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April

We hope everyone has enjoyed the bountiful amounts of public holidays, whilst managing to survive the first full week back. We are all still buzzing with excitement from the opening of Strides North, welcoming new staff members, welcoming back some of our beloved returning staff members and upcoming babies.


Keep reading to check out this month’s newsletter and be entertained by our latest educational client videos. You’ll find details about ‘Wings for Life’ on the Gold Coast, and how to get involved to help us support spinal cord injury research.

 

ORMEAU IS OPEN!

MASSAGES AT ORMEAU

Did you know you can now book in for massages at Ormeau?! Our gorgeous Abbie is available at Strides North on Wednesdays. Abbie utilises traditional remedial massage techniques to release muscle tightness, reduce spasticity and manage pain symptoms. We are also excited to announce that Abbie is now qualified in dry needling to complement her treatments.

Book in Wednesdays at Strides North here!

CHARMION

Some of our ‘North’ clients may have already been lucky enough to meet our newest bubbly face, please welcome Charmion! She has 20-years experience working with individuals with a SCI and other neurological conditions. She's spent time in the USA where she participated in the 'train the trainer' program at Project Walk. This inspired her to return to Australia and study physiotherapy, where she now specialises in clinical based Pilates for rehabilitation.

Book in on a Monday or Wednesday at Strides North to for an educational and kick ass session! Please contact Charmi directly for bookings: c.grant.thomson@gmail.com


DIRECTIONS TO ORMEAU AND PARKING

We apologise for any confusion navigating directions to Strides North on maps. Whilst we wait for Google and Apple Maps to complete our set-up location, please manually type the address rather than 'Making Strides'. Directions and map locations can also be found on our website. Our new signs out the front will help you find us now too!

Unit 3 214 Lahrs Road, Ormeau 4208

(Temporarily, please park where you can find a spot, but in the future our reserved accessible parking bays will be clearly marked between bays 97-103).


OPEN DAY!

We are so excited to show off what we have created in Ormeau! Start spreading the word with friends, family, health care workers, support workers, team mates and anyone you think would be interested and stay tuned for more details to come!

 

HELEENA IS BACK FROM MAT LEAVE

A familiar face that we all know, and love is about to be back inside our purple walls! We are so excited to welcome Heleena back to our ‘South’ facility on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, as of May 10th. Heleena will be displaying her vast skill set and offering Exercise Physiology Sessions on a Tuesday, and Massage/Needling sessions on a Wednesday.

Wednesday spots are already filling up fast in anticipation so be sure to book in now by contacting info@makingstrides.com.au



BYE FOR NOW JESS AND GOOD LUCK WITH BABY KRAUSE #2

Exactly two years ago we wished Jess all the luck in the arrival of their first child Harvey. Now we say good bye again as she ventures to be a mother of two! Your purple family are so excited for both you and Jake and can't wait to meet the newest addition to your growing family!

For all schedule changes please continue to address info@makingstrides.com.au as Jess ventures onto maternity leave.


WINGS FOR LIFE ON THE GOLD COAST

Join us together with thousands around the world to raise money for those who can’t run!

This year Making Strides, Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation and Griffith University Clem Jones Foundation are joining forces and running/wheeling together to raise awareness and money for paralysis. We are bringing Wings for Life to the Gold Coast and we ask you, your family, friends and carers to get involved!

The event will be held at the Gold Coast Griffith University Athletics Track, Sunday May 7th starting at 9pm.

Follow the Facebook event to stay up to date HERE


WHAT POPULAR VIDEOS DID YOU MISS?






SARAH GOT HITCHED

Love is in the air this month as Swifty was swept off her feet by her Prince Charming. A massive congratulation to you both Mr and Mrs Nobbs. Your purple family couldn't be more excited to see where this next chapter takes you.







FUNCTIONAL ELECTRICAL STIMULATION

This month the team up-skilled their knowledge of FES (functional electrical stimulation) thanks to the help of Dr Vanesa Bochkezanian, lecturer in neurological physiotherapy at Central Queensland University. FES supplies many benefits to individuals with SCI or other neurological conditions with upper motor neuron syndrome, such as:

- increase aerobic fitness and cardiometabolic health benefits

- increase muscle mass

- increase muscle strength

- reduce muscle spasms

- increase blood flow and reduce swelling













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