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Bodyflow Therapy Service in Melbourne

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By Michael Hall

“Post-operative swelling is the bane of my life” said one orthopaedic surgeon recently. He was complaining that whilst modern medicine has made great advancements with shoulder replacements, hip replacements, knee replacements, ankle replacements and in fact replacements for almost any part of the body, swelling, or the accumulation of fluid following surgery continues to hamper healing, impede recovery and limit the outcomes achieved.

The cause of swelling

Swelling (oedema) following surgery or injury is associated with the healing response of the body. This healing response can be divided into 4 stages - a bleeding stage, inflammatory stage, re-growth/proliferation stage and the re-modeling/maturation stage.

Swelling is primarily associated with the bleeding and inflammatory stages. In these stages, the capillaries (smallest blood vessels) become more permeable to allow white blood cells out into the spaces between the cells to defend the body against infection as well as to clear the area of damaged tissue so that new tissue can be laid down on a clean area. As white blood cells pass through the capillaries, so too does fluid (plasma), causing the area to expand (swell).

The problem of swelling

The problem with swelling is that as that it can:

  1. Increase the pressure (hydrostatic) in the area so much that it shuts down the circulation and hinders the supply of oxygen and nutrients so essential for healing;
  2. Create an acidic environment, leading to the breakdown of protein and impede the laying down of new tissue.

The inflammatory stage however, is also essential to healing as the complex chemical interactions associated with it help to protect and clear the area of damaged tissue whilst also stimulating the re-growth/proliferative phase, the next stage of healing.

Is reducing inflammation the answer?

Inflammation can be reduced by a number of strategies. These include:

  1. Corticosteroid and steroid medication;
  2. NSAIDS or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication;
  3. Creams including corticosteroid, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and “natural” (arnica) creams;
  4. Cold therapy including ice packs, ice massage and ice baths. Whilst these strategies attempt to dampen the activity of the immune cells and enzymes that breakdown tissue, they also slow down the healing rate. Steroids and NSAID's for example have an inhibitory effect whilst cold packs slow the rate of metabolism.

Is there a better way?

Dealing effectively with swelling falls into two categories:

  1. Preventing the build-up of swelling in the first place, and;
  2. Mobilising or moving the fluid so that it doesn’t accumulate;

One way to prevent fluid from building up is to physically compress an area with a bandage, compression stocking (e.g. TED stocking) or other compression garment (Jobst garment). By swelling, compression aids in circulation and thereby hastens healing, improves the repair and accelerates recovery.

Another way of preventing swelling is to ensure that the channels that carry the fluid (lymphatic vessels) remain open and viable. This fluid can then be encouraged by the use of precise massage techniques called lymphodema massage. This involves gentle stroking and “milking” of the fluid in certain directions to encourage optimal flow, better circulation and maximum exchange of nutrients and waste products.

Whilst lymphodema massage is very effective for reducing swelling in itself, its effect is enhanced further when it is combined with specific bandaging and specialized pressure garments (Jobst garments). The combined techniques of lymphodema massage and compression bandaging is called Lymphatic Drainage and it has been proven to massively improve the repair and post- surgery and post injury outcomes.

Bodyflow therapy, the ultimate answer?

Probably the only down side of lymphodema massage and Lymphatic Drainage is the reliance that it creates on a therapist to perform the techniques. New technology has gotten around this down side by enabling people themselves to be able to move fluid, improve circulation and therefore healing with Bodyflow.

Through electrical stimulation, Bodyflow causes the contraction and relaxation of the smooth muscles in arteries, veins and lymphatic vessels, making them squeeze and release. This pulsing, forces fluid along the vessels, thereby eliminating swelling, improving circulation and optimizing metabolite exchange. Like lymphodema massage, it creates the best possible environment for repair and like Lymphatic Drainage, it can be combined with compression bandaging, stockings and garments.

The advantage of Bodyflow is that it can be performed in the convenience of your own home (or any location), at any time you want and as many times as you want. For best results, twice a day for 20 minutes is recommended.

