SOS Physiotherapy (Elmira): Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?

The Spinal Column The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


SOS Physiotherapy is a physiotherapist owned clinic that was one of the first to open in the Kitchener- Waterloo area, over 25 years ago! To kick off our SPINAL COLUMN, what better way than to give a sneak peak into the history of Spinal, Orthopedic, & Sport Physiotherapy (S.O.S. Physiotherapy).

include a physiotherapy clinic in the lower level of the expanded student centre. That clinic opened in April 1995 and managed by Randall and Mike Clermont who is currently with WSM. Services also included massage therapy provided by Lambrini Mantzios, and Pedorthic Services by our own Kim Rau.

It starts off in 1991 with a young Physiotherapist, and soon to be entrepreneur, named Brian Gastaldi. With ties to the University of Waterloo as the head Athletic Therapist for over 7 years, Brian brought his Physiotherapy degree from the University of Toronto and

his skills from working at Fowler Kennedy Medicine Center in London to join his Partner Howard Feigel. Together they started a little multidisciplinary clinic (4,000 sqft!) in Kitchener called The Belmont Center for Physical Medicine. The centre offers spinal, orthopedic, and sport physiotherapy. The team consisted of physiotherapist Dave Slover, Kim Schmidt, R.M.T. who are both still with us today; Howard Feigel; Kim Rau (Pedorthic Services); and Dr. Forest Caldwell (Sports Medicine and Orthopedics). SOS grew rapidly and welcomed Jeff Garret within a year of opening and Randall Helmwould come aboard in the following year.The physiotherapists would jokingly call themselves “The Boys On Belmont”, a term still used today by the new boys (and girls) of Belmont! Shortly after Randall joined, a woman named Janice (Flynn) Moreside came to the clinic, and tendered her resume. Janice made it clear that a woman’s touch was needed to take the clinic to the next level. So Janice was hired! She did, indeed, bring a new perspective to the clinic and even began a brief period of early Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. A further opportunity presented itself in 1995. The University of Waterloo Campus Centre was expanding and soon to be renamed the Student Life Centre. Brian, Janice, Jeff, and Randall submitted a proposal to

In 2002 and 2004 Andrew Woelk and Jon Clay joined the SOS team respectively, and eventually partnered with Dave to purchase the Belmont S.O.S location. The new “Boys on Belmont” have welcomed therapists Adam Dafoe and Amy de Corte. Together they enjoy every day of patient care and the witty banter helps make acupuncture therapy a little more tolerable! Added services like KW Pelvic Health Physiotherapy with Beth Albert, along with continued relationships with Kim Rau & Associates, and our registered Massage Therapists Kim Schmidt, Trinity Hughes, and Jessica Deshevy, round out this amazing group to ensure all our patients’ needs are met. And finally, in April 2015 Andrew and Jon saw another opportunity in Elmira where they opened a 3rd SOS Physiotherapy clinic. It is a brand new 1700 sqft. space just off the main street of downtown Elmira. Adding Osteopathy with Lisa Fulcher to satellite KW Pelvic Health and Pedorthic Services makes the Elmira clinic another multidisciplinary site offering top care! So thats it! Growing relationships and space over more than 25 years, SOS Physiotherapy is here for you now and for years to come!

The Spinal Column The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


INSIDE: • How To Take Care Of Your Back • Healthy Recipe • Mentoring Corner • Free Back Pain/Sciatica Screening

• Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles.

Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal, joint, and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints thatpeoplesuffer from andmore than 80% of theNorthAmerican population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right irritable and affect others around you. Why Do I Have Back Pain? Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the spinal and core muscles of the trunk. • Poor posture and strain on the spine from slouched sitting. • Repetitive injury to muscles around the spine from improper lifting. • Limited flexibility of the spine, hips and muscles of the thighs.

Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people feel that not much can be done for back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. Solutions to Back Pain. Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our physiotherapists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life.


Snow shoveling can lead to a number of health risks for many people, from back injuries to heart attacks. The following tips can help keep you safer when you set out to shovel: Warm up. Warm your muscles before heading out to shovel by doing some light movements to get your body ready, such as bending side to side and walking in place. You are more likely to injure yourself with “cold” muscles. Push rather than lift. Pushing the snow with the shovel instead of lifting can help reduce the strain on your body. Good Posture. When lifting is required be sure to bend at the hips and knees with your chest out. Place the snow instead of twisting and tossing. Lighten your load. Consider shoveling multiple times during a long snowfall and using a lighter shovel. You should also shovel right after a snowfall because waiting may allow the snow to melt slightly and become heavier.

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Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain .

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved • 2 tablespoons canola oil • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

SUPPORTED BRIDGE Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by the finger tips. Inhale and lift the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times. Strengthens Core

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Put the Brussels sprouts in a medium roasting pan; toss with the canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until light golden brown and a knife inserted into the centers goes in without any resistance, about 45 minutes. Transfer the sprouts to a large bowl and add the pomegranate molasses, pomegranate seeds, hazelnuts, and lime and orange zests. Season with salt as needed. Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

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Mentoring Corner

SOS would like to do a long distance shout out to Jon’s Nephew, Matthew Clay, playing baseball in Monterey, California!

“Cousin Matty” has played ball for almost his whole life and is CRUSHING it in California! If you want to give the team a look, here’s the link: SOS Physiotherapy is the proud sponsor of several teams in the community and considers sponsorships once a month. If your youngster has a team looking for some help, send your child’s bio and team picture to SOS at and we’ll give it a look!

The Physiotherapists at SOS Physiotherapy get together weekly to practice their hands on skills and share ideas. All in an effort to improve the care for our patients. Here’s what we’re working on to get you better faster. Back pain giving you grief? The disc or joint in your low back that may be the cause is getting STRESSED by stiffness in your mid back! Here, Adam is practicing a mid back manipulation (yes, that’s crackin’ folks!) on Amy that we like to call a T-spine Roll Down. It’s great for taking pressure off the low back by restoring motion to your middle back. Add some foam rolling and some low back stretching and watch the relief happen!

Attention Back Pain Sufferers!

Do You Have Difficulty With Back Pain?

We Can Help:

• Decrease your pain • Increase your strength • Increase your activity level

• Increase your flexibility • Improve your health • Get back to living

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