Physiotherapists are able to order some imaging to assist in a diagnosis. Core Physio & Pilates Studio’s practitioners can order x-rays, MRIs, and ultrasounds, but not CT scans or Bone Scans (due to their high level of radiation).
The only imaging that Physiotherapists can order for which the patient will receive a Medicare rebate are x-rays of the spine and hips. For all other imaging, the patient will NOT receive a Medicare rebate.
With this in mind, however, often patients will opt for Physiotherapy-referred imaging, as the time and cost involved in obtaining a GP or specialist referral often negates any cost-saving made in obtaining a said referral.
Your therapist will be sure to explain this to you in the event of ordering any imaging.
No. In Australia Physiotherapists are licensed as first contact health practitioners. So if you have a physical problem you would like help with you can book straight in without any referral.
Your Physio can refer you for an xray if required and also provide a sick certificate as necessary if the condition warrants it, and will refer you to liaise with your GP with your consent as necessary.
In the instance you are eligible and need to claim your treatment on Medicare through the enhanced primary care programme you will need to organise this with your GP prior to your first appointment.
Your Physio can also refer you for an xray if they think it’s required.
Yes we do. You will need to call your closest Core Physio practice to organise a time for a Physiotherapist to attend.Your first home consultation will be a longer session to allow time for both assessment and treatment.
Subsequent home consultations will be scheduled for 30 minutes. Your treating Physio can bring any equipment required including a portable treatment bed.
At all sites we usually have both male and female Physiotherapists available. If you’re calling to make an appointment please indicate if you have a preference, and we will ensure that you get the Physio of your choice.
At Core Physio & Pilates Studio we treat all patients including uninsured, private health members, workers’ compensation, DVA, and Motor Vehicle Accidents. Different fees and charges apply, so to find out more about this go to our What Can I Expect To Pay Page of the website.
Your initial consultation which will include assessment questions about your current problem, as
well as looking at the movements, muscle function and feeling the joints muscles and tissues
related to your problem as well as treatment exercise and advice and plan of action will
generally take around 40 minutes.
Subsequent treatment times when your Physio already knows your problem and does not
require a full assessment last form 20-30 minutes.
A long consultation of 40 minutes may be required for a new problem, complex problems or multiple areas to be treated in one session.
Please let reception know when booking if you think you will need a long appointment.
You cannot book a long appointment online.
PhysioX classes last 45 minutes
You should arrive 10 minutes prior to your first treatment at Core Physio to complete some vital information that assists us to provide the best care to you. This includes our patient information form and health screening.
The information that you supply in these forms is vital to your Physiotherapist providing you with the best possible treatment taking into account your personal medical history, overall health, and consent to receive treatment. We may ask you to update this information from time to time to keep your general health records current.
Our opening hours vary from practice to practice, generally we’re open from 8.30am to
8.00 pm on weekdays and 8.30am-1.00 pm on Saturdays.
Please check your locations page at your closest Core Physio and Pilates Studio practice.
You can visit this link to find your local practice https://corephysio.com.au/our-locations
Physiotherapists and Chiropractors have very different training.
Physiotherapy as a profession originated out of nursing, during the polio epidemics of the 1950’s. Nurses specialised in providing massage and exercise therapies to polio sufferers. Physiotherapy has evolved as a profession from these roots.
Physiotherapist training is university based and within the hospital system through the departments of Orthopaedic.
Physiotherapists learn about the body’s movement system through Kinesiology – the study of movement and Chiropractors treat patients based mainly on manipulation with the idea that there are dysfunctions within the spine.
The Physio will need to be able to see your problem area without clothing covering it.
Often, the areas surrounding the problem area are also relevant.
For example if you have a shoulder injury your Physio will want to see and feel your shoulder, shoulder blade and upper back/neck area. So a singlet of some kind would be ideal if you don’t want to take off everything!
At Core Physio & Pilates Studio, modesty gowns/or shorts (much like hospital attire) are always available if you need to come in your work clothes.
As a general rule loose flexible clothing that you can easily remove is the best.
Visit the locations page of our website to find your closest Core Physio and Pilates Studio clinic.
