Physiotherapy

Achieving optimum health and well-being.

St Pauls Terrace Physiotherapy practice began over 6 years ago. Our experienced physiotherapists have in-depth knowledge of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries, emphasising self-management techniques and individual rehabilitation exercises.

Group physio

Group physio focuses on using deep central muscles to stabilise the core while performing specific movements. These clinical exercises are designed to improve muscle strength, postural balance and tone.

Group physio changes. Click here to find out more before you book an appointment.

Group physio at the Health Hub is run by an experienced physio team from St. Paul’s Terrace Physiotherapy. Tailored exercise programs are available in a one-on-one environment or group session of up to six people. Both individual and group sessions may pay a benefit through the health fund depending on your level of cover.

There are numerous benefits of Group physio which include decreased pain of daily activities, preventing further episodes of pain, improving and maintaining good posture and improving muscle strength and endurance. Group physio is also great at teaching you how to recruit your muscles more efficiently to improve sports performance.

A physiotherapy assessment is required prior to Group physio Pilates classes so that we can tailor a programme to your individual needs.

 

GLA:D® Australia

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 years of age and older, but can also affect individuals as young as 30 years of age. Characterised by joint pain and stiffness, it’s a common and significant chronic disease, reducing mobility and causing considerable impact on quality of life.

Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark (GLA:D®), is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

The program has been shown to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life and will be introduced by our physiotherapists at the Health Hub Fortitude Valley from February 2019.

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.

The program consists of:

  • An initial appointment with our physiotherapists detailing the specifics of the program and collecting data on your current functional ability.
  • Two education sessions which teach you about OA, how the GLA:D™ Australia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program yourself.
  • Two Group neuromuscular training sessions a week for six weeks to improve muscle control of the joint.

The cost of the program can vary depending on location and size of the group. You do not need a referral from your Doctor, however you may be eligible for a rebate from Medicare for some of the cost of the program, if deemed appropriate by your GP.

For more information, download the program fact and cost sheet here.

Services and treatments

Our physiotherapists will be happy to discuss your particular needs so you can be confident you get the program that’s right for you. Treatments they focus on include:

  • Neck and back care treatments
  • Sports injury management
  • Postural correction programs
  • Treatment of musculoskeletal complaints such as muscle aches, knee problems, lumbar
  • Headache relief
  • Fitness/flexibility programs
  • Rehabilitation and supervised rehabilitation programs
  • Worksite/ergonomic assessments
  • Work injuries (Workers compensation/DVA)
  • Gym programmes

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are health funds no longer covering Pilates from 1 April 2019?

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Under new government legislation Health Funds can no longer pay benefits for stand-alone Pilates classes.  However, we are allowed to pay for group physio classes with a qualified Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist that includes, but is not made up exclusively of, exercises or techniques drawn from Pilates.  The group classes must be targeted to manage or prevent a specific disease, injury or condition.  For health funds to pay you must have an active treatment plan with your Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist.

What is a Treatment Plan?

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A detailed plan with information about a patient’s condition, the goal of treatment, the treatment options for the condition, and the expected length of treatment.

Is the Group Physiotherapy class the same as Pilates?

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Our Group Physiotherapy classes, previously known as Pilates, are tailored to each patient. Your Physiotherapist will assess you and based on your condition they will design a treatment plan for your class. This will include regular review appointments. Our classes have always utilised some Pilates techniques however they are used in conjunction with other exercises under the guidance of a Physiotherapist which differs from a traditional Pilates class.

What is the cost of these classes?

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Each class is $34. Your out of pocket expenses will be determined by the level of your private health insurance cover. If you reach the benefit limit allowed for these services you will be charged $20 per class with no further private health insurance benefit available.

Why do I need a regular review appointment?

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Reviewing your progress is an essential part of your treatment plan. This involves 30-minute appointments every 3-6 months so your Physiotherapist can assess progress and make any necessary changes to your treatment plan.

I currently do Pilates at The Health Hub. How will I know if I can use my PHI benefits for Group Physiotherapy classes?

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If you attend a current class, please speak with your physiotherapist regarding your treatment plan.

What conditions are eligible for a Treatment Plan?

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Any musculoskeletal condition where evidence shows that exercise-based treatment with a Physiotherapist is recommended.

Can I still participate in a group class for general fitness?

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Yes! You are still able to attend a group class if you don’t have a condition requiring a treatment plan. There will be a charge of $20 per class with no private health insurance benefit available.

I am new to Group Physiotherapy. How to get a treatment plan?

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You will need to have an initial appointment with one of our Physiotherapists. In this 30-minute appointment you will be assessed and, if appropriate, a treatment plan will be designed for you.

What should I wear to my appointment?

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As a general guide, it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing that isn’t too restrictive and allows flexibility in movement.

What should I bring to my appointment?

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For your first visit, it is a good idea to bring a list of any medications and allergies along with your medical & surgical history, any relevant scans or reports and your Private Health Insurance card (if you have extras cover).

What will happen during my first appointment?

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Initially, our therapist will ask a number of questions and allow you to describe the symptoms in as much detail as possible for a subjective examination. Next, you will receive a physical examination so it is important you wear suitable clothing. Following the assessment, the therapist will discuss their findings, cause of the problem and a treatment plan ideal for you. You will then start the treatment for your condition with our therapist and receive a home exercise program to assist your recovery.

Meet our physiotherapists

Physiotherapy team

Corey Hagell

Corey graduated with a Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Therapy in 2007 and subsequently completed his Masters in Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland. Corey uses a combination of hands-on therapy and exercise, utilising his previous 10 years’ experience as a fitness specialist, to achieve optimal patient health outcomes.

Corey is also qualified in the use of clinical Pilates training to help facilitate patient rehabilitation.

Ryan Hegarty

Ryan has a keen interest in providing treatment based on the best available research and evidence. With experience in both hospital and private practice, Ryan also has the practical skills to suit various needs.

Playing Rugby Union and competing nationally in swimming while growing up, Ryan’s firsthand experience in sports rehabilitation has prepared him to tackle any injury.

Georgina Kilshaw

Georgina graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy first class honours. With experience in hospital, community and private practice, she has a wide variety of practical skills to treat a range of conditions.

Georgina has an avid interest in musculoskeletal and sports and this is reflected in her long history of playing competitive netball and her previous work with UQ AFL and Moreton Bay United FC. She has a keen interest in using manual therapy techniques along with targeted exercise to restore optimal functional movement.

She is also the physiotherapist for the senior men’s ACE football team.