This month we sat down to chat with our newest physio Steven. He is in clinic Tues/Thurs, and every other Sunday!

What influenced your decision to become a physiotherapist? 
I had many sports injuries growing up and have always tried to find ways to help myself rehab from those injuries. My interest in learning about the human body grew stronger when I enrolled in the Kinesiology program at York University and took courses in athletic injuries. However I soon realized that there was more to rehab than just helping athletes, I wanted to treat all kinds of injuries and that’s why I decided to go into physiotherapy. In this field, I can combine my passion for helping athletes return to their sports and also help treat pain and injuries that are affecting the lives of the general population.

What is your treatment philosophy?
I believe TENS and electrical modalities has its place in physiotherapy but I do not believe it should be used as the ONLY treatment option. I also believe that patients will have better results in their rehab if they spend more time with the physiotherapist instead of assistants. I believe that these two things are what separates Rebound Health and Wellness from other clinics, I do not use any assistants during my treatment sessions and so you will spend one on one times with me for your entire visit. Our treatment sessions will include more than just a heat pack on your back as well!

What can someone expect an initial appointment with you to look like?
We will first try to figure out the cause of your pain by taking a detailed history of your pain to narrow down the cause. Next, we will go through specific movements and special tests to pinpoint which exact treatment you will need. The rest of the initial appointment will be treatment of your problem areas using specific strengthening and stretching exercises, joint mobilizations, soft tissue massage, athletic taping, and electrical modalities.

What types of treatment methods/approaches do you use?
Once I find out what issues my patients have, I like to use a variety of techniques to treat those issues.

-Cervical, thoracic and lumbar mobilizations using various Maitland, Kaltenborn, Mulligan, traction, and Snag Techniques
-Mobilization of SI joint, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow, wrist and phalanges
-McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy for neck and low back pain
-Soft Tissue release techniques including Petrissage and Kneading Massage, Percussion Massage, Deep Friction Massage, Trigger Point Release Technique, GTO release
-Myofascial release techniques for commonly tight muscle groups including: trapezius, suboccipital, scalene, lats, hip flexors, piriformis, hamstring, gastrocs, quadriceps, supraspinatus, plantar fascia
-Therapeutic taping techniques using Leukotape and KT Tape

What are the top three most common issues you help clients address?
1. Shoulder pain (either from a rotator cuff issue or shoulder impingement) – don’t know if I should be specific or general
2. Neck pain (from pinched nerves in the that causes pain to radiate down the arm)
3. Low back pain

If you could give everyone one piece of advice this winter what would it be?
Hmmm, I would advise everyone to watch their steps and be careful of the slippery ice! It is much easier to prevent a fall than to deal with all of the pain and complications that come from a nasty slip and fall!

What do you like to do for fun?
 I like to play basketball, volleyball, badminton and basically any sport for fun. If I’m not being physically active, I like to relax by reading up on the news while listening to music or watching TV shows.