PHYSIOTHERAPY

Our team of highly skilled physiotherapists can provide you with a diagnosis of your injury and work with you to develop a tailored management plan which will enable you to reach your goals and prevent future injuries.  

 

Your physiotherapy treatment may include hands on therapy, dry needling, strength and activation programs, gym or pool based rehabilitation and Clinical Pilates.  Our physiotherapists often combine treatments with our Podiatrists, Myotherapists and Dietitian to ensure you achieve your best outcome.  They will work with you to help you get back to your sport or work activities as quickly and as safely as possible.

 

In Stride Health Clinic works on extended appointment times of 45min (initial or prolonged consult) or 30 minutes (standard review) in length.  We believe this allows the physio to provide thorough assessment, treatment and education to help you manage your injury long term.

 

Our physiotherapists can help you manage: 

  • Back and/or neck pain

  • Muscle and/or joint pain

  • Acute sprain or strain

  • Headaches

  • Arthritic conditions

  • Sports injuries

  • Pre and post surgery rehabilitation

  • Chronic disease management

  • Work related injuries

  • Vehicle accidents

  • Pre & post natal conditions and recovery

  • Postural dysfunction

 

If you want to know more about your Physiotherapist – visit our staff page.

PODIATRY

Our podiatrists are university qualified health professionals who specialise in diagnosing, treating and preventing foot/lower limb conditions or foot related problems that can sometimes extend from underlying health issues (including diabetes and musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis).

 

Whether you’re making an appointment for yourself, your parent or your children, we treat people of all ages and with all types of foot and lower limb concerns.

 

Our podiatrists will assess your condition, provide hands on treatment specific to your needs and plan future treatment/management with you which might include tips to self manage.  If you suffer from a chronic condition, we’ll develop a care plan for your foot care taking this into account, which may also include working with one of our other services like our dietitian or physiotherapists plus liasing with your GP and other specialists.

 

It’s a good idea to bring to your first appointment a selection of your shoes, a list of any medications you’re taking and any foot/leg x-rays/test results you’ve had done related to your presenting issue.  If you’re a DVA, Medicare Enhance Primary Care (Chronic Disease Management), TAC or Work Cover client, you should also bring your doctor's referral to your first appointment.

 

What can a Podiatrist help me with?

  • Flat feet or high arches

  • Foot posture problems such as feet rolling or turning in/out

  • Nail problems such as in-grown, thickened or fungal toenails including ingrown nail surgery

  • Skin conditions including corns, hard skin (callous), warts or skin infections such as tinea

  • Cracked and dry heels

  • Heel pain including spurs and plantar fasciitis

  • Sore & aching feet

  • Foot injuries

  • Ankle sprains

  • Shin splints or knee pain

  • Bunions or other toe deformities

  • Stress fractures and broken foot bones

  • Children's feet – especially prior to buying school shoes for the year

  • Diabetes assessments of sensation and blood flow

  • Wound management

  • Orthotics & arch supports

  • Footwear advice

 

When would I get Orthotics/arch supports?

Orthotics are arch supports that are designed to support the foot whilst improving function and posture of the feet and lower limbs. They can also offer pressure relief and shock absorption. Your podiatrist will perform a biomechanical assessment, analysing your walking and/or running style as well as your foot and leg posture. Your podiatrist will then be able to recommend what best suits your needs. This may be an off the shelf device that we keep in stock through to very specialised custom-made orthotics prescribed by your podiatrist and made off site by an orthotic lab.

 

Ingrown toe nail surgery

Nail surgery (partial or total nail avulsion) is a small procedure that usually takes less than an hour that we perform in our podiatry room.  It involves numbing your toe with local anaesthetic, removing the ingrown or damaged part of the nail and sterilising the nail bed to stop the removed nail from growing back.  Nail surgery is used as a permanent resolution for nail conditions that are recurring or cannot be conservatively fixed such as painful ingrowing nails. 

If you want to know more about our Podiatry team – visit our staff page.

