I was suffering from severe discomfort in my left shoulder (too much golf!) and saw Doug Tahirali at the Jardine House location. Fantastic session – I left feeling a lot better, armed with knowing what was wrong (rotator cuff tendinitis) and more importantly, how to fix it! Wish I’d shown up sooner! Thanks Doug.
Doug Tahirali is my physio of choice here. He has treated me for a number of issues all with fantastic success. He’s also the most personable guy in the business.
Tell us about your background in Physiotherapy.
Since graduating in 1988 from Queen’s University in Canada, I have been so lucky in my 30+ year career to have had some great experiences. While I was living and working in Canada, my own practice was 200 metres from the Canadian National Arts Centre, so I was lucky enough to work with almost all of the touring ballet companies that came to Canada, as well as touring shows like Starlight Express and Cats. I even worked with music acts, ‘Johnny Clegg and Savuka’ from South Africa and the band KISS.
I have been fortunate enough to work with people from all kinds of backgrounds including hundreds of local, national, international, special needs and professional athletes and teams. In my 10 years with the Canadian Ski Patrol, I was literally seeing some injuries from start to finish! It was my own injuries that allowed me to discover the profession, and it is my own current injuries that keep me up-to-date on the latest approaches.
What are your interests?
As a father of three young girls, my interests are no longer my own. Now life shuttles between school, birthday parties, dance classes, football and adventure race training – all for the kids! As a family we like to travel and spend time outdoors. Beyond my girls, I still love music and books, basketball, ultimate frisbee, rugby and scuba diving.
Tell us about a life-changing experience or adventure you’ve been on.
Before I came to Hong Kong, I travelled for three years. First in a one-man tent through Africa, then in an old Volkswagen camper van across Canada and the United States, and finally hosteling across Asia. During this time, I had many rare opportunities to get involved with indigenous healers and ceremonies.
During my Asian travels, I re-encountered with an old friend and life really changed, especially after we welcomed our three girls within 5 years. Life continues to change every day with so much to look forward to. I have a travel blog, The Globetrotting Five documenting my family adventures around the world.
What is your area of expertise?
Like many physiotherapists, my days are filled with neck, back and pelvis problems. I treat everything with education, manual therapy, movement and exercise prescription. My writings for the Asia Trail magazine keeps me updated with the most current research in sports injuries and physiotherapy.
What is the most fulfilling part of the job?
I like to help ‘fix’ people and see them get out of pain, and back to doing the things they love. When it comes to your health, education is power so first and foremost, it is fun to see people when they fully understand what is actually wrong and that there is a path to recovery.