Hypermobility physiotherapy

Are you more than a bit bendy?

Bodyfit Physio is the place for you. Our unique approach will empower you to create meaningful change in your life. We listen carefully. We always believe you, and believe in you. Lots of people’s joints move more than average and this doesn’t have to be a problem, in fact many elite athletes are hypermobile. Though, for some people hypermobility can create additional challenges and not just for the joints. It is common to have issues with other systems including the gut, the autonomic nervous system and more. You might have heard of the phrase,

“If you can’t connect the issues, think connective tissues!”

We love being able to help people connect their issues and begin to find management strategies to improve their joint and multisystem issues. We understand that each person is an individual. One of our team values is “Health for All”. We embrace diversity and individuality. We strive to meet you where you are and explore possible ways to move in order to live the life you want to live.

    Neurodiversity

    Neurodiversity is common with hypermobility – autism (ASD) and ADHD are mentioned in the literature. We strive to make our space as inclusive as possible. Our physios enjoy working with neurodiversity and make as many adaptions as needed to make your experience of physiotherapy as comfortable and helpful as possible. We are aware that therapies can increase your load, and we try to find ways to help make your life easier 

    Pain management

    Joint pain is very common because when your joints move a lot they can be at risk of injury. Many people with connective tissue disorders sublux or dislocate their joints, and there are lots of different ways to injure joints that are less severe. We help you to plan how to protect your joints, by learning to move (and be still) in a way that uses your muscles to control movement. Building proprioception (awareness of where your joints are in space), postural control, core strength and general strength are all important.

    Pacing

    We know that fatigue and post exertional malaise (PEM) can make exercising – and life- very difficult. We respect your starting point and will never push you to do something that is going to trigger your pain or fatigue symptoms. We will help you to find a baseline of safe activity, balanced with sufficient rest, to avoid a ‘boom-bust’ cycle of triggering fatigue.

     

    Related issues that occur with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder or EDS – we can help

    • Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
    • Fatigue; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS); ME/CFS
    • Gut issues including constipation; gastroparesis; slow transit of the bowel
    • Pelvic Girdle Pain or Pelvic pain
    • Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS)

    Types of treatments that can help with hypermobility

    • Pilates
    • Posture
    • Pacing
    • Hands on treatment
    • Hands on treatment for Pelvic Girdle Pain 
    • Pelvic health physio
    • Telehealth

     

    Are you ready to improve your health?

    We look forward to helping you live the life you want to live. Take the first step today by booking an assessment with one of our hypermobility practitioners or please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

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    Choose your physiotherapist

    Emilija Olsen (she/her)

    BAppSc, MPhysioPrac

    Ante/Post natal, Hypermobility/EDS, Dance and Performing Arts, Dry Needling, General Physio.

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    Hazel Parekh (she/her)

    BPT, MACP (Musc)

    Neck & Back pain, Joint problems, Muscle strains/sprains, Sports injuries & General physio

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    Hilary McAdam (she/her)

    BSc, MPhysioPrac

    Paediatrics, Pilates, Running or Sports injuires, General physio.

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    Terry Wesselink (she/her)

    BSc (Physio); Post Grad Cert (Pelvic floor); Cert IV TAE

    Hypermobility, Chronic Pain, Fatigue, Bladder, Bowel and Pelvic health.

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    frequently asked questions

    do I need a referral for physiotherapy?

    No referral is needed for Physiotherapy. GPs frequently recommend physiotherapy, but a referral is not needed unless you are receiving funding under a GP management plan, GPMP (or Team Care Arrangement, previously known as an EPC). See the next answer for more details about the GPMP.  

    what should I expect in a physiotherapy assessment?

    The first question we ask is “What are your aims for physiotherapy?”

    We want to work with you in a way that is most helpful for you. Your physiotherapist will take a detailed history, asking you a number of questions about what has been happening for you. They will conduct a thorough assessment of your joints, posture, strength and any specific activities and movements that are relevant to your issue. 

    Common management approaches we use:

    • Problem solving around how to best manage your symptoms / issues
    • Sharing exercises that you can do at home so that you can help yourself
    • Hands on treatment to improve your symptoms and mobility
    • Supervised specially tailored exercise with our Pilates equipment to help you build specific strength in a supported environment if you and your physio think this would be helpful for you.

    is physiotherapy covered under medicare?

    Physiotherapy is only covered under Medicare under a GP management plan, GPMP (or Team Care Arrangement, previously known as an EPC). This is a specific program for people who have a chronic and complex medical condition. It provides a rebate of $57 for up to 5 sessions total per calendar year for allied health services such as Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Podiatry and more. Your GP can tell you if you are eligible for the plan. We have limited bulk billing appointments available for concession card holders.

        can I use my private health insurance?

        The majority of our clients are privately funded. Many have private health insurance which can be claimed on the spot with our HICAPS terminal.

            can I access physio under NDIS, workcover, TAC, DVA

            Yes we are able to bill directly for NDIS,  Workcover, TAC, DVA.

                what should I bring with me / wear

                It is helpful for you to bring any relevant letters or reports regarding your issue or investigations you have had done.  

                Ideally wear clothes that allow you to move and allow the body part you would like addressed to be seen. We have shorts available in case you forget. Avoid dresses for low back pain, collars for neck pain and jeans for knee pain.  

                If you have a foot or running issue, please bring your usual shoes.