Physiotherapy in Wollongong
Central Wollongong Physio Plus
Lesley started in private pratice as a physiotherapst at Central Wollongong Physio Plus in 1989 with an interest in chronic pain. She had worked in the hospital system as a physiothrapist in the areas of orthopedics, surgical, medical, rehabilitation and outpatients. Physiothrapy used to treat chronic pain only helped short term. These patients had no option but to take heavy medications. The NSW government paid for Lesley to undertake training in hypnosis to use for pain relief in these patients - and it worked but it was considered too time consuming for Lesley who was a physiotherapist in a very busy hospital. Later Lesley worked in a rehabilitation centre and co-ordinated chronic pain groups, using education, relaxation and meditation, as well as hydrotherapy and other forms of exercises as pain management techniques.
In 1989 Lesley went into her own private physiotherapy practice. A holistic approach used with in her practice, using such methods as:- manual therapy, relaxation, hydrotherapy and specific exercise and gym programs. In 1994 Lesley beame qualified in acupuncture after completing two separate courses run for medical doctors and later completed the physiotherapy course which at that time had a TCM component.
While studying one of the medical acupuncture courses a medical doctor (now a professor) gave a lecture on nutrition medicine. He showed how margarine with its trans-fats causes inflammation in the body. This was a career turning point for Lesley. She could not continue treating people for arthritis and other ailments when the symptoms were brought on by diet. Lesley went back to uni and received a Graduate Diploma in Nutrition Medicine in 2003.
Lesley continues to practice as a physiotherapist but with a difference. Once a patient who presents with aches, pains, weakness and fatigue woud have been given appropriate manual therapy and put on an exercise program. Now those same signs and symptoms ring alarms bells. Food intolerances, allergies, poor digestin, a disturbance in gut flora after a course of antibiotics could all lead to the above symptoms. An exerise program may indeed help to some degree but may actually make some people worse if their low energy levels are due to chronic inflammation in the body caused by, say, a food allergy.
The human body has an amazing capacity for healing itself. In physiotherapy we assist the body to heal itself without the use of drugs to achieve optimum results. Read more →
Neurological problems stem from a wide range of conditions relating to defects in the function of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. Read more →
Soft tissue injury may occur in the muscle as in a contusion or strain, in the tendons as in a strain or tendinopathy, in fascia connective tissue as in a fasciitis or in the ligaments as in a sprain or in the joint bursae as in a bursitis. Read more →
Field hockey is a tough sport requiring skill, fitness and the ability to make quick changes in direction. As a result, field hockey has a high percentage of soft tissue injuries. Read more →
The Feldenkrais method is an education method that teaches its students how to move with less effort in order to achieve better function. It is a system of re-introducing often rarely used movement patterns in a flexible manner. Read more →
Pain, loss of energy, restricted movements will all want to stay between the covers, however whether you rest or rehabilitate will depend on a lot of factors. Read more →
It has been proven that people who exercise regularly not only keep their bodies healthy, but they are more alert, have better memories and seem to age more slowly. Read more →
Does the thought of boot camp conjure up images of a scowling, barking taskmaster dragging you out of bed at 5.00 a.m., regardless of weather, and into the gym? Read more →
You now decide to take the plunge and see a physiotherapist, but where do you start? How do you choose a therapist that will put you back on the road to optimum health? Read more →
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