Katherine Anderson - Thrive Now Physiotherapy

Katherine Anderson

Katherine Anderson

Registered Kinesiologist

Clinical Exercise Physiologist

​What can I do for you?
My passion for using “exercise as medicine” came after suffering a serious injury myself. I struggled with the uncertainty of not knowing what would and wouldn’t help or hurt me. At times, this led to frustration and, in some cases, just feeling like I wanted to stop doing anything for fear of hurting myself further. So, if you’ve recently been injured and are experiencing any of these same issues, then I can totally relate.

Eventually, through trial and error, I found my way. However, I decided that I wanted to understand more about how the human body works. I wanted to figure out my own injuries, but I also wanted to help others have a more straightforward path in their recovery, with far less anxiety and uncertainty. I ended up completing a Bachelors of Sport and Fitness Leadership with an Exercise and Wellness Specialization. This then allowed me to become a Registered Kinesiologist and a Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

​Whether you are currently injured, or just want to live a healthier life, my goal as an exercise professional is to give you the tools you need to lead your best life. I believe these tools don’t have to be fancy equipment but rather a better understanding of how YOUR body moves.  Every person has a slightly different anatomy, different previous experiences with exercise, and different pre-existing injuries and health conditions. All of these variables combine to influence how you ultimately move.

Through a thorough assessment, I will help you understand how you are currently moving and what these unique contributing factors are. Our next step will be to help you learn to harness your individual strengths, address any weaker areas, and find ways to exercise that YOU enjoy!

Exercise is one of the best forms of preventive medicine and has less side effects than any medication you take. Exercise can help improve your quality of life, prevent a decline in quality of life and help you maintain the quality of life you already enjoy.

Working in many different clinical settings and spas has provided me with a broad experience of caring for people of all ages and needs. Using trigger point therapy, stretching, and deep tissue massage techniques I enjoy treating a wide variety of conditions. 

While keeping the clinical side of things in mind I also understand that relaxation is an important part of our wellbeing, so I like to make sure my patients are comfortable and come out from their treatment with an overall sense of feeling rejuvenated. 

How else can I help you?

When I was in school I took a special interest in both ageing and neurological conditions. It was through this I was surprised to learn that most of what we think of as age related decline is actually decline related to non-use. Think about that for a second… you may not just be feeling more tired, stiff, weaker, and sore because you are getting older – but rather because you are not exercising enough!! So, if you are feeling older than you should, or older than you want to, then I can help you.

​Not knowing what we can do safely or how to navigate a neurological condition (such as stroke, or Parkinson’s) can lead to a decline in fitness and quality of life. The flip side of that is that there are amazing benefits of becoming and staying active, no matter how affected you may be

by Parkinson’s or other similar conditions. I have first hand experience in this regard from teaching group exercise classes specifically for those with Parkinson’s. So, I have a wealth of knowledge to share in this regard and can help you craft your very own individualized program.

Want to know a little bit more about me?
Living in the Cowichan Valley is the perfect fit for myself and my husband as we love being so close to nature and being able to spend time outdoors. I particularly enjoy hiking all of amazing trails in our area. I also love to swim! … whether it be indoors, in the ocean, or at any of the amazing local lakes.

Certifications:

  • Practicing member of British Colombia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK)
  • Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP)
  • CSEP- High Performance Specialization
  • BCRPA- Fitness Theory, Weight training and Group Fitness
  • GLA:D Canada. Training for hip and knee Osteoarthritis
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