PELVIC FLOOR & CONTINENCE PHYSIOTHERAPY

Pelvic floor & continence physiotherapists have undergone specialist Post Graduate training to become experts in the management of all conditions related to pelvic floor and continence.

When should I see a Pelvic Floor & Continence physiotherapist?

If you experience any of the following, seeing our specialised pelvic floor and continence physiotherapists could help.

  • Urinary incontinence

  • Urinary urgency

  • General Pelvic Floor dysfunction or weakness – male or female

  • Overactive Bladder

  • Faecal or wind incontinence

  • Faecal urgency

  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse

  • Sexual pain

  • Pelvic pain

  • Pre or Post Gynaecological surgery

  • Men both before & after prostate surgery

You’ll receive a full diagnosis and a tailored plan that aims to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and activate them in order to reduce any symptoms/discomfort from your condition.

 

Should I see a pelvic floor and continence physiotherapist if I’m pregnant?

Absolutely. Our pelvic floor and continence physiotherapists are trained in dealing with pregnancy and post-natal women as this is a time when the pelvic floor muscles are under pressure.

 

They can also help with the management of pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions such as:

  • Pelvic girdle pain (pelvic instability)

  • Pregnancy related back pain/rib pain

  • Abdominal muscle separation (DRAM)

  • Hand and wrist pain associated with pregnancy

 

For more information on our full range of pre and post natal services visit our pre & post natal health page.

 

If you want to know more about your Pelvic Floor and Continence Physiotherapist – visit our staff page.

MYOTHERAPY

CLINICAL PILATES & REHAB

What sets In Stride Health Clinic apart from many other clinics is our purpose built rehabilitation and pilates studio.  Your treatment will go beyond simply hands on treatment to include an exercise and rehabilitation program designed specifically for you by your physiotherapist.  Your program will be targeted to ensure that you achieve a full recovery from injury and reach your functional goals, whether that be running your first marathon or returning to full time work after a back injury. 

 

Your program will be tailored to fit into your routine so can be performed either at home, with your physiotherapist in our gym space or in one of our small groups. Your program can include both clinical pilates, strength training and stretching.  We also provide GLA:D (Osteoarthritis programs) and PINC (Cancer recovery programs), read below for more information.

Clinical Pilates:

Pilates is a form of exercise that teaches your body how to move efficiently while strengthening your core, building stability, and improving your posture and fitness.

The term “Clinical pilates” refers to the use of pilates exercises to specifically address imbalances in your body that can cause injury and dysfunction.  Our physiotherapists use pilates techniques to re-educate you how to move and improve your technique and avoid injury.

We use clinical pilates to:

  • Treat injuries, both in rehabilitation and prevention

  • Manage pain

  • Retrain and strengthen posture and control

  • Pre and post natal exercise and recovery


Our rehab studio is equipped with a whole range of pilates equipment including reformers, trapeze and wunda chair.  Clinical pilates provided by a physiotherapist can be claimed on private health insurance or third party claims (e.g. Work Cover, TAC, DVA).

 

Functional Strength training:

Functional strengthening refers to a strength program that is designed to help improve your ability to complete your day to day goals.  This may include the ability to lift loads overhead, to walk and stand throughout the whole day, to complete manual labour jobs or to simply get out of a chair. We use equipment such as free weights, smith machine, resistance bands and body weight exercises to load your program safely to build muscle, control and support for your joints.

 

A Myotherapist is a trained allied health professional registered with a nationally recognised assoiatio who treats muscle and joint-related pain and dysfunction.

These conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Neck and/or back pain

  • Headaches

  • Sporting injuries

  • Muscle and/or joint pain

  • Postural dysfunction

  • Oedema (swelling)

Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy which utilises a range of manual therapies and soft tissue techniques to treat a wide array of musculoskeletal (muscle and joint) conditions. Myotherapy extends beyond massage and incorporates a deeper understanding of the human body, anatomy and physiology into its massage techniques and other manual therapy
interventions.

 

During your treatment, our myotherapists will conduct an assessment to ascertain the factors contributing to your condition and develop a treatment plan to help alleviate these. 
 

