Physiotherapy has arrived at Lifesource!

Now, with physiotherapy and registered massage therapy on its premises, the Lifesource treatment system is complete.

As envisioned by Lifesource founder Darren Kenney, who is an athlete, nutrition expert and renowned exercise therapist and trainer, complete treatment includes:

1. Movement When Possible

As soon as safe movement can be performed, a client should be engaging in safe, controlled activity patterns that regenerates blood flow through nervous-system stimulation. An in-depth assessment will follow.

2. Application of the Best Equipment Available

Use of the Class 2a medical device (Power Plate) by a talented physiotherapist and other certified staff makes our treatment process unique in its ability to provide faster improvements in strength, flexibility and functional movement. Use of this technology improves the staff's ability to help clients get back to function much quicker. The following is a list of treatment modalities used with this unique technology…

A)    Therapeutic exercise

B)    Neuromuscular re-education

C)    Gait Training

D)    Sensory Integrative Training

E)    Motor Pattern Correction

3. Sound Nutritional Guidance

Good physiotherapy should be backed up by sound nutritional guidance and follow up. Repair of tissue between treatments and exercise therapy sessions through proper nutrition is vital. Lifesource is fortunate to have Brianne Ozimok backing up this role!

4. Guided Exercise

The best treatment plans need to be backed up with a guided exercise-therapy regime that is primarily focused on developing balanced strength and flexibility. At Lifesource, physio treatment is further improved by the implementation of such programs led only by trainers with university degrees.

5. Lifestyle Change 

Physiotherapy treatments that don't involve lifestyle counseling to ensure changes to healthier patterns and habits, are limited in their effectiveness. At Lifesource, physio treatments are supported by sound, customized advice on how an individual can make changes to his or her lifestyle to allow the application of the physiotherapy treatment to be most effective.

6. Registered Massage

Treatment programs that utilize sound, well-executed exercise, as well as valuable guidance on nutrition, can get a final boost by the Registered Massage Therapist. Clients can benefit from a massage treatment to enhance recovery time, alleviate pain and muscle tension, and improve circulation and immune-system health.

The holistic health-care approach at Lifesource Training Studios brings together all the necessary elements to live life to the fullest!

Learn more about Amira by clicking here and check back to this space for future words of wisdom and thoughts to consider from our resident physio professional.


Registered Massage Therapy!

With Crystal Russell now on board as Lifesource’s staff Registered Massage Therapist (RMT), we are now the one-stop shop for health-care and wellness. In addition to high-quality exercise therapy, physiotherapy, athletic therapy and nutritional counseling, RMT is the final element that completes the package.

While the symptoms of a headache or muscle tension may be relieved temporarily with a pain killer – drugs won’t prevent a return visit. The life-enhancing benefits of RMT can be enjoyed by all ages in every level of fitness or injury. Well known for its ability to reduce stress and aid recovery, “the strength of massage therapy in preventing illness and conditions before they develop cannot be overlooked,” according to the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario (RMTAO). “Massage therapy can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions.”

Among the benefits attributed to professional massage therapy are:

  1. Relief from anxiety and depression
  2. Relief from headaches
  3. Relief from insomnia
  4. Improvement in quality of life for those living with/in:
    1.  Multiple Sclerosis
    2. Cancer
    3. Fibromyalgia
    4. Parkinson’s Disease
    5. Asthma and Emphysema
    6. Kyphosis and Scoliosis
    7. Palliative Care
    8. Gastrointestinal disorders
    9. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (and other repetitive strain)
    10. Tendonitis, Arthritis & Bursitis
    11. Stroke
    12. Whiplash
  5. Relief from muscle spasms and tension
  6. Relief from stress and stress-related conditions
  7. Quicker recovery from injury
  8. Support with pregnancy and labour
  9. Strains, sprains and dislocations
  10. Speedy post-surgical rehabilitation
  11. Improving joint mobility
  12. Improving circulation
  13. Improving immune-system strength

In good standing with the RMTAO, Crystal is able to provide receipts for reimbursement, as Massage Therapy is covered through most employee benefit packages. She works hand-in-hand with the rest of the Lifesource team to optimize mobility, alleviate pain, and improve circulation and immune-system strength while her clients journey to optimum health and fitness.

Crystal provides a superficial stress-reduction massage, and also uses her training to locate and address the root of problems through deep-tissue work. More often, she combines both to provide a balanced experienced.

Learn more about Crystal by clicking here.

Grocery Store Tips

Hi Everyone!
I just wanted to start by introducing myself, my name is Brianne Ozimok and I am a personal trainer and nutrition specialist at Lifesource. I am a recent graduate of Acadia University, where I graduated with a BSc in Nutrition, Dietetics with Kinesiology. Needless to say I have a keen interest in nutrition and hope I can help provide knowledge and some interesting facts to help with healthy eating. I thought it would be good to start with grocery store tips, since this is where it all begins- here we go!

1. Stay on the outskirts of the store- everything you need can be found along the outside; vegetables, fruits, meats, breads, milk and alternatives, all on outskirts. Entering the isles can be dangerous, it’s where packaged, processed food exists and where we are more likely to just buy a product because we see it rather then actually needing it.
2. Make a list and stick to it- we generally start “getting in trouble” when go to the grocery store without a list, we buy on impulse and generally pick up things we don’t need.
3. Never shop on an empty stomach- you are more likely to buy more then you need, things that are easily prepared or pre-made, processed foods that are higher in fat, sodium and calories. When we are hungry we tend to crave high calorie foods that are easily broken down in the body to provide immediate energy and this is what we will buy.
4. Be aware of “deals”- it’s only a deal if you need it. Buying on special or in bulk can be good, but only if it’s needed and the product will be eaten. Sometimes buying in bulk or getting more of one thing because it’s on special causes us to eat more of that product because we have more, and we don’t want it to go bad. So buy what you need! Stick to your list!
5. Go for colour- When looking for vegetables and fruit, get as much colour as you can into your cart. Colour helps our meals look appetizing and appealing. We start every meal with our eyes, we see our food first and eat with our eyes therefore the more appealing/colourful the meal the more we will enjoy it.
6. Frozen can be as good as fresh- don’t be afraid to buy frozen vegetables or fruit. Vegetables especially can go bad quickly so picking up frozen ones and using them in soups is perfect. They don’t go bad as long as they stay frozen, and you will always have vegetables on hand if you can get to the grocery store on time.
7. Look for whole wheat or whole grain- read the label! Sometimes the ingredient list can be long and confusing, so make sure the first ingredient is alway whole grain or whole wheat.
8. Read the label- make sure you read all labels- if anything has sugar as the first ingredient should be left on the shelf. Keep in mind that anything without a label is even better, ie- fruit, vegetables, meats- no label= no processing!

I hope these quick tips help next time you are in the store!