John is the primary contributor for content on this website that relates to injuries, conditions, and general information about physiotherapy treatment related to the described injuries and conditions.
John initially began his academic career by pursuing an undergraduate degree in Biomechanics under the faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. His interest in biomechanics led him to a research-based Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the same university, where he his now an author on a variety of peer-reviewed journal articles.
His thesis focused on bone micro-architecture in elite athletes, whereby he sought to understand how the loading involved in different sports affects the organization of bone structure on a micro scale, and how this may be related to muscle force production in elite athletes. John published his findings in the journal Bone in 2013.
After successfully defending and publishing his thesis findings, John took a Lab Technician position at a pre-clinical imaging-based laboratory at the University of British Columbia. His involvement included operating x-ray based equipment and assisting academic researchers with their projects.
While John enjoyed his time as a Lab Technician and further strengthened his experience in scientific research, his desire to work with people in a clinical setting brought him back to school where he completed a Masters degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Alberta.
This well-rounded program offered exposure to a variety of clinical settings, allowing John to cast a wide net for gathering and consolidating clinical experience.
Since completing his Physiotherapy program in 2019, John has been a licensed physiotherapist in Canada. He primarily works in sports medicine, but also maintains a part-time role helping patients in assisted care facilities, ultimately providing exposure to a wide array of patient demographics. His approach to treatment begins with patient education and knowledge translation, as he strongly believes that knowledge promotes motivation and self-efficacy. From there, an emphasis on activity-based treatment is central to his overall treatment philosophy, while also incorporating various adjuncts to treatment as indicated by available evidence.
This site is another avenue for John to relay clinical information in a manner that the Average Joe can understand, helping those who may not know where to turn for information and to promote further understanding of ailments they may be experiencing. While not a substitute for visiting a doctor or physiotherapist in person, the goal for this site is to improve and/or supplement peoples’ understanding of conditions often seen in physiotherapy clinics.
Dan Thompson is the owner of Salt Water Digital a digital marketing agency. Unless you count wearing two ankle braces while playing basketball, none of his previous experience has anything to do with physio. He’s responsible for the website and marketing of Rehab 49.
Like most websites, monetization is one motivating factor for John to spend countless hours publishing high value physio content. If you found this website and you want to be included on one of our city lists, e-mail me for consideration. dan [at] saltwaterdigital [dot] com. If you want to partner for any other marketing related reasons please e-mail me.