Many businesses move into Liberty Village and then never want to leave (why would they?), and The Performance Health Centre (TPHC) is one of them. Located on the west side of the neighbourhood at 74 Fraser Ave, part of the Toronto Carpet Factory, they have been there for 13 years. The convenience and proximity to transit and highway are key factors as to why they love their location.
Creativity is in such high abundance in this area, including amongst the clinic staff Dr Larry Feldman, Dr Sarah Grammaticos and Andy Cardoso, RMT, who are all passionate music lovers. The Performance Health Centre offers a range of treatments to help clients recover from injuries, improve their energy and well-being, and help with pain management.
“I chose Liberty Village as the location of our clinic as it is an area vibrant with performers and artists. I treat many musicians, from students to professionals and everything in between. I remain genuinely passionate about my practice, including treating musicians, and I look forward to coming into work every day”. – Dr Larry Feldman
Offering Much More than the Average Clinic
TPHC is an exceptional clinic with an attentive staff, offering a variety of unique treatments. Massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, EMS (Electric Muscle Stimulation), ultrasound therapy, laser therapy, interferential current, custom orthotics, and ART (Active Release Therapy) are the core treatments offered.
The staff work with each patient to determine the best treatment or combination of treatments best suited to that individual. TPHC is a specialized single location clinic (not part of a large chain) and they pride themselves on being able to offer friendly, professional and personalized care and service.
“Our therapists are selectively chosen by us and are hired with the highest skills and certifications. Being a specialty clinic and not a large chain, we have a more personal relationship with our patients which is why we feel so many return to us.” – Andy Cardoso, RMT
Special Interest in Musicians Health
TPHC has developed a significant practice and deep skill set treating musicians. Similar to athletes, musicians will often incur injuries from rigorous practicing and many performances. Some of the staff at the clinic are musicians themselves, so they know first hand what some of the physical strains and pains can be.
“In addition to my chiropractic practice, I play music professionally in 2 different bands around the GTA. Over the past 30 years of playing music, I have experienced my own share of musician related injuries. After investigating the treatments available to musicians in the GTA, I realized that there weren’t any clinics that specialized in offering therapy for these types of injuries. I became interested in opening a facility that would take special interest in the treatment and prevention of musician related injuries. I felt that my background and experience would uniquely qualify me to be to provide these treatments” – Dr Larry Feldman
Dr. Sarah Grammaticos has also worked with musicians and performers of all types, using acupuncture, botanical medicine and nutritional counselling to help artists prepare for performance, reduce the risk of overuse injury and stay healthy despite demanding schedules.
On the TPHC website, they recommend five key points to musicians to be proactive and help prevent injuries including: stay informed, take frequent breaks, address ergonomics, pay attention to your body and maintain good posture.
Preventative Tips for Everyone
TPHC notes that the majority of their patients are generally health conscious, young professionals who spend 8 or more hours a day at a desk in front of a computer. A couple of key tips that Dr Andy Cardoso suggests include getting up and moving around frequently throughout the day, and take the time to ergonomically set up your work spaces to reduce strain on your neck and back. It also doesn’t hurt to take advantage of TPHC’s Body Maintenance packages which is a favourite of their patients! Many employers offer extensive health benefits that people aren’t aware of or don’t fully utilize – be sure to read your benefits in detail and use them to maximize your health and wellness.
Love for Liberty Village
“What I love about practicing in Liberty Village is the energy and creativity of my patients. They all want to give 100% to their careers, hobbies and families, and it’s my job to help them achieve their goals in a sustainable way” – Dr SarahGrammaticos
Having called Liberty Village home for 13 years, and hope to call it home for at least another 13! Tapping into their love for music, they are right in the middle of Toronto’s epicentre of the music industry, calling Music Canada, Roland, The Juno Awards, Live Nation and Universal Music Canada their neighbours. They are excited by both the commercial and residential growth that the neighbourhood has planned, and will continue to position themselves as the premiere health centre for the community.
All photos in this article were taken by Meg Marshall.