SAM THOMAS, Physiotherapist
Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Port Coquitlam)
Tuesday: 7:00am - 7:00pm (Vancouver)
Wednesday: 7:00am - 7:00pm (Vancouver)
Thursday: 6:00am - 7:00pm (Vancouver)
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm (Port Coquitlam)
BHSc (Sport and Exercise), BHSc (Physiotherapy)
CertMDT- Fully Credentialed McKenzie Clinician
Do you have an area of interest or specialization in physiotherapy?
My background is diverse; my post-graduate studies were at the Mckenzie Institute. I studied the specialized treatment and diagnosis of the spine and extremities. The Mckenzie method also uses single or repeated movements to get pain to change and if it doesn’t change then that essentially helps you to further pinpoint a more specific diagnosis and with that a detailed treatment plan. It’s quite an exciting method because it allows the patient to manage their own health to a large extent.
Otherwise my background has been assisting with chronic pain, vocational rehab, and broader extremity problems such as knee pain, elbow and wrist pain; these are quite common.
I think the opportunity to leave an indelible mark on an individual's life is pretty exciting, and that can’t be understated. You can run into a patient some time down the road and they can be eternally grateful to you for changing the entire course of their life. Or it can be as simple as giving one person one small tidbit of information that they hadn’t had previously. I think the opportunity to give and impart something that allows for individual and personal growth in a person is really exciting.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a new patient?
Movement is medicine and I think when we work through our career one of the things that stands out the most is those who we could get active and get moving do the best, and those who we struggle to get moving tend to cope the worst. We know the emotional and psychological rewards that come with movement. If we can get people moving, then we can change the course of someone’s life. It's up to us to find what makes each individual tick.