Press this link find your nearest location
The pricing of these services varies according to your health fund.
This link shows you the highest and lowest amounts that you can expect to pay for our services.
You can select the pop up box that relates to your health fund https://corephysio.com.au/what-can-i-expect-to-pay
No, at this point in time we do not charge a gap for regular appointments.
If advised by your doctor, you can be eligible for up to 5 appointments a year covered by Medicare’s EPC program.
You will need a referral from your doctor before booking your appointment.
For more information go to our what can i expect to pay
https://corephysio.com.au/what-can-i-expect-to-pay ‘medicare section’ of the website.
If you have used up all of your Health Cover Physio Extras throughout the year, and are a regular client at a Core Physio & Pilates Studio practice, you’re eligible to join our VIP program.
This allows you to receive a 10% discount off of subsequent consults, One on One PhysioEx sessions, and Group Exercise Classes. To find out more, you can give your local Core Physio & Pilates Studio practice a call or visit this link.
As per our VIP program, once you have run out of cover at your local Core Physio and Pilates Studio, you will pay 10% off of the price of the Physio services that have been set by your health fund. This includes standard consults, One on One PhysioEx Appointments, and Group Exercise Classes
This will depend upon your private health insurance fund. You should contact your private health fund for details on the rebates your level of cover provides. You can also refer to the ‘What Can I Expect To Pay’ page of our website https://corephysio.com.au/what-can-i-expect-to-pay
Yes. As long as you are not in acute pain, PhysioEx is great as a rehabilitative tool. We work with you at a pace that is suitable to help release or strengthen muscles around the problem area and focus on your goals. Returning you to your previous function and beyond is always a goal of any PhysioEx program. What differs are the exact steps required and that is the benefit of undertaking such a program under such detailed supervision.
Yes. This is when 2 people share a 30-40 minute session.
Physio Group Exercise is different from other forms of exercise due to its highly individualised programs targeting an individual’s specific functional goals. An exercise program that is developed by a Physiotherapist who has a sound understanding of your past health status, injuries, ongoing pain-related conditions or changes in your health status post-birth, post-chemotherapy, or any other issues that you may be experiencing.
Physio Group Exercise varies from other types of exercise because it provides the client with a specific program that has been tailored to their individual health and fitness goals. PhysioEx programs are customised by your Physio who has a sound understanding of your past health status, injuries, ongoing pain-related conditions, or changes in health such as post-birth, post-chemotherapy or balance issues.
Yes, it is possible to do PhysioEx when you have an injury, as long as you’re not in intense pain.
Your Physio will work with you at a speed that will help to improve the muscles around the problem area, concentrating on your goals. Rehabilitating your injury returning you to your original ability, with the goal of building upon this. Your initial PhysioEx program may be adjusted to accommodate this.
The benefits are many:
• Better awareness and use of core musculature
• Increased strength and flexibility
• Improved joint alignment and posture
• Recovery from injury and trauma
• Prevention of injury or re-injury
Physio Group Exercise otherwise known as PhysioEx, is a unique form of exercise that combines a range of different exercise disciplines into an individualised program tailored to a client’s particular issues and body needs. PhysioEx combines traditional strength and conditioning training with Pilates-inspired exercise, stretching, and joint mobilisation. A PhysioEx program utilises much of the regular equipment and weights you would see in a gym with specialised Pilates Studio Equipment.
PhysioEx incorporates classic strength and conditioning training with Pilates-inspired exercises, stretching, and joint mobilisation. A PhysioEx program uses resistance equipment and weights that are available in a gym, with the addition of specific Pilates Studio Equipment.
PhysioEx is the name we give the individualised exercise classes we provide.
We used to call these Pilates classes, because amongst other things we used Pilates equipment for rehabilitation exercise classes.
Before commencing you will have a full assessment and goal setting session with your Physio, who will then set you up with your own individualised program of exercises.
Each PhysioEx class of up to 6 people will be fully supervised by a Physio who will monitor all participants who are each working on their own exercise programs during that time.
As Physio’s we always prescribe some form of exercise as treatment to maximise your recovery and to get you back to the things you want to do, as well as to prevent debility and recurrence of injuries.
