I really enjoy the ‘hands on’ approach – that’s what I am trained to do and I find it an incredibly powerful tool in helping with people’s ailments. I enjoy finding simple, effective methods to help with my patients with issues that they may have never had relief from. I also enjoy introducing what we do to an audience that may not have experienced this kind of help before.
I use a simple analogy, an oldie but a goodie: I ask them if they brushed their teeth this morning. The answer is always, “Yes.” (Sometimes they answer, ‘”Twice!”) Oral hygiene is incredibly important: you brush, floss and visit the dentist every six months for a check up … and you get two sets of teeth! Then I ask them, “When was the last time you stretched?” The answer is normally, “Never.” As important as brushing your teeth is to your dental health, stretching and strengthening the body key.
I may look a little scary, but I’m actually a nice guy! Jokes aside, everyone is always a little hesitant when it comes to talking to new people, especially when it involves their health. But generally I find a casual conversation about their issue, a basic overview of what we think it could be, how we can help, and how long these type of injuries take to heal is a good place to start. I like to provide patients with the information they need to put them at ease, because at the end of the day, if the patient is more relaxed and understands what we are trying to achieve, the end result will be much better.
I could always do more! I have two very active boys that keep me busy with anything that involves not sitting down. I love anything outdoors, kicking the footy, going to the beach, surfing (falling off gracefully and sometimes not so gracefully!) I run (similar to a newborn giraffe) and I also love building things, and generally getting covered in dirt!