WELCOME TO THE START OF SUMMER 2020!! Although it has been one strange Spring for everyone, we are slowly heading back to normalcy thanks to everyone’s diligence and responsible efforts to adhere to Manitoba Health guidelines.

PHASE 3 begins today and all the standard guidelines for prevention of virus transmission from Phase 1 and 2 continue here at Westman Rehab. All has gone well to date and staff would like to thank all our clients who have ventured out into this new world bravely!!

We will soon be returning to a near normal booking schedule but this will not begin until the early part of July. Until then, scheduling remains at Phase 2 format.

Westman Rehab has been implementing and will continue to implement the following guidelines as per the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba:


  • Staff, patients or people attending with patients must use the self-screening tool before booking an appointment. https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/screening-tool/
  • Employees must stay home when ill with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Staff are given information about physical distancing.
  • Entry into the business, including lines, are regulated to prevent congestion.
  • Businesses must post external signs indicating COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, along with floor markings where service is provided or lines form.
  • Businesses must maintain a single point of entry.
  • Patients and people who may attend with patients are screened by telephone before an appointment is booked and are not given an appointment if they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • People identified as symptomatic should be instructed to call Health Links – Info Santé.
  • Waiting room management strategies must be in place. Strategies should include waiting in car if possible, and physical distancing for those in waiting room. No more than 10 people may gather in common areas.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance/exit for patient and staff use.
  • Patients and people attending with patients must sanitize hands upon entry to facility.
  • Work/service areas are sanitized after each patient.
  • Washrooms have frequent sanitization and a regime for business sanitization is in place.
  • Magazine racks and toys are removed and play areas in waiting rooms are closed.
  • Patients may wear masks when receiving services, where possible.
  • Cashless or no-contact payment should be used to the greatest extent possible.

Clients choosing to attend will still need to clear the screening questions (see below) as per prior to shutdown before being allowed to enter the  First Street Plaza. Should they not clear, they will not be allowed into the building.

Screening Questions:

– Have you or an immediate family member recently returned from a trip outside Manitoba in the last 14 days?

– Have you been directed to self-monitor or self-isolate?

– Have you been in contact with anyone displaying symptoms of the cold or flu?

– Do you have any of the following cold/flu symptoms: cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, fever or weakness?

And there may be others. You will also be asked if you have an appointment, with whom and for what time. Please do not arrive early as if it’s by more than a few minutes, you will be instructed to wait; a few minutes before your appointment time is adequate.

Common and practical routines can ensure that patrons, clients, visitors and staff remain safe and feel safe in public spaces. This includes:
• staying home when experiencing symptoms, even if symptoms are very mild;
• ensuring people are able to reasonably maintain two metres of distance;
• only conducting necessary and brief exchanges within two metres of others;
• applying enhanced cleaning protocols, especially in common areas like washrooms;
• maintaining social (physical) distancing and food handling protocols in workplace areas including lunch and common areas; and
• following individual risk reduction measures found at http://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/prepareandprevent/index.html#reducerisk.

Again, should you have any questions regarding the above, your therapy or if you need some review of any exercises or education, just drop us an email at westmanrehab@mymts.net or give us a call.

James and staff continue to wish everyone good health in the weeks to come. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding at this time.

The world is going through a period of crisis, but whether we look at it as a crisis or as an opportunity to reshape our thinking, depends on us. So use this period as a lesson on how to live life with a concern for all of humankind.” (Abhijit Naskar)










The  BRANDON CLINIC and FIRST STREET PLAZA remain open as does Westman Evaluation & Rehab. Should you choose to keep your appointments for Physiotherapy you will notice something different when you arrive. You may now only enter via the main doors on the North (McTavish Avenue) and South sides of the centre of the building. These doors will be locked but there are Brandon Clinic staff members waiting between doors and will let you in when you arrive. Once between doors, you will be triaged and will be asked: 1) If you or a family member have travelled outside the province in the last 14 days, 2) If you have been in close contact with someone showing signs or symptoms of cold/flu, 3) If you are suffering any signs or symptoms of cold /flu. If you answer Yes to any of these questions, you will be told you must leave the building and return home where you must quarantine yourself for 14 days. If you are able to answer No to all these questions you will need to use hand sanitizer before continuing to Westman Evaluation & Rehab. You may use the central stairway only or the East elevator.

Staff of Westman Evaluation & Rehab are subject to the same procedures. In our Physiotherapy Clinic we are ensuring a safe environment. In the meantime, reduce your risk of Covid-19 infection by: frequently cleaning hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water (see video below), covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing (dispose of tissue immediately and wash your hands) and avoid close contact with anyone with fever or cough.

In the event that non-essential services need to be suspended in the First Street Plaza (restaurant, hairdresser or us) we will contact you to cancel your appointment and, hopefully, reschedule your appointment. There are no Massage Therapy services available until March 30 although this may be extended. There will be no fees associated with any cancelled  appointments.

