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Reiki is known as the laying on of hands healing system. The word Reiki means universal life energy. This technique reduces stress and stress reactions, lowers high blood pressure, lowers heart and respiration rates, reduces bleeding, inflammation and pain, raises red blood cell count, helps insomnia and calms anxiety. It is used extensively in breast cancer recovery.

Who will benefit?
Reiki has been noted to help patients who suffer from medical conditions like heart disease, cancer and leukemia. Some side effects normally accompanying regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated altogether by Reiki.

Service provided by: Dr. Adonis Makris DC

More information:
https://orthophysio.com/?s=reiki

To Book an  appointment call 416 925 4687 or email amakris@orthophysio.com

Reiki

Reiki

Reiki is known as the laying on of hands healing system. The word Reiki means universal life energy. Reiki healing reduces stress and stress reactions, lowers high blood pressure, lowers heart and respiration rates, reduces bleeding, inflammation and pain, raises red blood cell count, helps insomnia and calms anxiety. It is used extensively in breast cancer recovery. 

Who will benefit? Reiki has been noted to help patients who suffer from medical conditions like heart disease, cancer and leukemia. The side effects normally accompanying regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated altogether by Reiki.

Service provided by: Dr. Adonis Makris DC

More Information:  https://orthophysio.com/?s=reiki

 

Reiki and Healing Energy for stress, insomnia, cancer treatment recovery

By: Dr. Adonis Makris DC BSc

I am a Toronto-based, licensed chiropractor in downtown Toronto at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic as well as at a secondary location at my own private practice. This article being the first of many to follow, will outline which treatments I offer to my patients along with focusing on explaining the healing art of Reiki.

First a bit about my journey of learning with regard to helping people heal on many different levels. I started my academic pursuit at the University of Victoria where I achieved a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology in 1993. I then moved onto gaining a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1998. From there, I have submerged myself in a continual drive to learn from many other institutes. To gain a more thorough understanding of my academic achievements view my Bio at www.iron40.ca

One of my proudest achievements is that of being a Reiki Master. I have studied with a variety of teachers/masters throughout different parts of the world. I have found that implementing this form of healing modality has completed a missing link in physical body work into further helping a lot of my patients. It is from these experiences that I would like to introduce you to Reiki.

What is Reiki?
Reiki is known as the laying on of hands healing system. The word Reiki means universal life energy.
It is defined as being the power which acts and lives in all created matter. The word consists of two parts; the syllable Rei describes the universal, boundless aspect of this energy while ki is in itself part of rei, being the vital life force which flows through all living beings. Many races, cultures and religions have always been aware of the existence of an energy which corresponds to the meaning of ki.
Reiki originated in Tibet or India as a healing system that is about 2500 years old. From there, Reiki migrated with Buddhist sages to Southeast Asia and China, then to Japan, where the known modern Reiki history begins, and then finally reaching through to Hawaii and the West. Reiki healing practices have transcended many cultures, languages, religions, throughout history and millennia of time, right across the globe.

Benefits of Reiki
Medical studies have determined that Reiki healing has the following positive effects: reduction of stress and stress reactions, lowers high blood pressure, lowers heart and respiration rates, reduces bleeding, inflammation and pain, raises red blood cell count, helps insomnia and calms anxiety.
Reiki has also been noted to help patients who suffer from medical conditions like heart disease, cancer, and leukemia. The side effects normally accompanying regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated altogether by Reiki. These side effects include the negative effects of chemotherapy, post- operative pain and depression. Reiki is a recognized factor in positively improving the body’s healing rate and reducing the medically expected time-frame of hospital stays. Recently, Reiki has gained respect and attention in the medical field with regard to it’s extensive use in the breast cancer recovery process.

What does a Reiki treatment involve?
In a standard treatment Reiki energy flows from the practitioner’s hands into the recipient/patient. The recipient remains fully clothed and is usually laying reclined on a massage table however treatments can also be given while the recipient is seated or even standing. The practitioner places his/her hands in contact or hovering slightly over the recipient’s body in a series of determined hand positions. These include hand positions around the head and shoulders and the stomach and feet. Other, more specific hand positions may be used based on the client’s individual need. Each hand position is held between 3-10 minutes depending on how much Reiki the client needs at the location of each position. This is determined by the Reiki practitioner who is trained to sense internal physiological imbalances on an energetic level. The entire treatment usually lasts between 60-90 minutes.

What to expect
What one experiences during a Reiki treatment varies from person to person however feelings of deep relaxation are usually felt by all. In addition, many feel a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and surrounds them as the Reiki energy encourages one to let go of all tension, anxiety, fear and other unhealthy feelings and hence a state-of- peace and well-being is experienced. Some drift off to sleep, report floating outside their bodies or have visions and/or other experiences. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive balanced outlook.

Can I combine Reiki with other more traditional treatments?
There is no need to stop seeing a medical doctor, chiropractor, naturopathic doctor or psychologist in order to receive a Reiki treatment. Reiki is very effective in conjunction with medical, paramedical, and psychological treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including with prescribed drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care and will improve the end result.

I hope that this article has been insightful into your better understanding the beauty and healing power of Reiki and has opened you to giving it a try in the future. If your inner voice guides you towards it in this chapter in your life, Reiki is meant to connect with you. The universal energy of Reiki that resides within us all is ever-present to greatly facilitate our healing as a race both physically and spiritually.