Already, Bodyflow has been proven to recovery following intense training as well as reduce the stay in hospital by two days following knee replacement surgery. In fact, so good are the results of Bodyflow Therapy that four weeks of Bodyflow Therapy post-surgery is now being mandated by many orthopaedic surgeons across Melbourne.

Bodyflow Therapy is also used by elite sporting clubs such as Collingwood and Carlton and even by the Great Britain Olympic Team to speed up recovery following intense physical exertion thereby enhancing physical adaptation and physical performance outcomes. It is therefore likely that it could help you to achieve a better, faster recovery from your injury, surgery or sporting event.

Bodywise Health is one of a select groups of health-care facilities in Bayside Melbourne to provide Bodyflow Therapy to people in the Bayside suburbs of Hampton, Brighton, Elwood, Elsternwick, Sandringham, Highett, Cheltenham, Black Rock and Beaumaris and more generally Melbourne.

Bodywise Health may also be found by googling Bodyflow Melbourne, Bodyflow Bayside, Bodyflow Hampton, Bodyflow Brighton, Bodyflow Highett, Bodyflow Sandringham and Bodyflow Cheltenham.

Whether you are an athlete striving for personal bests or a patient concerned about achieving the best health outcome following injury or surgery, Bodyflow Therapy has the proven research evidence to show that it can help take your health to the next level and give you a physical performance edge.

Whatever your health circumstances, if you want the best possible physical health results, give Bodyflow Therapy a trial. You will be glad that you did.

For more information or for a trial of Bodyflow Therapy, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.

Please note:

• Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover;

• For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1 300 263 994.


Sports Specific Rehabilitation and Conditioning

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By Michael Hall

Successful sports injury rehabilitation requires an intimate understanding of all the physical, psychological and social implications of the injury itself as well as a detailed knowledge of the physical demands and biomechanical considerations of the sport. For example, a tennis player with a shoulder problem will need a different conditioning program to a footballer. Likewise, the sports rehabilitation therapist needs to condition an elite athlete to a higher level than a recreational sports person. Consequently, each sports conditioning and rehabilitation program must be tailored not only to your needs, but also to the demands of the sport that you play.

Sports Therapy Rehabilitation – Going to the Next Level

The fastest way to recover from injury is to teach you how to stop the things which cause it in the first place. Clues as to the source and cause of your problem are often gained through getting a detailed history of your condition. These clues can then be tested by a variety of techniques and tools to determine the cause of your problem.

Bodywise Health – The Best Sports Rehabilitation Centre?

At Bodywise Health, we take sports and rehabilitation therapy to the next level. Just some of the examination techniques that we use include:

  1. Comprehensive Biomechanical Examinationto analyze your body’s alignment;
  2. Real Time Ultrasoundto determine that correct timing and activation of your core supporting muscles;
  3. Electromyographyto give feedback as to whether muscles are contracting at the right time and with the right intensity;
  4. Posture Pro, a software program, which gives a computerized analysis of the stresses on your body;
  5. Video Analysiswhich involves filming movement (e.g. golf / tennis swing) so that it can be analyzed and any abnormal patterning can be corrected;
  6. Gait Scanwhich measures the amount and timing of foot pressure during walking and running and helps identify and rectify problems to do with the feet and legs.

By combining the results of each of these tests, enables us to identify both the source and cause of your problem which allows a targeted sports rehabilitation program to be devised and implemented.

Person specific, movement specific and sport / function specific, your sports and rehabilitation therapy program is performed one on one under the instruction of your sports injury therapist to make sure that the “injuring” stresses are eliminated and that your movement becomes as effective and efficient as possible.

Your posture, movement patterns, muscle activation, joint control, balance, power and grace will be monitored, perfected and progressed, ensuring that you enjoy the energy and freedom of a body working optimally. This not only prevents the reoccurrence of your physical problem, but helps to deliver sustained improvements in movement, function and sports performance.

