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Q & A's with Physiotherapist Michelle Kurney

1. Why did you become a physio?

I became a physio because I love working with people of all ages and abilities. I enjoy taking the time to get to know a person and what brings them joy. Being a physio allows me to build that relationship as I often see a client multiple times and am able to take the time to ask what is important to them. I also believe that exercise and movement is one of the most important things in building mental and physical resilience that will allow a person to get back to doing the things they love. 2. Favourite place in the world to travel? I recently did a trip to Greece and fell in love with the people, culture, and food. There are so many things to see in Greece with a good assortment of historical landmarks, beautiful beaches, and more cats than I knew what to do with (no, unfortunately I did not bring any home). Everyone was so friendly, although I don’t think my Greek accent improved while traveling there since a local resident handed me a cheat card and said, “here, learn Greek.” 3. When you're not at work, what are you likely to be doing?

When I’m not at work, you can most often find me being active with my dog, Ellie. We love going for daily walks and exploring all of the dog parks. We started going on hikes last summer when she was a puppy and we plan to get out to the mountains lots this summer! I also enjoy a good cup of coffee with friends or curling up with it and watching Netflix (especially when we have a good thunderstorm!) I have also recently taken up trying to play guitar but have since quit so if someone could motivate me, that would be wonderful.

4. What is your favourite product to suggest to patients?

My favourite product that I think every patient should have is a foam roller. There are so many mobility exercises you can do with one and it is so important that the body is moving well in order to feel well. One area I think that is underappreciated and overlooked is the thoracic spine or midback. If your thoracic spine isn’t moving well, your neck and low back have to compensate and work harder which may contribute to pain. The foam roller is excellent at getting the back moving better!

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