Active Therapies -Physiotherapy and Osteopathy

THE Bowral Physio and Osteo & now including The DIzzy Clinic


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New experienced physiotherapist joins the team!

Posted by andrew on February 24, 2017 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (1)

We are proud to announce that Luke Bozic has joined the team at Active Therapies. Luke comes to us from Sydney with 7 years experience, where he worked in two multidisciplinary practices with a wide variety of caseloads. Luke was also the physiotherapist for the Drummoyne Rugby Club for the past 3 seasons and has a special interest in sports injuries.

Luke starts on Monday 27th February and will be available for appointments Mon- Fri.

New Research shows walking helps knee OA

Posted by andrew on November 4, 2014 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Daily walking and the risk of incident functional limitation

in knee osteoarthritis: an observational study

Authors: White DK et al.

Summary: This paper focuses on a substudy of the Multicenter Osteoarthritis (MOST) Study, a large,

multicentre, longitudinal cohort study of community-dwelling participants who have or are at high risk

of knee osteoarthritis (OA). The MOST Study cohort at baseline included adults ages 50–79 years

who were recruited from communities in Alabama and Iowa, starting in 2003. This substudy included

data from the 60-month follow-up examination conducted between May 2009 and January 2011 and

the 84-month follow-up examination conducted between September 2011 and January 2013. For this

analysis, the 60-month visit was considered baseline and the 84-month visit was the 2-year follow-up.

Higher steps/day was associated with less risk of functional limitation over 2 years. Specifically, each

additional 1000 steps/day was associated with a 16% and 18% reduction in incident functional limitation

by performance-based and self-report measures, respectively. Walking <6000 and <5900 steps/day

were the best thresholds to distinguish incident functional limitation by performance-based (sensitivity

67.3%, specificity 71.8%) and self-report (sensitivity 58.7%, specificity 68.9%) measures, respectively.

Comment: Giving people practical advice about exercise is one more challenge to be shoehorned

into a crowded consultation. This study provides simple, practical advice for walking targets for

patients either with or at risk of knee OA. The study was observational using a well-established

cohort, I think they dealt with confounders well, and found that the more you walked, the less likely

you were to develop functional limitations over the next two years. Few who walked more than 3,000

steps a day developed functional impairment, and the more you walked after that, the better, with a

realistic target being 6,000 steps. This is readily measurable using simple pedometers or Bluetooth

enabled movement monitors that connect to your smartphone. The main thing is that this is a simple,

readily describable and prescribable intervention that helps delay functional decline in OA patients.

Reference: Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2014;66(9):1328-36

Our new receptionist - Mandy Wilson

Posted by andrew on December 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

We are pleased to announce that our new receptionist is Mandy Wilson. Mandy is a true Southern Highlands local, having gone to school here in Bowral, and then worked in the Highlands and on the South Coast for many years. Mandy has hit the ground running with us and is looking forward to assisting you whenever you have need of our services

We're sad! Linda is leaving...

Posted by andrew on December 17, 2013 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (5)

It is with much sadness that we announce that our receptionist, Linda Parry, who has been with us for the past 7 years, is leaving us. Linda, and her husband Kevin, are moving to the Mudgee area as Kevin takes up a new position. We have really enjoyed having Linda supporting us on the front desk and she will be sorely missed. Linda's new replacement is Mandy Wilson, who will join us full time in the new year, but you will see her from time to time on reception as Linda completes the handover at the end of the year.

I'm sure that all our patients will join us in wishing Linda and Kevin every success in their new life in Mudgee.

Osteopathy Awareness Week

Posted by andrew on April 12, 2013 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Osteopathy Awareness Week

14 - 18 April 2013

The Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA) will hold its annual Osteopathy Awareness Week from 14 - 18 April, 2013.This ties in with the American National Osteopathic Medicine week (NOM) to increase awareness of osteopathy on an international level.

Osteopaths collectively treat over 50 000 people a week, generate over $250 million in the economy, plus osteopathy has been practiced for over 100 years in Australia.

Osteopathy is not an alternative health option – osteopaths are university trained, government registered, allied health professionals. Currently an osteopath undertakes a 5-year, University Masters degree to achieve registration in Australia.

Most people, regardless of age or gender, will suffer from back or neck pain, headaches, sport injuries, stiffness or pain at some time. Osteopaths can help to identify the cause of the pain or injury and develop a safe and effective course of action to manage pain – so people can make the most of their active lives.

But osteopaths treat more than you think:

Head ache – the most common type of headaches originate from muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and/or upper thoracic region

Whip Lash – muscle damage and injuries from whiplash can contribute to long term pain if unaddressed

Shoulder Problems – sitting in front of computers and sedentary occupations can contribute to complex shoulder problems

Tennis Elbow – did you know this is frequently caused by repetitive use of a computer keyboard and mouse

Asthma – osteopaths don’t treat asthma; however, sufferers can benefit from osteopathic treatment to relieve musculoskeletal related symptoms, such pain and muscle tightness that may assist with easier breathing and movement

RSI – repetitive strain injuries may be prevented or helped with regular osteopathic treatment and advice

Posture problems – can lead to other common conditions such as sciatica, upper back pain and headaches

Back pain – up to 80% of Australians suffer back pain at some point in their life. Osteopaths, as holistic practitioners, consider the many factors that can contribute to your back pain;

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – surgery may not be your only option, consider manual therapy in the management of this condition,

Digestive Problems – adults are not the only people who suffer digestive problems, babies and children can also respond well to osteopathic care for these conditions
Sciatica – can be caused by a range of different problems. Your osteopath can assist in identifying the underling cause.

Knee Pain – with the right treatment and advice knee pain can be effectively managed;

Shin Splints – poor footwear, including thongs, can lead to shin splints. Osteopaths treat the soft tissues as well as the joints to help with this condition.

Heel or foot pain –Osteopaths can help with pain from conditions such as plantar fasciitis, ankle sprain or heal spurs.

Pregnancy and Post Natal Care – your osteopath can help prevent or manage a wide range of pre and post-natal conditions, either solely or in conjunction with other health care practitioners.

The AOA promotes Osteopathy on a daily basis via:

Bureaucrats and governments through attending consultations; writing submissions and attending meetings;

Politicians when lobbying for your rights or arguing for changes;

Health funds when we ask why your rebates may not have changed or some funds don’t cover osteopathy;

Other professional bodies and health practitioners when we explain why an osteopath should be part of team care or working in public health; and,

Consumers - most importantly we do it with the hundreds of people (every week) – your potential customers who call our office or look at the website to find out what osteopathy is or where they can find an osteopath in their local area. Just last week more than 2000 people looked at the AOA website public pages.

Welcome to Active Therapies new website!

Posted by andrew on July 22, 2012 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello and welcome to our new website! Every month we will post a new blog here on the website. Each month we hope to provide some interesting insight into our practice and issues relating to physiotherapy and osteopathy. We hope that you will find these blogs interesting. If you have any questions relating to any post on this website please email us at [email protected] or call us on 4861 2666 or 4861 2137 and speak to Linda or Annie.