Physical Health

Explore regulated & aternative therapies along with different exercise programs.

Cancer care is changing. In tandem with eradicating cancer is the attentive attention to your mental and physical well-being. Your physical rehabilitation is the chief concern of many Kamloops medical professionals, including specially trained therapists and programs designed just for cancer patients. Combating mobility issues, pain, tension, scar tissue, swelling, stress and physical misalignments by incorporating Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) contributes to your better quality of life. Kamloops is fortunate enough to have CAM professionals that are dedicated to dealing with the impacts you may experience whether due to a cancer diagnosis or treatment.

Regulated Therapies

Amanda Matton — Physiotherapist

I am a registered physiotherapist with post graduate training in cancer rehabilitation. I am a certified PINC Cancer rehab therapist assisting women with any diagnosis of cancer through their journey of cancer treatment, as well as assisting them with getting back to doing what they love! Treatment is highly individualized and focuses on regaining strength, mobility, and stamina while respecting fatigue. Treatment may include hands-on manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, posture re-training, and most importantly education.

Andrea Edwards — Physiotherapist

I am a Physiotherapist and certified lymphatic therapist and am involved with ongoing education regarding exercise with cancer (PiNC and STEEL exercise programs). As one of the founders of the “KCC”, I am dedicated to help those with cancer live in our community with the best supports possible. I have been helping people live well with cancer for the last decade. As a physiotherapist, I help people to live their best life post cancer diagnosis. With one on one focused hands on therapy, I guide you to release your tight tissue, suggest exercises for strengthening and greater ease of movement that when combined help you return to what you love doing.

Andrea Hansen — Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

I am a registered Doctor of Chinese medicine and acupuncture with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of BC. At Wild Roots we have a special interest in helping to restore the physiological and emotional health for those living with or recovering from a cancer diagnosis. A core philosophy at Wild Roots is that health is a state of physiological,emotional, and social wellness, not merely the absence of disease.

Colette Swain — Registered Massage Therapist

Certified through Dr Vodder Schools International in Lymphedema Management since 2009, I have an Advanced Practice in treating lymphedema and lymphatic health.I like to stay up-to-date with current research and studies by attending conferences and continually upgrading my education. Sharing this knowledge with my community stands as a priority within my practice. As a founder of the “KCC”, I am passionate about helping those living with cancer thrive in our community. I believe in teamwork and take pride in my work. I believe in working together with you and your healthcare team to meet your healthcare goals.

Katie Hamilton — Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

I obtained a degree in Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, prior to completing my 4 year medical degree at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster, BC.

I pursued much of my medical training at Vancouver Friends for Life, a wellness centre that provides care for people with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other serious illnesses.

“Each person’s experience of health and illness is unique”, I emphasizes shared-decision making to empower my patients in achieving their wellness goals. I believe in a holistic approach to healing and aspire to complement the other components of each person’s health and support network.

Shawna Wafler — Registered Acupuncturist

I am a registered acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Association of BC. The practice of Chinese medicine can help people manage the anxiety and overwhelm of being diagnosed with cancer, to reduce some of the uncomfortable side effects from chemotherapy and radiation treatments, as well as regain their health following treatments including surgery.

Alternative Therapies

Emma Bourassa — Certified in MELT Method

I am a dedicated educator Certified in MELT Method Hand and Foot and Roller Length and Strength. As an educator, it is critical to me that you understand the why, what and how of MELT so you can take care of yourself. MELTing is not an exercise. I teach MELT because of the difference MELTing has made to my and others’ ability to sleep better, have more joint mobility, no pain, and better balance. I’m excited for you to learn to MELT and reap the benefits.

Imogen Wood — Osteopathic Practitioner

My name is Imogen Wood. I am the co-owner of Kamloops Osteopathy and I work as an osteopathic practitioner treating chronic and acute injuries. Many of my patients are post cancer diagnosis. When you are diagnosed with cancer it can stop you from entering social gatherings, doing sports or even trusting your own body to just walk down the street. I consider it my job to help return my patients back to balance restore muscle strength, flexibility and confidence in ones’ own body to help them back to the activities they love to do.

