Joshua is particularly passionate in employing a collaborative goal setting approach to therapy utilising techniques such as functional rehabilitation, individualised exercise programs, manual therapy and joint mobilisation.
Why did you want to become a physiotherapist?
As I entered year 12 I started exploring what careers were available that best matched my passions. I knew that I liked getting to know people and building relationships, and I have always been very passionate about sports and health. The more I explored different career pathways the more physiotherapy stood out as a way to satisfy both passions in a meaningful way.
Without doubt I think the most enjoyable part of working as a physiotherapist is helping people achieve their goals. I believe you always make a personal connection with anyone you work with, and this means that often when they achieve their own goals you share their sense of accomplishment. I’m passionate about seeing people return to the activities that injury has been holding them back from, and I love getting to see people return to participating in things that they are passionate about.
I also love the problem solving element of physiotherapy and how the individual nature and circumstances of a person’s injury means that treatment and rehabilitation will never be exactly the same. I really enjoy collaboratively problem solving how to manage and rehabilitate an injury that works with an individual’s personal circumstances and lifestyle.
Whenever talking about health I always enjoy discussion based around the idea of balance. I think often we can interpret health as being very black and white – that we should do this and can’t have anything of something else. Whilst there are many things within health that are black and white, more often than not however I’ve found the idea of finding an effective balance in what we do and participate in to be important to achieving lasting health. I think this becomes especially important when we start seeing health as an individual’s journey, where generalisations and hard & fast rules don’t necessarily apply. Focussing on a holistically balanced lifestyle is something I see as integral to a person’s individual journey.
Favourite Stretch? McKenzie's extensions
Which sporting teams do you follow?
My Dads side of the family are from Melbourne so growing up I had no choice but to become a passionate supporter of the Essendon Bombers, something that doesn’t win me much love in SA – particularly of late. I also go for the Adelaide Strikers in the cricket, Adelaide United in the soccer and Manchester United overseas. I’ll support and become very passionate about Australia in any sport we are competing in!
I’ve always had a huge interest in sports and have spent time over the years playing club AFL, cricket and soccer along with many other sports casually and my downtime is often spent watching sport of any kind. When not doing something focussed on sport I like to play guitar, which I’ve learnt on and off for 15 years, and I really enjoy reading.
Favorite Movie? Interstellar
Favorite song that picks you up? Under The Same Sun by Ben Howard and Beautiful Day by U2
Have you always lived in SA?
I was born in South Australia, in the lower foothills, and started my early schooling here. When I was still pretty young my family and I moved to the Southern Highlands in New South Wales which helped me appreciate how good South Australia’s weather is. About 4 years later we moved back to the Adelaide Hills, where I did the rest of my primary schooling, high school and university.
During this time I’ve been lucky to travel through South-East Asia, New Zealand, Europe, America, Hawaii and some of the Pacific Islands but South Australia has always remained home.
To make an appointment with Joshua call Marion Physiotherapy on 08 8296 7594. Mention this post before the end of June 2016 to receive your initial appointment with Joshua at ½ price or with no gap!