Ian BissonOsteopath

ADVENTUROUS | LOGICAL | ADAPTABLE

Ian was born and raised in Guernsey, Channel Islands. On leaving college, he worked in the offshore finance sector for a number of years to help fund his passion for travel which has taken him to all corners of the globe normally with some kind of board strapped to his feet!

Although he had an interest in manual therapy at a much younger age, having sought out treatment due to his active lifestyle and jobs, it wasn’t until he was kitesurfing with an osteopath he met on his travels who needed help with an injury on the beach that he decided to commit! Ian graduated with a 4-Year Integrated Masters Degree in Osteopathy from the prestigious European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone, UK in 2013. Since graduating, he has worked at several multi-disciplinary clinics as well as running his own small clinic at home. He has also shadowed at several clinics while road tripping in Canada, including Intrinsi.

Since graduating, Ian has furthered his knowledge in kinesiotaping techniques, dry needling, and the body’s functional biomechanics in movement. He was lucky enough to shadow top surgeons, observing knee reconstructions and hip replacements which helped him understand the processes pre and post op.

Ian enthusiastically commits to the health and wellbeing of his patients, and enjoys spending time supporting people with the physical challenges they face. He always tries to adapt treatment and management plans to the individual’s needs and preferences, placing a huge emphasis on patient education and self-management between sessions. He is keen to help you explore your body’s natural ‘functional’ movements, getting those brain movement pathways re-connected again. He feels this is the key to being pain-free and preventing injuries down the road. He uses a wide range of structural techniques from his training including muscle and connective tissue stretching, rhythmic joint movement, gentle release techniques, soft tissue muscle work, and gentle joint manipulation if needed.

Ian has treated patients from all walks of life, from children to the elderly, and feels his experience in different job sectors helps him to relate to people’s everyday problems. This, in conjunction with his time working overseas as a kite-surf instructor has helped him built up his natural skills to connect, motivate, and provide support throughout treatment. He is not immune to the rehab process himself, having had knee and back injuries in the past whilst snowboarding and more recently recovering from post-surgery facial paralysis. Ian believes doing the ‘small things’ to improve wellbeing, improving your nutrition and sleep pattern for full-body health. Consistency can go a long way in achieving your goals.

Outside of work, Ian is a keen outdoor enthusiast so fully understands your need for your body to perform as you get older. You will most probably find him exploring everything Alberta has to offer whether it be hiking, mountain biking, or snowboarding in the Rockies, or kitesurfing and stand up paddling on the beautiful lakes.  He’s looking forward to experiencing it all.