Reiki treatments are provided at the Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic by Adonis Makris D.C. For a bio of Adonis Makris D.C. -click here
For a more in-depth review, please review the following links:
www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/reiki
http://rehab.ucla.edu/workfiles/Urban%20Zen/Research%20Articles/Reiki_Really_Works-A_Groundbreaking_Scientific_Study.pdf
This information is not meant to replace medical/health advice. Contact your health professional to ensure the diagnosis and treatment options are appropriate for your condition.

Athletes and the Actively Aging Reduce injuries and Stay Fit with Pilates

 

You’re recovering from an injury and it’s taken much longer than you expected but now it’s time to get going again.  You really want to get active but you don’t want to go through the pain again.  A friend is running a marathon, your neighbour is going to spin class.  Every fitness magazine is preaching a new workout trend.  You’re unsure of where to go next and are worried you might aggravate the injury you’ve been working through. You know you need to keep moving ahead on your health and wellness journey, but where to next?

If this sounds like what you are going through, then I would recommend trying Pilates to help reduce injuries and stay fit.  Pilates is a type of movement system used by elite athletes, that is also amazing to help recovery from injury. You may have seen the recent article on Canuks player, Brandon Sutter,  turning to Pilates to reduce his injuries.

The great thing about Pilates is that it knows no age barrier.  it is helpful for the young as well as the actively aging.  It works because it’s not just another type of workout but rather helps you to restore the fundamental way of “how” your body is supposed to move.

Reduce Injuries and Stay Fit with Pilates

Pilates was developed by German born Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s.  His focus was rehabilitation. Throughout the years it has evolved.  Input by  Kinesiologists, Physiotherapists and many other movement-based sciences have helped it to further develop as a system that is safe for all bodies and levels of practitioners to help you reduce injuries and stay fit.

Pilates is designed to help you move better, period! It focuses on changing how you move.  learning how to move your body well translates into all areas of your life.  From how to stand with easy upright posture to bettering your golf game.  The effects of Pilates reach far outside the work you do in the studio. Not only will it help the continued healing of your injury, but it will also help to strengthen and balance all the other joints in your body, reducing wear and tear injuries in the future.

The hour you spend in the Pilates studio will spill over into the other 23 hours of your day; the principals you will learn and hone-in-on will stay with you for a lifetime of good movement.

How do you get started?

First you need to find the right Pilates teacher.  A good Pilates teacher has a thorough biomechanical understanding of the body, or in other words “how things move”.  They can teach you how to do it as best as you can for your body’s current state.  This is particularly important if you are recovering from an injury.

Pilates can be done on a mat, on equipment, and with props that modify exercises to your needs. It can be done at home or in a studio.  Sessions are designed to target the whole body with special focus on core strength, breathing mechanics, posture, and balance all with a mindful approach fostering mind body connection.

You may notice many of the exercises are similar to what you have done with your Physiotherapist or Kinesiologist and help you to continue the good work you started with them.  At the Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic our clients often progress from their therapeutic exercises into Pilates or other more independent programs with our kinesiologists so that they can continue to get stronger, better, more resilient.

Private or group sessions?

To get the most out of your Pilates practice you will want to start with a private session.  This can be done as a one-off to introduce you to group classes or as the first step back into any type of exercise. It’s important to start this way if you have pain.  The personal modifications and movement strategies you learn in your session can make you a smarter mover for life.

Group classes can be fun, motivating and empowering.  Keep in mind it’s best to talk to your physiotherapist before jumping into anything new; classes are designed for the average body.  Go early to your class to set up and discuss your injury with your teacher so that they can offer you modifications and assistance as needed.

With Pilates exercising less can often be more!

We’re always telling you to do your exercises daily and we know you find it hard so if you are looking for another way to help get better recent research presented at the Low Back Pa9j  world congress in Antwerp[i] showed that you can benefit with as little as 2-1 hour sessions per week.  People with persistent low back pain (pain lasting longer than 6 months) improved substantially with Pilates exercise done only twice per week. If you find it hard to do your exercises on a regular basis it can help to commit to booked sessions.  You can try a mix of class and individual depending on what you need or enjoy.  Who knew that exercise that helps you recover from injury can even be fun!

Aniela has been teaching movement and Pilates for over 10 years.  She specializes in rehabilitation and mindfulness.  She is at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays providing private instruction.  She can also help you to transition into group settings, use of equipment and home programs.  She has experience in scoliosis, post-operative spine surgery and persistent low back pain.  She also has worked extensively with pregnancy and post-partum clients.  She is currently certifying in Pilates Level 3: CCSB Cadillac Chair Springboard and Barrels which requires 275 hours of training. If your goal is to reduce injuries and stay fit, please contact her at 416-925-4687 to make an appointment or at aamio@orthophysio.com if you would like to know more.

Collins, JS, A study to determine the effectiveness of Pilates exercises on pain and function in people with chronic low back pain http://www.worldcongresslbp.com/site/assets/files/1129/lbp_program_book.pdf

Meditation improves your pain and your brain – just ask Bianca Andreescu

 

The Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu, visualized herself playing tennis, using  meditation to  create a positive mindset. After defeating Serena Williams in the US open she said, “I think your Biggest weapon is to be as prepared as you can. I really think that working your mind is important because at this level, everyone knows how to play tennis”.

