We sat down with physiotherapist Wendell Vagg to find out about his passion for physio and what makes him tick.
Remember, if you need any help with physio in Pascoe Vale, please reach out to us.
So Wendell, a question that physios often get asked, why physiotherapy?
During school I loved subjects such as sport and science and hated the idea of spending my life doing a desk-based job.
Trips to the local physio as a teenager made me very aware of what a physiotherapist did and it seemed to fit the bill for what I was looking to do.
I have a very down-to-earth and understanding personality, qualities which fit perfectly into this profession. I also really wanted to move to Melbourne to study so chose to do physio and haven’t looked back.
How does this philosophy translate to a physio consultation in Pascoe Vale?
A consultation with me involves a very open and relaxed environment with a lot of the client talking and me listening to help fully understand what they’re struggling with.
Once we have identified the main issue(s), I work with them to problem-solve the steps and processes involved to achieve their goals.
A large part of the initial consultation will be education to ensure the client fully understands what is happening, how to put the steps in place to improve and have realistic expectations of time frames.
It’s all about developing a trusting and understanding relationship with the client.
How does your personal academic, family and sporting history influence your physiotherapy practice?
I grew up on a farm, moved to the city to study/work and have also lived overseas.
I have worked in public hospitals, private practices, aged care facilities and with sporting clubs so have extensive experience with all sorts of clients across all sorts of settings.
Like most Australians, I love sport. And just like most participants I have had my fair share of injuries over the years including foot, ankle, achilles, calf, knee, hamstring, shoulder, thumb and back issues. So I know what it’s like to be in pain and have gone through many rehabilitation journeys.
All of these experiences have helped mould me into the understanding and experienced clinician I am today.
In Pascoe Vale, we see many of our valued clients from diverse population groups, with many different problems. How do you personalise your service?
I have extensive experience across many different settings. The majority of my early years were spent working in public hospitals in West Melbourne, a highly multicultural area.
I also spent two years working in London which has a very similarly diverse cultural population. I have been lucky enough to travel to more than 40 countries across the world, spending time in places where many of my clients originated from.
These experiences along with the many different physio settings have equipped me perfectly to easily develop a professional relationship with each patient and appropriately tailor their physio journey to achieve their goals.
Is there anything that we can do as sub-elite sportspeople to help reduce our own injury risks?
A lot of it comes down to common sense.
Overloading is a very easy thing to do without realising, e.g. running 6km instead of 3km because you missed a session.
Often you will not realise you’re doing too much until afterwards or the next day when symptoms become more obvious. Injuries in elite athletes are inevitable because they are pushing their bodies to their limits on a consistent basis.
However, we can learn from their preparation and incorporate this into our own habit.
There are many factors which help to reduce injury risk including:
- Specificity of training
- Gradual progression/load increase
- Healthy diet
- Good sleep habits
- Incorporating strength training into your routine.
At the risk of alienating the majority of our audience, who are you favourite teams?
Essendon in the AFL, the men’s and women’s Australian cricket teams, Melbourne Storm and Tottenham in the EPL.
And I will happily jump on board the bandwagon of any Aussie national team or individual who is doing well!
For weekend warriors, what are your top 3 tips to reduce injury risk?
- Don’t overcomplicate it – keep it simple and consistent, and never increase a parameter by more than 20%
- Strength training is the most underrated tool to prevent injury
- Prioritise sleep!
And finally Wendell, for all those who need physiotherapy care in Pascoe Vale, how would they book in for an assessment with you? Where are you located?
I’m located within PVH Medical, 124 Kent Rd, Pascoe Vale. It’s easy to book an appointment online or by calling 9304 0500.
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.