What do you like most about being a Physiotherapist?
I like that I am able to do an assessment and pin point what might be causing someone's discomfort or pain and then from there, being able to decide with the client what solutions might be beneficial for them to make a long-lasting impact for their life.
Why did you become a Physiotherapist?
I became a physical therapist when I realized that most people, live with some sort of pain in their life. Whether that means they have some of neck pain from studying or pain from day to day activities, or just knee pain from running. I think that most people are aware of the traditional medical approach with dealing with pain but not everyone's aware of the benefits that physiotherapy has. I want to be a part of that change.
Why did you choose to work at INSYNC PHYSIO?
Well, first of all I really like that INSYNC wants to build this bond with the community and the commitment they have with their clients. One of the things that stood out to me was that INSYNC offers focused one on one treatments, which to me emphasizes that they really do care about their clients and they want them to get better. I also like that they are onsite and available at a lot of sports and community events. Aside from helping people who get injured during these events, they bring awareness to the community as to how physiotherapy can help.
What are your outside interests/ hobbies?
I love trying new things, I love eating, I love finding new places to eat, I love travelling… that’s kind of what I like to do.
What is your special interest / focus in treatment if any?
I really like treating necks and backs. The reason why is because I think that everyone at some point in their life will have some sort of neck and back pain. I think those are the two areas that piqued my interest and are things that I am passionate about.
The thing I like most about being a physiotherapist is just helping people walk through their goals and their rehab, their rehab stages, I really enjoy the fact that I get to talk to people on a daily basis.
I always knew from a young age when I was eighteen picking my profession that I didn't want to sit in front of a computer nine to five, just couldn't do it. I do have to use a computer still with this job but I don't have to do it full time so that's great. I also get to like, its like problem solving, I like to come in and be a bit of a detective and kind of figure out what's the root cause of somebody's problem.
I don't believe in like relying on analgesics for short term fixes so I believe in conservative management for many many different injuries is much more important, than just a quick fix in a doctors office.
And why did you become a physiotherapist?
I was involved in lots of sports from a young age. I played hurling which is an Irish sport. One of the fastest field sports in the world actually. Played rugby as well, played soccer, tennis every sport you could think of. Probably too much actually because I got injured on numerous occasions. But the injury I remember the most is that dislocating and breaking my left elbow, my ulnar nerve which is the nerve that passes back here. Got impacted and I had a bit of tingling into my baby finger which I found out later on what that was all about. But I enjoyed going to the physiotherapist and I kind of thought to myself this would be a really nice way to actually make a living out of.
Biology was always my favourite subject in school. I went to the west of Ireland a place called Galway to do physiology. That's kind of what I majored in, that's kind of looking at the body at sort of a molecular level, ions in and out of cells. Kind of complex stuff but a little too micro. So I decided to do a masters in physiotherapy in Edinburgh in Scotland. I brought it up to a macro level. I enjoyed the whole anatomy and the fact that most of the language comes from latin which I kind of enjoy actually.
And why did you choose to work at Insync Physio?
I choose to work at Insync Physio because it's a small clinic which I quiet like, it's kind of personable, you can become much more friendly as opposed to being lost in a nationwide company. I worked in a nationwide company back in England and I felt like I was just a number. So here its a lot more personable there's Physios that get together. We get together once a month. We sort of bounce ideas off one another and we can sort of come up with the latest research, techniques, sort of investigate each others techniques. And that way we can become better practitioners actually. The other thing I like about here, is it's kind of patient centred it's one on one. You build a lot of rapport. It's not just like a factory setting where your getting clients, rush them through the door in and out, thanks for coming, it's more just like one on one, 30 minutes or 45 minutes. I like that the most to be honest, and I can build good rapport with my clients due to that.
What other outside hobbies and interests do you have?
My latest hobby is actually cycling. I picked up cycling at the start of the summer and I love it actually. I cycled the Gran Fondo, it's a race from Vancouver to Whistler, its 122 km, and didn't take too long. I was kind of happy with my progress. Trained a little bit, but could of trained a little bit harder. But I found a few little things that I might incorporate into my sessions with cyclists in the future, you know a lot of core. My core was kind of grumbling early on in the race, and a little bit of tingling into my left shoe as well. So have to address that but maybe that will be in another video.
And in the winter I like to ski in the mountains and there is not too many mountains in Ireland to be honest, so I only picked that up four years ago when I came over here. Started to do a few little jumps which is, I'm pretty impressed with after three years. A bit of an adrenaline junkie. I like the speed even though I know the injuries involved with that as well. So that's kind of a kind of funny as well.
I play hurling as well but I kind of gave that up two years ago, that's that fast sport I was telling you about earlier, kind of like a cross between lacrosse and field hockey. But lots of injuries in that too but I hope to get back into that in the Irish community as well so.
What’s your special interest or focus in treatment?
My special focus in treatment is mainly just educating the patients on the diagnosis, time lines, never keeping them in the dark but also mainly got to do with like pain modulation. You know people use medication like I spoke about earlier, I just don't think that, that's just a quick fix and the doctor is just getting you out of the office in a two minute consult. We deal a lot more with hands on. Mobility, nerve flossing, other techniques that kind of desensitize pain and different methods of pain modalities.
I heard a lot of bad stories about people just being put in a room and put on electrical machines and forgotten about. That's not how I work. I kind of do a bit of a combined method. Maybe some machine work, maybe some hands on, mobility and lots of strength and conditioning as well. Most of the research basically goes for strength and conditioning once the acute and sub acute stages have settled, that kind of where I'd be going, education on pain modulation is by far the most important thing and not relying on analgesics and surgeries if we can - avoid them.
