HELLO, I'M GREG STERN, HERE IS MY STORY
My passion for movement and helping others along their own health journey developed from my own physical struggles. In 2013, I sustained an ankle injury that would forever change my life. What appeared to be a routine ankle sprain while playing football, developed into a chronic problem in my foot that caused me constant pain for 4 years.
I consulted and worked with many different rehab professionals to no avail and eventually underwent surgery. Unfortunately, this was only the beginning of my journey, as compensatory patterns triggered hip and back pain that had not been there prior to the operation.
I had reached a low point and was struggling for answers. It was at this point that I knew I needed to dive deeper in order to understand my body if I was ever going to escape the pain I was experiencing.
While my professional education includes a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Kinesiology, and Masters in Physical Therapy at McGill University, my curiosity has always extended far beyond the classroom. I have spent thousands of hours learning from books, coaches online, attending courses and trying to gather as many perspectives on different therapeutic approaches, researching and experimenting which methods work and which don’t.
I began to incorporate a comprehensive approach that looked at the root causes behind my pain and considered the environmental factors—shoes and chairs to name a few—that were continuing to contribute to my poor movement behaviour. Over time, I diligently and methodically applied the concepts that I learned to slowly restructure my body. Thankfully, I am now able to experience life pain-free, play the sports I love unimpeded by fear and go for long hikes barefoot after not being able to stand for more than few seconds without pain.
With From the Ground Up, my aim is to help guide people through their own path of self-discovery on their health journeys and guide people to not only be pain-free, but to thrive in their everyday lives. Injuries are not only a process of recovery, but discovery; an opportunity to learn, be curious, to better understand your body, to correct issues and improve efficiency and performance.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I am in pain, it’s getting worse and it is affecting every aspect of my life. What is the first step?
Q: What can I expect from the initial consultation?
Q: How many treatments does it take to get better?
A: This is a common question which no one can answer with 100% accuracy (unless they have a crystal ball). No two problems are the same as every client is unique. This is why having a detailed assessment is so critical to help identify all the factors involved in the problem. Frequent re-assessment is necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment interventions as well as to progress the treatment appropriately.
Q: How long does a session last?
Follow-up sessions are typically 60 minutes, but we also accommodate 45-minute sessions.
Q: What should I wear?
Q: Is physiotherapy covered under medicare?
Q: Can you bill directly to my insurance?
Q: What if I'm unsure/hesitant to commit to physio?
Q: Do I need a doctor’s referral for physiotherapy?
Q: My doctor told me I have [X] diagnosis? Are you able to help with this?
A: When it comes to musculoskeletal pain, a diagnosis is just a label. The medical world often focuses on diagneses. We’re led to believe that we can’t understand our ailments until it has a nice, neat label.
The reality is that a diagnosis will only get us so far. In fact, many patients might even think that this label is something they now have have for rest of their lives and define themselves by it.
Q: What does "From the Ground Up" mean?
“From the beginning; starting with the basics, foundation”
Our philosophy at From the Ground Up Physio revolves around optimizing WHOLE body movement patterns starting at the foundation (feet, pelvis & ribcage).
✅Can your feet pronate AND supinate?
✅Can you breathe expanding your ribcage in all directions?
✅How well can you control your pelvis and ribcage?
🔑These are the fundamentals when it comes to movement, pain & performance.
If you have pain and these components have not been addressed, reach out to learn how we can help you solve your long-standing issues that others have struggled to help you with.
Q: What are the education or training requirements to become a physiotherapist in Canada? What specific training do you have as a physiotherapist?
After completing an undergraduate degree, students are required to complete a Masters level education program that involves classroom theory as well as practical internships working under the supervision of a qualified physiotherapist. Once graduated, physiotherapists are required to complete 45 hours of continuing education every 2 years.
-Optimize Acdemy Fundamentals Seminar: A movement and mobility based approach to Rehab and Training (Ottawa)
-Prosport Academy Mentorship (UK)
Q: How long will it take?
Q: How much will it cost?
Again, this is variable and is based on the total number of treatments required (which is not the same as how long it will take).
Q: What's with the foot?
Did you know that your feet contain a quarter of all the bones in your body!? 😮👣
Q: Do I need to wait until I have the results of my diagnostic test (X-ray, MRI, etc) prior to seeing a physical therapist?
In most cases, it is not necessary to have the results of your diagnostic test prior to seeing a physical therapist. The results of the diagnostic tests will not change the initial physical therapy treatment plan. Specifically, if you are awaiting MRI results for a knee injury (ligament and/or meniscus), shoulder injury (labrum, rotator cuff tear), or back injury, the results of the test are not necessary to determine the appropriate physical therapy treatment.
Do you offer online sessions? How does it work?
Yes! All you need is a working camera and a small area to move around.
Given the current pandemic, many people are hesitant to receive the treatment they require, delaying or worsening their current condition.