Marianne Ferguson — Energy Medicine Practitioner

Hello! My name is Marianne Ferguson (CLH, EEM-AP) I’m an Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner, EEM teacher and Clinical Herbalist here in Kamloops. With over 20 years in the healing arts, I have dedicated much of my life to exploring healing and wellness, empowering others to improve their overall health and well-being. Healing is a personal journey that I will walk with you. When your energies are healthy and balanced, you feel stronger, happier, and better able to handle whatever is happening in your life. Your balanced energies support your body in its healing process.

Melanie Pouliot — Certified Nutritionist

I have been in the holistic field of nutrition for over 24 years. I am passionate about my work in assisting my clients to achieve a better quality of life through optimal nutrition and lifestyle enhancements. I have been part of many multi-disciplinary wellness teams and clinics, specializing in pain management, hormone balancing, digestive care, auto-immune disease and alternative cancer therapies. As an educator, I have taught nutrition at Sprott Shaw College and led workshops teaching and inspiring others towards healthy lifestyle changes. As a mother to a terminally ill son with brain cancer, I provided holistic, alternative nutritional support and non conventional therapies seeing him through 15 years post prognosis of only 3-6 months to live. I believe compassion, personalized care, community support and mind, body, spirit balance is key to thriving in surviving any illness or life situation.

Paul Roberts — Osteopathic Practitioner

My name is Paul Roberts. I am the co-owner of Kamloops Osteopathy and I work as an osteopathic practitioner treating chronic and acute injuries. I am also a personal trainer and crossfit coach. Once my cancer patients’ are given the consent from their physician to exercise again, I can combine gentle osteopathic treatments with fun hourly personal training sessions to rebuild strength, flexibility and mobility. Any exercise can be adapted to suit the client, so you never need to feel like there is something you cannot do.

Exercise Programs

Kamloops Yoga Therapy

My name is Margaret Huff, and I am a yoga therapist, certified by the American Viniyoga Institute. In addition to my AVI training, I have also completed two 200-hour yoga teacher trainings with Marnie Marriott and the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga, as well as “Yoga for Cancer Survivor” training with Susi Hately. My approach to health, healing and wellness, from a yogic perspective, is to look at the multi-dimensionality of human being-ness ~ body, nervous system, mind, emotions and spirit ~ and co-create complementary practices that are selected from the diverse tools of yoga for addressing an individual’s main area/s of concern. These may include specific relaxation, breathing, movement and meditation techniques geared for an individual’s particular needs. I also offer classes that can be arranged for groups, incorporating as much individualized adaptation as possible.

Nia

Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life - body, mind and soul. Nia is based on the intelligent design of the body. Each workout brings mindfulness to your dance movement experience leaving you energized, mentally clear, and emotionally balanced. Nia cardio-dance workouts combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts to get you fit in 60 minutes - body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Nia is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities. Nia classes are taught by licensed Nia teachers.

Sensational Survivors

Sensational Survivors is a 12-session group exercise program for women with a positive diagnosis of cancer. Each participant completes an initial one-on-one session with a member of the exercise team to discuss goals and perform a basic fitness assessment. From this initial session, a goal-based individual exercise program is developed. Clients are encouraged to incorporate exercise into their weekly routine and explore community exercise options.

Spirit Warriors

The Spirit Warriors are a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team. We are a survivor group whose focus is on living, rather than on the disease that brought us together. Team members are from all walks of life, range in age from 30s to 70s with varied interests and fitness levels. We offer an active, health-giving, life affirming opportunity for breast cancer survivors.

The Pilates Tree

I have been teaching Pilates since 2001, and in that time have worked to bring my clients back to a place where they can be free of pain and in good health through private and group instruction. Pilates teaches efficient, corrective movement patterns, providing a healthy foundation for moving through life. When I discovered the Pink Ribbon Program, it was clear I needed to complete this training and bring the program into my business as 80% of my clientele are female, (some of whom were cancer survivors). Understanding the treatment and reconstructive process is important in the teaching and healing journey. This program allows me to help breast cancer survivors bridge the gap from diagnosis and treatment to getting back to living while creating a safe, supportive community within the studio.

TrueNTH

Physical Activity, Stress-Reduction, and Nutrition Programs and Resources for Men Living with Prostate Cancer.