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Welcoming Our Newest Massage Therapist- Adrienne!

Adrienne Lade


Adrienne attended the University of Guelph and graduated from Bio-Medical science in 2014. It was at Guelph that Adrienne truly first discovered her love of anatomy through her first cadaver course. After completing her B.Sc Adrienne went on to pursue Osteopathy in Halifax at the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques. Osteopathy was the perfect fit for Adrienne, bringing to life her love of anatomy and how its knowledge is channeled into therapeutic practice.

During her studies Adrienne was opened to the world of Massage Therapy and became a Registered Massage Therapist in January 2018. Currently in her 4th year of Osteopathic school, Adrienne has adapted her massage therapy treatments to encompass a whole body approach highlighting the interrelationships within the body, and striving to find the cause of symptomology.  

Adrienne grew up involved in many sports including: figure skating, cross country running, hockey, and competitive soccer.  She has a love of sports and being active. In her downtime, you can find her camping, curling, waterskiing, ice fishing, kayaking, or enjoying any dockside activity.

Adrienne is excited to start her amazing therapeutic journey at ActiveNorth!

Predicting Weather With Pain

It is a common notion for those living with arthritis, and other joint issues, to have increased pain levels before and during rainy days.  Arthritis sufferers are known to predict the weather without seeing a weather report.  The increased barometric pressure does in fact cause joint pain, increase in headaches, and other inflammation induced issues.

During these heightened times in heightened barometric pressure, there are multiple ways to reduce the onset of pain:

Managing your weight- People who are overweight or obese can reduce joint pain considerably by losing weight.  The access pressure from the atmosphere coupled with the extra pounds an individual carries significantly increases pain.

Healthy Eating- Eating well-balanced meals rich in vitamins can reduce pain.  Minimizing gluten, trans fat and sugars is ideal.  Increasing Omega-3 fatty acids has been shown to reduce inflammation.

Exercise- Taking part in regular fitness activities is ideal for everyone.  Older adults with arthritis should engage in low impact exercises such as cycling and yoga to manage pain levels.  By increasing range of motion in joints, one can minimize chronic pain.

Heat/Cold- applying heat and cold to effected joints can relieve pain.  Using heat at beginning of day can warm up joints to allow ease in daily activities.  Cold can reduce inflammation and swelling in joints making down time much more pleasurable.

Acupuncture and Massage- This is a great way to relieve pain, stress and relax on those painful, rainy days.

Quit Smoking- This is more important than chronic smokers like to think.  Smoking causes excess stress on connective tissues which leads to increased pain.  Not to mention the damage to your heart and lungs.

Last Resort- If all of the above is not successful in controlling pain during high pressure days, consulting a doctor about pain relief will be needed.  They can speak to you about pain relief medications, and create a treatment plan for you.  But, do not be surprised if they recommend any, or all, of the above as a first step in pain management.

Introducing Our New Team Member- Ashley
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Ashley was born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa. Since moving to Canada Ashley has graduated from the Health and Fitness Program at Georgian College and is a certified Personal Trainer with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, the Golden standard of Exercise Science. 

Ashley always was busy with sports such as soccer, flag football, volleyball and swimming growing up, but once graduating from high school her healthy living habits did not follow. Taking a year off to back pack the world was a decision she will never regret, but coming back from travel at her heaviest was not a lifestyle she wanted. This sparked the drive to understand the body, study the concepts and science behind it, and ultimately practice a healthy lifestyle.   

Ashley has been a trainer for 5 years. Having the experience to help individuals with diabetes, weight loss, knee and hip injury to anxiety and depression management through exercise etc. While also becoming an instructor and the Ambassador of her previous location she is ready to transition to ActiveNorth for a more personalized gym setting, and working beside a team of knowledgeable individuals in all aspects of health.

Ashley will begin with ActiveNorth starting the week of November 6th, and will be offering classes throughout the week, as well as private and semi-private training.  ActiveNorth will be posting class schedules and options for training the night of the Witches Walk in Coldwater, On.  If you do not know what works best for you exercise wise, please see recent Talk of the Town article below:

Private Training vs. Group Training

The emphasis health professionals are putting on physical fitness for long term wellness has been at the forefront of staving of disease, increasing mobility and independence, and leading a fulfilled life.  Two of the greatest ways to begin a journey into the fitness world is through private training or group training. 

Private training consists of one on one exercise and conditioning with a qualified personal trainer.  The benefits of one on one are exercise are; programming specifically for you, consistent monitoring of fitness goals through journalizing daily feats, complete attention to gross movement patterns with emphasis on techniques, and someone to keep you honest in the gym and makes sure you do the work.

Group training also has its benefits.  Some of these include; support from others, less intimidating being surrounded by peers pursuing the same goals, a sense of community, and less damaging to the wallet. 

Ultimately, an individual has to decide what is right for them.  Some do prefer the attention they receive with private training, while others see social and supportive elements to exercise.  One has to consider if they just want to get in, do the work, and get out, or prefer to socialize between warmups, workouts and cool downs. 

More often than not, it comes down to cost.  Group training can be significantly less than private training, and many prefer to go this route.  You might not get as much attention to detail in your workouts, but with a certified fitness instructor with experience in their corner, they can help you achieve your goals. 

The Benefits of Massage Therapy
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Scheduling a massage therapy appointment on a regular basis with a Registered Massage Therapist has numerous health benefits, both physical and psychological.  Some of these benefits include:

-Reducing chronic joint pain

-Increasing mobility to enjoy daily life activities

-Decreasing likelihood of headaches

-Lowering anxiety and depression levels

Chronic pain can have an adverse effect on daily life activities.  Individuals who suffer from chronic pain can render them practically disabled.  There is no motivation to work or socialize, with all the focus on pain.  Such pain can lead to dependence on habituates. 

