Neurochangers Grand Opening

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I am very proud to announce the Grand Opening of Neurochangers! Neurochangers is an advanced Neurological Recovery Centre located in Whitby (click here for a map), and is home to the most advanced rehabilitation equipment for neurological injuries/diseases in all of Durham Region.  Many of you know that we originally opened Aim2Walk about 5 years ago in Toronto, and have been effectively servicing the Neurological Rehabilitation market throughout Ontario since then. We have been planning an expansion for quite some time, as Durham is a very under-serviced region when it comes to Neurological Rehabilitation, and took possession of our space in April of this year. Since then, it’s been a bumpy ride with a couple of floods and renovations, but we are finally ready to show off the hard work.

In addition to the intensive neurological recovery programs we already offer at Aim2Walk, Neurochangers will be offering some new services, including Concussion Management (baseline and post concussion testing and treatment, for individuals and teams), orthotics, and compression stockings to name a few.

Please join us on Thursday, October 15 from 12:00-6:00 for the Grand Opening of Neurochangers. Check out the official invite here – GrandOpeningPostcard.

There will be giveaways, prizes, cool demonstrations, free acupuncture, a ribbon cutting ceremony and much more. The Pita Deli (an amazing lunch spot if you’ve never tried) is located 2 units down from me and will be involved in the food for those who come by the clinic on that day. Tell your friends and family, neighbours and co-workers. I can’t wait to show off Neurochangers, and if you can’t wait to see it…DON’T…I’m here every day!

Please RSVP to Matt by October 11 (905-449-4939 or matt@aim2walk.ca)

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ParaPan Success

With my week as the Medical Lead for the ParaPan Am Games now come and gone, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the experience.

I came away with the following observations:

  1. The performances of ALL the Parapan Athletes I observed were way more impressive in person than I could’ve imagined. Specifically, the Boccia players regularly made shots and overcame physical obstacles to wow the audience and their opponents.
  2. The spirit and positive attitudes of the volunteers was above and beyond the call of duty. The people of Toronto and surrounding area, and the international volunteers, should be very proud.
  3. The Abilities Centre is a truly awesome building. If you haven’t been there you should go. If you own a business are want ideas of how to comply with AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) you will be impressed. Check out this checklist for more on complying with AODA.
  4. South American fans are fun to watch. Win or lose, their fans could be heard singing throughout the week and you could tell they were all thrilled to be experiencing Toronto 2015.
  5. You don’t need to be paid to be compensated well. Volunteering gives you a lot of positives…but it doesn’t give you money (obviously). Although this may be the major reason many people choose not to volunteer, all I can say is that if you have never done it, you’re missing out. I don’t have the space to explain why you should volunteer here, but I can say it’s something everyone should experience. Whether or not you’ve volunteered before, check out Spark Ontario to help you start/continue your volunteer journey. Here you can explore volunteering opportunities in your area and get notice of future events requiring your help.
  6. I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought…I never do. See below:

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Team Brazil

Team Brazil

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Athlete Medical's clinic/control room.

Athlete Medical’s clinic/control room.

Brazil won Gold in all 4 categories for Boccia.

Brazil won Gold in all 4 categories for Boccia.

Medal presentations

Medal presentations

No one wanted to get injured today!

No one wanted to get injured today!

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My empty Field of Play Treatment area.

My empty Field of Play Treatment area.

A Brazilian Boccia player is interviewed following his Gold Medal match win.

A Brazilian Boccia player is interviewed following his Gold Medal match win.

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Neurochangers at the ParaPan Am Games

boccia playerWith the Pan Am Games having come and gone here in Toronto, don’t feel bad if you’ve missed out on the excitement of attending a live sporting event featuring future Olympic stars for Canada and the rest of the Americas…you get a second chance! Starting Saturday, August 8, the ParaPan Am Games commence with over 1600 athletes in town, representing 28 countries, competing in 15 events (all of which are qualifiers for Rio 2016).

I am lucky to have been appointed as a Lead Medical Practitioner at the Abilities Centre in Whitby. The Abilities Centre will be hosting Boccia (similar to Bocce Ball, but with more strategy) and Judo. The Boccia players have already started their training here in Whitby, and let me tell you, this is not the Bocce Ball you play with your buddies while having some drinks. These athletes are intense and precise, and could beat me or you every time. I am very much looking forward to their competition starting Saturday August 8 (for tickets, come to the box office at the Abilities Centre or click here). Oh, and Canada has the number ranked player in the world – Marco Dispaltro – who also happens to be Canada’s Flag Bearer for the Opening Ceremonies on Friday August 7.

Watching these athletes compete is a reminder of the importance of physical activity, exercise, and therapy for people who use a wheelchair. No matter what an individual may have as a disability, one can always maximize their functional level…and the goal is almost never to get up out of the chair and walk. Aim2Walk and Neurochangers strive to maximize your potential with expertly guided and specialized training programs. Call us for more info (416-679-9255 or 905-449-4939).

If you’re going to be at the Abilities Centre this week or next, swing by the Medical Clinic and say hello!

Matt