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.
In cases where functional movement is compromised, doctors often refer their patients to physiotherapists. He/she will write an order authorising the form of treatment he desires. Read more →
Neck pain and headaches are more than just irritating. They can be very painful. Physiotherapy is extremely effective in treating headaches which are often linked to dysfunction of the cervical spine. Read more →
Plantar fasciitis is experienced by walkers and those who are on their feet a lot. Women, the obese, those who overpronate or have very high arches, and the elderly may also experience this type of foot pain. Read more →
The main areas that are injured while swimming are the shoulders and the knees. However, muscle cramps also occur as well as injuries of the back and neck. Read more →
Massage therapy, which physiotherapists commonly refer to as soft tissue therapy, is a popular treatment choice in many clinical settings. Read more →
Often overlooked is the positive impact weight loss can have on physical rehabilitation and recovery. Read more →
Upon being discharged from physiotherapy treatment, your physiotherapist will very likely give you a home exercise program of exercises to follow. Read more →
When a you cheat in order to make the movements easier, you are only hurting yourself and will regret it later on. Having a physiotherapist can help you avoid cheating and achieve better and faster outcomes. Read more →
Physiotherapists are emphasising the mental and psychological aspects of their patients' approach to rehabilitation in making a full recovery. Read more →
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