Physiotherapy for Performance

We are excited to welcome Registered Physiotherapists Jen Bladon and Stephanie Michieli to the CFNAC staff. Jen and Stephanie will offer onsite physiotherapy services at both the Newmarket and Aurora locations. Not only your best tool to address pain, injury, or rehab needs, physiotherapy can also identify and proactively address any mobility, strength, and performance concerns. This can not only minimize injury risk, but also generate PR’s!!

Assessment and treatment bookings will be available through Zen Planner. The initial assessment (approximately one hour) will include a thorough history and objective examination, initial treatment, as well as the specific treatment plan for follow up care. An initial assessment report for your physician is sent upon request, and this may include recommendations for diagnostic testing (x-ray, ultrasound, MRI, or specialist consult). Jen and Stephanie are both highly experienced physiotherapists with advanced manual therapy skills, acupuncture and dry needling certifications, and they use a “whole body” approach to best direct the treatment and exercise prescription to the very root of the problem. With Stephanie and Jen’s extensive sport background and training, they are well positioned to meet the needs of the CFNAC members.

Jen and Stephanie will be collaborating with the coaches of CFNAC to provide a comprehensive and unique approach to physiotherapy treatment. They will be delegating one-on-one sessions in the gym with the coaches once the treatment plan is established. Once assessed by Stephanie or Jen, patients will still have follow up reassessment and treatment with their physiotherapist, but will also be guided in booking a schedule of treatment/exercise sessions with one of the coaches to carry out the exercise treatment component (as directed by the physiotherapy assessment findings).

All physiotherapy services (assessment, follow up with Stephanie/Jen, exercise sessions with the coach) are eligible to be covered under extended health care benefits. Receipts for services will be provided to submit to your benefits plan for reimbursement

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Jen Bladon 1Jen Bladon (BSc. PT, FCAMPT, RYT 300, ISM Practitioner, CIDN) graduated from the University of Toronto in 1998 with a degree in Physical Therapy. She then completed her post-graduate orthopaedic exams becoming a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Manipulative Physical Therapists in 2005. This process focused on developing the most detailed of skills in assessment, analysis, manual therapy, and exercise prescription. Jen has also completed her Yoga Teacher Training allowing the integration of her yoga therapy with her practice. Recently, Jen completed a mentorship in the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) with Diane Lee, a highly respected physiotherapist and researcher, to further advance her skills to treat the most complicated of patient conditions. Jen is also certified in dry needling, a technique using acupuncture needling as a tool to resolve myofascial trigger points.

With extensive experience approaching 20 years working at Southlake Regional Health Centre, and in private practice in the Newmarket community, Jen continues to pursue the most evidence based practice assessment and treatment skills for her patients.  As an Advanced Practitioner working with Dr. Randle, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in shoulder conditions, she has a special interest in shoulders, as well as in treating the spine and pelvis. Along with loving CrossFit, Jen also has a love of TRX Suspension Training, and teaching therapeutic yoga through her company Better Than Fit: Physiotherapy, Fitness, and Yoga. Her biggest passion is to bridge rehabilitation with fitness performance - finding optimal movement and strength both in the gym and for real life.

Stephanie Michieli 1Stephanie Michieli graduated from Western University with both a BSc Honours Kinesiology in 2013 and Masters of Physical Therapy in 2015. Over the past couple years Stephanie has grown to embrace orthopedics as evidenced by her advancement in learning. Stephanie has completed her Level 2 of the Orthopedic Division’s manual therapy program, and is working towards becoming a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). Steph has completed a number of post-graduate courses to expand her knowledge base and hands on manual skills. Steph is currently practicing Acupuncture, Soft Tissue Release, and Mulligan Concepts. Steph also is a qualified TRX instructor and often incorporates these exercises as part of her rehabilitation programs for clients.

