The aim of Functional Body Physiotherapy is to provide a service second to none that not only treats the symptoms a patients walks in with, but also goes deeper and finds the cause of the problem.
Functional Body Physiotherapy provides a holistic approach to treat and rehabilitate the patient not only through hands on treatment but also using other skills such as exercise physiology, pilates, yoga, orthotics and dry needling.
Functional Body Physiotherapy keeps up to date with new treatment methods by attending a variety of courses throughout the year.
The physiotherapy clinic has HICAPs available as well as Medicare bulk bill if you are eligible for it through the enhanced primary care program.
This physiotherapy clinic is situated in the heart of Chippendale, inside the MyHealth Medical Centre in the Central Park Shopping Centre. Hence, this physiotherapy clinic caters for the general Chippendale population, along with surrounding areas, including Ultimo, Haymarket, Broadway, Camperdown, Annandale, Glebe, Redfern and Zetland.
Senior Physiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist
Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree, majoring in health and exercise science from the University of New South Wales and then with a Masters of Physiotherapy from University of Sydney. She is a member of both the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and the Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).
As Sarah has been a rhythmic gymnast for many years who has competed at the national level, as well as a ballet dancer, she has a passion for sports related and musculoskeletal injuries. She also enjoys working with a variety of people in the community and being able to educate them about their condition with the goal to return the patient back to what they love to do.
As well as being a physiotherapist, she is also an accredited exercise physiologist and a level 1 rhythmic gymnastics coach.
Functional Body Physiotherapy provides many services including:
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Enhanced primary care program (Medicare bulk bill if fit the criteria)
- Headaches and migraines
- Sports injuries
- Workers compensation
- Third party claims
- Dry needling
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
- Orthotics assessment and custom making
- Physiotherapy Exercise Sessions ***
- Waterproof casts and management
- Weight loss programs
- Exercise physiology
- Massage therapy
- Strapping (rigid and k tape)
- Camboot fitting and other sales of stock (e.g. heat packs, foam rollers, resistance bands)
- Online exercise sessions, physiotherapy and shop (E-classes, E-consults, E-shop)^^^
***Physiotherapy Exercise Sessions (a mixture of clinically appropriate exercises, which may include exercises delivered on Pilates equipment or exercises drawn from Pilates along with other forms of strength and stretching work that target your particular needs and goals. Physiotherapists deliver these exercises within an evidenced-based and therapeutic framework, rather than simply for fitness):
When: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Time: 12:15 (weekdays) and 9am, 10am (Saturdays) for 45mins
Where: Wellness Studio, Level 4, +U Building, 822 George Street (corner of George and Little Regent Street – Opposite Mercure Hotel)
^^^Online classes and physiotherapy sessions (for more information, please use website enquiry function)
Physiotherapy exercise classes
- 4 people max
- For rehabilitation – each program is tailored to each person’s condition/injury/goal
For all below classes:
- Everyone does the same exercise
- 4 ppl – if more ppl (e.g. group of friends) want to do it together can be accommodated
RESISTANCE BAND PILATES CLASS
- A whole body class where resistance bands are used
- What is needed
- Resistance band where it can be attached to something at mid body height eg doorhandle, balcony rail, stair bannister etc
- Gym mat
MATWORK PILATES CLASS
- A whole body class where no props are needed
- What is needed
- Gym mat
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING CLASS
- A whole body workout involving cardio and weight training
- What you need
- Gym mat
- Weights (or any household items that can be used as weights)/resistance bands
- Skipping rope or mini tramp if you have one
- A whole body class that involves stretching all the limbs of the body especially if you have been sitting all day at work doing work
- What is needed
- Gym mat
ERGONOMIC STRETCH AND EXERCISE CLASS
- A whole body class where exercises are given at your home work station using the props already there to help relief the posture muscles and strengthen them up as well as stretch out other secondary muscles
- What is needed
FOAM ROLLER/MASSAGE BALL/SELF-MASSAGE SESSION
- A class where you are able to self-massage tight and sore main muscle groups of your body using props
- What is needed
- Foam roller/massage ball/tennis ball/golf ball/rolling pin/massage stick
E – consults
For all sessions
- Can be claimed under HICAPs (after April 14th 2020 – please check if your private insurance does telehealth)
- You get a personalised exercise sheet
- 1 on 1 (i.e. private consult)
- A session where review, education and exercises are given to help with the progression of your injury recovery
Ergonomic assessment and education
- A session where an ergonomic assessment is made on your home work station and any advise or education on what is needed to improve it. Exercises and education will also be given to help relieve any tightness or soreness
- If you need any gym equipment that is listed in the above descriptions or recommended through a session or in general, you can order it through here and it will be sent straight to you!
