What is Physiotherapy


Physiotherapists are highly qualified health professionals that are experts in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. They can guide rehabilitation following an injury or complaint to help you return to your best level of function. Spine & Sports Centre physiotherapists use a ‘hands-on’ approach to ease immediate or acute pain and discomfort, coupled with a targeted home exercise programme.

Rehabilitation is the restoration of health following a sporting injury, accident or musculoskeletal/neurological complaint. It involves a consultative and sometimes multi-disciplinary approach. Key aspects include the resolution of pain, followed by a case-specific exercise programme. With all aspects of rehabilitation, one of the most important tools is patient education. Your physiotherapist will ensure that you are provided with the education and resources you need to optimize the rehabilitation process.

Physiotherapists work closely with your GPs, specialists and other health care providers. The evidence-based approach to healthcare extends from acute care, chronic disease management, health promotion, rehabilitation, maintaining current level of functional mobility, and injury prevention.


Meet our Physiotherapist


What does it address

Physiotherapists are most commonly sought out following the onset of pain or injury, however physios are being used more and more for those wanting to take care of their health and seek optimal function.

Specific needs and areas our centre treat include:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions – back and neck complaints, upper and lower limb complaints. Treatment to modify muscle imbalances, addressing both muscle length, strength and activation issues

  • Sports injuries - diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of sporting injuries for athletes from the very elite to the very social

  • Ergonomics – education and advice regarding workplace ergonomics (office based desk set-up, manual labour) and the strategies used for injury prevention

  • Neurological conditions­ – such as Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease

  • Orthopaedics – post-operative care and rehabilitation from surgery and management of arthritis.

  • Shoulder surgery (rotator cuff repairs, acromioplasties, shoulder stabilization following dislocation);

  • Knee surgery (Total knee replacements/arthroplasty, ACL repairs, knee arthroscopes/reconstructions).

  • Hip surgery (Total hip replacements/arthroplasty, hip arthroscopes/reconstructions)

  • Paediatrics – management of common developmental and growth-related complaints such traction apophysitis. This condition most commonly effects the hips, knees and heels (Osgood Schlatter's, Sever's disease)

  • Pain management – implementing strategies to deal with both acute and chronic pain, addressing both physical and psychosocial factors. In some cases, this may require referral to a pain specialist.


Headache, neck and jaw problems

There are many causes of jaw pain or dysfunction which requires a thorough examination of both the neck and jaw to better understand what is going on. We can get problems with the jaw when the joint becomes stiff, the disc gets stuck forwards and blocks the normal translation of the condyle, or conversely when there is too much movement, and we lose the ability to control what the jaw is doing. Jaw pain can occur spontaneously from trauma or sudden locking of the jaw, or worsen very gradually over time

Initial consultations require 60-minutes to assess and diagnose the issue and accurately. Once determined that care might be appropriate and safe, ongoing appointments of 30-minutes will be required to track and treat symptoms or to refer on as indicated.

What to expect

To save time for your initial consultation, we recommend that you fill out our ‘New Patient Questionnaire’ prior to your visit online – this will allow for more time for treatment during your initial session. Your session will typically involve:

  • Thorough subjective examination for understanding of your presenting complaint and past medical history

  • Physical examination to assess your main complaint. You will be provided with a gown to preserve your modesty at all times.

  • Goal setting, whether it be to ease immediate pain, or return to full function. This will help guide the treatment plan and provide a better understanding of what we are trying to achieve

  • Manual therapy – implementation of treatment modalities to correct clinical signs found in the physical examination

  • Home exercise programme prescription – Stretch & Mobility. this is important for sustaining the benefits made during the appointment and correcting any strength imbalance identified

  • Recommendations for follow-up care, imaging (X-ray, MRI, Ultrasound) or referral to another health professional if physiotherapy is not indicated


Treatment modalities

Services include:

  • Massage (Soft tissue, deep tissue and myo-fascial releases)

  • Dry Needling

  •  Joint mobilisation and manipulation

  • Taping (Rocktape/rigid tape)

  • IASTM (Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilisation)

  • Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Techniques

  • Strength and stability training to reduce further strain and injury