Sept ’23 news: Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

The Full Spectrum of Physiotherapy

Sept ’23 news: Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

In belated celebration of World Physiotherapy Day (Sept 8), this month’s newsletter has everything you ever wanted to know (or didn’t know you wanted to know) about physiotherapy.

We give you the rundown on the full range of services that we have on offer here at the clinic, we also go into detail on some of the most common ailments we see in the clinic, and then we fill in the gaps with the simple answers to the most frequently asked questions.

And yes, while sometimes ignorance can be bliss, learning never exhausts the mind! So read on to uncover the full spectrum of Physiotherapy…

From Head-to-Toe and Go-to-Woah!

For some people, the first trip they’ll ever make to a physiotherapist is in reaction to acute pain. Other people however, may have been with us since they were learning to take their first steps in the world.

This form of physical therapy has evolved dramatically over hundreds of years to include a very broad reach of treatments for an even broader reach of injuries, disabilities and conditions – spanning from Head-to-Toe.

Physiotherapy can play a lifelong role in promoting health, preventing injuries, managing chronic conditions, and enhancing overall well-being. With physiotherapy specialisations from Paediatrics right through to Geriatric care, it aligns with the various stages of life, helping individuals to lead healthier, more active, and more fulfilling lives – from Go-to-Woah (you knew that was coming didn’t you?).

Here at St Leonards, we cover the full spectrum of physiotherapy, including:

  • Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
  • Group Therapy
  • Pilates and Gym Based Programs
  • Free Run Club
  • Sports Injuries & Physiotherapy
  • Bike Fit Assessments
  • Workplace Assessments & Ergonomics

Our St Leonards practice is fully equipped with treatment rooms as well as our in-house gym, providing exercise areas for rehabilitation and chronic disease management. And with over 10 staff members that make up the team here at St Leonards Physiotherapy, we have a full spectrum of experience, talent, and treatments that we can provide to you and your family to help you lead your best life.

To make an appointment, contact the clinic on (02) 9438 1782 or alternatively, you can book on our website.

Headaches: Taming the Pain with Physio

Headaches, we all get them. But did you know that there are over 150 different types of headaches?

This common and often debilitating health issue can range from the mild “I’ll-push-through-it” type, right through to the “stop-you-in-your-tracks” kind and worse, with some people suffering reduced quality of as a direct result of headaches.

They can manifest in various forms, including tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches, each with its own set of triggers and symptoms. And while medication is a common approach to managing headaches, there are many non-pharmacological options for treatment and prevention, including physiotherapy.

Physio can be particularly effective in addressing tension-type headaches, which are often associated with musculoskeletal issues in the neck and upper back. Poor posture, muscle tension, and dysfunctional movement patterns can contribute to the development of these headaches. In the case of migraine headaches, physiotherapy can also play a role in their management. While migraines are primarily neurological in nature, physiotherapists can help identify and address contributing factors like muscle tension, trigger points, and postural issues to focus on reducing the frequency and severity of migraine attacks.

If you experience persistent headaches and want to explore an option that can help alleviate pain and also reduce the reliance on medication, give us a call at the clinic. Our physiotherapists at St Leonards will work closely with you to develop a personalised plan that considers your specific triggers and needs.

To find out more about our different appointment offerings or to book yourself an appointment, contact the clinic on (02) 9438 1782 or alternatively, you can book on our website.

And Our Most Common Seen Injury is…

Back pain has to be one of the most common complaints that we see here in the clinic. In fact, it’s one of the most common complaints worldwide, and it’s no surprise really. Modern lifestyle, unhealthy habits and an ageing population are all huge contributors to this being the common ailment it is.

Our latest blog post is all about unravelling the mystery of back pain (well lower back pain to be precise), and providing you with a physiotherapist’s guide to finding relief.

To read more, jump over to our blog section on the website where we’ll shed some light on what might be causing that discomfort and how we can work our magic to help you find relief

Ten-week Class Terms

You asked and we listened. As communicated last week, we are increasing the length of our exercise term to 10 weeks. This begins in term four this year, starting Monday 9th October.

Full term payment is required in the first week of the term.

To make a booking for a class or for more details, contact us on (02) 9438 1782 or

Whatever your level of ability, we can find a class to suit you.

The Education Quarter

Physiotherapy: The FAQs and Nothing but the FAQs.

At St Leonards Physiotherapy we’re passionate about human physiology and movement. We geek out explaining how your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) works. But we know that not everybody shares our enthusiasm for all things anatomy. Sometimes they just want simple answers to their questions. So, we’re jumping in and addressing some of the most frequently asked questions. We love helping our patients! 

