Rick Chiang

Mentor and Clinical Director

Principal Rick Chiang

Congratulation to Principal Rick Chiang for setting up our new flagship brand Original Points Institute (OPI). The new brand, in addition to Pain Free, aims to educate physiotherapists around the world with Rick’s unique skills and experience. This is a milestone in achieving our business purpose of “Helping people pain free and achieve full potential”.

“I love what I do. It’s an amazing experience to have a patient look at me and say ‘How did you do that!’ or ‘I have had that pain for years and just when I was about to give up, you fixed it!’ These types of responses from my patient are my daily work life. No wonder I love it!”


Rick’s goals are to provide clients with:

  1. Fast pain relief for 90% conditions;
  2. Dramatic improvement within 60~120 minutes of treatment;
  3. Holistic & thorough assessment not experienced elsewhere.
Unique Approach

Rick’s approach is different to mainstream treatment in:

  1. The “cause” of condition is usually away from the “area” of pain.
  2. Once the “cause” is identified and treated, there is usually widespread dramatic improvement throughout the body.
  3. The speed of recovery is much more rapid than other mainstream treatments.
Clinical Focus

Rick thrives on solving complex spinal related conditions, including many clients who have been to multiple practitioners and had been told there was no solution for their problems. Rick believes the contemporary medical model that focuses on local treatment is not enough to address the complex human body. He advocates a holistic approach combining both the western and eastern medicine to resolve the “cause” of problems rather than treating just the symptoms.


Rick is the Expert Principal Physiotherapist who established Pain Free Physiotherapy & Allied Health in 2004. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a bachelor degree in 1999 and completed his specialty Master degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2003. There are only 5% of physiotherapists in Australia who can use the title APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, and Rick is one of them.

Rick has also been accredited the “certified practitioner” status by four internationally reputable schools (Mulligan Concept, Ridgway Method, Trigenics and Neuro-Lingustic Programming).You will find very few, if any, physiotherapists with multiple qualifications like Rick’s.


Special Interests

  • Solving stubborn complex conditions and creating dramatic improvements
  • Promoting and educating the physiotherapy industry with the latest treatment approaches
  • Learning, teaching and integrating various schools of manual therapy

Rick dedicates his career on solving stubborn complex conditions that other doctors or practitioners couldn’t help. In 90% of the time, Rick treats an area that is remote to the area of pain. This is very different to the mainstream treatments. The result following Rick’s approach is usually instant and dramatic once the “cause” is identified and treated.

Another area of Rick’s special interest is in preventing unnecessary surgery and medication. Surgery is often irreversible and should only be the last resort. Anyone who considers having surgery should try Rick’s special treatment method before making the decision.

To further advance his clinical skills, Rick enjoys attending workshops and seminars learning different treatment methods. Every year Rick would obtain over 200 hours of continuing education points compared to the mandatory standard of 16 hours set by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Highlight of Teaching & Achivements

Rick has been invited on many occasions to deliver workshops by hospitals and the Physical Therapy Association of Taiwan. He is highly recognised for his contribution mentoring physiotherapists both in Taiwan and Australia. Don’t be surprised to see many physiotherapists or physio students seeking Rick’s mentorship when you visit the clinic at Pain Free Physiotherapy Sunnybank.


Developed Frozen Shoulder treatment protocol in conjunction with Tik Tar Master Chris Leong from Malaysia.

E Chu, W Chin, R Chiang “Screening and Diagnosing Osteoporosis Among Postmenopausal Women in Primary Care Settings in Malaysia: A Systematic Review” MAEDICA – Journal of Clinical Medicine 2022; 17(2): 448

E Chu, A Chen, R Chiang “Chiropractic Care of Parkinson’s Disease and Deformity. Journal of Medicine and Life 2022(15)

E Chu, R Chiang “Giant cell arteritis: a cause of temporomandibular joint claudication” J Med Life. 2022 Oct 15(10): 1322-6. Doi:10.25122/jml-2022-0076


Teach 2-day online workshop to doctors and physiotherapists How to Run A Successful Healthcare Business.

Awarded academic title “Lecturer” by the University of Queensland.



Bring Back Pain & Sciatica Workshop online to the community amid COVID-19.

Bring Neck Pain & Headache Workshop to the community both in-person and online.

Teach Original Points Therapy to physiotherapists online.


Teach 4-day Ridgway Method Paradigm to doctors and physios in Taipei, Taiwan.


  • Found Original Points Institute for training physiotherapists.
  • Commit to run free monthly Back Pain & Sciatica Workshop for the community.


  • Accredited as Hypnosis Trainer
  • K2 Elite Leadership Training


  • Appointed the Adjunct Lecture of the University of Queensland.
  • Appointed the President of Lions Club of Brisbane Chinese.


  • Accredited to teach the four-day Ridgway Method Paradigm in National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Accredited to be the Clinical Educator for the Physiotherapy Department, the University of Queensland.
  • Awarded Practitioner, Master Practitioner, and Trainer in Neuro-Linguistic Program (NLP) by the world-leading NLP Master Trainers Dr Tad James and Dr Adriana James.


Assisted Michael Ridgway, the founder of Ridgway Institute International, in four-day Ridgway Method Paradigm in National Yang Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.


Presented one-day manual therapy course with a focus on Mulligan Approach.


  • Awarded the Certified Mulligan Practitioner (CMP) by Brian Mulligan, F.N.Z.S.P. (Hon), Dip. M.T. the founder of the Mulligan Concept.
  • Award the Ridgway Method Certified Practitioner (RMCP) by Michael Ridgway RMCE, MPhty(manipulative), the founder of Ridgway Institute International.
  • Awarded the Registered Trigenics Practitioner (RTP) by Dr Alan Austin (DO, DC, MND, CCSP, CCRD, RTCMP, CFIS, PhD), the founder of Trigenics Institute of Myoneural Medicine & Functional Neurology.


  • Presented two-day course to physiotherapists on the topic of “Clinical Pattern Recognition for the Shoulder”.
  • Presented two-day course to physiotherapists on the topic of “Clinical Pattern Recognition for the Lumbar Spine”.


  • Graduated from the University of Queensland with Master of Physiotherapy (Manipulative).
  • Published “Effects of Pain and Injury of Musculoskeletal System on Motor Control: Implications for Physiotherapy. FJPT 2003; 28(5):251-257.


Clinical Educator for final year physiotherapy students for National Taiwan University, National Yang Ming University and Kaohsiung University in Taiwan.


Graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelor of Physiotherapy.


Nominated for the Helen Rigby Prize for the best essay in Patient Care.


Awarded the Daniel Hamilton Prize for achieving the highest pass in Human Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Queensland.

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