APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE 6 DAYS Mon-Fri 8am-8PM, Sat 8am -2pm
Our Melbourne Physiotherapy team is led by sports physiotherapist Ms Meg McNena, who has over 30 years experience working with elite athlete and recreational athletes. Meg is supported by a talented team of 6 sports and musculo-skeletal physiotherapists that specialise in sports injuries, neck and back pain, post surgical rehabilitation and clinical pilates. Our Melbourne Physiotherapists work with many local sporting teams providing expert physiotherapy services. Our physiotherapists are highly trained to accurately assess, diagnose and treat a wide variety of muscle, and joint conditions, and regularly work with local GP's and surgeons.
What types of problem can physiotherapy help
Virtually any condition that affects your muscles, joints, or nerves can be helped by physiotherapy. Common problems include:
- Back and neck pain
- Arthritis, osteoporosis,
- Pre & Post Natal related pain,
- Upper limb work-related problems, repetitive strain injury (RSI)
- Sports injuries
- Work Injuries
- Tennis/golfers elbow
- Hip, Knee, Ankle strain
Why choose a Melbourne physio from Premier Sports & Spinal Medicine
Our physios are at the forefront of their field with years of experience treating pain and injury. They constantly undergo rigorous training and professional development to maintain the quality of care to their patients.
You will be offered complete hands on therapy accompanied with the latest technology. Thus the most up to date and effective treatment.
Our average appointment time is longer so you don't feel rushed and the physios have enough time to accurately assess, diagnose and treat your condition. Our physios will help you to understand what is wrong and how you can help yourself get better.
What does the treatment involve
Before any action is taken your physiotherapist will assess your condition, diagnose the problem, and help you understand what’s wrong. Our physio will work with you to develop a treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle, leisure activities, and general health. This will include advice on how you could self manage your condition; for example, you may be shown exercises that you can do between treatment sessions.
Physiotherapists use a variety of treatments. For example:
- Exercise programs, including exercise in water and group exercise programs designed to improve mobility and strengthen muscles
- Joint manipulation and mobilisation to reduce pain and stiffness
- Muscle re-education
- Hot and cold packs
- electrotherapy to relieve pain, reduce swelling, speed up the healing process
- Dry needling
- Clinical Pilates
OUR MELBOURNE PHYSIOTHERAPISTS:
Meg is our Senior Physiotherapist with over 30 years experience in sports and musculo-skeletal physiotherapy, as well as being a specialist in TMJ (jaw) disorders. Meg is responsible for ongoing professional development of all our physiotherapists at PSSM. Meg consults 4 days per week from our Fitzroy North clinic.
Enthusiasm for sports physiotherapy arose while still a physiotherapy student, when she provided training and injury management services to a local football team. Extra studies for a post-graduate in sports physiotherapy (Melbourne 1984), were put to good use working with premier division Irish rugby, soccer, Gaelic football and local Australian rules.
Meg’s immense interest in people gained an Amnesty International prize for Freedom Writing and an Australian Physiotherapy Association Public Relations Award for writing a national health education program for Australian schools, which she presented also at international scientific conference level. She is keen to educate and empower people to strive for their well-being, in a client-centred, outcome-focused, and very hands-on approach, incorporating posture, body mechanics, work and sports practice, ergonomics, exercise and musculoskeletal approaches.
For Meg, family is central; then she most likes singing, a good yarn, cheese, a table set for friends, nature walks and the next writing idea.
Caitlin Reid - Physiotherapist
Caitlin Reid is a Physiotherapist from Melbourne, VIC. An Irish dancer from the age of 10, Caitlin has extensive knowledge of the physical demands of dance, along with the associated injuries sustained by both young and older dancers. Involvement in competitive international dance, along with a professional career with the Australian Irish dance company makes Caitlin’s dance industry knowledge highly specialised.