These are unprecedented times and a situation that is changing daily. Watch this site or call us directly to confirm we are open for business. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter.






Holly Lussier (formerly Weddall) has returned to Westman Evaluation and Rehab Centre to provide Massage Therapy Services! During her absence and relocation to Kingston, ON Holly graduated with honours from Trillium College with a Diploma of Massage Therapy in June of 2017 and will be a Registered Massage Therapist.

With her previous credentials as Certified Athletic Therapist (c), Holly will be able to treat athletic/recreational, motor vehicle (MPI) and work (WCB) injuries, Pre-Natal Massage for expectant mothers as well as chronic pain.

She is accepting new clients immediately. Any questions? Do not hesitate to contact us.

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Food Sensitivity

It may be 2019 but some things never change. The following link will take you to CBC’s Marketplace where their investigation suggests another possible case of “buyer beware”!! Sadly, though, it’s not snake oil salesman but some of Canada’s more trusted institutions and a story where, once again, the bottom line is more important than your health. Watch the video which will appear when the link opens.





Tensegrity…what is it? It is a critical feature of our body’s fasical system. It’s an intrinsic feature that makes facial tissue the amazing tissue it is. Without this characteristic feature this amazing tissue would be nothing.

Our body, unlike earlier notions of thought, are not like compression structures such as a multi story building wherein the integrity of the building lies within the compression forces beginning at the smaller elements at the top passing down to larger elements on the ground. Our skeleton is not a stack of bones, like a stack of checkers – a continuous compression structure – with the individual muscles hanging off each bone to move it. In the actual skeleton the bones float in a sea of soft-tissue…the fascia or connective tissue. It connects every part of us to every part of us…it’s global. It’s everywhere in our body and it is a tensegrity structure.

To gain a better understanding of the dynamic complexity of the myofascial tissue network please go to the video link below for a demonstration using a Tensegrity Model. Fascial continuity suggests that the myofascia acts like an adjustable tensegrity around the skeleton – a continuous inward pulling tensions network like the elastics, with the bones acting like the struts in the tensegrity model, pushing out against the restricting ‘rubber bands’.

More on Probiotics

Our previous post on this subject hopefully helped in understanding the difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics. Today’s post deals with the effectiveness of Probiotics and was the subject of the most recent Quirks and Quarks episode on CBC Radio One. Unfortunately but as usual, it seems, the marketing hype is well beyond the actual science in its declarations. Of special interest is the use of Probiotics after a short period of antibiotic medication. Hear the entire episode at the link below where you can also read the story.






(Carl Jung 1875-1961)

The mystery of healing is a process…not an event; embrace the journey!! Let the gentle, hands-on techniques of John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Approach help you solve your mysteries and facilitate your healing process.

Call 204-725-3301 for your appointment.

These are two terms that are commonly seen on store shelves these days. Although they sound similar, what are they and what is the difference? They are both supplements but are very different and have different roles in the digestive system (gut).

  • PREBIOTIC FIBER is a non-digestible part of foods like bananas, onions and garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, the skin of apples, chicory root, beans, and many others. Prebiotic fiber goes through the small intestine undigested and is fermented when it reaches the large colon.

This fermentation process feeds beneficial bacteria colonies (including probiotic bacteria) and helps to increase the number of desirable bacteria in our digestive systems that are associated with better health and reduced disease risk.

  • PROBIOTICS are live beneficial bacteria that are naturally created by the process of fermentation in foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, miso soup, kimchi, and others.

Probiotics are also available in pill form and as an added ingredient in products like yogurt and health drinks.

A helpful metaphor to understand the difference between a prebiotic and a probiotic may be a garden. You can add seeds—the probiotic bacteria—while the prebiotic fiber is the water and fertilizer that helps the seeds to grow and flourish.

Hopefully, this has given you some clarity regarding these two terms.

(Above information taken in large part from Prebiotin.com)



Research into concussions and their effects on the human brain and, subsequently, behaviour and function has become accelerated since Dr. Bennet Omalu discovered and named Cumulative Tramatic Encephalopathy (CTE) a football-related brain trauma in professional American football players. New evidence indicates the changes to the brain are not isolated to just the pros. Check this link out if you have  kids involved in sport where head hits are common.



We live in a very chemical environment. Chemicals are everywhere in today’s modern era and we are not only ingesting them in our foods and breathing them in with every breath we take. Some of these chemicals are absorbed through our skin…the largest organ in the body. So when you decide to have a long, relaxing, soothing, hot soak in the bathtub to take advantage of the therapeutic effects of hot water, you may be inadvertently exposing yourself to some unwanted, toxic substances if you are making it a bubble bath. This link takes you to an article that will give you the knowledge you need to make healthier, safer choices for your bubble-bath soaked body and, therefore, your well-being.