About Sue Adstrum PhD

Sue Adstrum PhD

Sue Adstrum PhD, MSc, DPH, Dip Physio

Integrative Anatomist | Physiotherapist & Bodywork Practitioner | Educator | Author
Auckland, New Zealand

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the many different ways people look after and help heal their own, and each other’s, bodies. So, it’s hardly surprising that my life’s work has entailed studying, working with, and teaching others about these subjects – a physiotherapist and bodyworker, anatomy researcher and writer, educator, and mentor, and now, as a book author, speaker, and consultant. My learning was considerably deepened through dealing with some of my own injuries and health issues, as well as those of my family and many patients.

Nowadays, I wear several ‘professional hats,’ though I primarily identify as an ‘integrative anatomist’ – someone who sees the body’s structure from a big-picture, transdisciplinary perspective. My unique combination of professional clinical training and experience, along with my university studies in anatomy, anthropology, medical history, and public health enables me to combine, or integrate, these disciplines’ varied ways of thinking about and doing things. This unconventionally broad, multiple-discipline-spanning perspective is particularly valuable when helping people to find some more (and possibly new to them) ways of improving their health and dealing with their difficult-to-solve health problems.

The more I’ve learned about the linkage between our understanding of anatomy and the ways we are able to logically think about health care, the more I’ve realised how important it is that we all (not just university-educated experts) ensure that our knowledge of anatomy is as accurate and as useful-to-us as possible.

At the end of the day, improving our knowledge of anatomy, even if that means changing the way we usually think about the body’s structure, can powerfully increase our ability to be constructively involved in the ways our bodies (and those of the people we look after) are cared for and treated.”

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dwyer

Work with Me

  • Wetsuit Wellness Workshops

  • Talks
  • Individual Consultations

My work helps all sorts of people (from beginners to experts) improve their understanding of their body’s naturally whole and alive structure… so they can improve their own and other people’s wellness and health.

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