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Physiotherapist Grant Storzuk finds his services in high demand
In an area with many health-conscious seniors, a physiotherapist is in high demand.
Grant Storzuk, who has been operating Osoyoos and South Okanagan Physiotherapy and Active Wellness Centre for just over two years, officially opened a branch in Oliver on April 24. That branch has actually been running since October.
He also operates one day a week in Midway.
Storzuk was guest speaker at a recent lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of Osoyoos, where he talked about his multi-disciplinary approach.
His team includes four physiotherapists, a registered massage therapist, an acupuncturist and a naturopath. Two kinesiologists will be starting at the end of the month and two more physiotherapists will be starting soon. There will be guest practitioners during the summer.
“We’re growing,” said Storzuk. “We’re definitely busy.”
Health-conscious seniors, however, only make up part of his business. Storzuk also deals with everything from sports injuries to work-related injuries and ICBC claims.
Storzuk also volunteers his time to treat hockey injuries for the Osoyoos Coyotes.
“Especially working in a small-town clinic, we’re going to see a little bit of everything,” Storzuk said. “We see anything to do with muscle, joints or bone. That’s what people think of with physiotherapy, but we do see a lot of neurological conditions as well. We do work with quadriplegics and paraplegics and anybody who’s had a stroke or has any type of brain disorder or neurological dysfunction. That’s a big part of physiotherapy.”
Occasionally he also works with cardiorespiratory patients, those with a breathing condition.
The treatment he uses depends on the nature and stage of the injury.
“A big part of what physiotherapists do is just trying to guide the person through the stages efficiently so it’s not going to be a chronic problem,” said Storzuk.
A physiotherapist not only treats an injury, but also gives the patient the tools to prevent them from needing to come back, he said.
Originally from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Storzuk graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor of science in physiotherapy in 2006. He worked in such communities as Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and Kamloops before settling in the South Okanagan. His passions include Ukrainian dance, which he has taught and choreographed.
Storzuk later trained in acupuncture and GTT (Gokavi Transverse Technique) dry needling, which he incorporates into his treatments.
While not all physicians accept these techniques, and there is variation between the approaches of different physiotherapists, Storzuk emphasizes that that these are research-based and evidence-based practices.
“There is a ton of research behind the benefits of acupuncture,” he said. “It’s just another modality that we use to stimulate the body to heal itself.”