Questions & Answers


Q: GP or Physio?

A: Physiotherapists are primary contact practitioners so you don’t need a referral to see us. Physiotherapists are practitioners who are skilled at assessing and treating a variety of musculoskeletal disorders/injuries (sporting and non-sporting). We can diagnosis the problem and treat with a combination of “hands-on” techniques, electrotherapy, exercise rehabilitation and education to achieve the best outcome.

We will liaise with appropriate health professionals and refer you on as necessary.

Q: How do physiotherapists treat neck and back pain?

A: The first step is in assessing and diagnosing the source of your pain. Neck and back pain can have many causes and many contributing factors. We treat the signs and symptoms through various techniques as deemed best for you. Techniques can include hands-on therapy, deep or light, specific exercises, the McKenzie approach, taping and education about your condition. Physio research has proven the link between deep core muscles and their role in back stability so this then forms an integral part of the recovery phase and prevention of recurrence.

Q: What is dry Needling?
A:  Dry needling has been shown to be an effective treatment in reducing and alleviating triggerpoint pain and muscle dysfunction.  It is called “dry” as no substance is being injected into the body.  Very fine needles (like acupuncture needles) are used. It is the skill of the physio to elicit a “twitch response” within the muscle trigger point that then induces a change within the muscle and helps it return to normal. (Shah & Gilliams 2008).

Q: What is Real Time Ultrasound?

A: Real Time Ultrasound is a non invasive imaging technique that allows you and your physiotherapist to watch and gauge the correct activity of your “Core” or deep stabilising muscles in real time.  By imagining these muscles, our specially trained physiotherapists can show you which muscles should be working and help you learn to selectively reactivate these muscles which can assist in the recovery of back pain, sacro-illiac pain and pelvic stability that may affect everday life, work and sporting performance.

Q: What is the difference between Pilates and Clinical Pilates?
A: Australian Physiotherapists have developed clinical pilates to combine the concepts of the original pilates exercises with current physiotherapy knowledge based on research into spinal stability. Clinical Pilates focuses on muscular control particularly of the “Core” or trunk muscles rather than physical strength. Core control is important to provide a stable base for all functional movement. Clinical Pilates is run by fully qualified physiotherapists with formal training and practical experience in clinical pilates who will fully assess and tailor a program appropriate to your needs.

Q: What is Sports Podiatry?
A: It is a specialised area of Podiatry involving assessment, diagnosis and treatment of lower limb injuries. Andrew and Kathryn assess your standing, your walking posture and specific biomechanical movements of your feet and legs when you walk and run. We then determine whether your foot mechanics and lower limb alignment are related to your injuries, and if they require correction and support.

We work very closely with the Physiotherapists at Eltham Physiotherapy Centre in treating your injuries and our main priority is to return you safely to your sport “injury-free” as soon as possible with a view towards future injury prevention.

Q: Do you offer early morning and after hour appointments?
A: Yes, we open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Thursday and close at 6.30pm on Friday’s. We are also open from 8am to 2pm on a Saturday.

Q: Do you have HICAPS facility?
A: Yes, we offer HICAPS and EFT facilities.