Antony Lo: Treating Patients with Love, Care, and Concern
1. Tell us about you, your practice and/or your organization.
My name is Antony Lo and I am known as the Physio Detective. I have been studying and working as a physio for more than two decades, and have been teaching and mentoring people since 2007. I work at the junction where musculoskeletal, sports, and women’s health physiotherapy meets, and I consequently have a varied caseload. For the past seven years, I have been helping CrossFitters, Powerlifters, and Weightlifters with their injuries, improving their performance, and discovering that many of them need their pelvic floor dysfunction taken care of.
Out of this came seminars to help this group of people (“Bulletproof” Your Body Series), and eventually practitioners wanted more education on the topic as well. The most popular course I have is The Female Athlete course, and I also have other specialty courses to meet the needs of health and fitness professionals, as well as the public. I sold my practices in 2008 and 2012 and now work for myself in Oatley and Kogarah Bay. My dream is to build a clinic that will be able to see my clientele, run large and small group classes, and one-on-one classes while providing opportunities for educating and mentoring health and fitness professionals.
2. What types of services do you provide? Who can benefit from your services?
The Physio Detective service is where I provide physiotherapy consultations. I am the person people see who have failed to progress with their regular therapist and have been referred to me or they seek out my opinion. I also do Skype “coaching,” where I help athletes learn to move differently, change their technique, and also help people who have issues with pain or movement dysfunctions. I also travel around the world teaching via My PT Education, where I provide professional development courses as well as educational seminars for the public. I co-founded The Pelvic Health Podcast, which is aimed at providing professionals quality information. I have moved onto creating a new podcast called The Pelvic Health Matters Podcast, which aims to provide quality information for the general public.
3. How can someone get involved with The Physio Detective service?
My website physiodetective.com is the best way to find and contact me. I am happy to take emails from professionals and the public, and help them find solutions to their issues.
4. Why did you choose to host your online continuing education courses on Embodia?
I chose Embodia because I was looking for an online education platform that would be able to produce, host and market the many courses I have. I wanted to focus on creating the content – while Maggie and her team are a perfect fit for providing the production and hosting I need. The quality of faculty Embodia have and the reach they have was also an attractive factor.
5. What types of online courses are you providing and who are they for?
I have so many ideas and courses ready to be filmed and produced! The first will be the Art Greets Science in Motion course, which Robin Kerr and I presented on. That is for health and fitness professionals. I also want my other courses hosted on Embodia, such as The Female Athlete, How to Treat CrossFitters, Moving Beyond Motor Control, “Bulletproof” Your Body Series, as well as a series of smaller specialty subjects and seminars for professionals and the public.
6. What's the best continuing education course/conference you've ever taken (this can be clinical, business, webinar, live, etc.)?
I’d have to say the courses run by Diane Lee and LJ Lee when they were together as Discover Physio. I loved the way they made me think differently, developed my skills, blended the research, and truly taught a biopsychosocial approach to physio. These days, I might not agree with all the ideas they taught me, but I certainly have a deep respect for them and their work, and I would not be the physio I am today without their guiding influence and input into my career.
7. What's your favourite book?
I have two.
- Fiction: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
- Non-fiction: How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.
8. What is the book that you’ve gifted most frequently?
The Bible or a property book titled The Effortless Empire, written by a friend and property mentor named Chris Gray. Radically different, huh?
9. What's your favourite blog, podcast or online resource?
Facebook. I call it Facebook university because I have learned more there than in either one of my degrees.
10. What advice would you give to your 25-year old self?
When I was 25, I bought a business I paid too much for, got married within two months of taking over that business, nearly went broke, and doubled the business. My advice would be: maybe don’t get ripped off at the start and don’t sell any properties!
11. What's something you've recently learned that you're really excited to implement?
I’m discovering things every day by experimenting and seeing how things work, so I look forward to the process of thinking and observing, and challenging and testing. If I learn a technique, I try to break it. I’m much more interested in learning concepts and philosophies than techniques. Techniques come and go. I actually teach that there is no right or wrong, just that the reasons why you think it might work may be different.
12. What is one ‘aha’ moment that you had that changed you forever? What did you learn from this?
Test/retest has many ‘aha’ moments for me. At first, it was something to “prove” what you did was right. Then, it became flawed because you can basically trick people (and yourself) into improving. Finally, it became a party trick and then an educational tool.
My biggest ‘aha’ moment was reaching peak complexity then peak simplicity. Peak complexity was around 2012/13. I then began to challenge what I believed, and the complex systems I had built up to explain it all. I finally got it down to three, then two, and then one word - “Do something different,” “Be different,” and “Different.” From this comes my philosophy for assessing and managing my patients.
13. What is one thing that has led to your success?
Recognizing informally and then formally, that it is not technical skill and knowledge that gets people better, it is understanding how to treat people with love, care, and concern that matters most. I would later come to learn this formally as “psychosocial factors.” I am still a work in progress, and I don’t know if I would call what I do a success - but if I have helped people, it is largely based in meeting the patient where they are at, acknowledging their needs, fears, goals, hopes, and dreams, and educating and assisting them to achieve their goals.
14. If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
Just one person? Jesus Christ. As a Christian, He is my Lord and Saviour. But even if I were not a Christian, to meet the man who changed the western world as we know it would be awesome. I’d want Him to clarify a few things so we could put to rest a few controversies! Otherwise, anyone who has done something innovative so I can listen to their story, challenge it to see just how much bias and logical fallacies are in there and learn whatever lessons I can!
About the Instructor:
Antony Lo B. App.Se (Physio) (USyd), Masters in Manual Therapy (UWA)
Antony Lo is a physiotherapist from Australia and runs The Physio Detective service. He earned his degree from the University of Sydney and has been in practice over 21 years.
He completed his post-graduate masters in Manual Therapy (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) from the University of Western Australia and commenced his Specialization training in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
He has been involved with treating CrossFit athletes for 7 years and has helped some of the world’s best CrossFitters at the highest levels through to beginners of all ages. He loves and participates in CrossFit and is a strong advocate for the sport. Through participation and through his work as a Physiotherapist at all levels of CrossFit, he has developed a model of treatment that utilizes the best from Sports Science, Musculoskeletal/Sports Physiotherapy, Pain Science, and Women’s Health research to provide a realistic holistic model of care balancing the biopsychosocial model of healthcare.
He is NOT an employee of CrossFit, he does not represent or work for them in any way and his views and opinions are entirely his own. He holds a CrossFit level 1 – Trainer Certificate and is a CrossFit Football Coach/Consultant (now CrossFit Sports Specific Application). Antony has a wife and 3 beautiful children in the best city in the world – Sydney, Australia