Regardless of whether you are an athlete preparing for your sport, a job interview, reducing stress, or helping with pain management, having a positive mindset produces positive effects on our brains.

My journey with meditation

I was guided to meditation after the passing of my lovely mother. I was very close to her and was not coping very well with the emotional grief and it was affecting different aspects of my life. I tried the traditional methods: grief counselling or seeing a psychologist although I always left the session feeling worse (raw) after therapy that I did not want to go back. A client suggested Reiki therapy. I was curious as I had heard of it’s many benefits, so I made an appointment with Dr. Adonis Makris, a functional  medicine chiropractor. My session was unlike anything I had ever had before.  I’m not sure exactly how to explain the experience however it helped and I felt better, lighter, I was hooked! It helped me to feel calmer and clearer in my thoughts, enough that I was able to start to incorporate mediation into my daily practice.

Once I became consistent with my meditation and practiced for longer periods of time, I started to become mindful of my daily thoughts, emotions and how I was responding to the interactions in my life. I became less stressed, calmer and was no longer only reacting with my emotions.  I started to recommend it to my client’s and found that it helped them with their recovery from pain and their daily life stresses.

Why Meditate?

Meditation is a skill that can be learned and practiced.  It is one of many tools used to induce calmness, slow brainwave patterns and increase grey matter.  Numerous research papers show that slowing the frequency of brainwaves causes reduction of cortisol. (10)

Benefits of meditation:

There are so many benefits that occur with daily practice of meditation.  Here are just a few:

  • reduces age-related brain degeneration and improving cognitive functions (1).
  • improves focus, spatial tasks, new learning (2)
  • improves sleep (3),(11)
  • helps with anxiety/depression (4, 6)
  • promotes awareness of self and surroundings (6)
  • improves cardiovascular health (3,5)
  • promotes emotional health (3,4)

How Much Do I Need To Meditate?

From personal experience, it takes time and practice.  As with most new skills, the more you practice meditating or being mindful of your thoughts, the easier and better it becomes.  Your goal should be to work up to a 1/2 hour per day.  When I began to meditate, I started with five minutes and increased the time as I developed the skill. I noticed more changes began to occur when I was meditating for longer periods of time. I was focused on consistency at the beginning to develop a positive daily pattern.

Why Does Meditation Works?

Studies show positive effects of meditation on our physical and emotional health. At the root of all our thoughts, emotions and behaviors is the communicating system of our neurons within our brain. Brainwaves are produced by synchronized electrical pulses from masses of neurons communicating with each other.

Neuroscientist Dr. Joe Dispenza, stated, “we on average have over sixty thousand thoughts per day. If our thoughts are stressful then our body releases stress hormones that change our biological system and the gene expression therefore leading to disease and illness”. (8)

New research shows that meditation literally rebuilds grey matter with a half hour of daily meditation, practiced for two months. It’s the very first study to document that meditation produces changes in grey matter over time.

The Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts conducted an eight week Mindfulness-based stress reduction program in which participants practiced mindfulness for an average of 27 minutes a day.  This study also showed increased grey matter density.  It affected the hippocampus, the area of the brain known for learning, memory, structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection. It also showed that stress decreases the density in grey matter in the amygdala, the area known to play a significant role in anxiety and stress. (10)

What Brainwaves Mean to You

Meditation influences brainwaves. Our brain wave profile and our daily experiences of the world are inseparable. Studies show that when our brainwaves are out of balance, there will be corresponding problems in our emotional or physical health. (3,4).

Our brainwave balance is key because the brain mediates our perception of the world – every emotion, thought, every sensation you have corresponds to activity in your brain. The brain drives our:

  • ability to pay attention
  • emotional balance
  • central nervous system tone
  • autoimmune functions
  • and so much more!

The brainwaves are classified from fast to slow (gamma, beta, alpha, theta and delta). Each type of brainwave corresponds with a certain frequency which stimulates different parts of the brain. These brainwaves reflect different functions when they occur in numerous locations in the brain.  The most beneficial health changes are when the brainwaves are consistently in a theta frequency. (9)

Theta waves occur most often in sleep and are also very active in deep meditation. Theta is our gateway to improving learning, memory, and intuition. During the presence of increased Theta wave activity, our senses are withdrawn from the external world and focused on signals originating from within.

Having a positive mindset creates greater brain efficacy. (7) If your  brain works better then you will feel better. At the same time, traditional meditation approaches emphasize that there needs to be a clear intention and an elevated emotion to be able to change your energy and to change your life. In short, how you think and how you feel creates your reality.

Finding your own way to Meditate

Mediation is a great tool, that can be done anywhere. There are many different forms of meditation (Buddhist meditation, transcending meditation, mindfulness meditation, tapping, singing bowls, etc.).  I recommend you explore different types until you find the one you connect with.

I found guided meditation helpful for me, being able to focus on the voice with guided instructions. It was very hard for me to sit still with silence or even with music.

What works is individual. For some people, a walk in the forest or nature (forest bathing) is a great way to relax and enjoy the fresh air while calming the mind and exercising the body. Below are some suggested apps and podcast that might help you get started.