Having increased mobility, especially as we age, allows us to perform our daily activities with much more ease.  Being able to bend down to pick up something off the floor, sit at the dinner table are things we take for granted.  Regular massage will allow us to continue to sustain our daily life activities.

Headaches can be attributed to a multitude of health issues.  One of the main areas of issue with headaches is carrying stress in the neck.  Stiffness and tension in the neck are two examples of what can cause constant headaches.  Having a Registered Massage Therapist release this tension through a massage with greatly increase an individual’s enjoyment of day to day activities.

As researcher’s breakdown the barriers of anxiety and depression, they recommend stress relief through a variety of activities.  One of the most recommended activities to engage in is massage.  A massage from a Registered Massage Therapist can have a relaxing effect by affecting breathing and circulation, lowering anxiety and depression significantly.

When it comes to one’s health, they must look out for themselves, and do everything possible to live a healthier, stress-free life.  A Registered Massage Therapist can help you achieve these goals.

ActiveNorth Physiotherapy Is Now Open In Coldwater Ontario
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We have now been open for a week, and we could not have asked for a better launch to our new physiotherapy, massage therapy and fitness clinic in Coldwater, Ontario.  The response we have received from the community of Coldwater has been overwhelming, and for this, we thank everyone.  

We were obviously nervous, as anyone should be, opening in the small town of Coldwater, but with Sarah's small town roots just north of here in the Severn Bridge area has allowed us to transition nicely into the community.

We are happy to offer physiotherapy, massage therapy and personal training.  We have met someone Sarah is in talks with to boost our fitness and personal training we can offer to the residents of Coldwater.  If you have any questions about what we offer in terms of physiotherapy, massage therapy and fitness, please do not hesitate to call or drop in.  We try to be here everyday and are trying to lock down the hours of operation.

Give us a call at 705-686-3688, email at, or book online through

Again, thank you to the Coldwater and surrounding communities.


ActiveNorth Physiotherapy- Services Offered

Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, Graston Technique, Exercise Therapy and Custom Orthotics

At ActiveNorth Physiotherapy in Coldwater, we offer a more hands on approach to therapy.  The following services can be redeemed through your individual private health care plan.

Physiotherapy and Acupuncture

Physiotherapy plays a significant role in the promotion of health and treatment of injury and disease.  Physiotherapy involves an in-depth knowledge of the human body with a specialized hands-on clinical skills to assess, diagnose and treat symptoms of illness, injury or disability. Treatments may involve manual therapy, specific exercise prescription and/or electrotherapy modalities. 

When deemed necessary, Sarah may incorporate acupuncture, and/or Graston into treatment of injury or disease as per discretion. 

Exercise Therapy

Exercise therapy is a one on one program tailored to each individual.  The conditioning session focuses on areas of weakness along with general functional exercises.  The sessions are 45 minutes in length.

Custom Orthotics

Custom orthotics can be utilized to; decrease pain in the foot, knee, hips and lower back.  They can increase the stability in an unstable joint, and improve the overall quality of life.  Orthotics can also be used as a preventative measure against injuries and asymmetries.

Massage Therapy

Swedish Massage

The Swedish Massage is the foundation all massages are developed from.  This type of massage incorporates mild to deeper stroke techniques to alleviate pain in tissue and muscle.

Sports Massage

This a popular massage technique to treat soft tissue injuries.  Having a sport massage on a regular basis is a routine for many athletes as a form of injury prevention.  An emphasis can be put into a specific area of the body to help with recovery.

Trigger Point

Trigger point massage therapy is focused on relieving pain from the source through cycles of pressure and release and deep breathing. The tight, constricted areas of muscle are relieved and the pain decreased – even just one session of trigger point therapy can significantly decrease pain.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy that involves a mix of massage and gentle long strokes to release the tightness in the fascia or connective tissue that surrounds muscles and other systems in the body.

Private and Semi-private Training, and Strength and Conditioning

ActiveNorth offers multiple approaches to health and fitness.  Sarah and Tyson have experience in athletics at the Varsity and National level, along with a combined 20 years experience in the clinical and exercise fields.  Below are the options to get you started on the right path to health and exercise.

Private and Semi-Private Training

With private and semi-private (max two individuals) training, all resistance and conditioning exercises are tailored to each individuals needs.  All those interested in a private training program begin with an introduction session (no cost) which will give you an overview of our exercise beliefs, what a typical training session will entail, your personal fitness goals, and baseline fitness and flexibility tests to create benchmarks for the future.

Strength and Conditioning for Sport

Have an aspiring young athlete?  At ActiveNorth, our experience and knowledge will give you the competitive advantage in their respective sport.  With Tyson's knowledge and experience in the profession of cross-training, athletes will be introduced to the strength and conditioning exercises that will promote speed and power.  The two essentials for success on the field, in the pool, on the court, and in the arena.  Each athlete will be taught the fundamentals of weight lifting, cardiovascular conditioning, and more.  If you are interested in taking your athletics to the next level, please contact Tyson.

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We are excited to see the renovations are underway!  The Rivers Pub in Coldwater, Ontario is being torn apart and remodelled into ActiveNorth Physiotherapy.  

It has been a quick process so far, and looks like we will be able to hit the target of opening in July in Coldwater.  We will be serving Coldwater and the surrounding area.  From Orillia to Midland, Moonstone to Horseshoe Valley.  

ActiveNorth Physiotherapy will be offering physiotherapy to MVA, WSIB and private insurance holders.  Massage and Private Training will be offered as well.  We look forward to sharing our experience and knowledge with everyone in the area!

If you have any questions, or want to find out more about us, contact us at or visit us at