Physiotherapy at Bulimba and New Farm

If you need physiotherapy, you’ve come to the right place.  We will help you to return strength and flexibility to your body.

Using the ConnectTherapyTM approach, developed by Dr LJ Lee, our physios assess and treat the body as a whole.  We look for the connections between different body parts which drive your symptoms.  Releasing and retraining these ‘drivers’ give the body the window of opportunity it needs to heal itself.

Melita Morriss has been working in the ConnectTherapyTM framework for the past seven years, two of which were in LJ Lee’s clinic in Canada.  She has become one of the most highly trained ConnectTherapyTM practising physiotherapists in Australia.

She is ‘hands-on’ with longer treatment times and one on one sessions.

She will effectively manage your injury and develop a personalised treatment plan to optimise your recovery.

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Remedial Massage at Bulimba

If your body feels like it needs some relief from tight overactive muscles, book in for a remedial massage.

Sue Ellis has over fifteen years experience in physiotherapy and remedial massage, and is now specialising only in remedial massage.

Sue’s passion is releasing the tensions in your body allowing you to move with more ease.  She loves working hands on with massage and myotherapy, finding the areas of tightness and overactivity and working to decompress the body.

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Combined therapy

As Sue has done training in the ConnectTherapyTM  model,  Melita and Sue are able to offer a unique healing service of physiotherapy and remedial massage aimed directly at the ‘driver’ of your body’s symptoms.

Come in for a physio assessment with Melita to create a treatment plan.

Physio Services - ConnectTherapyTM

ConnectTherapyTM is an approach developed by Dr LJ Lee.  It highlights the connectedness of our body parts and the massive influences each part has on each other.

The key is to determine which areas of the body might be ‘driving’ your symptoms.

For example, a sprained ankle from a year ago may not be painful anymore, but the residual dysfunction in movement may be the reason for your recent shoulder pain.  Your foot positioning and movement exerts a substantial influence on the position and movement of your shoulders. (and the rest of your body) Its all connected!  Treatment for your shoulder pain may be far more effective if aimed at your aforementioned ankle, and not at the shoulder itself.

This is why when using conventional methods many symptoms may linger for years, with treatment to the painful area giving only temporary relief.  The symptoms will continue because the area with dysfunction (the driver) will continue to exert its influences on your symptomatic area.

Every person is different, having had a different tapestry of events in their body, with different combinations of influences.  One persons shoulder pain could be caused by their ankle, and someone elses shoulder pain could be caused by their neck.  Only personalised assessment can determine the causes of your symptoms.

Full Body Assessment

A full body assessment helps with prevention of re-occurrence of the symptoms, especially when returning to the activity that was previously causing pain. An overall assessment is necessary to identify the ‘driver’ of your symptoms. Read More

HandsOn Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists are Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists. They are experts in all muscle and joint conditions and injuries. They use the ConnectTherapyTM approach to locate the driver of your symptoms, and then using handson techniques, release tightness pulling this area into dysfunction. Read more

Remedial Massage

For symptomatic relief of tired, tight and painful muscles.  Remedial massage can be used to decompress forces around joints, giving your body temporary relief from tension.

Exercise Therapy

Once the ‘driver’ of the symptoms is found, and tightness is released, specific exercises will be prescribed for home practice. Focus and repetition is the key to successful exercise training. The aim is to restore the balance in the muscle system, thereby restoring balance across the joints. Read More

Conditions Treated at Body Therapy Brisbane Physio

Upper Body

Jaw Pain

Jaw dysfunction presents as facial pain, headache and perhaps clicking and tightness in one or both of the jaw joints. Pain may be intensified when yawning or chewing.

The cause of the dysfunction may be a traumatic event, such as a car accident or impact. Otherwise stress can cause pain if the jaw is persistently clenched. Another reason can be if there is an imbalance of forces across the jaw joints.

Due to the fact that the jaw is made up of two hinge joints, one on either side of your face, the alignment of your head, neck and body is important. This is because a malalignment  of another part, for example the neck or trunk, could then affect the way you hold your head and jaw, and may cause the jaw to be held in malalignment. This causes increased stresses across the joint and through the muscles which can lead to pain and increased wear and tear in the joint.

The full body is therefore assessed, and treatment may include specific exercise therapy for the involved body parts. Tightness of jaw muscles can be effectively treated with intraoral massage and dry needling.

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is the body’s most mobile joint, therefore it needs a lot of stabilising strength to keep it working well.

The shoulder can be injured through trauma or through longterm wear and tear. Inner structures such as rotator cuff tendons, the labrum, or AC ligaments can be torn and the bursa can become swollen causing pain and limited movement.

Treatment will depend on the mechanism of injury – a shoulder that has had a traumatic injury, or a surgery, would be treated through a rehabilitation process. With time, healing would occur and the treatment would ensure good joint movement without stiffness, as well as restoring strength and flexibility of the muscles.