Caitlin has also spent 2 years living in winter haven Whistler, where she spent time working as a Physiotherapist with professional skiers, snowboarders, and downhill bikers. Understanding the rigours of high performance training, and the need to return to sport as quickly as possible led to key involvement in the acute phase of injuries right through to rehabilitation. This knowledge is easily translated into the treatment of other high impact sports injuries such as AFL, rugby, martial arts, athletics, surfing and netball.
Playing piano for 16 years, Caitlin understands the demands of being a musician, and through Pilates, has devised postural techniques to compliment long practice hours.
Caitlin has always been interested in high energy sports, and it is this drive that led her to study Physiotherapy at Melbourne University. A lifelong keen interest in snowboarding, running, and dance has highlighted the importance of injury prevention, particularly through Clinical Pilates. As a dancer her pilates career started very young, culminating into eventually following this passion to instruct with Premier Sports medicine.
Caitlin is a registered physiotherapist in Melbourne.
Joshua Stewart - Physiotherapist
Josh graduated from La Trobe University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and has been working primarily in both Workplace Injury Management and private practice since then.
A mad sportsman himself, Josh has a specific interest in exercise based therapy. He has further qualifications as a personal trainer in Certificate III and IV in Fitness, and Level 1 and 2 DMA Pilates, which have both re-enforced that a holistic view of the patient’s injury is important to achieve the best physical outcome.
Josh has a passion for exercise, and understands how frustrating it is for an injury to stop you from being active, and will therefore endeavour to get you back out there as soon as possible. Josh will work closely with you to treat a range of musculoskeletal injuries, being skilled in joint mobilisation, exercise prescription, deep-tissue massage, and also dry needling. Josh specialises in lower limb injury assessment and treatment, with a special interest in treating running overuse injuries.
A lot of Josh's spare time is dedicated to running, where he is currently training for the 2012 New York Marathon, adding to his Melbourne and Gold Coast achievements. Other interests are training and competing in triathlons, golf and getting down to the coast for a surf when time and conditions allow him to.
Josh is licenced to practice physiotherapy in Melbourne.
Joe Cheng - Physiotherapist
Joe is a Canadian trained physiotherapist and has been practicing physiotherapy for 4 years. He graduated with a Bachelors of Human Kinetics degree at the University of British Columbia in his hometown of Vancouver. He then continued his studies at the University of Alberta for his Masters of Physiotherapy degree. Joe has worked with a broad range of people with chronic pain to high-end athletic injuries. He has also completed additional post graduate studies in acute/chornic neck and back pain, dry needling/acupuncture, golf-specific injuries, and bike fitting.
As a sports junkie, Joe enjoys treating all types of athletes playing every kind of sport. He’ll enlighten you with his ice hockey knowledge, while you enlighten him with football or cricket. Joe enjoys playing and watching tennis, golf, footy, ice hockey, soccer, rock climbing, and ultimate frisbee. Back in Canada, Joe has worked extensively with professional ice hockey teams, indoor lacrosse teams, university basketball and American football teams.
Outside the clinic, Joe enjoys fine wine and dining out. You might also catch him on his bike around the city. But you’ll most likely see him mixing cocktails and serving drinks at a local city bar.
Joe Cheng is registered to practice physiotherapy in Melbourne.
Olivia Cashman - Physiotherapist
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
Olivia is a physiotherapist who completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy in Melbourne.
She has worked for the past 3 years in a variety of physiotherapy settings from acute hospital to private practice. This experience has equipped her with a vast array of skills and knowledge regarding acute and chronic musculo-skeletal disorders including acute and chronic back pain, knee, hip and neck pain.
Olivia’s strengths lie in her strong manual handling skills and friendly nature. She is passionate about incorporating her pilates and musculo-skeletal knowledge into her treatments in order to provide the most tailored management possible.
Outside of work, Olivia maintains an active lifestyle incorporating running and pilates into her own exercise regime, whilst participating in volunteer conservation work and enjoying reading and travelling.
Olivia is a registered physio in Melbourne
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