MPT, MSc Exercise Science, BSc Hnrs Kin, CG*IMS, FCAMPT
Sean Campbell is an active physical therapist, educator and Athletic Performance and Rehabilitation Consultant based in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Sean's journey to physiotherapy began as an elite athlete who suffered a series of injuries and found that physiotherapy allowed him not only to recover more quickly, but also to perform even better than he had before he was injured. Sean draws on his extensive academic training, clinical experience and elite performance background to help both athletes and active-livers of all ages reach their full potential, so they can achieve optimal performance without sacrificing their health or body.
Sean has been involved in elite sport for more than 25 years as an athlete, therapist and Performance Consultant. His competitive career highlights included the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, a Pan American Games gold medal and eight National Championships in field hockey.
As a competitor, Sean discovered that physiotherapy combined with the proper training techniques enabled him to maximize his performance and enhance his overall health both on and off the field. Since retiring from elite competition, Sean has worked as an Athletic Performance and Rehabilitation Consultant, travelling therapist and coach for national and provincial sport organizations, clubs and individual athletes at all levels in a variety of different sports. He has a special interest in youth sports focussing on education, injury prevention and management, and performance.
Sean's approach to physiotherapy is rooted in the twin foundations of practical clinical experience and advanced academic research. Sean graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Masters of Physical Therapy. During his postgraduate career, he received numerous awards and distinctions for both academic achievement and original research, including a UBC Graduate Fellowship, the School of Rehabilitation Sciences Prize in Physical Therapy, the President's Research Scholarship from the University of Victoria, and an NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship.
Sean also holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science and an Honours Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria, an Advanced Diploma in Manual and Manipulative Therapy from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Orthopaedic Division, is a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Manual and Manipulative Therapy (FCAMPT), and is certified in Chan Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (CG*IMS) through the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain (iSTOP). In 2010, he graduated from the Discover Physio Series with Diane and L.J. Lee, with a focus on the Integrated Systems Model (ISM) and Thoracic Ring Approach.
In 2012, Sean co-founded Discover the Body, an educational company dedicated to providing practical anatomical training for health care professionals. He currently teaches Gross Anatomy and Surface Anatomy at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine -- Masters of Physical Therapy Program, and has taught Anatomy and Physiology at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy, the University of the Fraser Valley and the University of Victoria. He is also a frequent and in-demand lecturer for national, provincial and community sport organizations on such topics as injury prevention, rehabilitation and performance.
Sean is an avid downhill and cross-country mountain biker. His favourite winter activities include snowshoeing and hiking in Vancouver's fabled North Shore mountains. In the summer months, you can find him in the Whistler bike park or frequenting the backcountry trails around Squamish.
We accept cash, cheques or e-transfers, to be paid in full at the time of your appointment.
APRC (Athletic Performance and Rehabilitation Consulting)*
*Athletes contact Sean for information regarding rates at
We require a minimum of 24 hours notice for all cancellations and re-scheduling. Please note that no-shows or cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice will be charged a full session price.
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Intramuscular Stimulation/Dry Needling
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a total system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain (chronic pain that occurs in the musculoskeletal system when there is no obvious sign of injury or inflammation). IMS is a deep dry needle technique that works by targeting and relaxing tight muscle fibres. Developed 30 years ago by Vancouver-based physician Dr. Chann Gunn, IMS utilizes acupuncture needles to pinpoint muscles that have become shortened from distress.