Ryan Smith

Physiotherapist – Grafton & North Shore Lab

Education:
Ryan first graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Sport and Exercise Science in 2012. He then went on to study Physiotherapy at AUT and graduated in 2016. He continues to find new courses to attend and completed the Integrated Dry Needling course in Australia at the start of 2017.

Experience:
After leaving AUT Ryan started working as a physiotherapist at the lab, although you will have probably seen him around the place before this. Whilst he was a student he has worked here as both a massage therapist and on admin.
As part of his training Ryan worked at the Emergency Department at Auckland City Hospital and with stroke patients. These experiences working in the acute setting have given him a great understanding for acute injury management, and helped him hone his assessment skills. Ryan enjoys working with a wide variety of patients including runners, cyclists, cross fitters and rock climbers, he is able to adapt his approach to suit the different demands for each sport.

Professional views and special interests:
Being a runner at heart Ryan loves nothing more than to geek out on running gait and biomechanics, he enjoys assessing how people move and how this can influence their injury or pain. Ryan is a strong believer in where ever possible keeping people active, he will try to avoid prescribing rest as a treatment option, however, this means when he does you can be sure it is for a good reason. Ryan likes to build his session around a strong foundation of patient education to ensure you fully understand the cause of your injury, he also understands the importance of backing this up with excellent manual therapy techniques.
Ryan is developing specific interests in treating conditions of the back and neck, and how the neural system impacts on pain responses.

Outside of the Lab:
Ryan, like most of the team he keeps fit any way he can. Throughout the year you will either find him pounding the pavements running or hitting the trails mountain biking. In the winter months he loves hitting the slopes Snowboarding or skiing. Whereas in the summer he enjoys being out on the water wakeboarding or under the water Scuba diving. If you asked him though he would probably identify himself as a runner, he has recently stepped away from running on the track to concentrate on road races. He plans to attempt his first official half marathon this year and then a marathon the following. Stay tuned to see how he gets on.