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.

Vancouver Physiotherapist Simon Kelly – Sport and Spinal Injury Rehab
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