Why Climbing for Rehabilitation?
Climbing is an engaging and fun sport that provides the body and mind novelty and challenge which promotes neuroplasticity, healing and growth. Climbing is a form of functional therapy with the following benefits (just to name a few):
Physical – Coordination, balance, strength, and endurance
Cognitive – Attention, memory, problem solving and self-awareness
Social/Spiritual – New relationships, connection and peer support
Emotional – Emotional regulation, self-esteem, and empowerment
Each Program is tailored to meet the needs of participants. From beginning to end, each small group session grows from individual participants, staff and volunteers to a strong supportive community. Each program includes:
Gym pass for 6 weekly group sessions (12 hours of climbing time)
Equipment rental & assistance from trained gym staff and volunteers
Facilitated by Occupational Therapists trained in adaptive climbing techniques and mindfulness foundations
One month climbing pass at True North to begin after graduation from program
For all skill & ability levels
We are an HCAI provider
Try adaptive climbing in a FREE group session!
We understand that your rehabilitation journey is incredibly important, and rock climbing may look very different from what you expect when you think about your recovery. We offer these free opportunities to try climbing with our staff to see if climbing is right for you before committing to a program
No experience required
All Skill and & ability levels welcome
At True North Climbing (Downsview Park)
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Try-it sessions are possible because of our amazing and generous sponsors; Innovative Case Management, Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers and Neurocore Physiotherapy and Pilates.
We have amazing sponsors. From the initial conception of this therapeutic program, our sponsors have supported us both financially and, more importantly, as mentors. Financially, our sponsors make our “try-it” sessions free, allowing participants to sample this intimidating sport without committing valuable insurance money. As mentors, our sponsors have helped guide us through running a therapeutic practise; not a simple task for a director that specializes in the climbing side.
A HUGE thank you goes to Innovative Case Management, Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers and Neurocore Physiotherapy and Pilates.
Thanks also to Jaisa, Laura and Laya; our rehab team. Without their generosity and dedication this program would not be possible.
Upcoming Events & Research
Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel all scheduled events. We will resume programs once we are confident that we can safely do so. Please see here, our social media, or ask to be put on our e-mail list by e-mailing our team at [email protected] to keep up-to-date on our programs.
Growing evidence supports climbing as a therapeutic tool.
See a few examples below of some of the most current research in the field.