Meditation App:        

Insidetimer, Headspace, Calm, Sadhguru, Mooji

Podcast:

A New Earth, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Eckhart Tolle, Sadhguru, Mooji, Allan Watts

Resources at the OTC:

While I am still learning and perfecting my skill with meditation, Reiki is a great therapy to balance the energy, calm the mind and help you get started. Our chiropractor, Adonis Makris is very gifted and I would highly recommend him as a resource. Yoga is very calming and for those of you who like to move, Aniela Amio is a great instructor, as well as being trained in Reiki.  Call us at 416-925-4687 to make an appointment or email physio@orthophysio.com if you have any questions on how we can help you get started.

References:

  1. Meditation and music improve memory and cognitive function ( text)
  2. Does mindfulness training improve cognitive abilities? A systematic review of neuropsychological findings ( text)
  3. Strengthening sleep-autonomic interactions via acoustic enhancement of slow oscillations. (text)
  4.  Alpha power, alpha asymmetry and anterior cingulate cortex (text)
  5. Guided meditation as an adjunct to enhance postoperative recovery after cardiac surgery: study protocol for a prospective randomized controlled feasibility trial (text)
  6. Effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on body awareness in patients with chronic pain and comorbid depression. (text)
  7. Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain grey matter density (text)
  8. Stress Hormone Causes epigenetic changes/national (text)
  9. Positive emotional experience: Induced by vibroacoustic stimulation using a body monochord in patients with psychosomatic disorders associated with an increase in EGG-theta and a decrease in EEG-alpha power (text)
  10. Distinct Trajections of cortisol response to prolonged acute stress are linked to affective responses and hippocampal gray matter volume in healthy females. (text)
  11.  EEG sleep slow-wave activity as a mirror of cortical maturation (text)

Pilates and Yoga now available at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic

Aniela Amio – Pilates and Yoga Instructor, Reiki practitioner is joining our team at the Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic. Aniela brings extensive experience in injury rehabilitation through Yoga and Pilates. She is a certified instructor Pilates, Yoga and Reiki. Her focus is on spinal health and injury recovery as well as pre and post-natal care. https://orthophysio.com/pilates-and-yoga/

Aniela will be an integral part of the therapeutic team, along with our registered kinesiologist, John Gray, in helping you to advance your recovery to return to fitness while reducing your risk of injury.

Aniela’s passion is to empower people of all ages and abilities to improve how they to move and help them to take care for their own bodies.  She is interested in and continues to expand her studies with workshops on the mind body connection, chronic pain, scoliosis, fascia, pre and postnatal health and recovery as well as working with the aging population.  Aniela has had the opportunity to work with professional athletes, dancers, chronic pain suffers and those recovering from spinal injuries and surgeries.

Aniela will be at our clinic on Tuesday’s starting February 19, 2019. Call us  at 416-925-4687 to book an appointment or chat with your therapist to determine when you are ready to benefit from working with her.

PIlates and Yoga

Aniela Amio

Pilates, Yoga & Movement teacher, Certified Reiki Practitioner level 2

Aniela completed her yoga certification at The Yoga Sanctuary in 2011, adding courses in meditation, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga shortly after.  She then went on to become certified in Mat Pilates with Body Harmonics in 2013, Reformer Pilates with The Mindful Movement Centre and Leslie Parker. She is currently working towards her Comprehensive Pilates Diploma with Body Harmonics (2019) with a special focus on spinal health and injury recovery, as well as pre and post-natal care.

Aniela  empowers people of all ages and abilities by teaching them how to move and care for their own bodies.  She hopes her students find joy, safety and strength in their sessions which translates into better quality and functional movement in their daily lives.  She is interested in and continues to expand her studies with workshops on the mind body connection, chronic pain, scoliosis, fascia, pre and postnatal health and recovery as well as working with the aging population. Aniela has had the opportunity to work with professional athletes, dancers, chronic pain suffers and those recovering from spinal injuries and surgeries.

Aniela is excited to collaborate and learn from the team at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic to further her education.  She looks forward to being an integral part of your recovery and journey to health and vitality. To arrange an appointment please call 416-925-4687 or email: aamio@orthophysio.com

Recently she has added the following courses and certifications to her education.

  • Movement and Exercise for Pregnancy
  • Post-Natal Reconditioning and Diastasis Recti Repair
  • Towards a Healthy Pelvic Floor
  • Strength, Balance and Fall Prevention for Seniors
  • Handedness and Scoliosis
  • Kinesiology of Pilates

She is currently completing her Pilates Level 3: CCSB Cadillac Chair Springboard and Barrels which requires 275 hours of training.

When Aniela isn’t teaching or taking courses you can find her in the park with her dog, travelling, or in a plant store deciding which plant baby to add to her home.

 

Aniela Amio – Bio

Pilates, Yoga & movement teacher

Certified Reiki Practitioner level 2

Aniela completed her yoga certification at The Yoga Sanctuary in 2011, adding courses in meditation, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga shortly after.  She then went on to become certified in Mat Pilates with Body Harmonics in 2013, Reformer Pilates with The Mindful Movement Centre and Leslie Parker. She is currently working towards her Comprehensive Pilates Diploma with Body Harmonics (2019) with a special focus on spinal health and injury recovery, as well as pre and post-natal care.