Your treatment may include:

  • Dry needling: the insertion of needles into muscle “knots” to reduce pain and tension

  • Cupping: the lifting of fascial tissue ivia suction within plastic cups in order to reduce adhesions and joint restriction

  • Muscle energy techniques: utilising gentle isometric muscle contractions to increase a joint’s range of motion

  • Soft tissue therapies including remedial massage and trigger point therapy

  • Manual lymphatic drainage: a slow and light form of massage used to promote the movement of lymphatic fluid and reduce swelling


Re-assessments will be conducted during and after your treatment to confirm the improvements made. 

 

Following your treatment our myotherapists will give you personalised exercises and stretches to do at home and, if needed, show you how to modify some of your daily activities in order to continue the improvement of your condition and reduce the chance of its recurrence. 

 

Our myotherapy appointments include 30, 45 and 60 minute treatments and are health care rebatable.  Gift vouchers are available.

If you want to know more about your Myotherapist – visit our staff page.

REMEDIAL MASSAGE

Massage is often viewed as a luxury – however there are many studies, which now prove the benefits of regular massage beyond the initial relaxation.

 

Remedial Massage with one of our qualified and experienced massage therapists can help ease muscle pain and tension, enhance your sporting performance, reduce stress and anxiety, increase joint mobility, improve your posture and boost your immune system.

 

You’ll receive personalised care based on your specific requirements.
If you’re pregnant, we offer specialised pregnancy massage, which
uses a specifically designed pregnancy cushion.

 

You can book the following massage appointments in 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions:

  • Remedial Massage

  • Sports/Deep Tissue Massage

  • Relaxation Massage

  • Pregnancy Massage

 

We also have gift vouchers available.

 

Why can I expect from regular massage treatment?

Build massage into your regular routine and enjoy the benefits;

  • Release tension and stress

  • Promote relaxation

  • Injury management

  • Aid muscle condition and recovery

  • Enhance sporting performance

  • Boost the immune system

  • Provide pain relief for sore, tight muscles

  • Stimulate blood flow

  • Reduce fluid retention

  • Improve joint mobility

  • Assist with sleep problems

 

If you want to know more about your Massage Therapist 
– visit our staff page.

 

EXERCISE REHABILITATION

 
 
 

Our physiotherapists understand the importance of rehabilitation in getting you back on track and back to your usual activities.

 

Your rehabilitation plan will be as unique as your situation and will encompass a Return to Work or Return to Sport process and treatment goals aimed at facilitating your recovery and work capacity.

 

In addition to clinic based hands on treatment, your rehabilitation may include a gym conditioning program, hydrotherapy, workplace based ergonomic advice as well as some of our other services like Clinical Pilates, podiatry or massage therapy.

 

Your physiotherapist will liase with either your GP, case manager or sports coach as appropriate to help direct your rehab plan.

If you want to know more about your Physiotherapist – visit our staff page.

PINC (Cancer Rehabilitation and Support):

Since the pioneering of cancer rehabilitation research since 2004, the PINC program is designed to rehabilitate those affected by cancer and reduce the long term side effects associated with cancer treatment. Steph, one of our physiotherapists has completed her specilised PINC training and has a special interest in working with those that are either going through or recovering from cancer treatments.   
As a PINC physiotherapist, Steph is trained to provide support, education, exercises and advice to clients based on their individual needs, cancer diagnosis and type of cancer treatment.
Dietary advice is also available from our in house dietitian who can provide information regarding dietary needs including maximising calorie intake, improving appetite and energy levels.


For more information about PINC go to: https://au.pincandsteel.com/

GLA:D (Good Living With Arthritis:Denmark)

The GLA:D program, was first developed in Denmark but is now used around the globe as a clinically proven form of treatment for those with hip and knee osteoarthritis. GLA:D is a 6 week program consisting of 2 education sessions and weekly strength training classes.  Through this program your GLA:D trained physiotherapist will help you build the strength and control around your affected joints, teach you about the Osteoarthritis process and give you the skills to manage your condition long term.   GLA:D has proven itself effective around the world in reducing pain and improving function in those with Osteoarthritis.  GLA:D is scientifically proven to be the first step in management of  Osteoarthritis, and some surgeons requiring all patients to complete this first to get best outcomes before considering surgery.