LOWER BACK PAIN
Lower back pain can be caused from a range of activities including sitting down for too long, picking up something off the floor or even tying your shoelaces. Lower back pain can also be caused by the natural degeneration of the body.
Symptoms include finding it hard to sit, stand or walk for long periods, tightness and tenderness, pain and decreased range of motion.
This is caused when the fascia on the sole of your foot gets very tight and starts pulling on the heel.
You will feel pain in the heel and the arch of the foot especially first thing in the morning when you put your foot down.
This is usually caused by being flat footed or wearing incorrect footwear.
This is caused when the ankle rolls inwards or outwards and the ligaments that hold the side of the ankle reaches its threshold and overstretches or even tears.
This can be from playing sport or even stepping on an uneven surface.
You will usually see swelling and bruising and find it hard to put weight down on the foot.
NECK / HEADACHES
Neck pain is usually from having poor posture and sitting down for long periods of time.
Due to the tightness of the neck muscles, this can pull on the head which causes headaches or even migraines to occur.
Other causes of neck pain can be from being in a car accident and causing whiplash or sleeping in an awkward position and causing a wry neck.
TENNIS / GOLFERS ELBOW
It can be from playing tennis or golf but it’s mainly from using the forearm muscles repetitively such as typing or turning jars or using a machine.
Decrease in strength of the forearm muscles, grip strength and pain are usually the usual symptoms.
PATELLOFEMORAL PAIN SYNDROME
This is when the muscles on the outside of your knee gets very tight, and the muscles of the inner thigh get weak and it acts like a pulley and pulls the kneecap the wrong way.
This causes the kneecap to maltrack. Usual symptoms include clicking and pain.
ROTARY CUFF INJURIES
This can be caused from repetitive movement of the shoulder which then can irritate the muscles of your shoulder.
Decreased range of motion and strength can be seen in people with this type of injury.
INCORRECT ERGONOMIC INJURIES
The wrong way your desk is set up at work can cause many issues including back and neck pain. It is recommended that you get up every half hour to an hour and stretch and take a break.
The correct ergonomics at work can usually resolve the pain and tightness.
A history will be taken along with some testing to see where the pain is. You will also get some hands on treatment along with some exercises to take home.
An initial and a follow up consult is half hour each. If you feel you need more time or if it’s a complex case or its 2 or more injuries, please inform us to book an hour appointment.
Any scans you have done along with any letters and reports from the doctors will aid in diagnosing and getting the best treatment possible
Yes, we do have the HICAPs machine here. You just need to present the card at the end of the session and we will swipe the card and you just need to pay for the gap.
You can wear whatever you feel comfortable with. But if your injury is a knee or leg problem, shorts might be ideal as we will be able to see the body part in question better. However, we do have shorts and gowns here if needed.
No, you don’t need a GP referral. You can just book an appointment and we can assess you. The clinic is in a medical centre as well, so if needed, the doctors are right here to write a referral. The only time you need a referral is if you are under the enhanced primary care program.
RB08 Lower Ground Floor,
Central Park Shopping Centre,
1 Central Park Ave, Chippendale 2008
(Inside MyHealth Medical Centre)
P 02 8197 1888
Book online via Docbook (https://docbook.com.au/doctor/myhealth-medical-centre-central-park)