Aniela  empowers people of all ages and abilities by teaching them how to move and care for their own bodies.  She hopes her students find joy, safety and strength in their sessions which translates into better quality and functional movement in their daily lives.  She is interested in and continues to expand her studies with workshops on the mind body connection, chronic pain, scoliosis, fascia, pre and postnatal health and recovery as well as working with the aging population. Aniela has had the opportunity to work with professional athletes, dancers, chronic pain suffers and those recovering from spinal injuries and surgeries.

Aniela is excited to collaborate and learn from the team at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic to further her education.  She looks forward to being an integral part of your recovery and journey to health and vitality. To arrange an appointment please call 416-925-4687 or email: aamio@orthophysio.com

Recently she has added the following courses and certifications to her education.

  • Movement and Exercise for Pregnancy
  • Post-Natal Reconditioning and Diastasis Recti Repair
  • Towards a Healthy Pelvic Floor
  • Strength, Balance and Fall Prevention for Seniors
  • Handedness and Scoliosis
  • Kinesiology of Pilates

She is currently completing her Pilates Level 3: CCSB Cadillac Chair Springboard and Barrels which requires 275 hours of training.

When Aniela isn’t teaching or taking courses you can find her in the park with her dog, travelling, or in a plant store deciding which plant baby to add to her home.

Dr. Adonis Makris – Bio

AdonisMakrisDr. Adonis Makris, Registered Chiropractor

amakris@orthophysio.com

Dr. Adonis Makris attended the University of Victoria where he achieved a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology in 1993. In 1998, he became a Doctor of Chiropractic with accreditation from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.

He has studied a mix of modern and ancient healing arts that influence his practice. Adonis is a Master in Medical Qigong, awarded from the International Institute of Medical Qigong, and a Reiki Master. He has certifications as a Biosignature Level 2 Practitioner from Poliquin Group Institute; a CHEK Holistic Level 2 Practitioner and CHEK Exercise Practitioner Level 1 from the CHEK Institute; an Eden Energy Practitioner from the Donna Eden School; and for osteopathic medicine from the Barral Institute. Through decades of study and practice he has developed a healing system called “The Body Motion Functional System”, which is based on the fact that motion is energy and energy has the potential to heal. Within this system he uses a variety of energy-medicine healing techniques that help the body vibrate to its highest potential and regain depleted energy to restore balance.

Currently, Adonis is finishing Post-Graduate studies at the Functional Medicine University in the United States. His ongoing studies include herbal medicine, crystal healing practices, shamanism, and other types of medicine. His practice focuses on helping people with many types of health issues, including body aches and pains; orthopedic disabilities; digestive problems; all forms of cancer; autoimmune diseases; chronic conditions such as fatigue and fibromyalgia; weight loss or weight gain issues; hormonal imbalances and diseases; addictions; emotional problems such as anxiety and stress; and infertility.

The Body Motion Functional System is an array of healing techniques that help the body regain balanced function. It involves the hands-on re-education of muscles and fascia—a technique that removes scar tissue, muscular imbalances, and visceral organ restrictions. Adonis approaches his patients in a holistic manner to teach people the importance of respecting food as healing medicine and to use natural remedies for many disease conditions. Through his instruction and practice he teaches that all diseases have an emotional connection.

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Fee changes due to COVID

Please note that effective August 18, 2020 the fees will be increased by $10 per 1/2 hour appointment or $20 per 1 hour appointment. This reflects the increased costs of COVID control. You can read about our process here

If you have any concerns about the fee change, please contact Maureen Dwight directly at mdwight@orthophysio.com?

Functional Fascia Therapeutics (FFT)

In 1996 Zhonghua Fu, PhD, invented a technique which inserts needles under the skin into the fascia.  The technique is different from traditional acupuncture as the needles are inserted horizontally and more superficially.  Only one needle is inserted at a time and the therapist provides the treatment by gently moving (swaying) the needle. The technique is relatively pain free.

The technique is used to reduce tightness in the myofascial system.  Its effect can be an immediate increase in mobility.

The theory behind the response is that the collagen tissues are most abundant in the subcutaneous layer of the body.  As the technique targets this layer of tissue it stimulates more change in connective tissues.

At the Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic we find that this technique is most effective when paired with soft tissue treatments that assist your full myofascial system to lengthen i.e. massage, soft tissue manipulation.  This technique, coupled with therapeutic exercises and posture change awareness creates a comprehensive catalyst for recovery from persistent musculoskeletal restriction.

Igal Untershats therapist at Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic in TorontoIgal Untershats is trained in Functional Fascia Therapeutics. To arrange an appointment please call 416 925 4687 or email: igalu@orthophysio.com

 

 

Welcome to our new Registered Physiotherapists!

Please join us in welcoming Taylor Sipos,  Tiffany Shi to the team at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic. 

Taylor Sipos Registered Physiotherapist MPT, BKin

Taylor completed his Master of Physical Therapy degree from Western University after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University. His passion for physical therapy developed as he grew up participating in competitive sports.

