December ’20 Newsletter

December ’20 Newsletter

Merry Christmas! December is here, and this month’s newsletter is jam-packed (much like Santa’s sleigh). Below you’ll find our Chrissy opening hours, and read all about our paediatric physio, Liz, and her stepping efforts to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease. Term 1 class enrolment information is covered, and if you missed out on our Osteoporosis webinar, we’ve included a link below for you to watch it online. Lastly, read more about our ONERO program, and we finish with a focus on preventing injury through physio and yoga. Enjoy! 😊

Christmas opening times

  • Our opening hours will be a little different over the jolly season:
    • Monday 21st Dec: 7.30 am – 6.00pm
    • Tuesday 22nd Dec: 8.00 am – 6.00pm
    • Wednesday 23rd Dec: 8.00 am – 6.00pm
    • Thursday 24th Dec: 8.00 am – 3.00pm
    • Friday 25th Dec: CLOSED
    • Saturday 26th Dec: CLOSED
    • Monday 28th Dec: CLOSED
    • Tuesday 29th Dec: 8.00am – 5.00pm
    • Wednesday 30th Dec: 8.00 am – 5.00pm
    • Thursday 31st Dec: 8.00 am – 3.00pm
    • Friday 1st Jan: CLOSED
    • Saturday 2nd Jan: 8.00 am – 12.00pm
    • Monday 4th Jan: 8.00am – 6.00pm

To book in for an appointment, please contact us today on 94381782 or


One million steps for motor neurone disease, by Liz

Hi, my name is Liz. I am a Paediatric Physio at St Leonards Physiotherapy. I lost my sister, Michelle to Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in July 2019. She’s the tall one. Bernie and I are walking in memory of our courageous sister.

Like all people with MND, Michelle never complained even as her body wasted and she could only communicate using an eye gaze system. Michelle’s greatest sorrow was leaving her two children Ben and Sammy. I will never stop advocating for MND research and support for those affected by MND. I’m doing this trek to raise money the MND and Me Foundation. They do great work supporting people with MND and their families who live in QLD. They also fund critical research to find a cure for this devastating disease.
What is motor neurone disease?
You have nerves in your brain and spinal cord that control how your muscles work. These are called motor neurones. MND is a disease that affects the motor neurones. With MND, motor neurones gradually stop telling your muscles how to move. When muscles no longer move, they become weak, which can also lead to stiffness and loss of muscle mass (wasting). MND is a life-shortening illness that can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. This is usually different for each individual. You may not get all of the symptoms and there is no set order in which they happen. The disease will progress, which means symptoms will get worse over time. For some people this can be rapid, for others it is slower. There is currently no cure for MND.
Please donate
No donation is too small and any support you can provide is greatly appreciated. Please donate today.

Term 1 classes: enrolments are open

Our term one 2021 group therapy classes will be offered both in-person and online in 2021. Enrolment is open to current class participants for a couple more weeks, so make sure you book in quickly. On Tuesday 29 Dec, enrolments will open for new participants and classes fill quickly!

To book in for classes (or to express your interest for new participants), please contact us today on 94381782 or

ONERO classes in St Leonards

In 2021, we will be running our ONERO exercise programs, from our St Leonards clinic, with the goal to help people manage their osteoporosis. Evidence-based, ONERO is an exercise program developed for people with osteopeania and osteoporosis to reduce fracture risk. It does this by building balance, muscle strength and most notably, bone density.
We offer one-on-one instructional sessions and small group classes, with a physiotherapy consultation and regular testing. All of the programs are tailored to the patient’s individual needs and ability. Long term priority is to help people learn how to exercise independently, without supervision. We don’t want people to become trapped into expensive, ongoing programs.
A reminder that there is a free council carpark on Hume St or metered parking out the front.
If you would like more information, please contact 9438 1782 or