PhysioEx classes utilise many different types of equipment from treadmill/bike, weights, Pilates equipment (reformer, mat, trapeze table etc), mat/floor exercises, foam rollers and stretching.
Pilates is the name for a particular form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates – in the early to mid 1900’s that uses a specific style of movements and Pilates equipment.
In Australia you cannot receive any health insurance rebates for Pilates classes.
For PhysioEx classes loose flexible clothing, a T-shirt or loose track pants, shorts, or leggings suitable for exercising are required so that you’re able to move well. Socks are required for hygiene reasons, we have a range of grip socks available for purchase.
Before customising your PhysioEx program, your Physio will find out what you would like to achieve from PhysioEx. They will determine if you have any injuries or have suffered from injuries in the past. Your posture, joint mobility, flexibility and muscle control are examined, this allows your Physio to find out if you have any areas of concern that need to be addressed by the exercises that make up your program.
It’s recommended that you have your deep abdominal muscles assessed using a real-time ultrasound machine (RTUI) before beginning a PhysioEx program. A RTUI assessment will allow your Physio to find out if your deep core muscles are functioning correctly to support your spine through movement.
After your initial assessment with your Physio, you then move into the Pilates studio for 1:1 sessions. During your first 3-5 PhysioEx sessions, your Physio shows you the program they have created for you. Guiding you through the exercises, teaching you breathing principles, posture, spinal alignment, and how the deep abdominal muscles are incorporated into each exercise.
Once you have come to the end of your 1:1 sessions with your Physio, you are ready to begin group PhysioEx sessions. This allows you to practice and improve upon what you learned in your 1:1 sessions.
Group sessions are made up of between 3 to 6 people working through their customised PhysioEx program under the direction and supervision of a Physio.
Before starting a Physio Group Exercise program your goals are discussed, a history of previous and current injuries is taken, and an assessment of posture, joint mobility, flexibility, and muscle control is completed. This assists in identifying areas of weakness and if there are precautions to be considered in setting up a program for you.
It is advisable to have the function of your deep abdominal muscles assessed using real-time ultrasound (RTUI) prior to commencing a Physio Group Exercise program. RTUI can detect impairment of these muscles and provide visual feedback, to help retrain them.
Your first 3-5 sessions after assessment involve individual tuition by your Physiotherapist, who establishes a specific program based on your condition. These sessions focus on teaching the principles of breathing, posture, spinal alignment, and the use of deep abdominal muscles.
Once you have completed your individual tuition you can then move into group exercise sessions. This will allow for the consolidation and improvement of exercises learned in the individual sessions. These exercise sessions consist of small groups of three to six people completing their individualised programs under the guidance of a supervising Physiotherapist.
We ask clients to bring a water bottle and to wear comfortable, workout wear. Nothing that is too baggy or bulky is good (no jeans). We also ask clients to wear socks with a grippy undersurface in class for hygiene and safety reasons. We sell ToeSox in the studio. These socks have grips on the bottom to keep you from feeling unstable during your workout.
Yes, most of our Physio’s are trained in dry needling but not acupuncture.
Dry needling involves treating affected and localised muscle pain issues with needling techniques with the intention of getting the muscle to release and relax, and increasing blood flow to the area for healing.
However the philosophy behind this is very different from acupuncture, which is a holistic approach derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine addressing blockages in the energy systems of the body.
Dry needling is a ‘Western style’ of Acupuncture that is used to manage injuries and their symptoms via its effect on the nervous system at localised myofascial trigger points. Expertly applied, dry needling provides substantially more release than a heavy massage does and with far less surrounding tissue damage. As a result, this technique is now used widely in sports medicine and day-to-day Physiotherapy and is a large part of Core Physiotherapy and Pilates Studio’s service offered to clients.
Dry needling is not Acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by Acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine and based around principles that follow the anatomical function of the muscular and nervous system.
Dry needling involves a very thin needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissues. Needles are single-use, sterile, and are disposed of in appropriate sharps receptacles. The Needles are of different lengths, which are used for getting to trigger points in different sized muscles.
