Osteopathic Manual Practice (Current Study, 5th year)
Certified Athletic Therapist of Canada
Irene is a Certified Athletic Therapist who has been working professionally with the active population since 2001. Irene started her education at Brock University achieving a Bachelor of Physical Education in 1998 and then went on to successfully complete the three year athletic therapy program (Dip.SIM) at Sheridan College. Irene continued her studies and achieved a Masters of Rehabilitation Science from the University of British Columbia in 2013. She has taken many continuing education courses to advance her knowledge with osteopathic manual therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, soft tissue manual therapy, functional movement systems, and improved rehabilitation programs. Irene is also in the final year of a 5 year program at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Vancouver working towards her Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice. Osteopathic Manual Practice is an wonderful form of therapy that addresses the whole body and uses highly tuned palpation to determine the position, mobility and quality of the tissues. Therapists will use many manual therapy techniques to remove barriers that prevent the body from healing.
Irene moved to Vancouver Island in 2007 and has been predominantly running an onsite injury clinic for 'industrial athletes' at a pulp and paper mill. This environment has provided her with a great deal of experience resolving chronic injuries and issues related to repetitive movement and postures. Irene also has a small practice in Duncan, BC to continue her work treating a mix of active individuals and those who have very difficult cases. Irene has worked in several university clinics, three Greater Toronto clinics, and provided in-home therapy for different populations including elderly clients, children, WCB claims, motor vehicle accidents, post-surgical knees and hips, post-disease, and of course athletes. Irene has a lot of experience working with rugby teams in Ontario, England, the Velox Valhallians and the Cowichan Piggies. She has delivered on-field services to many other sports teams in hockey, soccer, field hockey, football, wrestling, basketball, volleyball, and individual athletes in gymnastics and running. Today, Irene just enjoys treating anyone in need of her services to help them move and feel better, no matter the the type of problem.
Irene still plays rugby and also enjoys running, snowboarding, kayaking, mountain biking, adventure racing, and any other race that inspires challenges, fun, or costume wearing!
Athletic Therapy is a health care profession that specializes in care of musculoskeletal disorders (muscles, bones, joints), especially as they relate to active individuals pursuing an active lifestyle. This includes assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and education of the injured person.
An Athletic Therapist is a certified member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA). The letters CAT(C) after the therapist’s name designates a Certified Athletic Therapist (Canada).
The CATA has been at the forefront of the Canadian sport medicine community for over 40 years. The CATA has established its credibility and professional status to become widely recognized throughout the general health care community, within the country, and throughout the world. Athletic Therapists are employed in rehabilitation clinics, professional sports, and attend the Olympic Games and amateur athletic events as part of the medical health care team.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy
Osteopathy is a manual therapy that looks beyond the symptoms that are usually expressed through the musculo-skeletal system, like an unexplained sore back or achy areas. By assessing the structure and function of the soft tissue an osteopath can interpret patterns of these pains and general health problems. Altercations in the body can lead to reduced function in organs and other tissues. Our body does a good job at compensating for most issues, however, if compensation builds up our bodies eventually can't accommodate any more change resulting in a breakdown within the body somewhere. An old ankle sprain, for example, could lead into back pain or headaches. Osteopaths find the underlying cause of the problem and restore normal movement in dysfunctional area, returning the intended normal function of the body. Tissues are then able to repair themselves naturally improving overall health.
You can learn more about Athletic Therapy and Osteopathy by looking at these sites:
Canadian Athletic Therapists Association: https://www.athletictherapy.org
Canadian College of Osteopathy: http://www.osteopathiecollege.com/
Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy: http://www.osteopathybc.ca/