Osteopathic Manual Therapist
Joel completed his 5-year double degree in Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Joel was also fortunate to receive university placement in India working in a hospital setting in Goa, and spent time observing knee surgical procedures in Mumbai. His treatment style centres around two core Osteopathic principles: The body is a unit, and the body has self-healing mechanisms. The practitioner’s role is to aid in guiding the body towards health.
Since graduation Joel has pursued further education to fill knowledge gaps, and explore interest areas including Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain, managing pregnancy-related bio-mechanical pain, prevention of injury from improper gym technique, concussion management, and Kinesio Taping for support.
Joel worked alongside physiotherapists, midwives, and other health professionals in multimodality clinics in Brisbane, Australia. He spent seven years swim coaching beginners and competitive swimmers of all ages. He also played volleyball and Australian Rules Football at representative levels, and took on sports trainer roles that entailed assessment and management of acute sporting injuries. Having suffered personal injuries including multiple stress fractures and a full PCL rupture, Joel has firsthand knowledge of how many of his patients feel.
To aid in healing, Joel considers how spinal discs, nerves, muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, fascia, lymph, biomechanics, posture, and lifestyle components affect the injury. In a typical session with Joel, patients can expect an examination, tailored treatment, and management advice suited to their lifestyle. A few of the treatment techniques Joel utilizes include tissue massage, joint articulation, facial release, strain counter-strain, and muscle energy technique.
Joel credits his parents who instilled in him the importance of respect, empathy, and work ethic. He is passionate about health and fitness, with a particular love of distance running. Joel loves being able to broaden his knowledge and experience by working in Calgary. Ask him how he wound up here… it’s a good story!