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Physiotherapy


If it hurts to move, consulting a physiotherapist is the first step to take. Don't ignore the pain. See a physiotherapist early and start your road to recovery.

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Physiotherapy


If it hurts to move, consulting a physiotherapist is the first step to take. Don't ignore the pain. See a physiotherapist early and start your road to recovery.

Physiotherapy will provide you with safe and effective treatment. We do not only provide you with pain relief but also with the means to look after yourself in the long term. 
 


Recent research shows that weakness of the deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles will prolong back pain. 
 


We have a wealth of expertise to help you. We have over thirty years of experience teaching and lecturing in the care and treatment of spinal pain. We have been netball, basketball and rugby team physiotherapists.

 

 

As physiotherapists we can offer you:

  • Advice and assisting you to return to normal activity quickly
  • Improvement in your sex life by training your pelvic floor muscles
  • Joint mobility
  • Specific stabilisation exercises (such as Pilates)
  • Real-time Ultrasound to show you and train the deep core muscles
  • Postural advice
  • The opportunity to attend educational classes (small group or one on one)

Almost all Australian doctors refer patients with back pain to Physiotherapists in preference to other health practitioners. 

Physiotherapists are the only group of professionals appropriately qualified and educated to instruct in the necessary exercises. 

If pain persists your Physiotherapist can order X-rays and will liaise with your Doctor as to the best course of action. 

 

Health Rebates and Referral?

You may consult a physiotherapist directly. No referral is required. Most private health funds offer rebates for physiotherapy treatment. 

As the classes are very small and often on a one to one basis you are likely to get a substantial rebate from your health fund. Contact us for further information, and liaise with your health fund if your require more information on what is covered with your policy.

You may only require paying the gap as the direct debit system Hicaps is available. 

We are members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and are bound by a professional Code of Ethics. We have access to extensive and continuing postgraduate education programmes

 

Real Time Ultra-Sound

When you have low back pain, the important core muscle transversus abdominis has a delayed reaction and does not support your spine. This muscle can only be visualised by Real Time Ultra-sound. The return to normal activity of this muscle is not automatic after the resolution of low back pain. 

There is a complex relationship between the pelvic floor muscles, low back muscles, low back pain and breathing. The whole body is a pressure system, like a can of fizzy drink. Breach the wall of the can and pressure is released - the can then is easily crushed. Next time you open a can you can hear the release of pressure. 

This is what happens in your body; do you have weak core muscles? Urinary incontinence? A constant cough? Then you are releasing pressure which reduces support for your spine. 

Types of conditions assisted by real time ultrasound

  • Low back pain
  • Pre/Post pregnancy
  • Poor bladder control (urge or stress incontinence)
  • Pot belly
  • Post abdominal/pelvic surgery
  • Prostate surgery

 

RESOURCES

Physiotherapy Evidence Database

Back Pain

Neck Pain

Knee Injuries

Ankle Sprains

Low back pain

Shoulder pain and disorders

Australia's Biggest Killer

Australian pain management association

Pain management resources and fact sheets

Self chronic pain assessment

Pain and physical activity

Pain: Lifestyle and nutrition

Chronic pain and thoughts

Chronic pain and sleep

Pain toolkit

Pain management self help

Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW

Arthritis Australia

10 steps for living well with arthritis

Taking control of your Ankylosing Spondylitis

Taking control of your gout

A practical guide to understanding joint replacement surgery

Taking control of your osteoarthritis

Taking control of your psoriatic arthritis

Taking control of your rheumatoid arthritis

A guide for young adults with arthritis

Managing arthritis at home

Women's insight into rheumatoid arthritis

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Pain Management


Physiotherapy will provide you with safe and effectice treatment that will enable you to manage and overcome your pain.

Pain Management


Physiotherapy will provide you with safe and effectice treatment that will enable you to manage and overcome your pain.

