One of the most common questions I have gotten at this point is, “Why did you call your clinic Radius”? Let me share with you the reasons why I chose this name.
1. It’s the name of one of my favourite restaurants in Hamilton
Having completed both of my degrees at McMaster University, Hamilton became my second home. And to the surprise of many, I absolutely fell in love with it… I even grew to like the one-way streets. Hamilton has managed to capture the beauty of modern architecture while still paying homage to its historical origins. I was able to experience the amenities of a big city, with a small city feel. As a student, we were encouraged to explore the waterfalls, trails, boutiques, and restaurants. This provided a strong sense of community within the university and the Hamilton area.
Chatham is really no different. Chatham itself has a unique and rich history, and having grown-up here, I have seen how this community can come together to help others. Ultimately, this is my hometown and I wanted to be able to create the same feeling I had in Hamilton, here at home. And 71 King St. W. does this. The beauty of the exposed brick reminds me of decades of previous tenants. Its location in Downtown Chatham provides that sense of community, where local entrepreneurs support one another. And the design of the space provides a calming atmosphere that will allow you focus on your health.
2. It’s a part of your anatomy!
The radius is one of two bones that make up the forearm… so, you actually have two of them. Some of you may have even experienced a Colles fracture, which is a fracture just above your wrist. This typically occurs from falling on an outstretched hand, and most commonly in the winter. This also happens to be one of the very first conditions I treated as a physiotherapy student.
3. You are more than your symptoms
Radius is defined as the distance from the center to the circumference of a circle or sphere. This can also serve as a good analogy to understand our approach to addressing your physical health. We see the center as representing your thoughts, emotions, goals, etc. And these things are not static, they are always changing and evolving. This is what makes us human. The line connecting the center to the edge represents the complexity of system interactions. You may have noticed changes in your food tolerances activities or energy levels. Your body is constantly adapting and it’s important to consider these changes and how to optimize these interactions to meet your goals. Lastly, we have the circumference. This is represents your symptoms, like pain and weakness, which tend to be the victim rather than the culprit. Symptoms are meant to be pieces of a puzzle, not the puzzle itself.
I hope that we can figure out what is going on within your radius and work together to get you back to where you want to be.
Until next time,