At Catalyst we use a unique approach with our health practitioners and fitness professionals. We truly believe that a scientific, inter-disciplinary approach to a patient’s wellness will produce the best results. We achieve this through the use of optimal treatment durations, multi-practitioner directed programs, and a wide-variety of functional therapeutic approaches that treat the body as a whole.
- Massage Therapy
- Nutrition Packages
- Active Care Rehab
- Personal Training
- Fascial Stretch Therapy
Chiropractic utilizes a manual approach to health care. This includes patient assessment, diagnosis and treatment. In particular, chiropractors assess patients for disorders related to the musculoskeletal and nervous system. As a result of taking a physical assessment and patient history, chiropractors are able to provide a differential diagnosis for the patient’s presenting condition(s) and develop a comprehensive treatment/management plan in order to optimize performance and function. Our Chiropractors are also trained to deliver specific exercise progrmas, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling to assist the body in healing itself.
Acupuncture produces many of its effects by stimulating nerve receptors in skin and muscle. Various substances are released that cause an increase of local blood flow that encourages tissue healing.
- Acupuncture helps to reduce pain locally where the needles are inserted and throughout the body.
- Acupuncture has a calming effect and produces well-being.
- Acupuncture inactivates myofascial trigger points.
The contemporary scientific explanation of acupuncture is that needling certain points in the body stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the brain, spinal cord and muscles. These chemicals will change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities, and by promoting physical and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture can be effective as a solitary treatment, or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:
- Sports related injuries and other movement disorders;
- Musculoskeletal pain problems: neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, joint pain;
- Chronic pain: headaches, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain;
- Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhoea and gastritis;
- Menstrual and reproductive problems: dysmenorrhea, perimenopausal
- Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections;
Massage therapy benefits people of all ages. While it benefits the injured, the ill and the stressed, the strength of massage therapy in preventing illness and conditions before they develop and cannot be overlooked. Massage therapy can be used in the treatment of both acute and chronic stages of conditions.
Therapeutic massage is an important part of your health maintenance plan, by:
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving circulation
- Improving immune system functioning
- Increasing lymphatic drainage
- Reducing depression and anxiety
- Reducing tension within muscles
- Increasing body awareness
With Danielle Bossin-Hardy, Certified Holistic Nutritionist
As a Holistic Nutritionist, Danielle sees food as a source of joy, health, longevity and vitality. You will find no diets here. Instead, Danielle will guide you towards long-term, sustainable changes that you can thrive on for the rest of your life. Everyone has individual needs and every body is different. Through one-on-one consultations Danielle is able to create a custom nutritional plan that fits you. Nutritional consultations will help you to develop a better understanding of what your body needs to be its absolute best. No quick fixes. No fads. Real change. For life. If you are looking to improve digestion, lose weight, increase energy, reduce stress, balance hormones, sleep better, look better, feel better – book a consult today.
Our Nutrition Packages:
This is a 30-minute consultation with Danielle. Definitely a great option for individuals who have a few specific nutrition questions that they are dying to have answered, or for people who are curious about nutrition but not quite ready to commit to a full nutritional program. This is an open session where you can ask specific questions related to your personal goals or health concerns. Feel free to e-mail Danielle prior to this consult with specific questions or with a one-day food diary so that you can receive the most specific feedback!
The custom detox package includes a 30-minute consultation to create a personalized detox program by Danielle. This is a great option for anyone looking to make lifestyle changes to eliminate the body of toxins and help optimize your body processes. Danielle will work with you to find the optimal detox for your needs by creating a series of rules to follow while recommending foods and lifestyle changes.
Custom Meal Plan
Take the guess work out of meal time with a customized meal plan tailored towards your lifestyle and goals. This package includes a sample 7-day menu as well as all recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The perfect package for those who love to cook and meal prep OR for anyone looking for a simple protocol that requires minimal time in the kitchen. Each meal plan is customized towards your personal preferences - paleo, vegetarian and vegan plans available.
Nutrition Essentials Package
Our main package, the Nutrition Essentials Package offers clients a full nutritional program. It includes a 45-minute in depth analysis of your health and wellness profile and your nutritional needs. This initial intake session will be followed up with one 30-minute nutritional counseling sessions to develop strategies for applying your new dietary program. Danielle will provide you with menu planning, recipes, grocery lists, supplement recommendations and lifestyle recommendations.
The definition of rehabilitation is to restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education. When an injury occurs to an area of the body, a systematic approach to recovery must be put in place to allow for full, functional recovery. Whether it be returning to sport after a knee injury or helping to alleviate that low back pain as a result of sitting at the computer all day, a team approach is vital in allowing for a full return to optimal healing. An integrated and personalized active care program is where our team specializes.
Physiotherapists work in partnership with individuals of all ages to break down the barriers to physical function whether that means working with patients who have suffered athletic injuries, pre and post surgery, helping people come back from illness and chronic disease, industrial and motor vehicle accidents and age related conditions.
Everyone that enters the gym at Catalyst will have a personal fitness goal. Our certified personal trainers, all of whom hold a university degree, will initiate you on the path to realize your goals. Be it, wanting to reduce body fat, improve lean muscle mass or increase your mobility for a specific sport, Catalyst’s personal training staff know what it takes from a physical and mental standpoint to push through the barriers to accomplish what you initially embarked on. The benefits of personal training are endless, whether you need the initial spark to start a fitness program or to add variety and specificity to an already existing regime, Catalyst will get you where you need to be.
Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is a unique system of table-based assisted stretching which focuses on the muscles and connective tissue that surround and encompass the joints. Fascia is a network of layered connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones and joints. The joint capsule that surrounds joints is involved in optimizing the mechanical function of the joint and is also part of the fascial network. When the fascia and joint capsules are restricted it can cause increased muscle tone, strains, and tears. It also contributes to scar tissue formation which inhibits efficient movement patterns, increasing tightness even further.
What makes this therapy different from other flexibility programs is that each stretch begins with a light traction of the joint being treated, to allow for a deeper stretch. This is an excellent treatment choice for those wanting to improve flexibility, recover from training, and for injury prevention.