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy, sometimes called physical therapy, is a form of healthcare profession that focuses on improving and restoring physical function and mobility. It uses various techniques like exercises and manual therapy, and technologies like ultrasound and electrical stimulation to address injuries, disabilities, and other conditions.

How long has it been around?

Modern physiotherapy has its roots in the early 19th century when Per Henrik Ling opened the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics in 1813. The profession developed over time and was used to address the rehabilitation needs of soldiers during World War I. The efforts of pioneering physiotherapists like Mary McMillan and Sister Elizabeth Kenny helped establish and advance the field, leading to its recognition as a crucial healthcare discipline focused on restoring physical function and improving quality of life. Of course, nothing is new under the sun! The origins of physiotherapy can be traced back to ancient times. The practice of physical therapy, in various forms, has been utilised throughout history by different civilisations to address injuries, disabilities, and improve physical function. However, the formalisation of modern physiotherapy as a recognised healthcare profession began in the early 20th century.

Who can benefit from physiotherapy?

Anyone can benefit from physiotherapy. If you’ve had an injury or suffer from a medical condition that affects your movement, you should see a physio. Elderly patients who are concerned about falling might benefit from physiotherapy to improve their balance and proprioception and give them confidence moving about once more.  Athletes wishing to improve their form – giving them an edge and preventing injuries might benefit from seeing a physio. Anyone with a backache, painful knee, muscle tightness or wonky gait… Physiotherapy can help people of all ages dealing with musculoskeletal issues, neurological conditions, post-surgery rehabilitation, and even chronic pain.

Do I need a referral to see a physiotherapist?

You can self-refer. Although we’re always happy to work in collaboration with other healthcare providers. We’re a complementary medicine. That doesn’t mean we’re very nice and always saying lovely things about people (although we are). It means that our skills and knowledge fit like a jigsaw puzzle piece along with the skills and knowledge of other medical professionals. Come and see us pre and post-surgery for rehabilitation treatment and exercises – the missing piece of the puzzle.

What can I expect during my first physiotherapy session?

Your first session typically involves an assessment where the physiotherapist will ask about your medical history, current concerns, and goals. They’ll then perform physical tests to identify the root cause of your issue and create a personalised treatment plan.

Does physiotherapy hurt?

Physiotherapy aims to relieve pain and discomfort, but some techniques or exercises might cause temporary discomfort. Your physiotherapist will work with you to ensure the treatment is as comfortable as possible. Communication is key. Let us know how you’re feeling!

How long does each physiotherapy session last?

The duration of each session can vary depending on your condition and the treatment plan. On average, sessions last about 30 to 60 minutes.

How many physiotherapy sessions will I need?

As with so many other things in life the answer is that it will depend. It depends on the severity of your condition and how well your body responds to treatment. Your physiotherapist will regularly evaluate your progress and adjust the treatment plan accordingly. But you’ll probably feel better after one or two sessions!

Can physiotherapy help with sports injuries?

Absolutely! Physiotherapy is commonly used to treat sports-related injuries. It helps athletes recover faster, regain strength, and prevent future injuries.

Is physiotherapy only for physical injuries?

Not at all! Physiotherapy also addresses neurological conditions like stroke or Parkinson’s disease, respiratory problems, and even pelvic health issues.

Can physiotherapy help with chronic pain?

Yes, it can! Physiotherapists use various techniques to manage and reduce chronic pain, helping you improve your quality of life.

Is physiotherapy safe during pregnancy?

Yes, physiotherapy is safe during pregnancy. It can help with back pain, pelvic discomfort, and prepare your body for childbirth. It can also help with postpartum issues.

Can I do physiotherapy exercises at home?

Yes, yes, yes! In fact, it’s almost a certainty that your physiotherapist will give you exercises to do at home to complement your in-clinic sessions and promote faster recovery.  Don’t let this scare you. We’re not about body building competitions (unless that’s what you want in which case we’ll be there to help with all our geeky anatomy knowledge). We are about effective exercises that start where you are and use what you have to get you moving well.

Is physiotherapy covered by insurance?

Many private health insurance plans cover physiotherapy, but you should check with your insurer if you’re unsure.

So, there you have it – all your questions about physiotherapy answered! If you have a burning question that wasn’t covered, let us know and we’ll include this in our next physio FAQs for you.

Physiotherapy is a fantastic way to improve your overall health and well-being, so whoever you are and whatever your concern, get in touch to get started. Give us a call on (02) 9438 1782 to make an appointment. We’re on Facebook and Instagram too, so follow us to stay up-to-date with our clinic news. As you know we love sharing fascinating facts. Our social media accounts are also full of helpful health hints and only the occasional geeky gag so why not come along for the ride?

See you in the clinic soon!