Faq's

Hydrotherapy

What is hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Physiotherapy) involves the use of warm water to assist in physiotherapy treatment. Your Physiotherapist will use pool-based exercises and specialised equipment to help achieve the goals of your treatment.

Exercising in water relieves the body of the effects of gravity and can assist in the rehabilitation of many conditions such as osteoarthritis, joint replacements, many sporting injuries, post-fracture or surgery. Your hydrotherapy program is individually supervised in the pool by your Physiotherapist.

How do I start hydrotherapy?

You will need to start with an Initial Consultation so that the Physiotherapist can fully assess your injury. Your first session is in the clinic (not in the pool) where your Physiotherapist will write your program and tailor it to your treatment goals.

Massage

What is cranio-sacral therapy?

Cranio-sacral therapy is a ‘light touch’ therapy concentrating on head, neck and spine to gently relieve tensions that may manifest as headaches, pain or anxiety.

What is myofascial release?

Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy aimed at manipulating and stretching the fascia (connective tissue throughout all muscles and organs) to release tense muscles, increase range of motion and flexibility as well as relieve pain.

Should I see a Physiotherapist or a Massage Therapist?

For any specific or acute complaint we do recommend you come to see the Physiotherapist for a diagnosis. Once we have determined the cause of your injury we can recommend the best course of treatment for you, which may include Remedial Massage.

Alternatively if you have regularly been receiving Massage for your condition and it is beneficial for you, please make an appointment with one of our Massage Therapists. Our Massage Therapists can refer you for Physiotherapy should you require further investigation.

Physiotherapy

Can I claim from Medicare for Physiotherapy?

Some patients are entitled to a Medicare rebate under the Enhanced Primary Care plan. Please consult your doctor regarding eligibility.

For those patients entitled to a Medicare rebate we can claim for your Medicare rebate on the spot at our clinics. If there is a gap between our fee and your rebate you can pay this by cash, Visa or MasterCard.

Do I need a doctors referral to come and see a physio?

No, you don't need a doctor's referral to come and see us as a private patient.

You will need a doctor's referral if your injury is related to a work injury (WorkCover). motor vehicle accident (Third Party) or your health care is covered by the Department of Veteran's Affairs.

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What should I bring to my consultation?

Please bring any relevant scans or reports concerning your injury. For your comfort, you may like to bring a change of clothes (t-shirt/shorts) for your treatment session.

If you have a running injury, please bring along the running/sports shoes you normally wear.

What happens at my initial consultation?

Your Physiotherapist will gain a subjective history from you regarding your injury/condition and complete a thorough physical assessment so they can establish an accurate diagnosis.

Your and your Physiotherapist will set appropriate treatment goals and your Physiotherapist will begin their treatment techniques in your first session.

How do I claim from my private health fund for physiotherapy?

We have HICAPS available at each of our clinics which allows you to claim on the spot for your Physiotherapy rebate. Please bring along your health fund card to your appointment to process your claim.

Your health fund will process your rebate on the spot and you can pay the gap by cash, EFTPOS, Visa or MasterCard.

Should I bring my X-Ray/MRI/CT Scan to my first appointment?

Yes please. Your Physiotherapist will use all of this information to diagnose your injury and commence your treatment plan.

Do you accept Workers' Compensation/Third Party (CTP)/Veterans' Affairs patients?

Yes. Workers' Compensation, Third Party and Veterans' Affairs patients are welcome to any of our clinics.

In each of these cases you will need a doctor's referral to come and see us.

Should I see a Physiotherapist or my GP first?

Physiotherapists are primary practitioners, meaning you can come in for an Initial Assessment and opinion from a Physiotherapist without seeing your GP first.

It may be necessary to seek further assessment or opinion from your GP or a specialist and we can facilitate this process for you.

Should I see a Physiotherapist or a Massage Therapist?

For any specific or acute complaint we do recommend you come to see the Physiotherapist for a diagnosis. Once we have determined the cause of your injury we can recommend the best course of treatment for you, which may include Remedial Massage.

Alternatively if you have regularly been receiving Massage for your condition and it is beneficial for you, please make an appointment with one of our Massage Therapists. Our Massage Therapists can refer you for Physiotherapy should you require further investigation.

What is real time ultrasound?

