Tan hands began operating in Carlingford court in 2009. The business name was born in 2001 as I ran my side hustle as a mobile physiotherapist/massage therapist. It was and is a catchy business title, but it also encapsulates my vision of physiotherapy. That is physiotherapy with a focus on hands … Not treating hands but USING my hands. Massage, manual therapy, fascial releases, mobilisation etc was and still is my passion. This passion has seen me choose to work in clinics that had equally passionate therapists to learn and develop with.

The Carlingford practice has allowed me an opportunity to work and service a diverse community that I know well from living in for more than 20 years. It has also been a privilege to work with and learn from similarly committed physios. All our physios commit to participating in weekly inservices, regular evaluation of their treatments and continuing to develop their clinical skills through formal training and courses. Continual learning and improvement is part of our ethos.

My passion is for patients of this practice to experience a friendly professional environment where they can experience good old fashioned service – a clinic where we actually listen to you and place our hands on you to assess and treat your condition – coupled with all the modern benefits of technology.

As our clinic has expanded over the years, this has meant not just training and doing individual courses and learning to improve my skills, but also investing in guiding, building, and mentoring a strong team of physiotherapists. Physiotherapists that have that same passion for patients and training and are willing to open themselves up to external feedback and to spend time in self reflection. A team that can support each other well, and thus provide a consistent reliable service for our many patients.

We hope you appreciate being able to find us on the web, our clinic easy to locate and recommend to friends, the convenience of online bookings, Hicaps facilities and SMS or email reminders. We have added other services to this – including telehealth options, home visits (including nursing home visits), a youtube channel with exercises, and are producing a variety of handouts related to ergonomics and more. We wish to keep evolving our service and offerings to meet the changing demands and needs of our patients. 

And we love to get your feedback and hear your stories. Please feel free to send any feedback (good or bad) through directly to me.

All the best on your journey of life and health!


Derek Tan