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Bringing you a slice of summer with a bright new practice, the latest research in back pain treatments, the use of massage in oncology and how to stay strong into 2019!

CORE News Flash

New international guidelines for Back Pain treatment

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Perfecting Your Posture

Anna-Louise talking posture at Studio 10

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NEW Moore Park Location

Have you seen our new space?

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Welcome Back Josie Wild

A world of knowledge re-joining the Physiocise team

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Lymph Matters!

Massage isn’t just for muscles!

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Summer Holiday Classes

Start the year stronger

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CORE News Flash

Endless research and recommendations exist for back pain. Furthermore with online content, social media and blogs - anyone can give their opinion (just ask Dr Google!). At Physiocise, we are passionate about delivering the most up to date treatments and information, interpreted for you, so you can rest assured you're in expert hands!

In June this year The Lancet, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, printed two systematic reviews. The information took 31 authors from 12 countries 5 years to come up with, and then publish, in the Lancet on June 9, 2018. They collated 139 different papers – and here is the summary!

To best help back pain, there are three key things the research suggests it is important to place LESS emphasis on. They are:

  • pharmacological treatment (medications);
  • surgical treatments;
  • routine imaging.

The report states medications have shown limited help to reduce chronic back pain. The most helpful are anti-inflammatories (Voltaren, Celebrex etc) and short-term use of muscle relaxants (valium) could be considered (with more research needed). Studies identify Panadol and opioids (Endone, Oxycontin) are not useful, and “a 2017 trial showing pregabalin to be ineffective for leg pain” (Lyrica, Tramadol, Gabapentin). Like all research, we know some of you may have personal or clinical cases that are exceptions to these guidelines!

The report also found surgery is costly and carries greater risks. They found it less effective when used as the treatment for back pain alone. It is most successful when ‘severe or progressive neurological deficits’ are present. In layman’s terms examples would be severe leg pain; leg numbness or change in sensation; and obvious muscle weakness or wasting.

Imaging (X-ray, CT, MRI) rates are high in back pain stories. Statistics show 54% in the USA and 59% in Italy undergo imaging. “Imaging has a limited role” as pathology in a scan does not always match symptoms. Pain is a more complex experience, and pain does not equal damage. So, what if you have already had a long history of medication, surgery and scans? According to the report “Tremendous opportunity exists to improve health-care outcomes and potentially reduce costs by effectively implementing known best practice recommendations.” The Physiocise model embodies these recommendations.

What is the most effective treatment to help prevent and treat back pain?

The report identifies that combining education and “exercise programs that take individual needs, preferences and capabilities into account” is the best first-line treatment for back pain.

The old saying “rest until it feels better” has been replaced with “avoid bed rest, stay active and continue usual activities, including work, as able”. “People can improve in function and return to work even if pain remains, and evidence shows that return to work occurs before system recovery”.

23 years ago, Physiocise starting educating people about backs and bodies, helped to get them moving, whilst also changing their habits. So next time you walk into class or a consult, you know you are in the best hands (physically and educationally) possible! It’s exciting to know that our approach to back pain over the last 23 years at Physiocise continues to be backed up with the new guidelines from such an esteemed group of global researchers.


Perfecting Your Posture


Good posture doesn’t have to be hard work. It can help you lift your mood and help your digestion. In a short video, physio Anna-Louise shows you how to take the load off your back and neck, and surprisingly help your mood and even your tummy!

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NEW Moore Park Location

With lots of development in and around the Entertainment Quarter, we are excited to be settled into our bright, convenient new space. It is right in the centre of all the action, on street level, close to the car park and right opposite Black Star Pastry.

The whole precinct looks set to come to life with the SCG Trust moving in lots of their offices and part of their gym. The Stadium Sports Medicine will be moving in January. There is also talk of new restaurants and expanding markets.

Pop in and say hi - our new fabulous face of the practice, Helen Duncan, would love to meet you! She is already getting known as the friendliest, most energetic shopfront in the quarter.

2019 Term 1 class timetable at Moore Park

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Welcome Back Josie Wild

Some of our long-standing Physiocise family will remember the effervescent Josie Wild - who started with us way back in the days of the Castlecrag Hall! Josie has been very busy for the last 8 years, doing a Masters in Public Health and then working with large-scale Chronic Disease Prevention and Diabetes programs. She then studied and worked in fitness programs in Canada where she met the love of her life, Warren. They returned to Sydney where Josie has been making a difference with exercise programs in aged care.

Now very keen to move back upstream in the world of exercise as medicine, Josie is returning the Physiocise team, with a particular interest in our Strong Bones and Dodgy Knees programs.

As one of our founding physios, Josie is really excited to see the developments in our Foundations and Floppy/Flippy programs and is super keen to help a new generation of Physiocisers off to a great start on their journey to better backs, bodies and bones.

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Lymph Matters!

We often think massage is for our muscles, but these days there is a huge area for oncology and cancer treatment.

Many of you know our Massage therapist – Sandy Templeton – who sees clients in Moore Park and Willoughby. Partly as a result of some changes in her own life, Sandy is now running a new business – Lymph Matters. It incorporates her remedial massage skills, occupational therapist training & specialist lymphatic oncology training - enabling her to specialize in managing any patient who has issues with their lymphatic system. She is now known as a ‘Lymphoedema Therapist’.

Who needs Lymph Massage?

  • You have cancer and are undertaking active treatment - requiring immune function support.
  • Post-cancer treatment/remission phase – needing help with the side effects of radiotherapy or chemotherapy such as swelling, scar tissue cording or skin symptoms.
  • Oncology massage services are research proven to assist with fatigue, depression, anxiety, pain and nausea in oncology patients.

What is Lymph Support?

  • Early intervention to assess and monitor any issues with respect to unusual swelling, scar or skin reactions.
  • Gentle massage (very different to a normal massage).

Looking for a remedial massage instead?

Simon Voysey continues to work at Physiocise. He is a qualified remedial massage therapist, has full endorsement from the Physiocise team, and understands the core values and educational ethos of Physiocise. He can help release your body effectively, allowing you to move more functionally. For more information, brochures are available at the front desks.

For anyone needing further information, please call:

Sandy 0438 587 962 – Lymph Matters

Simon 0468 424 658 – Remedial Massage


Summer Holiday Classes

This January we have all needs covered - Holiday classes, a NEW osteoarthritis workshop, Strong Bones & Core Burn introductory classes... or maybe you just want to check in with your physio for a consult.

Doors will re-open from 9 January. Contact us to book for summer classes and consults.

Summer Program Line-Up

Book Summer Holiday Classes Today

Term 1 starts on Tuesday 29 January. So start planning your year ahead too.

Book a class for next term

New clients start here

In other practice news, we are moving with the times into a new software system – MindBody. From this month all of our classes and consults are managed through this new booking software. You won’t notice a difference in the actual classes, but to book your class for Term 1 you will just need to make sure you tell your physio or let admin know, and payment is required to secure your place in class.

Your reminders will go straight to your phone or email, you will be able to add them directly to your calendar and receipts will be more exact in terms of your attendance – all brand new state-of-the-art options.

From next term you will also be able to check yourself into class on an iPad – it is really simple and your physio will show you the way. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

  
  

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