Real-time ultrasound (RTUS) or diagnostic ultrasound is used by physiotherapists to look at muscle function. The ultrasound picture gives real-time feedback for physiotherapists to analyse muscle function – whether it be pelvic floor, post-operative or post-injury – in relation to pain and dysfunction. RTUS is also an excellent training method for our patients because muscle movement is visible on screen in real time.

For more information (and video) visit our blog post Real Time Ultrasound.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is a treatment method used by physiotherapists to treat your injury or condition.

Dry Needling is the use of fine needles in the treatment of pain caused by Myofascial Trigger Points (MTPs). MTPs are hyper-irritable points in a muscle, often with a palpable nodule due to acute or chronic overload.

Dry needling involves inserting the fine needles into the skin and then deeper into the MTP.

See our Dry Needling blog post for more information.

Pilates

I want to find out about Pilates.

At Sports Focus Physiotherapy our Pilates programs are individual programs tailored to your needs. You start by completing the following introductory sessions:

• An Initial Assessment and Personal Introduction to Pilates

This includes a full patient history and musculoskeletal assessment to assess your needs and Pilates goals. Your Pilates Physiotherapist will teach you the principles of Pilates and you will begin your Pilates exercise program.

• 3 x Half Hour Private Pilates sessions

Your Pilates Physiotherapist continues to design and extend your program while you learn the different studio equipment and exercises.

After these sessions you go into Studio Pilates sessions which go for an hour. There are three other people in the studio but you will be supervised by the Pilates Physiotherapist and work on your own individual program.

I have done Pilates before elsewhere, how do I get started?

You will need to start with an Initial Assessment (see I want to find out about Pilates) so that our Physiotherapists can asses your movement and goals and begin your program. After that they will advise of the number of half hour privates you will need before you go into the studio sessions.

At Sports Focus Physiotherapy we want to make sure that you receive the best possible care and prescribed program and for this reason not every client can be fast-tracked.

What do I wear to Pilates?

Gym-type clothes that show your posture are ideal. Something comfortable that you can move easily in.

What should I bring to Pilates?

Please bring along a water bottle, a towel and fresh socks to your Pilates session.

Can I claim from my private health fund for Pilates?

Not all health funds cover Physiotherapy-based Pilates programs. As every client has different funds and levels of cover you will have to check with your health fund to be sure.

We will issue you with an itemised receipt for claiming with your health fund after your session.

Medicare

Can I claim from Medicare for Physiotherapy?

Some patients are entitled to a Medicare rebate under the Enhanced Primary Care plan. Please consult your doctor regarding eligibility.

For those patients entitled to a Medicare rebate we can claim for your Medicare rebate on the spot at our clinics. If there is a gap between our fee and your rebate you can pay this by cash, Visa or MasterCard.

Womens' Health

What can I expect when I book in to see a Women’s Health Physiotherapist?

A Womens' Health Physiotherapist is a physiotherapist who has a special interest and experience in the assessment, treatment and re- training of pre- and post-natal and menopausal women with pelvic floor problems. This can be from exercise prescription and liaison with Doctors, Physiotherapists, Personal Trainers, Pilates teachers to individual physiotherapy for pelvic or low back pain/dysfunction for women of all ages.

When you telephone to make an appointment, indicate that you need a ‘Women’s Health’ appointment. If you are not sure then the receptionist may ask for more information about your problem, or they may make your Initial appointment and suggest that you speak to Luisa or Vanea prior to your appointment.

Your Initial Womens' Health Consultation involves:

• Detailed interview of history and symptoms

• Real time Ultrasound of Abdominal and Pelvic floor muscles

• Internal digital palpation of the pelvic floor muscles to assess their strength and endurance

• Comprehensive education in activation and control of these muscles

• Individual exercise program for the pelvic floor muscles

• Follow up consultation to monitor progress and advise on training / exercise options

Will I be able to start or continue with my current exercise/ fitness?

It is very important for everyone to exercise and keep healthy. There may be some things that you are doing that could be making your problem worse. This will be assessed and if necessary modifications suggested. Some women need encouragement to START exercising with the knowledge and confidence that what they are doing is ‘pelvic floor safe’.

Do I need to see my GP before I book a ‘Women’s Health’ appointment?

No, but if you are not sure about your problem, then during your assessment your Physiotherapist will discuss this with you and may write a letter to your GP.