Physiotherapy Services

All our Physiotherapists are highly skilled and will thoroughly assess your condition to identify the causes of your symptoms. We will discuss diagnosis and treatment options with you and educate you on what you can be doing between treatments to assist your recovery. Physiotherapy staff are APA members.

Carolyn Merritt is practice director and is a credentialed McKenzie Therapist and Certified Clinical Pilates practitioner with over 30 years experience as a Physiotherapist. Having lived and worked in the Fairfield / Alphington area for many years, she is commited to working with members of the local community as well as nearby suburbs of Ivanhoe, Northcote, Thornbury and beyond.

 

Conditions which may be helped by physiotherapy

The following conditions may be helped by physiotherapy:
  • Back pain, spinal pain and sciatica
  • Neck  pain
  • Disc bulges
  • Shoulder and arm pain
  • Lower limb pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches
  • Overuse injuries
  • Instability
  • Postural issues
  • Chronic conditions
  • Pre  andpost surgery

Our methods

This practice is committed to evidence based treatment methods and quality service.

We strive to stay up to date with the latest research and attend ongoing professional development programs.

We are trained in the McKenzie method as well as a variety of manual musculoskeletal therapy techniques. We are pleased to announce the implementation of the GLA:D program at this clinic commencing December 2017. GLA:D® is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Research from the GLA:D® program in Denmark shows symptom progression reduces by 32%. Other outcomes include a less pain, reduced use of joint related pain killers, and less people on sick leave. GLA:D® participants also reported high levels of satisfaction with the program and increased levels of physical activity 12 months after starting the program. This program is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.

We can advise on work and home office setups and prescribe a home exercise program to compliment your treatment.

We are very interested in prevention strategies and we will work with you to optimise your musculoskeletal health.

A doctor's referral is not needed to see a Physiotherapist however, we are very happy to liaise with other medical or health practitioners in order to optimise your results.

 
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Clinical Pilates

Australian physiotherapists have developed Clinical Pilates to combine the concepts of the original traditional pilates exercises with current physiotherapy knowledge based on research into spinal stability and directional preference.

What is Clinical Pilates?

Australian physiotherapists have developed Clinical Pilates to combine the concepts of the original traditional pilates exercises with current physiotherapy knowledge based on research into spinal stability and directional preference. This method of Clinical Pilates is based on research and is very different than other pilates available in gyms and pilates studios. Each client has an individual program designed specifically to target their individual needs.

Clinical Pilates focuses on postural awareness and muscular control, particularly of the “core” or trunk muscles rather than on physical strength. Core control and core stability are important to provide a stable base for all functional movement.

All of our Clinical Pilates sessions are provided by Physiotherapists with post-graduate training and practical experience in Clinical Pilates

How does Clinical Pilates work?

All Clinical Pilates patients must attend a minimum of three individual sessions with a Clinical Pilates Physiotherapist, which allows for a full assessment of existing health and fitness issues, as well as time to discuss your expectations and to tailor your program to achieve your goals. After this time, some patients are able to progress to other options such as group sessions.

After a thorough assessment including your response to movement directions, we can tailor a clinical pilates program to meet your individual needs. We then teach and reassess the program over a couple of sessions to evaluate the effect of the exercises and positions on your condition.

We will closely supervise your technique to ensure optimal results and prevent provocative positions. You will learn about your body and which movements are right for you and which to avoid. This enhanced body awareness can help improve posture and efficiency of movement as well as flexibility whilst targeting the muscles responsible for core stability.

Clinical Pilates can be adapted for all levels of fitness, body types and ages. In most cases, it can be commenced even if you have a current injury due to the individualised nature of the program. Pilates is a great compliment to any injury rehabilitation program or fitness routine.

Because Clinical Pilates is a treatment program run by physiotherapists, you can claim a rebate on private health insurance physiotherapy extras.

Once we have an established program and you are confident with some of the exercises, there are various options for ongoing pilates including small groups. Safety is important so we need to be confident that you are attending a safe option in terms of level of supervision. Different people take different time to master these techniques so it is difficult to predict how many individual sessions you will need before attending a group.

 

 

 

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Our Schedule and Fees

We offer HICAPS (electronic health fund claiming) and EFTPOS facilities.

Physiotherapy Appointment types

For clinic hours, please see contact us page. Fees are subject to change without notice. Some conditions require extended consultations. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

Assessment Consultation

30 mins

Follow-up Consultation

20-30 mins

Complex Follow-up

30-40 mins

 

Pilates Fees and Timetable

Clinical Pilates can be done individually or in pairs or small groups (up to 4 people)

The standard session for individual pilates is 30 minutes, but 40 and 60 minute sessions are available on request.

Initial Assessment Consultation

$95

Individual

$85
30 minute sessions fully supervised. These can be booked any time that the pilates room is available

Group

$32 prepay discount rate
Casual price $42

Semi-supervised

$37(45mins) or $42(60mins) prepay discount rate
Casual prices $47(45mins) or $52(60mins)

 

 

Semi-supervised

15 mins supervised by one of our physiotherapists with additional 30 or 45 mins unsupervised time to do your program. Booked in blocks of 45 or 60 minutes for ease of booking.

