Micheal Wawrykow - Thrive Now Physiotherapy

Micheal Wawrykow

Micheal Wawrykow

Registered Physiotherapist

Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT)

Certified in Functional Dry Needling (FDN)

What can I do for you?

With my 40 years of experience, I will work with you to develop a treatment plan.  My mission is always to help you to achieve your ultimate goal of full recovery from your injury or long-term problem.

I like to think about how I work with a patient like developing a travel plan.  The process is well thought out and considers all the various treatment options. The process of me finding a diagnosis and then us (you and me) developing the treatment or ‘travel plan’ has three parts:

  • First, we begin with extensive questioning, this is to find out how the problem fluctuates in a 24 hour cycle. How does the problem affect your daily routine?
  • Following that, I take you through a physical examination. This will require me to move your arms, legs, back, neck etc.  I’ll be testing for strength, flexibility and signs of injury.  With these tests, I’ll be able to determine what are areas of your body are working well, and which are not.  I’ll also be able to understand why they are not working well.
  • Once all the investigation is done, I can then arrive at a conclusion as to what is preventing the you from achieving your goal of full recovery.  I can then recommend a plan for treatment and recovery and you and I will discuss how this should happen

Want to know a little bit more about me?

I graduated from the University of Manitoba (School of Medical Rehabilitation) in 1977 with a Diploma in Physiotherapy and received the Vesalius Award (Highest Standing in Anatomy). From there, I went on to the University of Alberta and obtained a bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy in 1978.   But I didn’t stop there, in 1987 I received a Diploma of Advanced Manual and Manipulative Therapy and I became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy.   Most recently I completed my certification in Functional Dry Needling (FDN).

I began my career working in Kamloops BC in 1978 and then moved to Vancouver, where I practiced between 1979 to 1988.  Moving to the Island in 1988 I decided to move to Vancouver Island to start my own clinic in Nanaimo.  In 1997 I decided to open my second clinic to better serve the needs of those living in central Vancouver Island.

I have always enjoyed helping people feel better and recover and I can’t imagine what my life would look like if I didn’t.   So, once the sale of my clinic in Nanaimo was completed I was free to pursue other interests.  That desire was the path that lead me to Thrive Now Physiotherapy.

Over the years, I have taken every opportunity that I could to advance my skills in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy.  40 years later I still love what I do.  I am now able to take all those years of experience in the field and use them to help others.  My areas of expertise include; Manual Therapy (spinal/joint manipulation), Functional Dry Needling, TMJ (jaw joint) Disorder Rehabilitation, Vertigo (dizziness) Rehabilitation.  I also develop and prescribe home exercise programs that compliment in-clinic treatment to help my clients get better quicker.

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