Taking Charge of Change

It is often said that change is the only constant in life. Yet, we seem predisposed to resist change because of the risks associated with it.  If we  don’t embrace changes in our life and our surroundings, we  are bound to lose ground and become stagnant.  No matter how we look at it, life is full of changes.

As the summer winds down, we need to adjust our time, our family activities and our schedules. As time passes, we have to re-evaluate our goals and our behaviours. As health care practitioners, we have to adapt to ever changing technology, research and perceptions of health care.  For example, the notion of “self-care” is a growing theme in the medical community. The need to provide people with the tools to take more responsibility for their own health in a proactive manner. To educate, inform and promote health habits, such as staying mobile in their everyday lives, is integral to our profession. Two thousand years ago, Hippocrates had the right idea when he said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”

Increased focus on prevention and promotion of health and well-being will result in a healthier population, delayed chronic conditions and cost savings in health care overall.  The idea of regular fitness check ups, similar to dental hygiene, could greatly reduce your risk of injury, improve your balance and flexibility and keep you on track for a lifetime of motion.  There is such potential for growth in this field. The importance of actively engaging people in their rehabilitation, encouraging behaviour changes and being proactive in the education of prevention.  A 2008 systematic review found “strong evidence that integrating treatment of cognitive and behavioural factors into physiotherapy was effective in improving function and decreasing pain intensity. Physiotherapists are well placed to provide information and address barriers where they are encountered and to use tools to enhance self-efficacy and adherence”.

September is a good time of year to reset, and the staff at Bragg Creek Physiotherapy are excited about the year ahead. With a new owner and manager at the helm, we are excited to implement some changes at our clinic. Bragg Creek Physiotherapy Ltd (BCPL) has officially changed ownership/management and is excited to continue to provide exceptional physiotherapy and allied health services to the Bragg Creek and surrounding areas.  Steve Resta, a current physiotherapist at BCPL, with over 27 years of clinical/management experience will take over the reins from long time clinic owner/physiotherapist, Lisa Le Poole.  BCPL will continue to provide all current services during this time of transition and would like to thank Lisa for her vision and commitment in developing such a prominent and reputable business.  We are excited to begin this new chapter by rebranding the business and creating innovative changes in the near future.  BCPL looks forward to connecting with both previous and new patients as we ensure ongoing support for your health and well-being.

Change is inevitable…except from a vending machine.” – Robert C. Gallagher