Watch our Osteoporosis webinar

If you missed out on our live Osteoporosis webinar, don’t fear – we’ve got your back. We recorded it, and it’s available on our website. Angus Tadman, a qualified physiotherapist who has completed training with The Bone Clinic, covers:

  • Osteoporosis: what it is and how it effects the body
  • What exercise you can do to best manage your osteoporosis
  • Information about the ONERO program: scientifically proven exercise management for osteoporosis
  • Question and answer session

Watch it today

The Education Quarter

Preventing injury with physio and yoga

Are you in a constant battle with your body to stay injury and pain-free? Maybe you’re having the same conversation with yourself over and over about how you need to be kinder to yourself, eat cleaner, and get stronger and more flexible? When you don’t have the right ingredients making up your life, this can be a difficult task to undertake. Luckily, there is an answer.

Many people will visit a physiotherapist after they injure themselves. A common occurrence is to then part with the physio sessions once the pain has gone away and the person is back to their normal lifestyle. On many occasions, we see these people back in the clinic again within 3-6 months, often with the same problem rearing its ugly head. This is because pain-relief and return to function is only the beginning of the recovery and rehab phase. To avoid these repeat visits to us for the same issue time and time again, rehab should be seen through (and continued) until you are back to baseline PLUS giving yourself some “extra in the tank.”

Making a real change to the body in the way you move, how frequently you move, and how strong you are takes a long time. Many injuries are years in the making and cannot be reversed in a few treatment sessions alone. So, how about having your knowledgeable physio see you through to that 110% mark so next time you take to the field, not only will you not be afraid of injuring yourself again, but you’ll be able to put more into your performance (on and off the field) than you did before. Visiting your physio on a regular basis, regardless of whether you are injured or not, is a great way to PREVENT injury, as you’ll have a movement and health expert with you at every step of the journey.

There are many benefits of seeing a physio regularly for injury prevention. These include:

  • Having a qualified health practitioner who is able to seek out movement problems before they present to you as pain and disability
  • Having your very own sounding board for any frustrations you may have with your body
  • Knowing you have the best person to treat and provide lifestyle advice based on the most up-to-date evidence-based research
  • Having an expert practitioner who is able to assess, implement a short and long-term plan, and then re-assess along the way where required to ensure you are reaching your goals

We understand regular treatments can be costly, but staying healthy and injury free is a much better option then constantly being plagued with injury, or possibly ending up with a life-changing, chronic condition that requires ongoing medical costs. Put it this way, why not use your private health cover to prevent injury, rather than to treat it once it arises and impacts your life?

What else can I do?

There are many healthy options out there that can supplement the good work you do with your physio. Not everyone is game for following strict exercise regimes set by their practitioner. A different outlet may be required, and we are trained to recognise these patients and are always supportive of any choice a patient makes if it is going to benefit their mind and body. A very popular exercise choice is yoga. Yoga has been practiced by millions of people for thousands of years (3000+ years to be more accurate!) and provides a whole body, or holistic approach to health. That is, it’s good for the mind, body and spirit. The beauty of yoga in modern times is that it is widely accessible, has different forms for different tastes, and can be enjoyed by all regardless of age.

Some of the proven benefits of yoga include:

  • Improved flexibility and body-wide strength
  • Improved heart and lung health
  • Improved sleep cycles
  • Effective weight management
  • Effective control of stress, anxiety and depressive disorders
  • Effective pain management (including chronic pain states)
  • Enhanced overall quality of life

The list goes on. We think all of these qualities perfectly complement what we are trying to achieve in our treatment plan for you. Considering trying yoga after reading this? Speak to us next time you are in the clinic, and we’ll be able to recommend a local yoga studio to try. Bonus yoga benefit… It’s a social affair, so take a friend or family member with you and you can both reap the benefits, and enjoy a coffee after class!

(And ahem… please pass on our details to them too) 😉


Happy to help.

If you’d like to book an appointment, or have questions about any pain or injury you may be experiencing, please get in touch.