Move Daily Health Podcast Episode 007: Let’s Talk Integrative Health, with Sam Gibbs

integrative healthIs 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!

Key topics:

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.

Connect with Sam:

P3Health.net

Basketball Canada

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