The sensation caused by dry needling is variable but it can be painful; particularly if the trigger point being needled is related to the pain that brings the client to the Physio. The pain can be experienced in two ways:
1. When the needle is inserted through the skin into the muscle, there may be a slight contraction or twitch within the muscle that creates pain. Although twitches in the muscles can create an initial (but brief!) painful response, twitches in the muscles are considered a good sign that the desired trigger point has been impacted by the needle. In such cases, the pain will subside in a short time.
2. After the Physio treatment, the area may be a little sore for approximately 48 hours, however, this is not considered a cause for concern and should be expected for most patients. Our rule of thumb is that if you’re ever concerned about lingering pain after treatment you should contact your Physio immediately.
A trigger point is a localised taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body (referred pain). This tightness in the musculature related to trigger points is thought to be related to changes in the nerve bundles within the muscle. Effecting these trigger points may provide a direct link to affect the nervous system to assist in changing muscle tone and therefore how muscles act on our joints.
Some of our practices are able to put service agreements together for you.
At Core Physio and Pilates Studio we are a registered NDIS service provider through My Place.
This size of the waiting room varies according to each practice, some of the practices offer noise cancelling earphones.
Your Physio can write an NDIS report for you, an NDIS report is requested before the client is about to get assessed for a new plan. NDIS reports take between half an hour to an hour to complete.
We charge the gazetted rates as set by NDIS
An initial assessment is one hour long, after your initial appointment your Physio will determine how many treatments that you need and how long that your appts need to be for you to get the maximum benefit of Physiotherapy care. We will discuss the program in collaboration with the client and their careers and their NDIS plan managers.
Yes. All Physiotherapists are trained in Women’s Health, if your condition is related to pain or strain associated with pregnancy or postpartum care any of the Physios can help you with this.
However, some Physios specialise in this area through further training as they develop a special interest and expertise in that area.
If your condition/problem relates to a specific Women’s Health issue, such as incontinence, pelvic floor dysfunction, prolapse etc you’ll need to book in with a Women’s Health Physio.
Currently we have Women’s Health Physios at Core Physio Marion and Melrose Park.
Some Physiotherapists receive special training to provide this form of assessment and treatment of the pelvic muscles and tissues.
If you are having problems in this area, mention it when you’re making a booking and be sure you are booking with one of the Physios with these skills- at Marion and Melrose Park.
Yes, we provide this service at all of our locations.
The problems that Shockwave Therapy can assist with are:
Appointments are available outside of school hours, we have Physio’s available until 8 pm weekdays and Saturday mornings.
We are able to accommodate children with Autism, ADHD, and Aspergers at our practices. We are part of the Autism Friendly Charter and do our best to accommodate any needs that the child may have. For example dimmer lights, a quiet room, and colour in pencils and paper.
Yes, our Physios have a wide variety of experience with non-verbal patients.
Our Physios are able to help children with low tone.
Yes, some of our Physiotherapists have a special interest in Paediatrics,
they are currently located at our Aberfoyle Park, Burnside and Christies Beach practices.
Our Physios have lots of experience in this area as this can be a common condition for many children.
We are able to help children with different types of motor delay. The Physio will work with them to create a plan designed specifically for their needs.
There is no minimum age for a child to be treated by one of our Physios, we cater for children of all ages.
No, we don’t offer this service to our patients.
Yes and no. After assessing your injury/problem your Physio will come up with a plan of management. This could include any or more of the following as appropriate to your condition:
Joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release / massage / muscle release / dry needling, muscle energy techniques, McKenzie therapy, shockwave therapy, postural and lifestyle advice and movement pattern retraining, exercise therapy and exercise prescription.
In other words, we often use therapeutic massage as part of your treatment based on what we think will give you the best quickest and most effective outcome for your problem.
Our primary method of solving clients problems is via a hands on approach.
In this approach combined with massage are other techniques such as release of stiff and immobile areas.
We do not provide general remedial or relaxation massage.
Australians reported back problems, that's 3.7 million people
patients attended Physio Group Exercise
patients were treated across all our locations