Finding a healthy balance
Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
‘Hamish the physio’ is on a mission to empower his patients to live active, healthy, pain-free lives – harnessing the power of social media and his own private practice on the Gold Coast to spread the word.
It is fair to say a life-time of activity and exercise nudged Hamish towards a career in physiotherapy and is the inspiration behind his work. In fact, some of his best ideas have come from either playing sports or sitting on the sidelines.
“I grew up playing a lot of sport and remember needing to see physios, which I found interesting. I think it was these experiences that inspired me to pursue a career in physio,” he said.
A five-year double degree in Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Griffith’s Gold Coast campus kick-started Hamish’s career in the mid-2000s.
Since then he has worked in private clinics, hospital outpatient wards in London and started his own business.
Hamish’s motivation to help patients on their feet, turned to innovation a few years ago when he developed a foot strengthening training device called the Fasciitis Fighter – a tool that has been used by professional athletes in the National Basketball Association, Australian Football League, English Premier League and Super Rugby.
“It was a simple idea that popped into my head during a run. I saw a niche for a product to help perform an evidence-based exercise for plantar fasciitis. It basically replaces the hassle of rolling up a towel,” he said.
Planta fasciitis causes heel soreness and can be extremely painful for the person.
Hamish said his foot training tool helps patients place load on their feet through strengthening to help symptoms.
“The shape of the device creates a small curve that extends the big toe while the user performs calf raises. The exercise aims to improve load capacity in the plantar fascia to help pain,” he said
Hamish is a big believer in promoting evidence-based research in his field to educate and help patients develop recovery programs to treat injury.
“I hope to use my growing physio social media network to improve physiotherapy as a discipline. With new evidence comes new management of client conditions and this is what I have a passion in.
I hope the Fasciitis Fighter continues to grow so I can help more people with this frustrating injury,” he said.
No stranger to injury himself, Hamish chalked up a few new nasty rugby injuries in his youth but remained committed to healthy living through exercise.
“I practice what I preach and stay active with running, the occasional triathlon or marathon and an average game of golf,” he said.
“I enjoy a challenge and believe in a healthy body, healthy mind.”