Registered Massage Therapist
56 Pennsylvania ave Unit 14,
Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 3V9, Canada
- Email: Kristofer.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.bodability.com/#!physicians/cipy
Advanced Diploma in Massage Therapy at Humber College (Ontario)
Specialties & Certifications
- Movement Analysis
- Injury Rehabilitation
- Soft Tissue Manipulation
Athletic & Training Background
I was a track and field athlete throughout highschool, competing in the 100, 200, relay, and triple jump. Throughout college I trained for bodybuilding primarily following Poliquin style dieting and training. In July 2013 I competed in my first and only natural body building competition with the IDFA. Since then I have primarily been training for powerlifting with self made programs with ideas borrowed from the West Side Barbell program and Cube Method. In Sepetember of this year (2015) I won my weight class in the OPA (Ontario Powerlifting Association) qualifier meet in Orangeville Ontario and will be competing in Provincials in Ottowa this coming November.
Current Role Working with Athletes
As a clinician I work with a variety of patients. Throughout my education I had the opportunity to work with multiple varsity athletes and since completing my diploma I have been working with athletes varying from weekend warriors to competitive crossfit athletes, marathon runners, cyclists, and body builders. The athletes I work with vary from those looking to recover from sports injuries, to those who are just looking to improve their all around movement patterns to excel further in their sport.
My belief in terms of managing pain and movement dysfunction in constantly evolving as I continue to educate myself and work with a variety of different people from different walks of life. What caught my eye about the "Clinical Athlete" is that I am one of many athletes who has presented to a variety of practitioners, including MDs, PTs, DCs, and many others who have told me that the solution to my dysfunction and pain are to limit mobility and cure everything with RICE and over the counter pain relievers.
I am of the belief that monitored and progressive exercise rehabilitation, as well as patient education are KEY to getting an athlete, or any person really, back to their every day functions, and at the end of the day I believe that is what we as practitioners are there to do, not tell a person what they need to avoid for the rest of their life. In terms of patient education I think it's important that we have clear conversations with our patients as to what the outcomes of treatment are and what they can expect and the physiology and neurology behind what they are experiencing. Far too often clinicians use trigger words like HERNIATION, SLIPPED DISK, TEAR, CHRONIC, and the list goes on, without properly explaining the management of these things and the definite possibility (within reason) that they CAN return to activities they were doing before. I feel that so much of dysfunction is psychological as much as it is physiological due to the limitations people place on themselves due to their lack of knowledge on the subject.
The major theme of my treatment philosophy is movement and mobility. You have to keep moving, and moving in all planes and under different stresses, to reduce the risk of injury. Once injury has occurred I feel it is key to maintain pain free movement and progress through passive ROM, isometric exercises, and isotonic exercises, to regain movement and train the nervous system to not produce unnecessary pain signals
“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”