The Bodywise Health Advantage

If you want the fastest healing, the best repair and the most complete recovery, Bodywise Health Sports Rehabilitation programs are uniquely positioned to assist you best. From assessing your injury, to determining the diagnosis, to providing fast relief, optimal healing, targeted rehabilitation and sports specific conditioning, our skill sports rehabilitation therapists have the knowledge, skills, equipment and passion to help you achieve the best results at the fastest possible rate.

If you are looking for the best Bayside Sports Injury Clinic, you need go no further than Bodywise Health. The Bodywise Health sports injury therapists combine a detailed knowledge of your sport, its physical demands and the competitive edge that you need with the latest evidence based clinical techniques and cutting edge technology so that you can get back to your sport faster.

Since 1997, Bodywise Health sports rehabilitation therapists have been delivering sports injury results to the recreational and professional athletes across the Bayside suburbs of Hampton, Brighton, Sandringham, Highett, Elsternwick, Elwood, Black Rock, Beaumaris and more generally across Melbourne.

You can find Bodywise Health contact details by googling Melbourne Sports Injury Clinic, Bayside Sports Injury Clinic, Sports Injury Clinic Brighton, Sports Injury Clinic Cheltenham and Sports Injury Clinic Hampton.  

Let’s get started ...

Whether you are a weekend warrior or an elite athlete competing at the highest level, the Bodywise Health sports rehabilitation therapists can design the perfect treatment and rehabilitation program to get you back to your sport fast.

Your recovery begins with:

  1. A comprehensive physical and injury assessmentto identify the sources, causes and healing stage of your problem as well as determine your physical strengths and weaknesses and the demands of your sport;
  2. Clarificationof your goals, concerns and aspirations;
  3. The formulation of a treatment planwith an agreed timeline;
  4. Theimplementation of the treatment program, with frequent re-evaluations to ensure that you are on track to achieving the results that you want in the time that has been forecast.

Not only does this set clear expectations, it gives you a sense of control and certainty knowing that you are on track and it gives us a target to meet and exceed.

But it all begins with you. You must take the first step. Once on board, we will be there to help you every step of the way. The sooner we begin, the sooner you get back to doing what you love to do. Let’s get started...

Please note:

• Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover;

• For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1 300 263 994.


Custom Orthotics in Melbourne

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By Michael Hall

Walking, running and in fact every time you put your feet on the ground, involves a complex interaction of the joints, muscles and nervous system control of your whole body. It stands to reason therefore, that all injuries which involve having your feet on the ground, must involve an assessment of the activity as a whole as well as an examination of each muscle and joint involved in the process.

This is the physiotherapist advantage. Physiotherapists can analyze your standing, walking and running as a whole as well as break each movement down to its component parts. Physiotherapists can assess the mobility of joints, the strength of muscles and the control of movements, determine deficits and analyze causes. Not only that, but physiotherapists can then use “hands on” techniques to free up specific joints, loosen muscles and mobilize the nervous system, techniques all designed to create the optimal environment for healing. These techniques also make rehabilitative exercise more effective, which makes postural and movement correction more effective. Consequently, all the treatment that we perform at Bodywise Health is not just directed at getting your back, hip or knee better, but importantly directed at getting you back doing the things you love to do whether be hiking in the country, walking in the park or going for a run.

The problem

Up until this stage there have been two problems.

The first problem was that assessments often weren’t optimally objective, often involving observation or even video-taping a person as they walked or ran on a treadmill. These assessments still involved estimates of the biomechanics of the body. The second was that assessments simply weren’t relevant. A plaster cast was made of the feet in sitting or standing, which had absolutely no relevance to walking or running. Therefore this type of assessment couldn’t adequately provide a solution for leg and body problems associated with these activities.

The solution

Gait scan has now changed all of this. Now weight bearing assessments are both relevant and objective. Gait scan scans each foot, measuring the amount and timing of pressure from each part of the foot at 300 times per second as you stand, squat or walk. This objective data has been validated and verified and an enormous data bank of information has been gathered in the 25 years it has been used in Canada. By comparing your gait scan data with the existing data and combining this with information gained through a clinical examination, accurate, objective clinical findings can be made not just for your foot, but for your knee, hip and even your back.

