Is your healthcare team truly working for you? In today’s episode, your Move Daily Health Coaches welcome Sam Gibbs, the Director of Clinical Operations at P3 Health to discuss the world of Integrative Health.
Sam is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner with a wealth of knowledge whose thirst for learning and drive brought him to working on multiple Sports Medical teams helping athletes seeking to push their human limits. His focus grew to encompass understanding the variety of factors that affect health and performance in non-athlete populations as well and the variability from one individual to the next. Now at P3 Health in Toronto, Sam works with an Integrative Health model, where he and his colleagues use a multi-disciplinary team approach to get clients the best results. Tune in for more details!
0:00 – Who is Sam Gibbs?
7:00 – What is Osteopathy?
11:50 – About the integrative health process at P3 Health in Toronto.
13:28 – The truth about stress
16:20 – The value of manual therapy, but why it’s not always the answer
18:00 – Nutrition is just a way to communicate with your body – what are you telling your body?
19:35 – Why it’s psychologically hard to work less hard in an effort to push health and performance
21:10 – Insight into the integrative health approach of a team
22:24 – The benefits of embracing slow
23:35 – Why the integrative approach is so powerful for athletes
26:20 – How athletes rationalize stress
27:44 – Why every health practitioner needs to avoid dogmatic approaches and be willing to adopt new tools and throw away old tools
31:30 – Sam talks about a common healthcare model of injury: Comfort -> Ignorance -> Complacency -> Negligence
32:15 – The importance of never being comfortable
34:40 – How the internet is contributing to auto-immune diseases
38:35 – How health “labels” can delay healing
39:20 – Sam’s peak career moment: Working with Olympic athletes
49:48 – Sam’s book recommendation
– Mastery by Robert Greene
50:00 – Sam’s non-negotiable daily self-care too
– Don’t turn on the radio
50:55 – Sam’s one piece of advice for your health and wellbeing
52:05 – Where you can find Sam
More about Sam Gibbs:
Sam Gibbs is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist and Certified Athletic Therapist and has served on the boards of the Canadian Athletic Therapist Association, the Canadian Sports Massage Therapy Association, the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners and the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths. He is currently completing a Masters degree in Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition.
Sam routinely works with athletes, both professional and amateur, and has been a member of many national medical teams for a number of major international competitions including: Goodwill Games, Pan-Am Games and World University Games. He worked with the Toronto Raptors Basketball Club as an Athletic Therapist and has been a Head Therapist with the Canadian Men’s National Basketball Program for the past 20 years. In 2010, Sam joined the Canadian medical team at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC. He served as the Assistant Chief Therapist for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, and has been named Chief Therapist for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada.
While Sam is a seasoned sports therapist, he also works with non-athletic clients including women, men and children. He consults with cases ranging from musculoskeletal complaints to anxiety/depression, weight management, hormonal imbalances, neurological issues and digestive disorders. Sam’s professional interests include areas of neurology, neuroimmunology and management of complex pain syndromes.
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