ABOUT MARK AUSTIN, PHYSIOTHERAPIST

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My name is Mark Austin. I am a physiotherapist based out of Calgary, Alberta. I have been practicing since 2013 after graduating with a Master's of Science in Physiotherapy with distinction. I am also a 200-hr trained yoga instructor. 

My clinical experience includes the treatment and management of chronic pain and disability, workplace injuries from the Alberta oilsands; athletes and sports teams; concussion and brain injury; CRPS/RSD; stroke; multiple sclerosis; Parkinson's disease; pre- and post-operative patients; older adults looking to maintain their independence, and everyday sprains and strains. My patients include people from all walks of life, whether they be CEOs, blue- and white-collar employees, semi- and professional athletes, weekend warriors, or busy moms and dads. 
 

My full credentials can be found by clicking here.

Prior to my clinical work as a physiotherapist, I worked in a hospital research lab dedicated to neuroplasticity (our brain and nervous system's way of growing, adapting, and healing) and healthy-aging with chronic neurological conditions. This has given me a strong passion for science-informed care. I am also a registered yoga teacher and believe that when tailored to the individual, yoga can be a powerful tool in managing chronic pain and promoting overall health and well-being. I also enjoy traditional weightlifting and Olympic lifting, running, curling, hiking, ice hockey, slow pitch, and skiing. I find that these days I am always learning a new activity.

I treat the whole human. I am passionate about human mechanics, alignment, and exercise rehabilitation. I have also completed training in acupuncture, dry needling, spinal manipulation, mechanical diagnosis of back and neck pain, and whole-body functional movement assessment.  While I employ manual techniques, I have come to learn that there is much more to physiotherapy than hands-on therapy and exercise. My treatment approach includes the roles of lifestyle, nutrition, mindfulness, mental health, and overall well-being in healing and recovery. Most importantly, I understand how important it is for every healthcare practitioner to be an empathetic listener and a trustworthy source of information regarding your health.  

 

The best physiotherapists are like the best family doctors: situated within community-based settings, friendly and down-to-earth, and easy to access and get in touch with when you need them, no matter how big or small the problem. They should be trustworthy, knowledgeable, and up to date on the latest research. They are people with whom you can build a lifelong relationship with, to ensure that you are keeping your muscles and joints healthy for life, and living to the best of your potential in staying fit, happy, and doing all of the things you care about the most, free from worry. They are inclusive to people from all walks of life, irrespective of their gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, political or economic background. Your physiotherapist should be just like a personal coach, guiding you along an evidence- and science-based towards better health.

I believe that no matter what your situation is, you have the power to define what health and well-being mean to you, and the power to take control in shaping your own best possible future. My passion is in helping others achieve their best potential for health and wellness. 


If you are interested in getting to learn more about how I may help you, feel free to reach out to me at Mark@physiobox.ca