Nutrition can affect your performance and recovery during your physical therapy sessions.
In addition to monitoring your physical abilities, such as your strength and range of motion, we will also talk to you about nutrition as it can contribute to your overall function. Not eating healthy or enough can keep you from performing exercises or recovering as planned.
Physiotherapists aren’t dietitians or nutritionists, so we have included a Registered Dietitian as part of our multi-disciplined approach. With the information received from other members of our team, they are in an ideal position to explain and guide you on the importance of proper nutrition.
We are health professionals that use evidence-based techniques for diet and lifestyle.
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to nutrition. We are all unique and need a diet specific to your own individual needs.
Guidance and education are primary goals in helping you succeed in optimizing yourself as a whole!
An optimal diet helps you stay healthy and lower the risks of developing diseases. A nutritious diet strengthens body organs, improves mood, boosts concentration, and maintains a healthy weight.
On the other hand, an unhealthy diet increases your risk of disease. An unhealthy diet consists of food that’s fat, greasy, processed, sugary, starchy, and high in sodium. Excessive alcohol intake falls into this category too.
The most beneficial food for recovery varies depending on your injury, health condition, age, body type, and other factors. For example, if your goal is to build and strengthen muscles, our dietitian may recommend a high-protein diet.
If you have nutritional deficiencies, our dietitian can help create a plan customized for your specific needs. Nutrients from the food you eat can repair tissues, regenerate cells, expedite healing, and boost physical strength.
Proper nutrition can also help boost motivation as you go through your rehabilitation and recovery.
With proper nutrition, you can not only boost your health but can improve things like your range of motion and reduce inflammation.
When your body receives adequate nutrition, you’re more likely to heal and perform better. You’re also more likely to achieve positive long-term results from your physiotherapy sessions.
Our team approach ensures we consider all aspects of your health when creating a plan for your recovery.
Sam Firth, PDT
Sam is a registered dietitian originally from the Annapolis Valley. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition (Dietetics) from Acadia University and completed her dietetic internship with Nova Scotia Health here in Halifax. Before Sam studied nutrition, she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Neuroscience) at Acadia University and worked as a research assistant at Dalhousie University. In addition to working at One to One, Sam also works as a clinical dietitian with Nova Scotia Health and a dietetic technician in the NICU milk room at the IWK.Sam is passionate about many different areas of nutrition, specifically plant-based nutrition, neurology, mental health and oncology. She aims to practice dietetics from a weight-inclusive approach and strongly believes that you can be healthy at any body size. Sam is also passionate about nutrition for LGBTQ+ individuals and has co-authored an article published in the Journal of Critical Dietetics related to this. Sam is excited to help clients work toward their nutrition goals in a supportive, individualized way that is suitable for each person's unique situation. She aims to provide a non-judgemental space to work in collaboration with clients to build a healthy relationship with food.In Sam's spare time, you'll find her outdoors running, hiking, or gardening, or indoors at the climbing gym, baking or reading a good book with her cats.