Nutrition can affect your performance and recovery during your physical therapy sessions.
In addition to monitoring your physical abilities, such as your strength and range of motion, we will also talk to you about nutrition as it can contribute to your overall function. Not eating healthy or enough can keep you from performing exercises or recovering as planned.
Physiotherapists aren’t dietitians or nutritionists, so we have included a Registered Dietitian as part of our multi-disciplined approach. With the information received from other members of our team, they are in an ideal position to explain and guide you on the importance of proper nutrition.
We are health professionals that use evidence-based techniques for diet and lifestyle.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to nutrition. We are all unique and need a diet specific to your own individual needs.
Guidance and education are primary goals in helping you succeed in optimizing yourself as a whole!
An optimal diet helps you stay healthy and lower the risks of developing diseases. A nutritious diet strengthens body organs, improves mood, boosts concentration, and maintains a healthy weight.
On the other hand, an unhealthy diet increases your risk of disease. An unhealthy diet consists of food that’s fat, greasy, processed, sugary, starchy, and high in sodium. Excessive alcohol intake falls into this category too.
The most beneficial food for recovery varies depending on your injury, health condition, age, body type, and other factors. For example, if your goal is to build and strengthen muscles, our dietitian may recommend a high-protein diet.
If you have nutritional deficiencies, our dietitian can help create a plan customized for your specific needs. Nutrients from the food you eat can repair tissues, regenerate cells, expedite healing, and boost physical strength.
Proper nutrition can also help boost motivation as you go through your rehabilitation and recovery.
With proper nutrition, you can not only boost your health but can improve things like your range of motion and reduce inflammation.
When your body receives adequate nutrition, you’re more likely to heal and perform better. You’re also more likely to achieve positive long-term results from your physiotherapy sessions.
Our team approach ensures we consider all aspects of your health when creating a plan for your recovery.
Patricia Poulsen, PDT
Patricia is a holistic-driven registered dietitian with over 20 years of experience. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, the media, and the food industry. Her scope of practice is vast and includes digestive health, vegetarian/vegan diets, and sports nutrition. Patricia is passionate about food and adopting a back-to-basics sustainable approach to eating. Currently, she splits her time at the VG working at the Nutrition Education Clinic and her own private practice. When she is not at work, Patricia enjoys training with her kettlebells and managing the lives of her three teenage children.