Since graduation, Taylor has taken numerous courses to improve his skills and advance his professional development. These courses include the Mulligan Concept Lower Quadrant course, Soft Tissue Release and Acupuncture. He plans to complete his manual therapy levels through the Orthopaedic division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Taylor delivers treatment with a great deal of empathy and compassion for his clients. He strives to provide evidence-based therapy with a strong focus on exercise and education. He believes in motivating his clients in taking an active approach in their rehabilitation to meet their individual goals.

In his spare time, Taylor participates in mid and long-distance running and as such, he has a keen interest in the rehabilitation of running-related injuries. In addition to running, he also enjoys weightlifting, playing hockey and cycling.

For an appointment please call The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic at 416 925 4687 or contact Taylor at tsipos@orthophysio.com

 

 

 

 

Tiffany Shi Registered Physiotherapist, MSc.PT, BSc

Tiffany graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy in 2019. Prior to pursuing a career in Physiotherapy, Tiffany obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Honors Biochemistry from McMaster University in 2017.

Tiffany is passionate about helping people recover from their conditions and return to the activities they love. She loos to obtain a thorough history and a holistic physical examination of patients to identify the root cause of the condition. Tiffany’s treatment approach includes manual therapy and evidence-based exercise prescription tailored to the different goals of each client.

Tiffany is a strong believer in life-long learning. She is interested in continuing education in areas of manual therapy, acupuncture/dry needling, concussion rehabilitation, and pelvic health. She has recently received her certification in level 1 orthopaedic manual and manipulative physiotherapy.

In her spare time, Tiffany is busy practicing in sabre fencing and refereeing at competitions. She also enjoys photography, sewing, life drawing, and reading. Tiffany is bilingual, she is happy to provide service in Mandarin if needed.

For an appointment please call The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic at 416 925 4687 or contact Tiffany at tshi@orthophysio.com

Announcing:  Aniela Amio – Pilates and Yoga Instructor, Reiki practitioner

We are excited to announce Aniela Amio is joining our team at the Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic. Aniela brings extensive experience in injury rehabilitation through Yoga and Pilates. She is certified in Pilates, Yoga and Reiki. Her focus is on spinal health and injury recovery as well as pre and post-natal care. Aniela will be an integral part of the team, along with our registered kinesiologist, John Gray, in helping you to advance your recovery to return to fitness while reducing your risk of injury.

Aniela’s passion is to empower people of all ages and abilities to improve how they to move and help them to take care for their own bodies.  She is interested in and continues to expand her studies with workshops on the mind body connection, chronic pain, scoliosis, fascia, pre and postnatal health and recovery as well as working with the aging population.  Aniela has had the opportunity to work with professional athletes, dancers, chronic pain suffers and those recovering from spinal injuries and surgeries.

Call us  at 416 925 4687 to book an appointment or chat with your therapist to determine when you are ready to benefit from working with her.

Scoliosis Presentation

Maureen Dwight presented a paper on scoliosis at the National Orthopaedic Division Conference held  in London Ontario.  This will represent her third presentation to treatment professionals on managing and treating scoliosis.  These engagements have been based on the paper she  co-authored on scoliosis treatment.  Although primarily written for treating professionals, it is available on our website at https://orthophysio.com/?s=scoliosis. These efforts are helping to raise the awareness of treatment professionals on evidence-based treatments for scoliosis.  Maureen also attended the International scoliosis conference (SOSORT http://sosort2018.com/ ) in Dubrovnik Croatia.

Stress is an Opportunity for Growth when Approached the Right Way

Stress is a fact of life. Sometimes it gets so bad we see ourselves as unfortunate, even as lost souls. But with the right understanding and resources, we can regain strength and actually grow from stressful situations. We can use stress to find our limits and boundaries—to challenge us and empower ourselves to heal.

Being stressed out is an opportunity for growth when you approach it the right way

Stress

Stress approached truthfully and intelligently can bring evolution on the highest level. I like to think of stress as an acronym, STRESS, which stands for:

  • Strain
  • Thoughts
  • Rest
  • Energy
  • Support
  • Strategy

It’s an easy way to remember the different elements that make up this force that has such great impact on our lives. A clear and strong understanding of how stress is seen intelligently can only bring an opportunity for greater confidence in healing with it.

Strain

The combination of physiological, emotional, and energetic dysfunction is the first “S” in STRESS.

  • Physiological: Chronic stress produces too much of the stress hormone, cortisol, which triggers a cascade of unhealthy changes in the body. Functional systems, such as digestion, hormone, immune, and cognition, are affected by chronically high cortisol levels and eventually become dysfunctional.
  • Emotional: When the physiological systems are not functioning well, negative emotions come up more frequently. Anxiety, depression, and nervousness are examples of chronic-stress related emotions. How we see life (with the glass half full or half empty) will affect our emotional reactions to stress, too.
  • Energetic: We exist on many different levels, energetically being one of them. (Read more about this in the Energy section further down.) When we’re healthy, our energy body is in synch with our physical body. When this dynamic is unbalanced we lose energy. A helpful analogy is to think of yourself as a computer with trillions of programs running, and how viruses in your system will slow it down or cause malfunctions.
  • Thoughts:  We are what we think about; high-vibration positive thoughts are healthier than low-vibration negative thoughts.Our thoughts affect our physical reality because we manifest what we think about, both consciously and unconsciously. From language to buildings to politics to technology to hamburgers—everything began as a thought.

