The Spinal Column The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
MANITOULIN PHYSIO! with Amy!
As a bright eyed newgraduate, freshwith newknowledge from a 6 week placement with Jon at SOS Physio to complete my PT education, I headed for Manitoulin Island for my first position as a physiotherapist! I had taken this jump to move 8 hrs away from anyone I knew to pursue an interesting opportunity in First Nations health care. I joined N’Mninoeyaa Community Health Access Centre which serviced 7 First Nations fromSudbury to Sault Ste Marie along the picturesque North Shore of Lake Huron. Being part of the team, lead to engaging with a variety of age groups from elders to the newest additions to the community. My days were very diverse from assessing an elder in their home for a walker to guiding a newly diagnosed diabetic on activity recommendations to post total knee replacement surgery rehabilitation to cardiac rehabilitation following bypass surgery on any given day. It always kept me on my toes and constantly learning! This opportunity also gave me a window into a new culture that I had not had the chance to learn much about previously. Being welcomed into people’s homes and into the community permitted the sharing of cultural experiences including the seven grandfather and medicine wheel teachings, pow wows, aboriginal medicines and healers. The teaching which has continued to resonate with me as I continue my career in physiotherapy is the medicine wheel teaching. There are four directions in the wheel to achieve balance in a person life: physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental. If one area is out of balance it can affect the others. It has continued to remind me to treat the whole person when working with the physical body to allow the client to achieve good health! With this teaching, my time on Manitoulin will always be a part of me! Amy
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