In August of this year, Talia Diamond joined the Physio Excellence team. She is a great addition to our staff of physiotherapists, and with her unique background and knowledge she is a gifted practitioner. Many of you already know Talia, but for those who don’t, or those who want to learn a little bit more, we chatted with Talia about what drew her to physiotherapy, what she loves about her job and how her history informs her work.
What drew you to physiotherapy as your chosen profession?
I was diagnosed with scoliosis in the middle of grade 5 (by my mom; my doctor missed it until she requested that he check my back!). Since my curvature was pretty bad, I had to wear a plastic back brace 24 hours/day for the next 4 years. I never received physiotherapy after getting my back brace weaned off and I had to teach myself how to sit and walk without the support of a back brace.
What do you love most about your job?
Meeting new people and getting to assist them in achieving their goals; whether it be decreasing their pain, getting back to their regular leisure activities, or living without the worry of needing a washroom nearby at all times.
Your background in swimming and water sports, and as a lifeguard, offers a unique perspective on treatment paths. How does this inform your work?
I get to use this background, and my knowledge of the benefit of water, in assisting clients with pool therapy as a treatment technique. Often when a client is unable to exercise outside of the water, water with its specific properties will assist them in being active. It can help because of its buoyancy, added resistance, and often warmth (if in a therapeutic pool).
What fact about the human body, or your area of specialty in women's health and orthopedics, most surprised you when first learning about pelvic floor physiotherapy?
The fact that these previously inaccessible muscles which I would treat externally, were suddenly accessible internally. The ability to reach these muscles made a huge difference in the way I treat a client with low back and pelvic pain.
What do you feel you bring to Physio Excellence?
A new friendly face! Plus experience working with such a diverse population - including the Neuro population, Paediatrics, and Orthopedics.
If you would like to make an appointment with Talia, please call us!