“Summerside Physio co-owner Chris Holt incorporates games as part of physio”
by Lindsay Ryall with Druid Sponsorship
Usually a trip to the physio is soft on the fun side.
There is often a regimen of uncomfortable exercises designed to reinvigorate injured tissue, and that usually means more pain than enjoyment. The unfortunate bi-product of this no pain, no gain process, is clients can become less interested, and less invested in their own healing.
Seeing the benefits of patient buy-in with respect to their healing, the staff at Summerside have taken an alternate and innovative approach to therapy: making physio more fun. Summerside has found Incorporating a lighter approach has made a positive difference, contributing to greater client commitment to their healing process and success.
According to co-owner, and Druid Alumni, Chris Holt, the approach to making physio fun, initially came from dealing with a younger clientele.
“The fun approach came from some of the work we specifically do with kids,” said Holt. “The number one thing is it has to be fun or the kids won’t do it, so we started with that approach and we discovered that it works really well on adults too.”
And how does the staff at Summerside Physio make their client’s visit more fun? Mostly with their easygoing attitude, but also by incorporating games into their exercises. As part of their pet therapy program there is the “fuzziotherapist” Riggs, a dog, who even offers snuggles during your visit.
Over the years this light approach has buoyed Summerside’s growth in clientele and in servicing the Edmonton region as the organization celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year. In addition to working with adults, when it comes to youth, their services remain unmatched.
“We offer pediatric services that no one else in the city offers,” said Holt. “Summerside has offered care for children as young as babies and this therapy includes neurological as well as physical rehab. We’re also extremely proud of the success we have working with young athletes”
A past member of the Strathcona Druids RFC, Holt knows full well the importance of physio in keeping athletes healthy and credits his involvement in the sport as an influence towards his eventual career.
“Rugby has been such a huge part of my life, I’ve grown up in the club, I’ve seen the joy that it’s brought me, how it’s shaped me in the profession I am in,” commented Holt. “Being involved in sport at such an early age . . . and being part of a team.”A youthful Liam Mills (l) and Chris Holt (r) ham it up for the camera
Although young in life, Holt’s senior playing days have passed, and he now has an opportunity to reflect and contribute as many alumni have done before him.
“I remember really appreciating how involved the alumni were when I was a young player, and difference they made. As I get older, I’m excited to give back to club in that role, and continue to enjoy the sport and the club.”
Summerside Physio was a sponsor in 2018 for the Strathcona Druids RFC last year for which the club is appreciative, and Chris Holt has supported the club in a physio role when needed.
Summerside Physio is located at 1235 – 91 st. SW, a 10-minute drive from Sherwood Park, and we encourage our membership to frequent the businesses that support our club.
Updated 05:01 - 5 Mar 2019 by Druids RFC