We created words to articulate our thoughts and give form to our ideas. But often we don’t pay attention to the power of words. We use them indiscriminately, carelessly, angrily. Yet choosing our thoughts and words carefully, with wisdom, results in better outcomes. Positive words have a higher vibration than negative words—their energetic signature has better qualities. High vibrations are associated with positive feelings such as love, forgiveness, compassion and peace. In contrast, low vibrations are associated with harmful feelings such as hatred, fear, greed and depression.

In his book The Secret Life of Water, Masaru Emoto’s experiments with water molecules and crystallization patterns prove that the quality of thoughts and words (high vs. low vibration) influence the quality of water. In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, Dr. Joe Dispenza writes about the brain’s neuroplasticity and the power of words to create change—positive or negative.

  • High vibrational words: Love, Happiness, Compassion, Peace, Opportunities, Respect
  • Low vibrational words: Hate, Depression, Judgement, War, Problems, Dishonour

Rest:

Strong sleep and restorative time outs are important for healing from stress. Our bodies have opportunity to heal when we sleep. This is when your functional systems and energetic systems regenerate and reboot.

Good sleep quality relies on a few factors:

  • intelligent duration ( 8-10 hours for most people )
  • a dark room to prevent disruption of your circadian biological clock
  • cool temperature
  • quiet setting
  • a comfortable, supportive bed.

Certain hormonal and physiological dysfunctions from chronic stress can disrupt sleeping patterns—seeking support from a qualified health practitioner may help. (For a well-researched, informative book on the importance of smart sleeping, pick up Lights Out by T.S Wiley with Bent Formby.)  Restorative time outs include going for walks in the park, sitting outside in the sun, deep breathing, and hugging. All these activities have been shown to reduce cortisol levels—read Cracking the Metabolic Code by Dr. James B. LaValle for more insight.

Energy:

We are vibrational beings composed of many different energetic systems, including meridians, acupuncture points, chakras, and etheric fields. Vibrational Medicine by Dr. Gerber is one of the most respected and well-researched books on energy medicine. Unbalanced, stressed energy systems can affect physical biological systems (particularly the hormonal systems) and create disease.

One of the techniques I use in my practice is tapping.  It is a simple, effective way to reset and rebalance our energy systems. It’s part of a method called the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which helps people deal with stress and unhealthy emotions. For more in-depth opportunities to experience energy medicine, seek out healing practitioners who use the tools I have found have found most helpful in my practice such as Reiki or Qigong. Acupuncture can also help to balance energy. These skills can introduce you to new and exciting healing methods to reduce stress.

Support:

We are all here to do two things in this world: learn and help each other out. I tell this to my patients all the time. I’m also fond of signing off my emails with “Unity and Healing”. Why? Because stress is humanity’s common denominator—we all experience it, no matter what our lives look like. With such a strong connection pulling us together, it’s natural to unite for support and healing. Friends, family, health practitioners, and support groups are all potentially blessed opportunities to heal and grow from stress.

Strategies for Stress:

We all need a well formulated and executed plan to evolve from stress. (We don’t just need it—we deserve it!) You are the only one who can control YOUR life and to be successful, strategy is pivotal.

Five Minute Living: An intelligent strategy includes having the right support (see the second-last “S” of STRESS, above), and the “Five Minute Living” concept: anyone can find five minutes a few times per day to regain a healthy state of being and happiness. Five minutes of deep breathing, stretches, tapping or other energetic practices, walking, positive affirmations, peaceful quiet sitting, hydration, supportive eating and supplements, and hugging a loved one is time well spent on powerful approaches to dealing with stress.

My patients who come to me for help managing stress may get a Reiki treatment or Qigong session. Or maybe they’ll get some bodywork to release tension. But they will also get coaching to help them adopt the practices I’ve mentioned here as part of STRESS—like exercise, better sleep habits, nutrition, positive affirmations—so they can find balance in their daily lives and learn to handle stress like a master.

If you are experiencing stress and would like to learn how to manage it or would like to learn whether Reiki, Qigong and energy balancing can help you, please contact Dr. Adonis Makris, DC at 416-925-4687 or email at Amakris@orthophysio.com

Energy Work

 

Holistic Medicine

 What is Energy Work

Energy work refers to a variety of body-work techniques used more extensively in holistic-types of treatments.  Often people with chronic diseases, low energy, intolerance of deep tissue massage and/or conditions which are not responding to traditional medical approaches find these types of treatment beneficial.

There are several schools of thought and different techniques related to Energy work.  These often consist of very light hands-on techniques or stationary placement of the therapists hands to areas which are in need of re-balancing.

Types of energy work available at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic

At The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic we have 3 types of Energy-work treatments. Each type has similarities in technique and patient experience.  These similarities can sometimes allow the techniques to be interchangeable however some people respond better to one technique than another.

At our clinic each technique is associated with a different profession and depending on your benefit coverage this may make one technique more accessible than another.

Cranial-Sacral Therapy – provided by Juliette Woodruff, Registered Massage Therapist

Reiki Therapy – provided by Dr. Adonis Makris Registered Chiropractor, Reiki Master.

Who benefits from Energy Work?

Energy work may be selected when someone has a frame of reference that is more holistic.  Much like acupuncture, these techniques look to treat the entire body by improving energy flow.
These techniques can be used to help recovery after injury or disease by reducing stress and inducing a general sense of wellbeing.