Gait scan is a fantastic tool which provides the objective clinical details needed to provide long term orthotic solutions for many physical problems. These include problems such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs (pain on the under surface of the foot), hallux valgus (big toe pain), meta-tarsalgia (toe pain), mid-tarsal joint arthritis, chondromalacia patellae (knee cap pain), iliotibial band fasciitis (pain on the outside of the knee) and many others.

Experience permanent relief, not just a quick fix

Gait scan orthotics permanently change the physical stresses on your body every time you stand. By doing this, they can permanently unload or eliminate the stresses on your painful body part, thereby providing permanent relief. Combined with “hands on” soft tissue and joint techniques as well as precise corrective muscle activation training, balance, walking/running and functional retraining, gait scan orthotics provide the ultimate in long term relief and improved physical performance of many activities.

So if you have a long term foot, ankle, knee, hip or even back problem, gait scan orthotics may be the answer that you are looking for. They may save you months of therapy and years of pain.

For more information or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.

Please note:

• Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover;

• For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1 300 263 994.


Clinical Pilates Melbourne

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By Michael Hall

Over the past 20 years, clinical pilates has become the premier physical conditioning, exercise rehabilitation and injury prevention modality.

And for more than 10 years, Bodywise Health physiotherapists who have undertaken extensive clinical pilates courses and training have been providing clinical pilates exercises and training to people in the Bayside suburbs of Elwood, Elsternwick, Sandringham, Highett, Cheltenham, Black Rock and Beaumaris and more generally across Melbourne.

Ideal for both younger and more senior people, clinical pilates provides the best attributes of all physical training – low impact, core strengthening, muscle toning, balance training and alignment correcting exercise.

By targeting core stability, limb flexibility, movement control, body awareness and balance, clinical pilates corrects the problems that often cause injury – joint mal-alignment, muscle imbalance, poor movement habits and lack of mind / body awareness.

Through correcting postural alignment and movement mechanics, it eliminates the mechanical causes of pain. Then through progressively training yours control, flexibility, toning and strengthening are increased. This results in reduced fatigue, increased energy and improved performance of every day and sports activities.

Pilates Assessment

Your clinical pilates program begins with two one on one assessment and instruction sessions. These sessions involve:

  1. Comprehensive Biomechanical Examination to analyse your body’s alignment;
  2. Real Time Ultrasound to determine that correct timing and activation of your core muscles;
  3. Explanation of the objectives and method of clinical pilates;
  4. Introduction to the pilates equipment;
  5. Instruction as to the correct technique when performing the exercises;

Pilates One on One or Pilates Group – Your Choice

Based on these findings, a clinical pilates program is then devised and tailored to your needs. Your personalised clinical pilates program may continue to be performed on a one on one basis with your physiotherapist, or you may choose to join with up to three other people, in one of our pilates groups.

Performed for 60 minutes, in small groups in our personal, private studio, these sessions are perfect for those who want to optimize their physical health in the safest and most efficient and effective manner possible.

Bodywise Health may be found by googling Clinical Pilates Melbourne, Clinical Pilates Bayside, Clinical Pilates Hampton, Clinical Pilates Brighton, Clinical Pilates Highett, Clinical Pilates Sandringham and Clinical Pilates Cheltenham.


If you want to prevent injury, enhance recovery, improve your balance, correct your posture or just want to feel and look great and you want to do this in a safe environment where you are guided by experienced, qualified physiotherapists who every day are fixing the physical health problems of people, then call us here at Bodywise Health on 1 300 BODYWISE (263 994).

We would be delighted to assist you in achieving your healthcare goals and can’t wait to see the smile on your face which having optimal health brings. For more information or for an appointment, please call Bodywise Health on 1 300 263 994.

Please note:

• Rebates are available through your private insurance extras cover;

• For complex or chronic conditions, you may qualify for the EPC (Enhanced Primary Care Program) allowing you to receive 5 allied health services each calendar year with a referral from your GP. For more information, please call Bodywise Health now on 1 300 263 994.

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Victoria. Australia 3188

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