Services

What we do

Manual Therapy

Noosa Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy has Physiotherapists and an Osteopath with genuine interests in manual therapy. The physiotherapy team prides themselves on accurate diagnosis, cutting edge treatment, the most appropriate manual therapy techniques and prevention of muscle and joint problems – especially back and neck pain.

There are a myriad of skilled manual techniques that can be applied to your problem(s) and the team at Noosa Sports and Spinal will discuss these with you.

Evidence based research confirms acute and sub-acute spinal pain responds favourably to manual therapy. Exercise therapy is then incorporated.

Manual therapy

Conditions treated: Headaches, Whiplash, Neck stiffness, Disc dysfunction, Back pain and Sciatica, Referred arm and leg pain, Lumbar or back stiffness, Sacro-iliac dysfunction, Spinal surgery, Spondylolisthesis.

Sports Physiotherapy

Noosa Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy has an ‘ APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist ‘ who has demonstrated formal experience, knowledge and skills in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of sports injuries.

Titled APA Sports Physiotherapists use effective ‘hands-on’ management techniques to assist injury recovery and to prevent recurrence. Titled Sports Physiotherapists have access to the most recent advances in the sports physiotherapy field through clinically orientated professional development.

Our Sports Physiotherapist at this practice travels with Australian national teams including Olympic Winter Institute (OWI) athletes. The practice and Peter Hogg is endorsed as a quality physiotherapy practice by the OWI.

The Noosa Sports & Spinal physiotherapy team has a genuine interest in all football codes, triathlon, swimming, surfing, surf life saving, gymnastics, dance injuries, cycling, winter sports and running sports.

Services available: Sports injury screening, Return to sport testing after injury, Sports specific rehabilitation exercise programs, Knee rehabilitation, Shoulder rehabilitation, Sports specific core conditioning programs, Taping, Get fit for the snow programs, Myofascial treatment, Dry needling.

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Exercise Physiology

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP)
Current scientific research evidence supports exercise as an integral treatment for prevention and treatment of chronic disease. The allied health profession, Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP) play an important role as physical activity and exercise specialists within healthcare.

What is an accredited Exercise Physiologist?
An Accredited Exercise Physiologist a 4-5 year university qualified allied health practitioner, who specialises in the delivery of evidence-based exercise, health and lifestyle programs for individuals with a broad range of chronic and complex medical conditions, post-acute injuries and co-morbidities. Exercise Physiologists will work in conjunction with your medical and health practitioners to achieve your personal health and rehabilitation.

Exercise Physiologists are Accredited by Exercise and Sports Science Australia, Registered with Medicare and Veterans Affairs, providers of Work Cover and MAIC and are eligible for private health rebates through your health fund.

Our exercise physiologist at Noosa Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, Dr Ian Gillam (PhD) is a highly qualified and experienced AEP and is also a level 2 accredited Sports Scientist and Clinical and Sports Nutritionist. Ian can provide you with very high level of services across a wide range of exercise physiology, sports science and nutrition services.

Exercise Physiology services for your patients
Exercise Physiologists assess, prescribe, supervise and monitor exercise, nutrition, health and lifestyle programs designed to meet specific health outcomes for individuals with a wide range of chronic diseases and musculoskeletal conditions.

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Exercise Physiology

Exercise Rehabilitation

All physiotherapists at this practice have a genuine interest in exercise prescription. The physiotherapists have many pre prepared programs with upgrades so your program is easy to follow. You will receive clear documented instructions with the programs.

There are key ingredients to correct exercise prescription including selecting appropriate exercises relevant to your problem(s), correct technique, suitable dosage and then timely upgrades to your program

Programs available: Knee rehabilitation classes, Back stability programs including initial consultation with real time ultrasound, Shoulder rehabilitation, Back mobility programs, Tendon rehabilitation.

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Clinical Pilates

Members of the physiotherapy team have been highly trained professionally to teach Pilates to ensure you receive personalised/problem orientated programs.

At the practice, there is a large Pilates room with 6 reformers, trapeze tables and other specialist training equipment.

Before commencing a program, a physiotherapy assessment is essential to identify your problem areas and to determine your exercise goals and strategy. After assessment, your physiotherapist will discuss your overall program thoroughly with you. Pilates programs provided at Noosa Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy are always specific and tailored to client assessment findings and personal goals.

Programs available: One to one private Pilates sessions, Small group Pilates sessions, Duets (2 person), Sports specific Pilates sessions, Back rehabilitation, General conditioning and mobility, Mat work classes, Home exercise programs, Fitball exercises, Knee rehabilitation, Falls prevention, Dance and gymnastic injury specific prevention and conditioning.

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Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is a treatment program supervised by physiotherapists in a warm water pool (approximately 33-37 degrees).

Why do hydrotherapy?
The exercises that are performed place minimal stress and and cause less joint inflammation making it easy for unobstructed painless movement of the body. The buoyancy effect of water helps support the weight of the body which causes less loading and jarring through the joints and bones; very beneficial for solving problems including arthritis, obesity, healing fractures, surgical conditions, fibromyalgia, pain and muscle wasting.The pressure across the body creates resistance which improves strength.

The exercises that are performed cannot be done out on land. Hydrotherapy is a particularly effective and a comfortable way for patients to rehabilitate.

Noosa Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy is the only private practice allocated to run hydrotherapy classes at the Noosa Hospital Hydrotherapy Centre.

How to join the classes:
We assess your problem(s) at the practice before you can join a class so that your exercises can be individually tailored to your needs. You will need to make an appointment at the practice to have a full assessment.

Our physiotherapist will then prepare a suitable program for you to ensure quality.

At the conclusion of the first assessment, our staff will provide further clear instructions re the class times and directions for the hydrotherapy classes.

The service is claimable with private health insurance, workers compensation, DVA and motor vehicle accident insurance.

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Benefits of Hydrotherapy Exercises
Hydrotherapy Exercises can: increase mobility, reduce pain and muscle spasm, improve and maintain joint range of movement, strengthen weak muscle groups, increase physical fitness and functional tolerances, re-educate normal movement patterns, improve balance, improve co-ordination, improve posture, improve self confidence, stimulate circulation.

Massage Therapy

Quality professional massage solutions including remedial, sports, relaxation and lymphatic are available.

Services available: Treatment style and time available on request including 30 minute, 60 minute and 90 minute sessions.

Massage therapy

Gaitscan – Customised Orthotics

Foot type and function has a direct effect on joint alignment of the ankles, knees, hips and spine. Abnormal function will impact on walking mechanics and can cause a chain reaction resulting in injury or pain.

Symptoms of poor foot mechanics can include :

  • Localised foot pain
  • Bunions
  • Arch/heel pain (plantar fasciitis)
  • Achilles pain
  • Knee pain (including patello-femoral syndrome)
  • Hip/back pain

The ultra-technological Gaitscan TM assessment system allows our team to analyse your foot mechanics by accurately measuring foot timing and mapping foot pressure. A detailed visual report and graph is produced.

We can determine whether abnormal foot function is a contributing cause of your lower limb problem and whether customised orthotics will benefit you.

This information can be sent to the Gaitscan lab where the information is analysed to mould and manufacture customised orthotics specific to your feet. There are a variety of customised orthotics available to suit your shoe type including orthotics for work shoes, running, golf and ski boots.

The aim is optimise your foot function by improving biomechanics, joint alignment, foot comfort, proprioception (foot position awareness) and shock absorption.

To get started, book in with our Sports Physiotherapist and request a GAITSCAN assessment.

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