Back & Neck Pain
Back / Neck pain is an extremely common condition. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports that there are an estimated 3.7 million Australian’s currently living with some form of back pain (16% of total population!). It is estimated that between 70-90% of all Australians will experience some form of back pain in their life. It is the 3rd leading health burden in Australia.
Back pain can take the form of many conditions from disc injuries, facet joint sprains, nerve impingement, spinal joint stiffness, spinal canal narrowing, acute bone injuries or muscle spasms. These injuries may affect any segment of the spine as detailed in the below image.
(Images courtesy of Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2019)
There are many causes of back pain. They may be linked to an acute trauma, poor posture, repetitive strain or due to diseases such as osteoarthritis, disc disease, osteoporosis, and some genetic conditions. Other factors that may increase the risk of developing back pain include; age, physical fitness, smoking, being overweight, and the type of work a person does.
The physiotherapists at Offshore Physiotherapy Torquay are all highly skilled and have extensive experience in the assessment and management of back pain. If you are suffering from any form of back / neck pain, give us a call to schedule an appointment with one of our physiotherapists.
Exercise Rehab Classes
At Offshore Physiotherapy Torquay we offer a number of different exercise rehab classes. These classes use exercise as therapy and include our:
Back Strengthening Program
(Formerly known as Clinical Pilates)
We believe in an active recovery. It is what the research evidence supports. At Offshore Physiotherapy Torquay, we have developed our own Back Strengthening Program (formerly known as our Clinical Pilates Program). The Back Strengthening program aims to increase both flexibility and strength and is suitable for individuals of all ages and fitness levels. The program focuses on activation and movement of the body. Muscle groups around the spine, abdomen and pelvic girdle are targeted to address any deficits. The underlying philosophy of our program is to improve an individual’s core strength and flexibility through smooth movement control in a safe environment.
The program starts with an initial assessment which allows the physiotherapist to identify areas of your body that need improvement in terms of strength and flexibility. From there the physiotherapist can develop an individualised program and you will be invited to join one of our Back Strengthening Classes.
We believe to achieve your health and fitness goals you deserve close supervision during our classes at all times. To achieve this, class sizes are limited to four clients and one of our experienced physiotherapists will be present at all times to guide and supervise.
Back Strengthening classes involve the use of Pilates reformers, traps table, weights, gym equipment, fit balls, foam rollers, and theraband exercises.
Classes run in 5 week blocks and many of our participants decide to go on and do more than one block. Health fund rebates are available for each of our Back Strengthening Classes via Hicaps.
Why the name change?
In late 2018, the Federal Government announced new Health Insurance Reforms that prevents us from using / marketing the term ‘Clinical Pilates’. Same program, different name!
Mums and Bubs Classes
To look after our young mums, at Offshore Physiotherapy Torquay we have dedicated Mums and Bub Classes for Pre and Post Natal Care. We understand the physical toll growing a human can take on a female’s body. At Offshore Physiotherapy Torquay we want to help you on a safe journey back to full physical health with our dedicated Exercise Rehab Classes. To achieve this, we use our Clinical Pilates Reformers, traps tables, fit balls and gym equipment. Classes consist of 4 people and are fully supervised by one of our qualified physiotherapists. Oh and of course, your beautiful children are most welcome to attend the class.
Falls & Balance Classes
Have you experienced any of the following?
- History of Recent Falls
- Feeling less confident with your mobility
- Keen to prevent possible injury sustained in a fall
- Want to improve your ability to perform activities of daily living
At Offshore Physiotherapy Torquay, we offer ‘Falls and Balance Re training Programs’ to individuals who feel less steady on their feet. These classes are run in our fully equipped gym with one of our experienced physiotherapists supervising. Our aim is to safely guide you through a balance retraining program.
Maximum of 6 participants in each group and fully supervised by one of our physiotherapists. Health Insurance Rebates are available for the program through Hicaps.
Arthritis Management Classes
Recent research findings support the use of Exercise Therapy in the management of numerous Arthritic type conditions. At Offshore Physiotherapy Torquay we will develop you an individual strengthening program and the aim will be to gradually progress you through a series of strengthening exercises. Fully supervised by one of our experienced physiotherapists, we will use a variety of gym and Pilates equipment to help you achieve your goals.
The Surfcoast is an active community which is fantastic for the overall general health of the community. However, unfortunately things occasionally can go wrong and injury occurs. Our physiotherapists are highly experienced at treating a range of sporting injuries. Common sports injuries seen at our clinic include;
At Offshore Physiotherapy Torquay we have female physiotherapists who have specific interest in Women’s Health. One of our physiotherapists, Courtney Weybury has post graduate qualifications in Women’s Health for Pre and Post Natal Care. Musculoskeletal conditions relating to pre and post natal care, pelvic floor and incontinence issues are common presentations to our clinic.
Pre & Post Surgery Rehabilitation
Our team of physiotherapists are skilled in both pre and post operative management
We have developed close working relationships with many of the local Orthopaedic Surgeons in Geelong and Melbourne. Our fully equipped Rehabilitation allows us to develop an appropriate Rehab program.
Common Surgical Rehabilitation Conditions seen at Offshore Physiotherapy Torquay include;
- ACL reconstruction
- Hip / knee replacements
- Rotator Cuff Repairs
- Foot & Ankle Surgery
- Back Surgery
- Shoulder Stabilisation Surgery
There are a number of arthritic type presentations that are commonly seen at our clinic. They include;
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Polymyalgia Rheumatic
Our physiotherapists work with a variety of patients who present with an arthritic type presentation. A thorough assessment and discussion will initially take place to ensure an appropriate treatment plan is developed for you. Both manual therapy and Exercise Therapy may form part of your treatment plan.
Complex presentations can take time to heal. There are a number of factors that can cause pain to go from an acute presentation to a chronic one. Longer consultation times can be offered to help thoroughly assess and treat chronic injuries. Our physios are trained to use exercise therapy and education to develop a tailored treatment program for the individual.
Dizziness, vertigo and disequilibrium can be extremely debilitating and significantly impact your daily life. Vestibular physiotherapy has been proven to be very effective at treating vestibular conditions. Two of our physiotherapists at Offshore Physiotherapy Torquay, Joseph Pashley and Jacinta Winter are specially trained in diagnosing and treating complex inner ear conditions such as:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis
- Vestibular Migraine
- Cervicogenic dizziness
Call us to discuss whether you would benefit from seeing a physio about your vertigo. GP referral is not required but it is recommended that in the case of persistent dizziness, medical clearance is sort before consultation.