Patrick O’Flaherty, Registered Physiotherapist
Concussion Specialist, Vestibular Rehabilitation, IMS Dry Needling
Friday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (Vancouver)
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy – (University of Bradford)
MSc Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) – (University of British Columbia)
BC College of Physiotherapy Number
Concussion, Vertigo, Dizziness, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Athletic injuries, Shoulder Pain, Medical Acupuncture, Mulligan Concept Mobilizations with Movement and Chronic Pain Management,
Patrick follows a holistic approach to therapy and has gained experience working with patients in orthopaedics, professional sport, and persistent pain management. He has extensive training and specialization in concussion treatment, dizziness, vertigo and vestibular rehabilitation. He is also interested in working on improving the scientific understanding of neuroplasticity. Patrick continues to share and educate his expertise within our staff and to clients. In his spare time Patrick is actively involved in many sports including Gaelic Football, Rugby, Soccer, Track and Field and Weightlifting.
Patrick also speaks Irish and French.
Can you tell us one interesting fact about you?
I can speak three languages, Irish, French and English. I play gaelic football for my country and I also represent my country and athletics in the one hundred, two hundred and four hundred meters dash.
Do you have an area of specialization or interest?
Persistent pain management and chronic pain management specifically, lower back pain. I am also interested in shoulder pain too. Currently I am completing my masters at UBC with a focus on concussion and mild traumatic brain injury. I also hope to improve the scientific understanding of neuroplasticity.
I choose physiotherapy because of the practical aspect of being a physio. As a physiotherapist, you build a lot of rapport with patients as you spend a lot of time with them. You treat not only their physical issues but their psychosocial issues as well. You learn more as you progress your career and you always continue to pursue professional development, which I find very interesting because I always like to learn.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a new patient?
I would advise them to exercise regularly, have an active lifestyle, sleep well, eat well, and look after themselves; doing things they like to do and exercising in ways they like to.