Hi! Antony Lo, The Physio Detective here. I am a physiotherapist from Australia that works at the junction of Musculoskeletal, Sports, and Pelvic Health treatment, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement.
I have been practicing since 1997 and founded My PT Education in 2008, an educational platform which I have built after having successfully building 2 private practices in Sydney, Australia.
In the past, I was a part of a very large community of physical therapists and other professionals who shared a set of common beliefs. I also taught many others the same way (I am sorry for doing that!). I was at the top of my game – I had tried to be the best I could be and had spent over $100,000 on my continuing education. But I felt very much like an imposter because people who should be getting better weren’t, and those who shouldn’t be getting better were – that didn’t make any sense!
It wasn’t too long before I realised I could let go of all those complex models I had believed in because they didn’t define who I was. One conversation at the end of 2013 with Greg Lehman about Thoracic Rings became the final catalyst that drove me to accelerate my change. I realised I had let these beliefs define my identity – that’s why whenever someone attacked the models or techniques I used, it felt so personal!
But suddenly, I felt very uncertain about everything I had been doing – was it all a waste of time? My calling has always been to help people – my intentions and my heart have been in the right place. But now, I was feeling lost, not sure who or what to rely on and unsure of what are the best approaches and frameworks moving forward. I was left with 3 options:
a) To stay the same way I was,
b) To try learn other people’s models
c) To go my own way and work it out myself
So, being me, I chose the hardest option – to go my own way. I decided to slowly challenge my beliefs and biases. Everything that I felt was essential to helping someone was carefully questioned. In the process, I ended up challenging the established way of doing things because I discovered their ways were not supported by the research! It took YEARS to make the major changes and I will continue to evolve with the research.
I experienced so many boundaries and rules being challenged through my work, CrossFit, coaching, and teaching – they helped me implement what I was learning.
Finally, I reduced what I did to three simple words, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT.
For the past 7+ years, I have dedicated my life to helping health and fitness professionals who have been following the traditional, conventional path. They were suffering from doing what they have been told for so long and deemed as the ‘right’ way’. Helping them ‘Do Something Different’ has allowed me to witness some incredible growth and transformation. Along the journey, I have helped some of the world’s best athletes at the highest levels through to beginners of all ages. I have also travelled across the globe teaching other health and fitness professionals how to use the same processes I use.
The process of transforming to this new way of thinking took me 3 years worth of challenges, tough times and experimentation. By tearing down traditional and outdated methods, I developed a simple framework which any health or fitness professional can follow and change the way they work with clients forever. I look forward to working and learning with you and together we can transform this industry for the better.
You can find out more about me at www.physiodetective.com.