For more information on the GLA:D program go to:

https://gladaustralia.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Participant-FAQs-December-2020.pdf

PRE & POST NATAL FITNESS

Pregnancy is an exciting and sometimes daunting time in which your body will undergo many changes. We understand this journey, with many of our practitioners having personal experience in it.

 

We provide services to support you through your pregnancy and beyond including;

  • Pregnancy exercise in our physio studio to maintain strength and mobility

  • “Bubs Welcome” studio sessions with exercise to regain strength and fitness after having your baby

  • Help prevent & treat common pregnancy symptoms and aches

  • Maintain optimal nutrition through consultation with our dietitians

  • Provide relaxation and pain relief with massage therapy, using specialty pregnancy cushions allowing you to lie on your stomach

  • Provide a strong social environment with education and support through your pregnancy and beyond

  • We have a range of products including pregnancy support wear, recovery shorts, pelvis braces, massage balls and more.

 

Our pre and post natal studio exercise is designed to provide safe exercises focused on targeting the body areas affected by pregnancy and helping to reduce common symptoms. All clients must commence with an initial assessment with one of our physiotherapists and bookings are essential. Once you are confident with your program you will progressed into one of our many group sessions ranging from early morning to late evening.  You will also then be able to access our class bookings online via our website. To book your initial assessment click here.

 

The initial assessment allows us to ensure that classes are safe and tailored to your needs, this is also a requirement of private health funds should you wish to claim a rebate for your groups.

 

DIETETICS/NUTRITION

Dietitians are medical professionals who provide expert nutrition advice to people of all ages and help people understand the relationship between food and health. ⁠
In Australia, dietitians must hold a university level degree in dietetics, and have completed many hours of supervised practice. Dietitians are qualified to work in many areas, including hospital, private medical practices, research, public health, or the food industry. ⁠

 

Why should I see a dietitian? ⁠

An appointment with a dietitian will be individualised to your needs, and they will assist you in making and achieving goals related to nutrition and health. 

A number of medical conditions can be managed or treated with assistance from a dietitian, including but not limited to: ⁠
• Food allergy ⁠
• High cholesterol ⁠
• Irritable bowel syndrome ⁠
• Diabetes ⁠
• Weight management⁠

Dietitians are also able to provide assistance in sport, in improving overall health and supporting diet and lifestyle change. You do not need to be unwell to see a dietitian and in fact, many athletes use a dietitian to maximise their performance and energy levels.!

Dietitian appointments may be partly covered by Private Health and/or Medicare if you have a Chronic Disease Management plan. Dietitian appointments can also be covered through NDIS funding or Department of Veteran Affairs.

What does an appointment look like?

During your appointment, in addition to talking about food, your dietitian may ask you about your health, medical history, medication, lifestyle, personal goals, stress levels and sleep habits. Understanding the way that all of these factors impact you and your nutritional intake is important to help establish goals for your care. 

Your dietitian will work with you over a series of appointments to support you in achieving your nutrition and lifestyle goals. The recommended number of sessions and plan will be discussed in your appointment. They will support you with the tools and knowledge you need to improve your nutritional intake and diet quality.  

If you want to know more about your Dietitian – visit our staff page.

HYDROTHERAPY

Hydrotherapy, also known as Aquatic Physiotherapy, refers to physiotherapy treatment provided in a warm water pool. The warm water allows muscle relaxation and pain relief such that the physiotherapist can achieve effective joint mobilisation and rehabilitation exercises, which may not be able to be performed on land. The buoyancy of the water enables an exercise program when weight bearing is otherwise prohibited, for example after surgery or painful arthritic conditions. The water can be used for both resistance in strength exercises or as assistance through floating.

 

Your qualified physiotherapist will create your hydrotherapy program based on your individual requirements and aimed at improving your individual function. All hydrotherapy sessions are conducted in a heated pool, within Ascot Vale Leisure Centre, where the clinic is located.

