Michael Pan

Michael Pan

  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • HPC CSP AACP Registered

Areas of Expertise:

  • Sports Massage Therapy
  • Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture & Dry Needling
  • Manual Therapy
  • Pilates Rehabilitation
  • Workstation Ergonomics

Tell us about your background.

I was born in Taiwan but the family immigrated to South Africa when I was young. I had all my education in South Africa and completed my studies as a physiotherapist at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 2005. I have always been very sports orientated, and that led me to specialize in dealing with various musculoskeletal injuries that one faces from everyday sports and activities. During my time in South Africa I worked in a sports clinic where the majority of the clients are very active. I also helped in football teams, rugby teams, South African Ballet Company, and provided physio support for South Africa Strictly Come Dancing 2007 + 2008.

I moved to London in 2009 where I spent the next 14 years honing my skills as a senior physiotherapist. I believe it is important to continue our development in the profession and to keep up-to-date with evidence-based knowledge and manual techniques. I have added acupuncture, dry needling, taping amongst others to my skillset and refined hands on treatments over the 18 years of practice.

What are your interests/areas of expertise?

I’m particularly interested in core control, lower limb injuries and biomechanics. I believe a lot of injuries can be contributed to a lack of control and strength from our lower body. Being a keen sportsman I’m always looking at mobility and moving patterns. So much of the return-to-sports requires the legs and trunk to function at 100%, so it’s such an interesting area to diagnose and treat.

I enjoy treating the variety of areas of the body. I find it very interesting and rewarding, especially how everything can be connected and becomes satisfying when you make the link and find the solution. Our body is amazing and each one of us is unique. I have vast experience in treating back and neck pain due to modern day lifestyle and also have a keen interest in treating the lower limbs. As a keen sportsman of badminton, squash and golf I am also fully aware of the injuries often associated with upper limbs, racket sports and the biomechanics required for complex movements.

What is the most fulfilling part of this job?

As a physiotherapist, I have the honour and privilege of working with people from all walks of life. It is a truly fulfilling experience to be able to help individuals overcome their physical challenges and improve their overall health and well-being. I am equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide effective and evidence based interventions that promote health and prevent injury.

As part of my role, I get to meet and connect with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, each with their own unique stories and experiences. The variety of cases that I encounter as a physiotherapist never ceases to amaze me. Each person I meet at the new layer of richness and diversity to my life as well as my understanding of the human body and how it works. I’d get immense satisfaction from being able to have such a significant impact on people's lives. Furthermore, the relationships built with my clients are incredibly meaningful. By treating each person with respect, empathy and kindness, I am able to form deep meaningful connections that go beyond just a physical treatment. It is this aspect of my work that brings me so much joy and fulfilment.

Tell us about a life-changing experience or adventure you’ve been on.

My life has always been full of adventures! Born in Taiwan and spent my early childhood there before my family made the decision to move to South Africa when I was eight. As a kid that was quite something, a total cultural shock but also very exciting. I think at that age you don’t feel the pressure or stress with something like that and I embraced it fully.

Four years after graduating and working at various hospitals and clinics as a physiotherapist, in 2009 I wanted to see more of the world and picked the gateway to Europe – London, as my next destination. It completely exceeded my expectations and my 2 year plan turned into 14 years! In that time, I've travelled to 16 European countries, Argentina, America, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. And early this year my wife and I decided to relocate here to be closer to our families and of course, continue my explorations and adventures in Asia.

I’ve been exposed to so many different cultures and met people from all over the world. As a result, some of my strongest traits are the ability to understand, accept, learn and adapt.

What are your personal interests?

I am very much into my sports and can talk to anyone about any sports. I particularly love playing badminton, squash, golf and basketball! I'm also looking to get myself back into the gym. As a keen sportsman, I am very happy to be diverse in my training and hobbies. Participating in various different activities can be good for the body as we learn different biomechanics and movement patterns.

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