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Physiotherapy for Wheelchair Users

In this interview Oda explores the world of physiotherapy with Kyle Whaley, Propel Physiotherapy’s Executive Director and a practicing physiotherapist. Propel Physiotherapy adopts a forward-thinking and progressive approach, emphasizing a proactive stance in treating clients and focusing on their goals to empower and help them achieve optimal mobility.

The clinic specializes in working with people dealing with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, strokes, and various neurological conditions. Additionally, they offer expertise in orthopedic issues, pelvic health, and other related areas. The name “Propel” reflects the clinic’s commitment to constant forward movement, both literally and figuratively, aiming to help clients progress in their mobility.

The video covers essential aspects of physiotherapy for wheelchair users, including proper wheelchair setup, efficient propulsion techniques, and the potential use of power-assist devices. Kyle highlights the importance of assessing the chair setup to optimize efficiency in transfers, wheelchair propulsion, and interaction with the environment. Various wheelchair propulsion techniques, such as semi-circular, arcing, and double-looping over, are discussed, with an emphasis on minimizing stress on the shoulders.

As a wheelchair user himself for over 20 years, Oda shares personal insights into the significance of learning and adopting proper techniques for wheelchair users. The video also touches on the benefits of power-assist devices in reducing the impact of repetitive motions on shoulder joints.

Throughout the discussion, Kyle emphasizes the individualized nature of physiotherapy, recognizing that no two injuries are the same. He encourages clients to be open to suggestions, particularly regarding wheelchair propulsion techniques, while acknowledging the diversity of preferences and needs.

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This video content was created as part of a project funded by a grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to Spinal Cord Injury Ontario.

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