Olivia Chiu

Olivia Chiu

  • BSc. Physiotherapy
  • Registered Physiotherapist (HK & AUS)
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association member
  • Personal Trainer (Cert 3 & 4 in Fitness, Aus) 
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

Area of Expertise

  • Neck and back pain  
  • Sporting injuries, especially knees and ankles
  • Muscle strain rehabilitation exercises
  • Rehabilitation and Corrective exercise programs
  • Education (various rehabilitation tools and techniques)

Tell us about your background in physiotherapy:

I pursued a physiotherapy degree in Australia after sustaining multiple injuries as a teenager whilst playing numerous sports (field hockey, netball, rugby, basketball). 

After graduating with a BSc(Physiotherapy), I obtained my personal trainer certification and a Clinical Pilates level 1 certification. My aim was to blend exercise, treatment and rehabilitation better, as that’s what the population expects but not necessarily what a physiotherapy graduate is capable of. I’ve combined these disciplines in my work ever since, enjoying the mix of helping people in pain, as well as others just training for sport performance or enjoyment.

More recently, I’ve embarked on teaching various rehabilitation tools and techniques to clients, athletes and exercise professionals as I believe in empowering individuals outside of the clinical setting. I’m also commencing a Masters in Science at Chinese University of Hong Kong with a view to improve my knowledge in Strength and Conditioning and to contribute to rehabilitation research. 

What are your interests?

I’m a nerd at heart, so I’m usually learning or reading about something, whether it’s pain science, data science, behavioural science, AI, music composition or astronomy.

When I’m not geeking out, you’ll probably find me relaxing to music, reading a book, hiking around Hong Kong or enjoying food and a small wine / beer with good company or a good view.

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

I definitely believe my education and career path has helped me achieve some of my sporting dreams, such as representing Hong Kong at the Asian Games, playing international level field hockey and indoor hockey, and completing several multi-stage ultramarathons. Having the knowledge and being able to apply it and practice it on myself has made me both a better practitioner and athlete and I’m grateful for all the life experiences and opportunities it’s given me.

What is your area of expertise?

I’ve spent over 15 years combining treatment, rehabilitation and personal training together. 

The area I’ve worked in the most is taking a client after their initial treatment phase (for pain, swelling and protective patterns) and getting them stronger and sport / life ready. Whether it’s rehabilitating a muscle strain, recurrent ankle sprains or a recurring back injury whenever you return to hockey, I enjoy taking people through a full exercise rehabilitation and conditioning program, including the agility drills and sport specific movements needed to return to play. 

I can also provide movement and exercise screening tests to highlight deficiencies, areas at risk of injury or to help develop a targeted exercise program after injury or to prepare for a specific sport.

In terms of treatment, I am able to treat muscle strains, joint injuries or neck and back pain from work postures or injury. 

What is the most fulfilling part of this job?

Assisting clients to reach their goals or complete bucket-list items have been immensely rewarding throughout my career. The highlights would include: receiving a video of a client surfing after a full ACL reconstruction; running a half marathon in Angkor Wat with a client after knee and calf injuries; and helping a friend over the finish line in a multi-stage ultramarathon. 

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