Physiotherapy intervention for chronic pain has a focus on empowering people to manage their conditions. Training in self-management for people with pain is part of a person centred approach that aims to educate people around pain science including neuroplasticity, lifestyle modification and the optimisation of function and independence. Such an approach requires a partnership with clients that involves collaborative management of their condition, and may take place in a variety of settings (community, hospital, residential care) and with a number of approaches such as individual consultations or group education classes.
— Australian Physiotherapy Association

In West Ryde Physiotherapy patient focused practice, we not only provide you with pain relief but also with the means to look after yourself in the long term.

Our Physiotherapists have extensive experience and success in Pain Management and can aid you to effectively control your pain and maintain your lifestyle by not only focusing on the medical or biological element of the pain (anatomy, drugs) but also the psychological (how we think and respond), as well as social (the work and home environment support) elements. This results in effective and holistic pain management.

1 in 5 Australians experience chronic pain, and we're here to help.

Our physiotherapists assist in both acute and chronic pain management by using a  range of passive and active exercises and movements designed to maintain or improve movement and flexibility of joints, and maintain or improve muscle tone and strength. As both our practitioners are  Australian Physiotherapy Association physiotherapists, they  are therefore highly skilled practitioners who use scientific evidence based research to manage and improve pain.

As part of our treatment, we individually design exercise programs which allow for the management of pain. Our physiotherapists will assess your present physical function and gear the exercises to your personal level of attainment and overall physical health. This may include exercises such as Clinical Pilates and walking. The physiotherapist will design a treatment plan for you and liaise with other members of your health care team where appropriate. This can include your family or carer if you wish.

When you have persistent pain, it hurts to exercise but it hurts a lot more if you don’t. It only takes one week in bed for muscles to begin wasting and joints to stiffen so a stretching and strengthening exercise program can help build fitness which in turn helps to cope with persistent pain.

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Women's Health


Mum's and bub's exercise class, pregnancy exercise classes, women's health consultations.

Women's Health


Mum's and bub's exercise class, pregnancy exercise classes, women's health consultations.

Women's Health Consultations

Annie Beaudoin is specialising in women's health continence management with pelvic floor assessment and treatment. 
Pregancy, Childbirth and motherhood places huge demands on a woman's body and creates many changes.

Specialised Women's Health Physiotherapy provides solutions to changes and problems that can arise over the childbearing years including:

  • Urinary and Faecal incontinence
  • Bladder/Bowel unrgency
  • Anal sphincter injury
  • Weak or damaged pelvic floor
  • Overactive pelvic floor muscles
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Abdominal separation
  • Internal pelvic pain, scars and adhesion
  • Back, pelvic and hip pain
  • Safe return to exercise guidelines

The one hour consultation will involve

  • detailed history taking about pelvic floor habits
  • internal examination to assess the pelvic floor muscles
  • evaluation of a bladder diary and other lifestyle factors

Following the consultation, a tailored plan will be designed with you to improve your condition.

Early intervention is the key to preventing a small problem progressing to a bigger problem.

 

Physiotherapy and Management of Breastfeeding problems such as Engorgement and Mastitis 

In addition to expert care from your lactation consultant and your doctor, physiotherapy can assist in relieving engorged breast tissues and blocked milk ducts with ultrasound therapy. 

Seek help as soon as you notice pain and swelling in one area of the breast. Remember that it is important to continue feeding your baby to help drain fully your breast. If you have been diagnosed with mastitis you will most likely be prescribed antibiotics to fight the infection. 

Annie, who has an interest in women's health, will be able to help you. 

pregnancy and Mums and bubs exercise classes 
 


Look in "Class Schedules" for times. 

We are now offering Pilates classes for new mothers and babies as well as pregnant women. 

These classes are designed for busy mums who want to get back into shape while enjoying the company of likeminded new mothers or expectant mothers wanting to exercise safely. 

Your baby will be at arm's reach during the session on a mat or in his pram close to you. 

New mothers will benefit from specific exercises:

  • Strengthening your core muscles

  • Pelvic floor training and advice
  • Improving your back and neck strength to meet the high demands of motherhood
  • Each class will finish with relaxation techniques to help you recharge your energy!

 


RESOURCES

 

The pelvic floor                                                                                                      Physiotherapy and childbirth

Physiotherapy and incontinence                                                                            Living with incontinence - Sandra's story

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