At the very young age of sixteen, Dr. Wayne Phimister already had a fascination with science and the desire to help people. He took on the challenge, took up medicine, and decided to head down that path. Sitting down with a patient one day and having simple conversation, Dr. Phimister realized he loves that intimacy and the concept of continuity of care. That very same day, he made the heartfelt decision to go into family medicine. Learning that some of his patients were interested in alternative medicine, he threw himself into the world of alternative treatments and learning that there are other pain solutions and treatment to other conditions other than the traditional approach.
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Pain Solutions For The 21st Century with Dr. Wayne Phimister
I have a very special guest with me, Dr. Wayne Phimister. Dr Wayne, thank you so much for joining us.
You’re welcome. It’s great to be here.
It is great to have you. Dr. Wayne is a fellow podcaster over at Pain Solutions For The 21st Century. It’s the name of his show. I highly recommend listening to it. Let’s go back in time a little bit. I found that most people in the healing professions have some origin story of why they got in in the first place. How did you become Dr. Wayne?
Back at high school, I had a fascination with science and I had that inner desire to help people. It was very simple. Around the age of sixteen, seventeen, I set my mind to helping people and I wanted a challenge. I ended up deciding on medicine and headed down that path. Off I went at eighteen to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and started the journey right then.
How did you decide what your medical specialty was going to be?
I ended up deciding on family medicine. Up to the point of that decision, I was doing pediatrics. I was going to go down and investigate, study and learn. It was interesting, my last week of medical school, six years of medical school with a science degree in the middle, and then I sat down one day with a family doctor and it felt the right thing. I was there and talking to a patient, a very simple conversation and I love that intimacy of one-to-one, the concept of continuity of care. From there I thought, “This is what I need to do.” It was a heartfelt decision at end and that’s where it all began for family medicine.
Most family doctors don’t do what you do. How did that come about from traditional family medicine to what you’re doing now?
One of the main reasons I moved from family medicine to pain was way back after medical school. I had an interesting experience with a patient where I learned that they were interested in alternative medicines. I did a little bit of research and find 40% of the Scottish population back then in the 1990s were involved with alternative practitioners. I myself took up an interest to see why and went down the path of learning about hypnosis, Rolfing, which is a deep tissue massage therapy, Reiki, a healing type therapy and also acupuncture. It was my personal investigation at that time that led me into learning about acupuncture. Within a month or two of finishing my medical training in family medicine, I chose to learn acupuncture. From that moment on, there was me into the world of alternative treatments and learning that there are other ways to treat pain and other conditions other than the traditional approach.
Dr. Wayne, you could have easily stopped there. You could have just done Rolfing and acupuncture. Instead, you’ve taken it to a whole other new level and you’ve moved around the world. Talk a little bit about that journey.
I moved from regular acupuncture to IMS, which is dry needling. I took on that technique after learning with Chann Gunn in Vancouver. Chann is a groundbreaking approach to pain that’s recognized all over this country and also around the world. It’s simply by understanding that when muscles get shortened and tightened, which is a natural, normal thing and it’s associated with chronic pain, that you can actually release that with an acupuncture needle. I jumped into this training and I was passionate about it. Every day I was shooting patients. Over twelve years gained, I lot of experience and knowledge on the subject and I ended up teaching at university and I really loved doing it. The fascinating thing for me was three years ago, I changed my technique to use medical needles versus an acupuncture one.
The main difference here is the shape of the needle. It’s hypodermic in nature, therefore you can inject solution or medications. It’s got a cutting edge and it’s certainly not as smooth and as refined as an acupuncture needle. When you do this and enter it into the body, what happens is you hear a noise or you feel the resistance of the tissues. I didn’t know what that was and it’s certainly not something I could read about. There are no lab tests. There are no scans to inform me what is that noise? What is this resistance of the tissue? I basically figured out that this is a fascial plane of resistance that accompanies the tightened shortened muscles. Therefore, I was able to do something extra for my patients. Not only were you releasing muscles but you’re releasing fascia. For the last few years I’ve just again developed this technique, perfected it and formulated a treatment formula for patients which involves different aspects of this. I’m ready to take my knowledge to market. I’ve created an online Trigger Point course. I’m looking forward to reaching more patients, other doctors around the world and hopefully they can take on this course too and this learning.
There are the patients that you’ve been treating using this technique and then as you educate other doctors in how to do it, then there’s this giant ripple effect. You’re not just treating the patients you can physically handle, you’re now affecting patients literally all over the world by other practitioners. That is a beautiful thing. Who is the ideal practitioner to take this on? Who is your ideal client for that course?
The doctor who’s treating patients with pain, a sports physician who is struggling with finding answers to the chronic pain situation, a rehabilitation specialist who is trying to get the patients back to functioning and they’re struggling with this pain concept in the body. You’ve got medical orthopedics who say don’t do surgeries but they’re helping patients mobilize and train through their work in physiotherapy and other treatment modalities. You have family doctors who see the majority of patients with pain and family doctors are very busy and would need someone with a great interest and a desire to go beyond what they’re normally doing and help all the patients as much as they can with this simple technique.
For our audience who might either be physicians or who might be in chronic pain and want to take this to their physician and say, “Can you learn about this so you can do it on me?” What is the best place for them to learn more about you?
My website WaynePhimister.com is a great start. From there you can register your email and we can get back in touch with you about that course.
Dr. Wayne, thank you so much for joining us.
You’re welcome. Thank you, Seth.
- Dr. Wayne Phimister
- Pain Solutions For The 21st Century
- Chann Gunn
- Trigger Point course