Are there certain types of injuries that you’re more drawn to treating?
Yeah, particularly interested in the shoulder and the knee they are more so my specialty. I enjoy that. And there is lots of shoulder injuries in many many sports more because you're sacrificing mobility for stability, so that pretty enjoyable to me. And sometimes the neck as well we get a lot of sensation down into the fingers for different reasons. Anywhere sort of in the upper quadrant I kind of like.
We get a lot of similar questions at the clinic, so I wanted to share some of the answers to our most frequently asked questions with you:
Do I need a referral?
No, you do not need a doctor’s referral to make an appointment with us! Your extended healthcare provider may require one to cover physiotherapy expenses, but every plan is different. It is best to check with your extended medical provider if a referral is a required prior to booking your appointment.
Can I book online?
Yes! We started online booking recently. If you would like to book for the Cambie Village location, please visit: https://insyncphysio.janeapp.com to make your appointment. If you would like to book for Burnaby Heights, please visit: https://insyncphysio-burnaby.janeapp.com
Who is the best physiotherapist at Insync?
All of our physiotherapists are very skilled in their work, and they are honestly all wonderful. However, they do take special interests in particular parts of the body or specific sports. If you would like some guidance as to who might be a good fit for you, please call us and let us know a little bit about your injury and if you have any preferences for types of treatment (e.g. IMS, acupuncture, manual therapy).
Do you work with kids?
Absolutely! We have a number of younger patients that come to see us, and especially many young athletes currently in elementary and high school.
Do you direct bill my healthcare provider?
We currently offer direct billing for Pacific Blue Cross, Green Shield, Sunlife, Standard Life, Manulife, Industrial Alliance, Great West Life and Desjardins Insurance. For any other provider, you will need to pay up front and submit your invoices on your own for reimbursement.
Should I go for physiotherapy or massage?
Ultimately, it is your choice. You know your body best. We will often recommend that you see physiotherapy first and then go from there. The reason being that physiotherapy assessment is a little more in-depth than massage assessment. Your physiotherapist can let your massage therapist know specific muscles or muscle groups that need to be worked on. Together, physiotherapy and massage therapy are very complementary to one another. Great results can come from using both as well as one or the other.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
Many choose to fill out our intake forms online, but if you are not filling out the intake online, please bring your BC Care Card with you. If you have an ICBC or WCB claim, please make sure you have the claim number as well as the date of the accident with you so we can set up the appropriate billing. If you have extended healthcare, please bring your card or policy and ID numbers with you so we can set up direct billing. Otherwise, please be sure to wear or bring with you clothing that is comfortable to move in. If you have a lower body issue, shorts would be best. If your neck and/or shoulders are the issue, a tank top is a great option.
How long will my appointment last?
We book each physiotherapy appointment for 30 minutes. This will be a one-on-one session with your physiotherapist. If your physiotherapist is using heat or ice packs after you appointment, this will like push your time to about 45 minutes in the clinic.
What can I expect for my first appointment?
Your first appointment will be partly assessment and partly treatment. Your physiotherapist will go over your medical history and ask specific questions regarding your injury (e.g. What were you doing when it happened? What aggravates it?). They will then move on to range of motion testing and muscle/strength testing for the specific joint, again looking for what aggravates the injury or what relieves it. They will then move on to treatment, which may involve manual therapy, corrective exercises, ultrasound, IMS, acupuncture or whatever they see fit to decrease irritation and progress you towards your goals.
How often should I come?
Again, every body and every injury is different. After assessment with your physiotherapist, they will be able to give you a better idea of how often they would like to see you to ensure optimal treatment of your injury.
Do you have any other questions? Please feel free to call or email us to discuss any further questions or concerns!
To learn more about specific exercises check out INSYNC PHYSIOTHERAPY’s Exercise tips at:
What is Advanced Clinical Therapy?
How can a Physiotherapist work with you to help you realise your goals?
|Getting at the Root Cause of the injury|
|Advanced Onsite Physiotherapy Preparation using K-Tape|
|Advanced Ankle Treatment|
|Working out a tight IT-Band – Game Prep – Worlds 2014
|Laying Out – Going for it – World Ultimate Club Championships 2014|
Here is a great Article written by a Physiotherapist that talks about what can be done!
Need help with an injury?
Want to get back playing your sports (Recreationally, competitively or professionally)?
Need help with your neck Whiplash / car accident injuries?
Do you have nerve pain or headaches?
Do you have chronic pain or chronic tightness issues?
Does your back or hips limit your mobility or decrease your confidence in doing physical activities / sports?
Did you have knee, shoulder, ankle, wrist, elbow, hip or back surgery?
Do want to run your first 10 km or half marathon injury free?
Were you a previously an elite athlete and now just starting up a training program and unsure of how past injuries will affect you?
Want to run faster?
Want to player stronger?
Want to feel better?
Want to recover faster?
At INSYNC PHYSIOTHERAPY, we connect you with how you can really move again!!!
Do you ever have lower back pain?
Do your hips, pelvis and lower back get tight constantly?
Perhaps inner core strengthening is what you need. Whether it’s competitive sports to amateur or recreation sports or living an active lifestyle where you want to walk / hike again, training your core can help you move the way you really want to move again.
Check out the following on inner core activation: