EPISODE 50 – GREG LYNCH, PART 1: FROM THE CHRONIC AND DISABLED TO THE ELITE ATHLETE

Greg Lynch Dip Phty, Dip MDT, Dip MT, MPNZ, MNZCP

Greg graduated from the Otago School of Physiotherapy in 1991. He completed the Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (Dip MDT) in 1994 and the Diploma in Manipulative Therapy (Dip MT) in 1996. Greg is recognized as an Advanced Practitioner with the NZ College of Physiotherapy (MNZCP).

He is a Senior and International lecturer with the McKenzie Institute International and has been lecturing extensively with the Institute since 2004. He has lectured throughout New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, South Africa, Japan, India, China and Chile. Greg has been an accredited provider with High Performance Sport New Zealand since 2001. And has a specific interest in Chronic Low Back pain and sports injuries specifically related to Swimmers and Runners but he has an interest in all sports.

Greg has been in private practice since 1992 and is a Co-Director and senior physiotherapist of 2 large multi-disciplinary clinics in Wellington, NZ including Wellington Sports Medicine – a unique multi-disciplinary clinic in Wellington which provides sports medicine to HPSNZ.  Greg has previously presented a paper on Chronic Low Back Pain at the McKenzie Institute International conference in Rio de Janeiro in 2009 and he is preparing to present a workshop and a lecture on ‘MDT and the Athlete’ at the International conference in Copenhagen later in 2015

Show Notes

 

Personal Background

From Wellington, New Zealand. Born and bred Kiwi.  First exposure to physiotherapy was as a patient as he had his share of injuries in sports. He’s married to Nikki and they have three children.

Professional Background

Graduated physiotherapy school at the University of Otago in Welllington, NZ. Early on, he found himself working in the chronic low back pain program in which he was able to work fairly closely with Robin McKenzie.  Greg saw staggering results with these chronic patients in spite of their failed attempts through significant treatment.  He went through two diploma programs overlapping each other.  One in Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy and the other in Manual Therapy.  Soon after, Greg became partners in multiple clinics and is also, now, in partnership with another physio and a sports medicine physician.

Quote

“Trust the system.”

Greg encourages his students to trust the principles within the McKenzie system and be confident that the patient response will reveal those patients that are appropriate to treat versus others that aren’t. And it’ll show when you need to progress the force or when you need to go a different direction.

Early Struggles

Greg believes he struggled actually when he had been learning so many different things and going through diploma programs in MDT and manual therapy and acupuncture.  The more he knew the more he felt himself getting confused and it wasn’t until he focused on one system that he felt his effectiveness improve.