A shoulder which has a ‘wear and tear’ injury would need a biomechanical assessment to ascertain which muscles need to be strengthened and which need to be loosened in order to restore balance across the shoulder. The rest of the body would need to be checked to see if an imbalance in another part, for example the trunk, is causing malalignment of the shoulder and therefore the increased wear and tear.

Frozen shoulder can be treated to assist in pain relief and to teach exercises which maintain as much movement in the shoulder as possible.

Lower Body

Knee Pain

The knee can cause pain due to sudden injuries such as ligament sprains or tears. It can also be painful due to more longterm conditions such as osteo arthritis or tendon problems or if the knee cap is not moving correctly.

A thorough assessment would ascertain which structures are causing the pain. The assessment would include checking the biomechanics of the knee, foot and hip, as well as any other body parts that could be contributing to any malalignment. Muscle strength as well as tightness and overactivity would be assessed.

Depending on the cause of the pain, a treatment plan would be made to return the knee to painfree activity. The treatment may include massage, dry needling, strapping and exercise therapy.

Foot and Ankle Pain

Foot pain can be caused by a multitude of structures. Many conditions emerge slowly over time, such as plantar faciitis, heelspurs, bunions or metatarslagia. Others can occur suddenly such as a sprained ankle or a tear in a muscle or ligament.

Assessment will identify which structure is injured. If the injury was not caused by an identifiable incident, such as a twist on the ankle, a biomechanical assessment will be done to check whether there are any malalignment issues throughout the leg which may be causing increased stress through the painful structure.

Treatment can include massage, dry needling, strapping, exercise therapy and footwear assessment. Tight muscles are released while weak muscles are strengthened, getting you back to painfree activity.

Hip Pelvis and Groin Pain

Many structures around the hip can cause pain. The outer hip muscles can tighten to cause tendonopathies or an inflamed bursa. The inner muscles can create groin pain by incurring tears or tendonopathies. Osteoarthritis or labral tears commonly affect the joint itself.

A thorough assessment would ascertain the cause of the symptoms and a plan would be put in place to treat the problems. This may include loosening tight muscles, strengthening weak muscles or loosening a joint restriction.  Any other contributing factors would be addressed. This could be an imbalance of the body part above or below, for example weakness in the foot. It could also be a sports technique problem, for example running style.

The pelvis and sacro iliac joint can also cause pain if the forces across the joints are imbalanced, or if there was any trauma, such as a fall onto the pelvis. Treatment to realign and strengthen the pelvis include strapping, bracing and exercise therapy. Any tightness and overactivation of muscles is treated with massage and dry needling.

Spine

Neck Pain and Headaches

Neck pain can be caused by an overload of forces, whether it be a slow progression over time, such as poor posture sitting at a computer, or a single fast overload such as a car accident.

When the neck is overloaded in a single fast incident, such as a whiplash, treatment would involve ensuring that the neck returns to its previous strength and flexibility. This would entail assisting the joints to slide on each other without developing stiffness, ensuring no restrictions around the nerves in the neck, and returning the muscles to a state of good flexibility and strength. This would need a combination of hands on therapy and exercise therapy.

When the neck is overloaded slowly with repetitive movements, a biomechanical assessment is done to ascertain where the overload is stemming from. It can be muscle tightness pulling the neck out of balance and therefore overstressing the inner structures of the neck, or muscle weakness allowing gravity or other areas of the body to pull the neck out of balance with the same overstress occurring. This overstress can cause damage in the discs, the joints in the neck, the nerves or the muscles.

Treatment would entail loosening the aforementioned tightness with needling, massage and awareness, and strengthening the weak structures with specific exercise therapy. The aim would be to restore the balance of forces across the joints and nerves in the neck, so that the troublesome activity could be performed painfree.

The upper neck joints can contribute to headaches. Cervicogenic headaches can be treated as above by rebalancing the forces across the C1, 2 and 3 joints and decreasing any overactivation of the upper cervical muscles as well as the shoulder muscles. A plan would be made to overcome your specific problems – this would include hands on therapy, exercise therapy and self treatment tips.

Back Pain

Back pain can be debilitating, and is often recurring. The joints, discs and nerves in the lower back are pain sensitive and can cause spasms of the lumber and gluteal muscles. If the nerves become irritated or compressed, pain numbness and pins and needles may be felt down a leg.

Sometimes the pain can be caused by a traumatic event, in which case treatment would ensure timely joint movement overcoming stiffness, and restoring strength and flexibility of the muscles over the healing period.

Rehabilitation after surgery would aim to restore painfree function with strength and stability through the lumbar spine.

If however the pain is caused by a smaller movement, such as bending or twisting, and it seems to reinjure even after treatment and seeming recovery, it may be an imbalance of forces and increased stresses through the lower back.

With a thorough biomechanical assessment, the reasons for the painful increased stresses can be found. It could be due to malalignment within the lower back, or it could be another part of the body such as the pelvis or hips or feet. Malalignment of these structures has the potential to place the lumbar spine in a position where it can be easily injured. A programme of strengthening specific muscles and loosening others can help lead you back to painfree activities without recurrence of injury.

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