Registered Physiotherapist Job Opportunity Newmarket

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WALK IT OFF Spinal Cord Wellness Centre Inc. is a Not-For-Profit organization that provides exercise-based recovery, education and support to those living with neurological disorders, specializing in spinal cord injuries (SCI). We aim to improve quality of life and increase independence by maximizing recovery.

It is not known how much an individual will recover after a neurological incident. Walk It Off designs a program that does not impose limitations. Our focus is to stimulate the non-functioning areas of the body through core strengthening and repetitive load-bearing exercises.

Position Summary:

We are looking for a contract Registered Physiotherapist. Our client base consists of SCI, ABI, CVA, MS and CP with 70% of our clientele in wheelchairs. In addition, we work with individuals and athletes who are looking to improve performance and get involved in para-sport.

Our service provides an exercise-based, gross motor re-patterning program that is hands-on and will require the PT to be in good physical condition. Our modalities include gait training; we use the Litegait partial body weight support system (PBWSS) over treadmill, Madonna ICARE (Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitative Elliptical with PBWSS), New Lift Walker, FES arm and leg ergometer, Ultrasound, EMS, hydraulic Bobath tables and various adaptive exercise equipment.

Current Staff includes one physiotherapist who is resigning and will transition her clientele to the new PT candidate. Currently, she works 3 full days. There is the potential to increase hours to a full time position 5 days a week. Other staff include 2 Registered Kinesiologists and one assistant. Part of the paid orientation will be training in our specialized technique. Please respond with CV.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan, execute and document client programs
  • Oversee Kinesiologist and their planning, execution and documentation of physiotherapy programs
  • Responsible to documentation for personal and MVA insurance mandates and requests

Key Qualifications and Requirements:

  • As a Walk It Off representative, must show strong interpersonal and communication skills and uphold the integrity of our institution
  • Current registration with the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario
  • Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy
  • Superior documentation skills
  • Self motivated, able to work independently
  • Ability to work team environment
  • Fitness/athletic experience
  • Physically demanding job-requires standing, lifting, kneeling
  • CPR/First Aid certification

Job Type: Contract

Required education:

  • Bachelor’s

Required license or certification:

  • Are you certified and in good standing with the College of Physiotherapist of Ontario

If you would like to apply, please click here.

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– WIO Staff

Walk It Off at the 2017 Abilities Expo Toronto

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As most of you know, Walk It Off (WIO) participated in the first annual Abilities Expo at the International Centre in Mississauga the weekend of Jan 20-22. The Abilities Expo is a great venue which brings together service and retail providers, the latest technology in adaptation and accessibility, and leisure information all under one roof.

The Expo is geared for individuals living with all types of disabilities – physical, cognitive and learning; and hearing and sight impairment.  In past years, the Expo has visited major American cities such as Boston, Las Vegas, Chicago and Houston. 2017 is the first year the Abilities Expo has come to Canada and we were ecstatic to be a part of it! Continue reading

A Huge Thank You to Magna International!

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On behalf of Walk It Off, we would like to thank Manga International for its outstanding philanthropy.  The 2016 Magna Hoedown provided a magnificent weekend of music and fun for the community, and a fantastic fundraising platform for local charities and not-for-profit organizations on September 16th and 17th . Continue reading

The 6th Annual 5k Run-Walk-&-Roll Event Was a Blast!

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What a day! WHAT AN EVENT! Thank you and congratulations to all the participants of this year’s 5km Run, Walk and Roll! This was the 6th annual event hosted by Walk It Off, at Fairy Lake in Newmarket on May 28th and what a fun day it was!  Click here to see the full online photo album from the event. Continue reading

Olfactory Ensheathing Cells and Spinal Cord Recovery

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In recent months, there has been a breakthrough in spinal cord injury recovery. Research has been looking into the possibility of injecting cells from other areas of the body into the site of injury to see if they can help repair and regenerate the injured cells of the Spinal Cord. Focus had been placed on stem cells for their ability to adapt and change into the cells of their surrounding environment. However, recently the focus has shifted to olfactory ensheathing cells (OEC). Continue reading

December Donations Discount Member Training/Therapy Fees at WIO

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The holiday season is one for caring, sharing, and being with loved ones. For those of you struggling to find the perfect gift this holiday season, consider giving back and donate to Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery and Wellness Centre. For the month of December, all donations received will go directly towards discounting members’ training and therapy fees. 

Throughout the rest of the year, we put all of the donations received right back into the facility to help purchase new equipment to assist in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) recovery. This helps to subsidize the costs for individuals with spinal cord injuries who participate in SCI Recovery Training and Physiotherapy here. Continue reading

‘Total Gym’ Equipment for Spinal Cord Injury Clients at WIO

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The Total Gym (TG) is a piece of equipment recognized throughout the fitness community for bodyweight training, functional training, conditioning, and rehabilitation therapy. We are fortunate to have a TG at the Walk It Off facility that was generously donated by the DeHaas Family of Aurora. As you can see in the picture (left), we have one of our Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) clients, Kevin (C5/6 Complete), lying on an angled sled that can slide up and down on a guide rail as the client performs squats. The sled can also be locked in a stationary position. The Total Gym (TG) offers many benefits to a Spinal Cord Injury client because it is adjustable to suit the individual’s physical abilities, needs and exercise goals no matter the level of paralysis. Completing exercises on the TG allows the client to perform movements they would not usually be able to complete, in a safe and controlled manner with the assistance of the SCI Recovery Trainer here at Walk it Off when needed.

Please take a moment to watch this video of a client on the TG. Continue reading

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) for those with Spinal Cord Injury

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Hello there! My name is Talal and I am a trainer at Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery and Wellness Centre in Newmarket.  I would like to share information regarding one of the training modalities we use with our spinal cord injury clients called Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES).

After a spinal cord injury, many individuals will have weaker muscles or muscles that can only be activated through external stimulation. We use two techniques to stimulate contraction: Nervous System Activation Technique (NSAT-discussed in our previous blog) and Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS). EMS is a modality that is used by placing electrodes over the skin of a targeted muscle group and then a current is passed through to generate muscle contractions.

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