 

What are the benefits of exercise in a heated water environment?

 

  • Pain relief

  • Reduction of muscle spasm (tight muscles)

  • Ease of movements compared to land based exercise

  • Reduction of swelling

  • Enhanced cardiovascular fitness

  • Increased strength & endurance

  • Improved balance & stabilisation

  • Enhanced wellbeing

 

What are the common conditions or injuries that can benefit
from Hydrotherapy?

 

Hydrotherapy can be used to help a wide number of conditions and injuries that you may experience, which can include:

  • Post surgery rehabilitation – for example joint replacement, back surgery

  • Back pain/sciatica/lumbar instability

  • Whiplash & other neck pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Balance/coordination problems

  • Shoulder and arm pain

  • Osteoarthritis/Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Stroke

  • Back and pelvic pain during pregnancy

  • Fracture rehabilitation

  • Upper and lower limb injury management

  • Chronic pain conditions

  • Neurological presentations

 

Hydrotherapy can booked as an individual session with the physiotherapist or you may progress into small groups where you continue to perform your own program under group supervision of the physiotherapist.

To commence a hydrotherapy program you will need to book an initial assessment in the clinic with one of our physiotherapists, from there you will be rebooked for a hydro appointment.

 

ONLINE EXERCISE CLASSES

 
Online Workout

ONLINE PHYSIOTHERAPY GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES

In 2020 as a result of lock down we launched a range of Online Exercise Sessions with our physiotherapists.  Little did we know just how successful they would be to allow clients to stay connected, keep on top of their injuries and exercise in the convenience of their own homes.  As a result, due to demand, we have maintained a timetable of these classes long term.  We even started running postural strength classes for desk based corporations and departments to help their staff stay connected as they work from home.  

Our class timetable includes mat based strengthening and stretching, predominantly using body weight as resistance and some equipment you have at home.  We incorporate some functional strength and balance work as well as therapeutic movement and stretches to help relive stiffness and pain.

Classes range from 45min to an hour and cost $10/session.  

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You can book into and reschedule classes online via our booking portal

Prior to attending your first class, if you are not a current client of In Stride Health Clinic, you will need to complete an online assessment sheet to ensure that the physiotherapist has a record of any relevant history and precautions for you so that they can tailor the exercises to your needs. Please contact our reception for this sheet via email at [email protected]

To book your online classes, visit here.

TELEHEALTH APPOINTMENTS

Online Tutorial

Telehealth is having a remote consultation with your practitioner, without attending the clinic face-to-face. It has become an increasingly preferred option during the COVID-19 pandemic, but has been used in healthcare for many years, and is proven to be a very effective tool and method of consultation.

At In Stride Health Clinic we offer secure, confidential telehealth consultations for physiotherapy, dietetics and podiatry. We use a video-calling platform named Physitrack, which also allows us to send you educational material, and create an exercise program with videos for you to complete at home.

 

Telehealth is useful for many situations in allied health including:

  • Diagnosis or triaging of a new musculoskeletal or foot condition

  • Management of a pre-existing condition

  • Exercise prescription

  • Demonstrations for rehabilitation

  • Assessment of work-station set up 

  • Dietary advice

  • Planning for general or specific conditions

  • Supporting self management through education and coaching

 

 

Telehealth consultations are currently rebated by most private health insurance funds, DVA, Medicare EPC, TAC, WorkCover, and NDIS. For the most up to date information, contact your insurer/third party, or speak with our reception team.

 

When should I use Telehealth for my appointment?

Telehealth consultations might be used by you during lockdown restrictions, periods of isolating or illness, if you are unable to travel, or for other reasons of convenience in a busy lifestyle.

 

How can I access Telehealth? 

To access Telehealth with In Stride Health Clinic, you simply need an internet connection and a device that has a camera and a microphone (phone, tablet, computer). 


You will receive a link via email for your telehealth call and our receptionists can help guide you through this process. Your link is an individual connection that only you can access. It is fully encrypted and ensures secure communication between you and your practitioner.

To book your Telehealth Appointment, visit here