 

Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
8.30am  7 am 8.45 am
2.30 pm 10.10 am   9.30 am (G)  7.45 am 9.30 am (hr)
4.00 pm 11.00 am 10.15 am  9.30 am (G) 10.30 am
4.45 pm 5 pm 4.45 pm  11.15 am  10.15 am ( G ) 11.30 am
5.45 pm  5.45 pm 6.00 pm 5.45 pm
 7 pm 6.45 pm 6.30 pm
    7.30 pm (hr)      

Note: Time table is continually changing and new times added so please contact us for more details. If you have a group of 3, you can start your own class.
G : Group session (up to 4 participants)
Other : Semi-private sessions (15 min individual appointment time will be allocated within the 45 min slot)

 

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Massage

Remedial Massage and Myotherapy

Our Massage Therapists are trained and qualified in Remedial Massage. We currently also have a Therapist undergoing further training in Myotherapy whilst working as a Remedial Massage Therapist.  Our therapists will assess you and discuss your needs and provide a tailored treatment to each client. If you wish to have a specific form of treatment, please mention this at time of booking to ensure you are booked with the most appropriate Therapist.

 

We Offer

Remedial and Deep Tissue Massage

Remedial massage is used to treat issues different to those targeted during other styles of massage, instead focusing on chronic muscular pain and tension. Utilising various soft tissue techniques (including deep tissue massage), the deep layers of fascia and muscles are addressed, aiming to restore length and flexibility to tightened fibres. It can be purely therapeutic or used to correct a specific issue, and is useful for treating chronic soft tissue problems by reducing muscle tension, improving blood flow, and shifting any toxins that may build up in the muscles.

Swedish Relaxation Massage

A gentle relaxing massage which relieves stress and relaxes the nervous system. This style of massage is designed to quiet the mind, producing a deeper sense of restfulness.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is an excellent way to enhance sporting performance and decrease the likelihood of injury while preparing for a major event. Used by athletes to address muscular tension and prevent injury by keeping the muscles free from adverse tension. Sports massage is great for relieving acquired muscle dysfunction stemming from your sporting event.

Pregnancy

Jessica has additional training and special interest in pre and post natal care, and uses pregnancy support cushions to allow for safe and comfortable treatment right through pregnancy and postnatally. Pregnancy is a time of huge change in the body, and remedial massage can be a great way to relieve the physical symptoms, reduce any stresses, and aid in recovery following birth.

A unique type of massage is also available once a pregnancy reaches full term (40 weeks) known as induction massage. Using a combination of essential oils and specific pressure points, induction massage provides a natural alternative to medically induced labor.

Cupping

Cupping is a therapy that utilises suction on the skin and superficial tissues of the body. Cupping is used to mobilise these superficial tissues, to promote blood flow to an area to optimise healing, and is sometimes used as an alternative to deep tissue massage if the person does not tolerate other modalities.

Availability and Fees

Massage is available:
Monday : 10am – 5.30pm
Tuesdays 1.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Fridays: 9am – 5.30pm
Saturdays:  occasionally by appointment

These times can vary so please ask if you require a different time option

Fees are billed by time booked. Please ensure you arrive a few minutes early to be ready for the start time.

90 Minutes

$125

60 Minutes

$90

45 Minutes

$75

30 Minutes

$68

All appointments are eligible for private health fund rebates if you have Extras Cover for remedial massage or myotherapy.

Trigger Point Therapy

Also known as myofascial trigger points or ‘knots’, these are areas of contacted tissue that form through overuse or injury. They result in a shortening of the affected tissue, reducing the blood flow to the area and causing a range of symptoms, most commonly pain and muscle spasm. Trigger point therapy is incorporated into a session with the aim of dispersing these knots and the symptoms they cause, returning function and length to the area.

Myofascial dry needling

Dry needling involves the insertion of a very thin needle into specific areas in muscles known as myofascial trigger points. The insertion of a needle into the body creates a reaction within the nervous system resulting in an inhibition of pain signal transmission and a reduction of pain related symptoms. Dry needling is an effective way to manage pain and reduce tissue tension.

Myofascial Release (MFR)

Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy in which a superficial stretch is applied to the target tissue in the direction of resistance. This technique aims to relax contracted muscles and fascia, and improve the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid.

Lymphatic drainage

Lymphatic drainage is a form of light massage used to promote the flow of lymphatic fluid throughout the body. This therapy is used to treat oedema (swelling) which can be caused by conditions such as pregnancy, injury and some diseases.

 

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Contact Us

You can contact us via phone, fax, email or text. Please provide your phone number when using the contact us form.

Address
32 Wingrove St, Alphington
VIC 3078, Australia
Email
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Our Phone
For bookings/enquiries: 0412994419
Fax number: 03 9497 3861
Clinic Hours 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday : 8am – 8.30pm
Wednesday: 1pm – 8.30pm
Friday : 7am -5.30 pm
Saturday: 8.30am – as required
( Hours may change as required )




  • About Us

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    Carolyn Merritt is practice director and is a credentialed McKenzie Therapist and Certified Clinical Pilates practitioner with over 30 years experience as a Physiotherapist.

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  • Contact info

    Email merrit
    Our Phone
    For bookings/enquiries: 0412994419
    Fax number: 03 9497 3861
    Open Hours
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8am – 7.30pm
    Wednesday: 1pm – 8.30pm
    Saturday: 8am – 3pm
  • Location

    Address
    32 Wingrove St, Alphington
    VIC 3078, Australia