What can I expect from my treatment?

Your therapist will take a history to determine your primary reasons for seeking treatment.  Treatment may be provided in a typical massage fashion using a sheet to drape the non-treatment areas or in some cases you will be fully clothed.
Treatment should induce a deep sense of relaxation and will often help to improve breathing and reduce pain.  Results are often cumulative with each session producing more substantial changes.

Insurance Coverage

All treatments are provided by registered health practitioners.  Depending on your insurance these treatments will likely be covered under your extended health benefits.

Chiropractic

AdonisMakrisDr. Adonis Makris, Registered Chiropractor

amakris@orthophysio.com

Dr. Adonis Makris attended the University of Victoria where he achieved a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology in 1993. In 1998, he became a Doctor of Chiropractic with accreditation from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.

He has studied a mix of modern and ancient healing arts that influence his practice. Adonis is a Master in Medical Qigong, awarded from the International Institute of Medical Qigong, and a Reiki Master. He has certifications as a Biosignature Level 2 Practitioner from Poliquin Group Institute; a CHEK Holistic Level 2 Practitioner and CHEK Exercise Practitioner Level 1 from the CHEK Institute; an Eden Energy Practitioner from the Donna Eden School; and for osteopathic medicine from the Barral Institute. Through decades of study and practice he has developed a healing system called “The Body Motion Functional System”, which is based on the fact that motion is energy and energy has the potential to heal. Within this system he uses a variety of energy-medicine healing techniques that help the body vibrate to its highest potential and regain depleted energy to restore balance.

Currently, Adonis is finishing Post-Graduate studies at the Functional Medicine University in the United States. His ongoing studies include herbal medicine, crystal healing practices, shamanism, and other types of medicine. His practice focuses on helping people with many types of health issues, including body aches and pains; orthopedic disabilities; digestive problems; all forms of cancer; autoimmune diseases; chronic conditions such as fatigue and fibromyalgia; weight loss or weight gain issues; hormonal imbalances and diseases; addictions; emotional problems such as anxiety and stress; and infertility.

The Body Motion Functional System is an array of healing techniques that help the body regain balanced function. It involves the hands-on re-education of muscles and fascia—a technique that removes scar tissue, muscular imbalances, and visceral organ restrictions. Adonis approaches his patients in a holistic manner to teach people the importance of respecting food as healing medicine and to use natural remedies for many disease conditions. Through his instruction and practice he teaches that all diseases have an emotional connection.

Massage Therapy & Cancer Care

OTC_diagnosticRegistered Massage Therapy and Cancer Care

Massage Therapy is provided as part of The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic program to reduce pain, restore mobility, reduce swelling, and manage the symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatments. Our therapists are trained in therapeutic massage, cranial-sacral therapy, manual lymph drainage and myofascial release techniques. Our Registered Massage Therapists provide the following services to help you in your recovery:

Manual lymph drainage

Our Registered Massage Therapists are trained in the application of gentle manual lymph drainage massage techniques which can help reduce swelling after surgery. These techniques can also assist in the long-term management of lymphedema. Our therapists have completed post-graduate training in compression bandaging which can be a powerful adjunct in the management of the initial stages of lymphedema.

Myofascial release

Myofascial Release therapy is a gentle form of massage therapy that can reduce adhesions and improve mobility. It is often used following surgery to stretch scar tissue. It can also help to manage the tissue tightness that results from radiation treatment or in host vs. graft disease.

Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Reiki and Evolutionary Process Energy Treatment

Cranial-Sacral, Reiki and Evolutionary Process Energy treatments are gentle forms of therapy which can relieve restrictions and enhance your sense of well-being during your recovery. Our therapists have advanced training in the application of these techniques to relieve chronic and acute conditions. These techniques can reduce stress and tension to assist in your overall recovery.

Axillary web syndrome/cording treatments

Axillary web syndrome or cording is a condition that can occur following the surgical removal of lymph nodes. It presents as a cord-like thickening in the limb that had the surgery. Manual lymph drainage and fascial release therapy can help to relieve the restriction and sensation of burning associated with this condition.

Stretching and scar release

Surgery and radiation can result in movement restrictions and scar adhesions. Once your condition is stable it is important to address these restrictions at an early stage when the tissues are more susceptible to change. Massage therapy is an integral part of restoring movement post-operatively and helping to relieve scar adhesion.

Release of Frozen shoulder adhesions

Frozen shoulder is a painful and restricted condition that can affect your arm following breast cancer treatments. It can occur after radiation or surgical treatments. Once your condition is stable a combined program of exercise and massage can assist you in reducing your pain and recovering your movement.

Pain relief & relaxation

Massage is a time-tested method for pain relief and restoration of relaxation. Pain relief is targeted through improvement in circulation, reduction in tissue tightness and restoration of muscle balance. Our therapists bring an extensive array of techniques to help maximize your recovery and minimize your pain i.e. cranial sacral, Reiki, deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, etc.

Education on prevention & self-management strategies

All therapists at The Orthopaedic Therapy Clinic are committed to helping you achieve independence. We incorporate education assist you in understanding the key factors which will help you to prevent future recurrences. We will help you to take charge of your recovery through self-management strategies that are effective and easy to implement.