This is Kim.
Leduc Physio would like to take some time to introduce some of our awesome staff and their specialties.
This week, our physiotherapist Kim Hillier takes the spotlight.
Tell us a little bit about yourself Kim.
KH: I really like to be outdoors, kayaking is one of my favorite activities. I have a golden retriever named Dougie, and I have been skating since I was 5 years old, competed in figure skating and have played on a few women’s hockey teams.
How do you keep fit and healthy?
KH: I love being outdoors, kayaking is one of my favorites. I like to weight train at the gym regularly, and I actually enjoy running stairs and sprinting.
Where did you take your education to be a physiotherapist?
KH: I studied at the U of A in their MScPT program and graduated in 2012.
Have you taken any other education/training as a physiotherapist?
KH: I have been trained in acupuncture, dry needling, and spinal manipulation.
Why did you choose physiotherapy?
KH: I wanted to work in the healthcare field in something that helps people stay healthy and happy, or help them rehabilitate back to work, play and every day life. Preferably something that didn’t involve lots of bodily fluids.
Leduc has a large skating and hockey community, what are some of the most common ice injuries you see?
KH: There are a few;
1) Lower back issues, for figure skating often caused by excessive mobility in this area during dance/artistic movements on the ice. For hockey, lower back issues usually come from always skating in a bent forward position. This can lead to tight hip and glute muscles which are felt in the lower back.
2) Ankle injuries in figure skating come from skaters landing with large impact during jumps.
3)Shoulder injuries and knee injuries in hockey are quite common from checking and high-impact collisions.
What would you recommend for athletes playing hockey and skating to manage and prevent injury?
KH: One of the biggest would be education about your injury and how to properly return to sport or just to daily living. For preventing injury, it is important to strengthen areas prone to injury as well as include a program for maintaining mobility.
A physio can help keep you feeling your best as you recover from an injury, and maintain pain-free activity afterwards as well. Many people are unaware that you don’t need a doctors referral to come for a physiotherapy appointment, and many extended health benefits cover a portion of their physio treatment!
How do you like working in Leduc compared to a larger city centre?
KH: I like that Leduc still has a small town feel while having all the amenities of a bigger city. It brings a good variety of people and injuries into the clinic.
What is something you enjoy about being at Leduc Physio?
KH: I really enjoy the 30 minute treatment slot, it gives me plenty of time to listen to patients and to get a full treatment without rushing. Leduc Physio has a really awesome team of physios and support staff that make the work day fun and relaxing.
How do you stay positive during a long day?
KH: An adequate amount of coffee, and making time to do the things you enjoy!
Kim is always busy in the clinic, but has a flexible schedule, and always has space for new patients!
Call the clinic, or book your assessment with her online.
UP NEXT MONTH: Introducing the faces of Leduc Physio Massage Therapy, Pam Fouillard and Kelly Hunter. They will be introducing us to cupping and inter-oral massage.