About Author

“My mission is to help people who suffer from pain”

Dr Kanji was born in Wellington and grew up in Wellington attending Berhampore School, South Wellington Intermediate School and Wellington College. He has recently moved to Auckland. His parents Laxmi and Kanji Morar Patel were immigrants from the Gujurat state of India in the 1950s. His father was the first Indian immigrant to graduate at a New Zealand University in 1952. He has six siblings who live in New Zealand, Australia and the Phillipines. He is married to Sathna who is a pharmacist and has three children Ataya, Keelan and Jessica. Giresh enjoys cricket, hockey, staying fit and his main passions are travelling and learning.

Dr Kanji is mostly curious and likes to get to the bottom of the problem. He is an avid reader of medical papers and enjoys the odd novel when not reading medical papers. He enjoys nothing more than a good challenge, even if many have taken several years to solve. He enjoys a good laugh and good food (cooking and eating). He is a fan of the Bhuddist religion and believes in simplicity.

Dr Kanji graduated from Otago Medical School in 1990 He then studied at Otago and Massey University over the next few decades and finished his PhD titled “The sensory amplification of pain: The causation of headache disorders” in 2013. The thesis investigated why people develop headache, the role of the migraine gene and sympathetic nervous system in chronic pain disorders. A randomised control trial of sauna for chronic tension type headache was completed as part of his PhD. In 2013 he wrote Fix Your Back and in 2015 finished Fix Your Neck Pain, Headache and Migraine (both books are now available at Whitcouls, Paper Plus and bookshops throughout NZ). He is currently working on his third book Fix Your Insomnia, Anxiety & Depression due out in 2017.

After working at Wellington Hospital he worked in Melbourne for a short spell. He worked in General Practice for 10 years before becoming a specialist in Musculoskeletal Pain Medicine in 2002. Dr Kanji is the Chairman of the New Zealand Pain Foundation, a research charity. In 2015 he was appointed as the editor of Australasian Musculoskeletal Medicine Journal. He has given conference presentations in New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, United States and Europe. He practices in Wellington at The Sports and Pain Clinic and in Auckland at Onehealth in Remuera. His main interests are research and finding the source of pain and managing headache, migraine, fibromyalgia, spinal pain and tendon injuries. He is currently carrying out a randomised control trial of inversion for low back pain.


Fix Your Insomnia Anxiety Depression

by Dr Giresh Kanji

Learn why you develop insomnia, anxiety and depression. Discover why these three conditions occur together and how to alleviate them without reaching for pills. Fibromyalgia is also explained in this book. This book is full colour gloss and easy to read.


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Want to See Dr Giresh Kanji Live?


PCS Global Pain Conference August 5-6 2017, Prague, Czech Republic

Dr Kanji is giving two talks at this conference: The Sensory Amplification of Pain and The Pathophysiology and Biomechanics of Spinal Pain.

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