HENRY JOHN ELLIOTT
Areas of Expertise:
- Post-surgery rehabilitation (especially shoulder, knee, ankle joints)
- Sports-related injuries (especially racket sports, rugby and CrossFit athletes)
- Work-related injuries, injuries on duty, (back and neck pains)
- Hands-on manual therapy
- Deep soft tissue release
- Dry needling
- Clinical Pilates
- Sport-specific rehabilitation, strength, and conditioning
Tell us about your background in Physiotherapy:
I graduated in South Africa at the University of the Free State where I did my Physiotherapy honours degree in shoulder joint. After graduation, I worked at a South African government outpatient clinic where I specialized in post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation, sports team physiotherapy, and Clinical Pilates.
In 2016, I moved to Hong Kong where I worked in a private clinic, mainly with corporate and Aviation cases, mostly work injuries and post-operative rehabilitation. Since 2012, I have been working with multiple different sports teams, from ultramarathon, trail running, triathletes to mountain bikers, rowers and many field sports teams. I had extensive experience in on-field physiotherapy for rugby clubs of South-Africa and Hong Kong and was the head Physiotherapist of the Hong Kong Valley Black rugby team.
What are your interests?
I’m an active South African who loves any sports, fitness, and adventure. I believe passion produces purpose and my life purpose is to improve the quality of life for others.
Physiotherapy allows me to live out my passion through helping people with their physical wellness, to improve pathology, decrease pain and regain full function, enabling patients to return to and be better at, doing what they love!
Tell us about a life-changing experience or adventure you’ve been on.
After my first two years in Hong Kong, working as a Physiotherapist, I took three months off to follow my traveling dream by backpacking around the world. I went to 10 different countries in four continents where I experienced vibrant cultures, diverse religions and the many different ways of living. I climbed mountains, did scuba diving with sharks, camped with elephants, tree hopped with orangutans, etc. To sum it up, it was awesome!
I live by this quote from Jack Kerouac: “Because in the end, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Climb that goddamn mountain.” I therefore always encourage my patients: Do that race; there is nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it. I can help you with this.
What is your area of expertise?
Musculoskeletal problems: sports-related injuries, injuries on duty, mechanical back and neck pains. I am particularly passionate about post injury/surgery facilitation through the four stages of rehabilitation.
I include a combination of techniques from hands-on manual therapy and manipulations, deep soft tissue release, dry needling, cupping to biomechanical correction and taping.
For the final phase of rehab, I have extensive experience in Clinical Pilates, TRX, functional strengthening, and conditioning training to sport-related progressive loading, enabling patients to return to their duties or sport feeling better and stronger than ever.
What is the most fulfilling part of this job?
The most fulfilling part is to see people winning at life and to help them live pain-free by enabling them to do what they love and excel in it!