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People Like Me Wellness Programs

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The People Like Me programs are developed for people who are living with chronic illness. The purpose of the programs is to help people suffering from chronic illness learn how to find balance in their lives through a holistic approach to a healthier and more active lifestyle.

There are 5 key components to the program:

  • Education
  • Exercise Training
  • Physical Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Social Support

Arthritis Program

Developed to help people living with arthritis, participants will learn to recognize when they are in an inflammatory state, acquire coping mechanisms and discuss how to continue activity throughout their daily lives through recognition, modification and moderation.

Fitness Conditioning

You will receive a 90 minute Fitness Assessment with a certified Kinesiologist and Clinical Exercise Physiologist. These expert trainers specialize in working with Chronic illness. You will have an exercise program specially designed to meet your needs, including what to do on "flare-up" days.

Athletic and Aqua Therapy

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You will receive a 60 minute musculoskeletal evaluation in the Athletic Therapy Clinic, to assess any mobility issues, range of motion, and possible weaknesses. Your most affected joints will be the focus of the evaluation.

Once the evaluation is complete, you will be eligible to either continue manual treatment or do aqua therapy if appropriate.

The Clinic is staffed by athletic therapy internship students and supervised by certified athletic therapists. This elite internship program and unique research environment provides clients with the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from the highest quality preventative and therapeutic care.

The 12-Week Wellness Program

Goal: 3 active days per week and education

  • Education sessions: depending on availability, this can include meditation and relaxation or managing symptoms.
  • One 2 hour exercise training session per week
  • One  1 hour Athletic Therapy or Aqua Therapy session per week
  • One 1 hour Group exercise class per week, modified for mobility issues and limitations, such as Yoga, Zumba or Dance, depending on availability.

Maintenance: includes a follow-up phone call once per month, for three months, after the completion of the 12 week program.

Other services: Athletic Therapy, Aqua Therapy, additional gym training appointments and gym membership services are available for continual support post program.


Parkinson's Program

This program was developed to help people living with Parkinson’s disease. Using the People Like Me model, we offer multidisciplinary care to support participants in maintaining their independence and quality of life. The program was designed using evidence-based scientific literature to help improve aerobic capacity, gait, balance and coordination.

The 12-Week Wellness Program

Fitness Conditioning

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You will receive 60-minute Fitness Assessment with a certified Kinesiologist and Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Your body composition, exercise capacity, fatigue level, balance, flexibility and gait will be evaluated pre- and post-program. These expert trainers specialize in working with populations with chronic illness. You will have an exercise program specially designed to meet your needs.

You will receive 10 weeks of supervised group fitness training for one 90-minute session per week and a home based training program to encourage the habit of physical activity.

You will be able to sign up for one 60-minute group exercise class per week, such as Dance or Yoga, depending on availability.

Music Therapy

You will receive a 30-minute assessment with a music therapy intern, supervised by a certified music therapist. A one-on-one meeting with the music therapist intern will help establish a therapeutic relationship and determine areas of personal development and any history or preferences with music.

You will then receive 10 weeks of group music therapy sessions for one 60-minute session per week.

Athletic and Aqua Therapy

You will receive a 60-minute musculoskeletal evaluation in the Athletic Therapy Clinic, to assess posture, balance, range of motion and possible weaknesses. Once the evaluation is complete, you will be eligible to either continue manual treatment or do aqua therapy, if appropriate.

You will then receive four athletic therapy sessions of 60-minutes duration each.

The Clinic is staffed by athletic therapy internship students and supervised by certified athletic therapists. This elite internship program and unique research environment provides clients with the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from the highest quality preventative and therapeutic care.

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