Dirk Baxendell is one of a limited number of physiotherapists that has completed additional Masters qualifications in both Sport and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Titled).
Only physiotherapists who have undertaken this postgraduate training can use the title "Sports Physiotherapists" and "Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist", and essentially are experts in these areas.
In addition, Dirk is an Exercise Physiologist.
Dirk's expertise in the area of musculoskeletal and sport physiotherapy, comprehensive assessment, movement analysis, pattern normalisation/correction, and treatment philosophy are what sets him apart form other health professionals.
Dirk has nearly 20 years of experience working in the area of sport and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. His experience includes working with elite athletes; weekend warriors; the industrial athlete (which include all occupations); and even the Royal family in Saudi Arabia!
Dirk has a special interest in treating headaches and migraines and the cervical spine (neck). He uses various techniques including the Dean Watson Technique (arguably one of the world's leading manual therapist in this area).
With regards to sport, Dirk's area of interest lies with strength and conditioning of the endurance athlete (in particular the triathlete).
In the area of sport, Dirk not only treats all sporting injuries but he also treats the uninjured athlete wishing to remain injury free and/or looking to improve athletic performance.
Other common areas of treatment include:
BaxPhysio's philosophy is "think locally, treat globally". As a very simplistic explanation, the body has 3 muscle systems which allow correct global movement patterns. These are the deep stabilising system, the steering system and the power system.
The power system (those big muscles like the quads) and the steering system (those muscles which control joint position like the rotator cuff in the shoulder) can't work efficiently or correctly if they don't have a stable base to work from (Deep Stabilising System).
The deep stabilising system is made up of 5 muscle groups (the diaphragm, pelvic floor, abdominal wall, multifidus and the deep neck flexors). When these muscles work together they create an ideal amount of intra-abdominal pressure which is a necessity for spinal and pelvic stability. Imagine the deep system to be like a can of coke. If I don't open the can of coke - it won't matter how or where i apply pressure, the can will maintain its shape. However, if I open the can or put a whole in its side - the shape collapses. Without a stable base (deep stabilising system), the power system and the steering systems are forced to compensate causing pain &/or dysfunction.
So even though someone may present with "local" foot pain, it is imperative that you look "globally" for the over all cause. This allows us to treat the local problem (for example decreasing the pain in the foot with manual therapy techniques), and also by addressing any deep stabilising dysfunctions means there will be a long lasting and hopefully permanent improvement/result. physiotherapy physiotherapist rehabilitation
Sports Physiotherapy is a very specialised area within physiotherapy that deals with the physical issues and injuries sustained by athletes. Sports Physiotherapists have a greater understanding of what is required during sporting activities, how to minimise injuries and how to attain optimal body performance.
To improve athletic performance or rehabilitate the injured athlete, requires an in-depth understanding and knowledge of human movement. In addition it requires the therapist to look at the body as a complete 'chain' or 'system'. If part of the body's 'chain' is compromised, injuries are likely to occur. Those individuals with ongoing or recurring injuries are those who have likely got a compromised chain, and if you only treat the area of pain the outcome will be limited.
Remember to be a Titled Sports Physiotherapist requires additional Masters level training.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is a specialised area of physiotherapy treating injuries and conditions which affect the muscles, joints, and soft tissues. Dirk is a Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist which means he has done additional training above a normal physiotherapist and is an expert in this area.
BaxPhysio is highly successful in treating, rehabilitating and assisting individual's back to pre-injury levels or better. The philosophy of "think locally, treat globally" is at the core of the clinics exceptional success.
Dirk has worked with some of Australia's leading Orthopaedic Surgeons and Neurosurgeons both as a Private Practice Practitioner as well as within specifically built clinics. In addition, during his earlier years he was employed by Queensland Health as an Advanced Orthopaedic Physiotherapist. This entailed providing expert orthopaedic treatment to patients and also teaching and advising colleagues in this area.
Dirk's expert clinical knowledge and experience comes to the fore in those patients who are not progressing as they should or indeed in complex cases.
Up to 80% of the population will at some time in the life experience some form of back pain.
In this video, Dirk explains in detail his top 3 tips on back pain treatment and prevention.
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Dirk has only recently moved to the Whitsunday's with his beautiful family and now calls the area home! He has worked throughout the world, and Australia as a Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist.
In more recent times he created a hugely successful practice in Rockhampton which grew from 1.5 Physiotherapists to over 9 Physiotherapists! In 2017 his family moved to Longreach in the remote outback so that his lovely wife could pursue her career as a GP Obstetrician.
Dirk is a keen triathlete, and can often be found training between patients and school pick ups.
His expert knowledge, skill and caring nature are the backbone to his exceptional results.
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