Q&A with our Physiotherapist Kris

January 14, 2022

Meet one of our physiotherapists: Kris

What is more important than your team? To us here at PT’MOVEMENT, our team is our foundation, and getting to know them is our priority. We have been getting to know our newest addition to our little clinic family, Kris, and it has been such a treat! And so we thought, why not share this opportunity with our community?
This week, we interviewed the energetic and incredibly knowledgeable physiotherapist – Kris. His many years in the field and his boundless knowledge and expertise make him the perfect spokesperson for physiotherapy, and his energetic attitude make him a fantastic interviewee! Come and get to know Kris, his thoughts, his experiences, and what makes him such a great addition to our team.
Without further ado… please enjoy our Q & A with Kris, and we hope you find it as informative as we did!

Q: How can physiotherapy be helpful to the every person?

A: Well, there are 3 different branches of physiotherapy. The first is orthopaedics (muscles, joints, tendons), which is usually what we do here.
The second is neurological conditions. This includes work with patients who have had strokes, who suffer from Parkinson’s, M.S., or other neurological conditions.
The last is cardiorespiratory, which focuses on heart conditions and breathing. I’m foreseeing that we will soon see a lot of COVID-recovered patients in our practice, who will need treatment for help with breathing and improvement of lung capacity.
These three branches cover a wide range of people that can benefit from physiotherapy.
On top of that, like with your immune system, everyone can do more work to have a stronger body that can do more things. Everyone has a body that they can improve and train to be stronger – so I think every single person can benefit from physiotherapy.

Q: What is your favourite part of the job?

A: My favourite part of the job is getting to see people from different backgrounds, with different conditions, at different ages. There is a lot of variety in this field and it never gets boring. I like being stimulated, so this is the perfect environment for me. I also enjoy being challenged, and working with a variety of conditions and all walks of life.

Also, my favourite part of the job is when my patients get better and graduate their treatment plan! When patients can return to their regular life without issues, achieving their movement goals, I feel incredibly happy. It’s a success!

Q: What makes you a strong physiotherapist?

A: Understanding how different body parts are seemingly unrelated on the surface but actually are related to one another and affect one another is something that makes me a strong physiotherapist.

I believe it is important to find and treat the root cause of this issue, and this ability to find the true driver of the problems that patients come in with is one of my greatest strengths.

For example, sometimes patients may come in with left leg pain, but after further examination, I understand that the problem is the right leg, which may be weakened, and as a result, it puts pressure on the left leg as it overcompensates. Treatment for the left leg pain is important, but it is also important to treat the right leg and strengthen it to keep from injuring the left leg in the future.

Q: What would your patients say about you?

A: They would say I am upbeat and energetic! I am definitely positive, and I think my patients notice this about me.

Q: How long have you been in the field, and what kinds of things do you do as a physiotherapist (what kind of certifications do you have)?

A: I have been working as a physiotherapist for 10 years.

Acupuncture, taping, functional movement assessments, cupping, neuronkinetic therapy, barefoot rehab (a certification that has given me information and experience in dealing with foot and ankle issues), and teaching people how to move more efficiently are all part of treatment that I provide for patients depending on their goals.

Q: SFMA – what is it, what is it good for?

A: SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) is a system of standardized movements that I ask patients to perform, so that we can find if they have asymmetries in the body, as well as discover areas to focus on that may or may not be painful. Typically, what happens is when a body part hurts, people tend to only focus on that part, but the idea of the SFMA is that you should focus on the whole body, and how the whole body functions and moves. From there, you can find areas that may not be functioning as optimally. Whether or not this area is causing issues now, it is still an area that can be addressed, strengthened, or treated (depending on what we find the cause of the issue is during the SFMA), as it could become problematic, or create issues in the future. Strengthening our bodies to prevent future injuries or re-injuries is an important part of what physiotherapists do, and the SFMA is a huge tool that can help us do so.

Kris in action

Q: What issue do you see often in competitive athletes, and what would you recommend?

A: Different sports focus on different body parts, but a commonality with competitive athletes is that they are very good compensators. It can look like they are functioning normally, but they may be compensating for a dysfunction. They are also very aware of their bodies, so when we do find the problem area, they fix it quickly.

Q: Why did you choose this profession?

A: When I was volunteering in the hospital at the Adult Brain Injury Centre, I had worked alongside one of the participants there who was receiving treatment. Through working with him and performing consistent exercises, we were able to improve his functional abilities, like walking and balance. It was really rewarding, which is why I decided to pursue it! That is how it all started.

Q: What motivates / inspires you in the field?

A: The desire to empower every patient to strive for more from their bodies is what motivates me. I want to help each patient achieve and surpass their goals. Also, complex cases where patients have been having issues for a long time inspire me too, as I want to help patients resolve them where previous treatments have not been successful.

Q: You have been practicing for 10 years – what are your thoughts about the bigger picture of physiotherapy?

A: To me, physiotherapy is so much more than treating localized pain or issues. Typically, most people would think that they need physiotherapy when something is wrong, when they are injured, or when they are in pain. However, I believe that it is important for our field to transition more into preventative treatments, and studying as well as applying treatment that puts the spotlight on how we can perform or function better, even if we do not have any pain.

Q: How do you stay informed on all the latest info and technologies in physiotherapy / in the field?

A: Asking different professionals and having discussions with them about treatment options, and what they think about different conditions keeps me on the ball. We work alongside some very skilled and intelligent people, and this is one of our greatest and strongest resources.

Having team in-services or meetings, where professionals gather and share their experiences, is a wonderful opportunity to stay up to date.

Certifications are also an effective way to further education in the field.

I also think a great way to stay on top of all the latest info and technologies is to volunteer at sporting events (for example, the PANAM games – where I’ve volunteered myself) so that you can meet new people and ‘pick their brains’ so to speak.

Q: How do you stay healthy and injury free?

A: Practicing what I preach! Strengthening, exercises, and doing my homework on my problem areas.

Q: Any fun facts?

A: I love to eat! Trying new dishes, experiencing the culinary world. There is so much good food out there, and I love to experience it.

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