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In Loving Memory of David Ralph "Dave" Dieno

In Loving Memory of David Ralph "Dave" Dieno April 19, 1956-May 29, 2016 Funeral service is at Roadhouse and Rose on Main Street in Newmarket at 1:30 pm on Saturday followed by a Celebration of Life at the Holland Landing Community Centre from 3:00 pm to 6:00pm. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of Walk It Off’s loved members, Dave Dieno. On the morning of May 29th, Dave suffered a heart attack and tragically, did not survive.
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Walk It Off Adds Registered Kinesiology to the List of Health Care Services Provided

Walk It Off is proud to announce that two of our SCI Recovery Trainers, Rebecca and Taylor, are officially Registered Kinesiologists! In September, both trainers wrote their entry-to-practice exam with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (COKO). We are very pleased to announce that after enduring a painful wait period, both Rebecca and Taylor were informed they passed the exam and we are happy to add Registered Kinesiology (R.Kin) to the list of health care professions we can offer at Walk It Off along with Physiotherapy, Registered Massage Therapy and Personal Training.
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Olfactory Ensheathing Cells and Spinal Cord Recovery

Six months post-surgery, with intensive physiotherapy and neurorehabilitation, Fidyka was beginning to notice gains in muscle mass and was able to tentatively take steps with the use of leg braces, parallel bars and a physiotherapist. Fidyka also recovered improved trunk stability, some voluntary movement in his lower extremities and partial recovery of superficial and deep sensation below his injury level. Diagnostic imaging suggests that with the cell transplant, the 8 mm gap in Fidyka’s spinal cord has repaired and regenerated (4).
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Spinal Cord Recovery Program - Whole Body Vibration Therapy

The Vibe Plate uses Whole Body Vibration (WBV) technology, which offers additional health benefits to the individual standing on the equipment. It has been suggested that using the Vibe Plate for 10 minutes, three times a week will result in improved range of motion and flexibility, increased blood circulation and muscle strength, and increased bone density to help fight osteoporosis.
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Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for those with Spinal Cord Injury

Walk It Off is fortunate to possess the only Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Ergometer north of Toronto. This specialized bike allows us to provide EMS in a way that allows the individual to pedal with their feet or cycle with their arms using their own muscle contractions.
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2 New Trainers Welcomed to the Walk it Off Team

Spring marks growth and new beginnings at Walk it Off Spinal Cord Recovery and Wellness Centre as we announce the addition of two new Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Recovery Trainers to our team; Talal Chaudhry and Ashley Richardson.
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Walk It Off Spinal Cord Wellness Centre Celebrates 2 Years!

Walk It Off (WIO) fundraised for 1-1/2 years to reach the goal of $30,000 to officially open the doors to the facility. Since that date, we look back on the accomplishments of our organization and our clients as we celebrate 2 years of operation.
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WIO - December Donations Discount Member Program Fees

We all look for a way to give this time of year. What better present than the gift of health in the form of donation? Walk If Off would love your generosity to assist with our Members' Recovery Programs. For the month of December, all donations will be directed to discount our members' program fees. Please give generously and be a part of Spinal Cord Injury Recovery.
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Importance of Standing for Those with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)

At Walk It Off, our entire program is out of the wheelchair. We incorporate not only standing in a session but other weight bearing activities with the body in various planes. The attraction to our facility is not just about the equipment we use for standing, but the one-on-one personal attention that our program calls for. We get EVERYONE up on his or her feet!
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Decreased Bone Mineral Density & Joint Contractures for Those with SCIs

In our last blog post, we talked about the potential complications of immobility for those with spinal cord injuries (SCIs). In this blog post, we'll elaborate on issues such as decreased bone mineral density (BMD) and the potential for joint contractures (joint immobility).