COVID-19 and Telehealth Appointments

Dear Valued Client,

 

COVID-19 has presented us with an unprecedented challenge. Australians are being asked to take measures that we’ve never had to before – things like cancelling travel, not going to concerts and general social distancing.

You may be wondering how this affects your physiotherapy treatment. We at Healthfocus Physiotherapy continue to offer quality care for our patients. There are many things we are doing as professionals to minimise risk of exposure through rigorous hygiene practices and patient screening to keep you and our staff safe. So, you are welcome to come in for your treatment, subject to our screening processes.

However, if you are in self-isolation or would prefer to minimise contact in any way, you may like to consult with us via Telehealth. Telehealth uses digital technology that’s readily available on your computer or phone to receive treatment from our physio. It is safe and effective, and our physios are trained to deliver telehealth consultations.

As this is a new service, we are offering telehealth sessions at a discounted fee, therefore standard consultations via telehealth range from $53.63 to $78.00. If you would like to talk to us about continuing your treatment through Telehealth, please

COVID-19 Our Practice Update

Dear Healthfocus Physiotherapy community,

 

We understand and appreciate that there is growing concern within the community regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We want to let you know that we are remaining updated on this continually evolving situation through the Department of Health and Human services, our Australian Physiotherapy Association and the World Health Organisation.  It is our collective responsibility to ensure we are acting with a sense of urgency and responsibility to both ourselves and those around us in an effort to minimise the transmission and impact of the virus.

 

Please be aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

Symptoms include fever, coughing, a sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.

 

All people who have returned from overseas are now being asked to self-isolate for a period of 14 days, and the same advice applies if you have had contact with a confirmed case.

 

If you are concerned you may have Coronavirus please DO NOT attend our clinic, and please call either your own GP, Albury Wodonga Health on 60584444 or the Coronavirus Health Information line 24 hours a day on 1800 020 080 to determine if you need to be tested. Please DO NOT present …

Surviving Exam Season

With NSW HSC exams starting today and Victorian VCE exams starting 2 weeks later, students across the Border are madly picking up the study pace. At this time of year Physiotherapists find an increase in younger people presenting with neck pain and headaches, low back ache and in some cases debilitating pain that can actually prevent the student sitting the exams themselves.

Prevention is the best cure so planning for those increased hours studying for exams can reduce the risk of spinal pain occurring.…

Prevention and recovery from workplace injuries

Work is a very important part of our lives and an essential aspect of Australia’s economy and growth. It not only provides us with financial security but it also gives us meaning, purpose and a sense of fulfillment. It’s therefore important to keep as many people working as possible in whatever capacity they can manage.…

Winter Blues

 

Heater on and room warm- check

TV on ready to catch Hawthorn about to annihilate Geelong- check

Suitable beverages and snacks ready to keep hunger pangs at bay-check

Does this sound like your approach to winter activity? If so you are not alone. The European Journal of Physiology in 2009 reported that across many countries including Australia, and in all age groups from children to the elderly, that activity levels reduce in the winter months. There is world wide agreement that good health depends on us engaging  in sufficient physical activity to maintain fitness. Unfortunately in developed countries such as Australia, many fail to engage in enough exercise at any time of the year. So are we more likely to suffer more health issues in Winter due reduced exercise levels?…

Let’s Talk about Persistent Pain!

Busting myths, new ideas, management and recovery.

Recent changes to opioid medication availability have put persistent pain back into the spotlight. Poorly managed pain is a critical public health issue, particularly in rural and regional areas. We are fortunate enough to have some of the world’s leading pain science researchers right here in Australia, and our understanding of why things hurt and how to treat people with persistent pain has changed significantly over the past twenty years or so. It’s time to start applying this information in a clinical setting, and for health professionals to start working together to tackle persistent pain.…

“Hey Doc. I’ve lost my core”. Spinal Stability explained.

Have you ever been told that you need to work on your “core” by a health professional or fitness instructor? Does your “core” just disappear because you didn’t know it was there in the first place or did you just misplace it one day?

So what does the term core stability mean? Like so many terms related to health, it has various meanings to different health professionals.  Some clients with back pain will roll their eyes when I suggest using an exercise approach to low back pain.” I’ve done it all before and it doesn’t work” they lament. …

In a spin

In A Spin

Who loves the thrill of the rides at the Show? Travelling to the Gold Coast a few years ago and visiting the theme parks with my family, I was amazed at the queues of people wanting to pay good money to experience a few minutes of mind numbing terror, as the Superman ride ejected them out into the open air, only to plummet vertically towards the ground. All this after consuming hotdogs and soft drink. Although I passed on this ride, my family did get a good laugh as I screamed hysterically on the Scooby Doo Roller Coaster ride. Even I had a feel of exhilaration that comes from the injection of adrenaline from being flung up and down after we made our way out from the ride.

Imagine however, experiencing that on a daily basis just by rolling over in bed, or getting up from bending over in the garden. The novelty would surely wear off very quickly. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a common inner ear disorder that may be the cause of repeated dizziness.…

Getting back into shape after pregnancy

It is a common misconception that bladder and bowel control problems are normal consequences of having a baby. 

Recent research suggests that nearly three quarters of new mums are pushing themselves to regain their pre-baby shape, however many do not think about the right exercises to safely shift those kilos (Continence Foundation Australia, 2011).  Exercise is an important part of healthy living, so it’s important to ensure your exercise program is the right one for you.…

Let’s talk about pain

Chronic pain is an invisible burden carried by an estimated 20% of all Australians. Ongoing pain affects all aspects of a person’s home and work life. Feelings of loss and grief are a part of everyday life for those experiencing chronic pain. They may also experience a fear that life may never return to normal. These feelings are rarely shared with the people closest to them. It is important that we talk about pain. In order to talk about pain it is important to know a little about what it is and why it happens so that we can support family and friends who might be going through this by themselves.…