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STAVE OFF: One Private Owners attempt to Navigate the Health and Wellness Space

STAVE OFF: One Private Owners attempt to Navigate the Health and Wellness Space

STAVE OFF: One Private Owners attempt to Navigate the Health and Wellness Space

This course includes
55:11 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in June 2019


With the growing aging demographics in Canada and the rise of non-communicable diseases as driving forces in healthcare utilization, hospitalizations and all-cause mortality, there is a need for lifestyle-focused interventions and programs. Physiotherapists are primary care clinicians with expertise in non-pharmacological, conservative approaches to health management. The role of physiotherapists in health, wellness and prevention has gained increased attention over the last several years in light of these realizations.

In the public sector, some of these initiatives have taken place. However, how this looks in a private sector model appears to be more grey.


Learning Objectives

  1. Apply action steps to the implementation of health and wellness practices into private practice physiotherapy clinics.
  2. Identify red and yellow flags as well as ethical considerations for the role of physiotherapists in the health and wellness space.
  3. Explore and assess the needs and considerations for physiotherapists working with gym owners or owning health and wellness spaces.


This online physiotherapy course will be of primary interest to clinicians working in the private sector specifically clinicians, business owners, and managers interested in diversifying their treatment and program offerings to include health, wellness, and prevention initiatives.

Description of Supporting Evidence

The World Health Organization in their Report on Aging (2015) has called for a paradigm shift in healthcare from reactionary practices to preventative policies and interventions (World Health Organization, 2015). Physical therapists have the knowledge and skills to lead the way in this transition. Previous scoping reviews have cited evidence for the value of health promotion practices in specific populations such as older adults via tertiary prevention (Duplaga M, Grysztar M, Rodzinka M, Kopec A, 2016), as well as on general physical activity promotion (Lowe A., et al., 2016). Research has already investigated the frequency, barriers, and facilitators to which conversations about healthy lifestyle and risk reduction strategies in PT are occurring in other countries (Healey, Broers, Nelson, & Huber, 2012). In the United States, PT acknowledges that it is within their scope of practice to counsel on health practices (Fruth, Ryan, & Gahimer, 1998), and patients feel that PT should speak with them about physical activity and weight loss management (Black, Ingman, & Janes, 2016).

In Canada, we too acknowledge the role that physical therapists can play in health promotion. STAVE OFF Physiotherapy & Exercise Facility was established in 2015. This clinic is a physiotherapy-gym hybrid model that attempts to bridge the gap between what is known about incorporating health promotion practices in physiotherapy services and best practices in regards to business, the scope of practice and marketing in the physiotherapy prevention space.

Final Thoughts

It is well-established that physiotherapists have the knowledge, skills, and scope of practice to provide services in the area of health, wellness, and prevention. It is important for private practice owners to make the appropriate choices when it comes to respecting the rules and regulations as outlined in the College of Physiotherapists. The aim of this session is to provide insights to allow physiotherapists to safely navigate this arena.


Please note that this course was recorded at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association 2019 Forum in Charlottetown, PEI.

The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Christina Prevett (Nowak)
MScPT, CSCS, PhD (c); Stave Off Co-Owner

Christina finished her Masters of Physiotherapy at McMaster University, graduating in 2013. She is a believer in the strength of exercise for rehabilitation, especially with older adults. This passion led her to begin her PhD in 2015 in the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University under the supervision of Dr. Ada Tang. Her doctoral studies look at the utilization of strength training principles for healthy aging and prevention of disability. She obtained her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) accreditation through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in 2014. She interned at McMaster University in Strength and Conditioning. She was a member of the medical staff at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, ON.

Christina teaches internationally on physiotherapy and exercise for the older adult. Her course, Modern Management of the Older Adult with Dustin Jones through the Institute of Clinical Excellence helps therapists provide quality care to their older clients.

Christina is a mom of Mya, a fur mom of Boomer and Bailey and is a national level weightlifter competing in the 64 and 71 kg weight classes

Course Material included in this course
  • Lessons
  • Welcome and Slides
  • It Takes a Team!
  • What is Stave Off?
  • Core Values & Assessment
  • Important Considerations
  • Preventative Physiotherapy
  • Group vs One-on-One Rehab
  • Strong Like Mom
  • Clarity of Documentation
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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