Donor impact spotlight: the Musculoskeletal Gym

11/08/2017 3:04:05 PM

With the support of generous donors, Women’s College Hospital’s Centre for Osteoporosis & Bone Health opened a brand new Musculoskeletal (MSK) Gym in 2015.

As a key offering of the Centre, which is the largest of its kind in Canada, the MSK Gym is a dedicated space where patients at risk of or living with osteoporosis can learn about prevention and treatment strategies, participate in exercise regimes designed by trained professionals, and feel confident on their journey to stronger health and reduced risk of falls and fractures.

Heather Robinson, the program’s athletic therapist, leads safe and effective group and one-on-one exercise programs, including Bone Fit™, an evidence-based approach to exercise developed by Osteoporosis Canada. Heather ensures that programs are highly tailored to each patient’s needs. She recently developed a seated class for patients who are unable to lie down, as well as special videos to demonstrate exercises and allow patients to continue their physical activity journey at home.

The MSK Gym has proven to be extremely popular and is having a profound impact on participants’ lives. Patients report feeling stronger, more able and more empowered to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Here is what some patients had to say about the MSK Gym:

 “This is only my second class but I can already tell it’s going to be very beneficial. I’m much more aware of the best exercises to do here and at home to improve my balance.” - Caroline

“When I commit to six weeks in this program, I carry that commitment home with me too. Because I feel more confident in the exercises I’m doing to stay healthy and strong, I can continue to walk, hike, pick up my grandchildren and do all the things that are really important to me.” – Patricia

We extend our deepest gratitude to donors generously supporting the Musculoskeletal Gym at Women’s College Hospital!