Dr. Mike Gotuaco, Chiropractic

Mike Gotuaco Chiropractor at Arbutus Physio Dr. Mike Gotuaco graduated from Queen’s University in 2011 with dual degrees in Biology and Physical Health Education and went on to complete chiropractic college at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2015.

Prior to his educational endeavors, Mike was a high level freestyle snowboarder competing across provincial, national and international spheres and narrowly missing out on the 2006 Olympics in Turin. Following a series of concussions and impact related injuries, he decided to turn his passion for sport and healthy living into a career as a chiropractor. He has extended this knowledge through a variety of professional seminars and workshops, and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, certified in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), trained in a variety of soft tissue techniques, athletic taping, rehab, training and functional biomechanical assessments. Mike’s special interests include strength and conditioning, sports injuries and the role of nutrition in accelerating recovery and optimizing health.

Mike uses the knowledge gained through his athletic career and educational journey to observe movement, assess function and determine the root cause of the problem.

Treatment plans are uniquely developed for each patient by combining patient preference with the best evidence available. As Mike understands the burden that injuries can carry, he strives to help his patients reduce pain, improve function and enhance quality of life. His goal is to provide the treatment, tools and education to empower people to live pain free, healthy lives while reaching their fullest potential.

As a healthy living and outdoor enthusiast, Mike spends his free time training as a competitive Crossfit athlete, surfing, playing golf, hiking, mountain biking and exploring the beauty of the South Island with his dog Harley, cat Mowgli and significant other Emily.

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Harley the Dog at Jordan River

Swell patrol on guard, thanks Harley! ...
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Trail Dogs

Harley Douglas scoping the lines and making sure dad stays safe 🐶⛑ ...
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Dr. Mike Gotuaco surfing

View this post on Instagram #tbt to 1 week ago kook’ing out in Costa Rica 🇨🇷 Mellow swell and fat faces make for fun sessions! Definitely frothing for more! #serfin ...
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Hard to believe yesterday we were supposed to get a tsunami 🌊

mikeguatzWhat up January 😳Hard to believe yesterday we were supposed to get a tsunami 🌊 #sunnyskiessummervibes #tsunami #meandmydog ...
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Backpacks are everywhere: pack it light, wear it right!

As autumn descends and we're heading into October, I see so many elementary school, high school, and University students with back packs. There are a number of important considerations to ...
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A new age of health science and chiropractic care

I have only been in practice for a couple years, but some of my patients have reported that they've had a bad experience seeing a chiropractor. Some common themes that ...
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CrossFit Open 2017

Thanks Dave Castro for that test of skin durability that you call 17.2. Allowed me to use a full range of accessories to complement my outfit. Excited to see how the ...
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Snow in Victoria!

Tips for how to shovel smart

Just when you think that you’ve moved out to Victoria to get away from the snow of Eastern Canada, think again.[1. It's always a good time to take tips from ...
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Debunking the many myths of back pain

During one of my social media breaks I stumbled across an informative article talking not only about the nature of back pain but some common perceptions about back pain. Here ...
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Movember in Victoria, coming soon

I've been doing Movember for a while. Five years, actually. I did also boycott Movember one year because I felt there was a lack of education surrounding men's health issues ...
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Partners in Adventure

Huge happy birthday to the super-woman 💃 I've had the pleasure of sharing most of my adult life with. May your infectious energy and lust for adventure continue to brighten ...
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Heartland Bike Park

They say the closer you are to death the more alive you feel. Few things in this world make me feel more alive than riding bikes! ...
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