Steph is also working in the community at clinics in Aurora and Nobleton with sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons. Steph also works as an advanced practitioner with Dr. Lindsay, an orthopedic surgeon at Southlake Regional Health Centre who specializes in hips and knees. Her passions aside from physiotherapy include being as active as she can through TRX, yoga, spin class, weight training, and enjoying the outdoors in cottage country. Steph believes that it is important to keep moving, stay active and do what you love. The body was made to move, and physiotherapists can help you feel better, move better, and be better.

1. What is the difference between Physiotherapy and Personal Training?

• Physiotherapy involves a detailed assessment followed by treatment directed at the patient goals - whether addressing a specific injury, a weakness, mobility, or performance concern.
• Physiotherapists are not only movement experts, but are authorized to clinically diagnose injury, and conditions that involve the neuromusculoskeletal system.
• Physiotherapy includes manual (hands on treatment) such as mobilizations or manipulation of joint, soft tissue work, acupuncture/dry needling, and exercise prescription.
• Physiotherapists have a university degree in Physical Therapy and are a Regulated Health Professional. Physiotherapists operate under a broad scope of practice that is regulated by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.
• Physiotherapy services are eligible for reimbursement by extended health care benefit plans.
• Physiotherapists as part of the health care team can collaborate with the patient’s doctor by making recommendations for diagnostic testing (i.e. MRI) and specialist consultation as needed.
• Physiotherapists are direct access health care professionals - you do not need a referral from your doctor to see a Physiotherapist.
• Personal training at CFNAC is a fitness and training based service for training/exercise programming that the coach provides and supervises.
• Personal trainers/coaches have an excellent movement training background, but are unable to diagnose and “treat” injury, pain, or dysfunction.
• Personal training is an unregulated service that is reflective of the trainer/coaches knowledge base and skill set, and is rarely covered by extended health care benefit plans.

2. How do the Physiotherapists and coaches of CFNAC work together?

• With a physiotherapy assessment and treatment plan completed, the therapist and the patient will determine the best approach to reaching the patient’s goals. This includes regular follow up by the therapist (manual therapy, exercise prescription, education, etc.), and will include delegated exercise sessions to work with the coach as appropriate. With this approach, the sessions with the physio and the coach both become physiotherapy treatment.
• The physiotherapist and coach will (as regulated by the College of Physiotherapists) keep a detailed patient file with the assessment and treatment notes that support the patient’s improvement and progression.
• The physiotherapist and coach will work as a team, communicating regularly to modify the class programming and WOD’s to ensure minimal set back and barrier to recovery.

3. Do I need to have suffered an injury to see a Physiotherapist?

• No! It can be in your best interest to consult with a physiotherapist before injury. Signs of potential/increased risk of injury include stiffness in a joint or area or limited mobility, weakness (or compensations) with a certain movement, limited strength progression, or trouble recovering from specific movements, exercises, or activities.
• Other conditions (such as headaches, stress urinary incontinence) may not be “painful” or an “injury” but may benefit from physiotherapy.
• Individuals new to exercise and CrossFit can benefit from physiotherapy to identify current abilities, challenges, and goals in order to set up a successful plan to minimize injury risk and maximize exercise benefit.

4. My child participates in sports and/or CrossFit kids. Is there a role for kids Physiotherapy?

• Yes! Physiotherapy assessment and treatment can help screen and identify any early posture, movement, mobility, and strength concerns that can become bigger concerns later.
• Physiotherapy can identify and address any sports related imbalances that may be problematic over time for the athletic child.

5. Do I have to be a member to see the Physiotherapist at CFNAC?

• No - The CFNAC Physiotherapy services are available to anyone looking for comprehensive care physiotherapy care.

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The Physiotherapy program at CrossFit Newmarket Central and CrossFit Aurora Central prioritizes the importance of protecting the privacy and personal information of our clients and patients at all times. We are committed to collecting, using and disclosing personal information responsibly and only to the extent necessary for the goods and services we provide. A complete outline of our privacy policy is available upon request.  If you have questions or concerns regarding our privacy practices, please feel free to contact our Privacy Officer:

Jennifer Bladon

jen@betterthanfit.com

905-895-4461