Jamie Van Beek – Physiotherapist

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Nutrition and Exercise Science

Masters of Physiotherapy Studies

Areas of interest:

Musculoskeletal pain

Neck related headaches and dizziness

Neurological rehabilitation

Paediatric physiotherapy

Passion:

Jamie graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland. Upon completion, he was awarded the Judith Gould Clinical Practice prize for the greatest proficiency in clinical practice.

He has completed placements at various hospitals and clinics around Brisbane, as well as in the community where he provided physiotherapy to children with a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. It was here that Jamie discovered his passion for equipping children and families with the skills they need to thrive during development.

“Paediatrics is such a challenging area. You have two clients (three if Dad comes along), and one of them is too busy trying to draw on walls and find things to swallow to listen to you. Making time to ensure everyone involved is on board and knows their role is the key to excellent outcomes. For parents, that means understanding their concerns and providing them with the skills and information they need. For Bub, it means making sessions the right mix of fun and challenging in order for them to progress.”

Jamie has also completed research into Cervicogenic Dizziness through the Cervical Spine and Whiplash Clinic at the University of Queensland and has clinical experience managing Vertigo, Headaches and Whiplash injuries.

“Headaches and Dizziness are often the most emotionally charged conditions I see in the clinic. And that’s completely reasonable; it’s scary for things to go wrong in your head. As first contact practitioners, Physiotherapists are trained to screen for all possible causes of Headaches and Dizziness, providing clients with much peace of mind as they progress through their treatment plan.”

Jamie’s background in Exercise Science and his experience competing in high level football and running events make him adept at helping clients return to high levels of performance. However, he believes these skills can help get the best out of all of his clients, whatever their goal.

“Understanding how to break down and optimise a movement isn’t just useful in sport. It can help people in all facets of their life. The goal may be to be able to carry the shopping bags inside without pain or walk up a flight of steps without the rails or to do a fun run. Being a good Physio is about working with clients to manage pain and address their impairments so that they can see functional, goal-oriented results.”