourite movies, Bull Durham. What Chris meant by this is that there is no excuse to be outworked by anyone. Ever.
Another favourite movie reference is from The Lion King, “Hakuna Matata”. This translates to “No Worries”. Sometimes things happen and it’s important to never get too high when things are going well and never get too low when things seem like they're going bad.
Chris used to carry himself with fantastic confidence and swagger, but never cocky and I think this is very important in life. We need confidence because confidence helps us succeed and get to that next level in whatever endeavors we might be doing.
One of my favourite phrases that Chris used to say, and he would use this in a variety of situations, was “if you're not improving then one of us isn't doing their job.” I think it really speaks to teamwork in that many things we do in life are not individual feats and they require the work of another partner or a team. It is very important that everyone is pulling their weight to achieve the desired end result.
Chris was an extremely smart guy and a phenomenal athlete and a great thing I learned from him was that winning isn't everything. Sometimes it's the process, sometimes it’s the game, that matters the most, not the end result. Chris was a really competitive guy and he was very good at almost everything he did, but he also understood the big picture. Sometimes it doesn't matter if you win. It’s about whether you have fun and the friendships and the bonds you form along the way.
~ Trevor, PT
The Team at Donald Physiotherapy!