We have an amazing team of Physiotherapists at Midtown Physiotherapy! Which is why we wanted to give our clients the opportunity to get to know each of them better. In this series of blog posts, we’re sitting down with each of our therapists to learn what it is they love about physiotherapy and why they’re so passionate about helping their patients.
This week we have a Q&A with Lauren Sager. Lauren is the newest edition to our Midtown family, joining the practice this past July after working at a sports medicine clinic in Calgary for the past couple of years. In addition to having her Master’s of Physiotherapy, Lauren also has additional training in Dry Needling which she uses in her practice.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I completed my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario and completed my Master’s of Physiotherapy at McMaster University. After I graduated, I moved to Calgary where I worked as a Physiotherapist at a Sports Injury clinic for 2 and a half years. I have also completed additional training in Acupuncture and Functional Dry Needling which I use in my practice regularly.
How long have you worked at Midtown Physio?
Just since the beginning of July. However, the staff and other therapists at Midtown have been so friendly and welcoming that I feel like I’ve been there for months – everyone made me feel at home on my first day.
Why do you enjoy working at Midtown Physio? What makes it different from other clinics?
From the moment you walk in the door at Midtown, you are made to feel welcome and comfortable. We really emphasize one-on-one physiotherapy with client-centred, individualized treatment programs. No two clients and no two injuries are the same; we take the time to understand every client’s unique goals and concerns so that we can address them accordingly.
Through personalized, evidence-based exercise programs, clients are able to take charge of their rehabilitation at home to get back to the activities they love quickly.
What made you want to become a Physiotherapist?
Physical activity has always been an important part of my life and is essential for everyone’s health and wellbeing. It has been proven to prevent a variety of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, and Alzheimer’s. When I learned how effective exercise is at preventing some of these conditions, I knew I wanted to be part of a profession that promotes physical activity and helps people live their healthiest lives. I love using exercise instead of medications to help clients recover from their injuries and reach their goals.
What is the most rewarding part of being a Physiotherapist?
The most rewarding part of being a physiotherapist is seeing your clients get back to doing the activities they love or need to do. Whether that is getting back to rock climbing, walking their dog or reaching the top cupboard in their pantry; being able to help clients reach those personal goals is why I am a Physiotherapist and why I love coming to work every day.
Do you have a focus or specialty; areas of the body, certain types of injuries, or particular treatment methods?
I love to treat all types of musculoskeletal conditions with an emphasis on sports injuries. I like to use dry needling in my practice as it is very effective for treating tight muscles and relieving tension around joints.
What should a new patient expect on their first visit with you?
During your first visit, we start by listening to your concerns and goals for physio. We will assess your strength, mobility, and function with various tests so that we can determine the optimum treatment program for you. Treatment will likely involve hands-on therapy, the use of modalities, different types of exercises as well an individualized home program for you to continue your treatment between appointments. We will discuss how long your recovery will likely take and how often you will need to come for follow-up appointments. We are available to answer any questions you may have about your injury or physiotherapy. Our goal is to start you on a treatment and exercise program that will make your rehab successful and enjoyable!
Midtown Physiotherapy is a Toronto Physiotherapy clinic offering client-centred and evidence-based treatment to help you get back to what you love. We offer appointments at our Yonge and St. Clair location, as well as home services for those unable to come to us.