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Physio sports massage Pascoe Vale

Physio sports massage – new at PVH Medical!

Massage. Touch. Care.

The power of communication through hands-on therapy is something that has been part of healthcare for centuries.

In fact, the first known usage of massage for healing was performed in India thousands of years ago!

In recent times, massage has swung in and out of favour with health professionals. Some swear black and blue that touch is not needed, while others find that it’s the most important part of clinical work.

Massage has grown over time

As a physiotherapist and avid reader of research, I’ve seen how our professional understanding of massage effectiveness – what it helps and what it doesn’t – has grown over time.

I came across an article in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The article digs deep into how touch and massage alters the signalling around our central nervous system to get different results for different people.

This article stirred me into action to apply my skills I have honed for many years as a massage therapist (prior to becoming a physiotherapist) right here in Pascoe Vale.

Physio sports massage now available in Pascoe Vale

I’m now offering physio sports massage at PVH Medical.

This is a 60-minute session where hands-on touch and massage is used in conjunction with physiotherapy assessment and management.

(If you want to know more about me, you can check out my bio here.)

How you could benefit from a physio sports massage

A physio sports massage is for sore, injured muscles, joints and entire body areas.

It can be great after a hard session working your body outside its comfort zone to aid recovery.

This might be a recent race, match or training session. It may even be spending too much time digging up the garden!

Sports massage is a great complement to the existing physiotherapy treatment in our Pascoe Vale clinic.

If this sounds like something you need, you can make a booking online or with our reception team.

What does it cost? And does insurance cover some of it?

The cost of the session is $120 for 60 minutes.

If you have private health insurance with physiotherapy cover, then you’ll only need to pay the gap as we have HiCaps on the desk ready to go.

You should arrive at least five minutes before your appointment starts to complete a Physio Sports Massage Intake Form.

I’m available for physiotherapy treatment, including physio sports massage, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

My weekend sessions make it easy for those who work on weekdays and may otherwise find it hard to find a physio.

My final words

Just a little reminder – there are many injuries, aches and pains which respond best to non-massage techniques.

Your local physiotherapy team (Naveena and me) will help work out what’s best for you.

I look forward to seeing many of you in our clinic soon!

 

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Wendell Vagg

Getting to know Pascoe Vale physiotherapist Wendell Vagg

We sat down with physiotherapist Wendell Vagg to find out about his passion for physio and what makes him tick.

Remember, if you need any help with physio in Pascoe Vale, please reach out to us.

So Wendell, a question that physios often get asked, why physiotherapy?

During school I loved subjects such as sport and science and hated the idea of spending my life doing a desk-based job.

Trips to the local physio as a teenager made me very aware of what a physiotherapist did and it seemed to fit the bill for what I was looking to do.

I have a very down-to-earth and understanding personality, qualities which fit perfectly into this profession. I also really wanted to move to Melbourne to study so chose to do physio and haven’t looked back. 

How does this philosophy translate to a physio consultation in Pascoe Vale?

A consultation with me involves a very open and relaxed environment with a lot of the client talking and me listening to help fully understand what they’re struggling with.

Once we have identified the main issue(s), I work with them to problem-solve the steps and processes involved to achieve their goals.

A large part of the initial consultation will be education to ensure the client fully understands what is happening, how to put the steps in place to improve and have realistic expectations of time frames.

It’s all about developing a trusting and understanding relationship with the client.  

How does your personal academic, family and sporting history influence your physiotherapy practice?

I grew up on a farm, moved to the city to study/work and have also lived overseas.

I have worked in public hospitals, private practices, aged care facilities and with sporting clubs so have extensive experience with all sorts of clients across all sorts of settings.

Like most Australians, I love sport. And just like most participants I have had my fair share of injuries over the years including foot, ankle, achilles, calf, knee, hamstring, shoulder, thumb and back issues. So I know what it’s like to be in pain and have gone through many rehabilitation journeys.

All of these experiences have helped mould me into the understanding and experienced clinician I am today.

In Pascoe Vale, we see many of our valued clients from diverse population groups, with many different problems. How do you personalise your service?

I have extensive experience across many different settings. The majority of my early years were spent working in public hospitals in West Melbourne, a highly multicultural area.

I also spent two years working in London which has a very similarly diverse cultural population. I have been lucky enough to travel to more than 40 countries across the world, spending time in places where many of my clients originated from.

These experiences along with the many different physio settings have equipped me perfectly to easily develop a professional relationship with each patient and appropriately tailor their physio journey to achieve their goals. 

Is there anything that we can do as sub-elite sportspeople to help reduce our own injury risks?

A lot of it comes down to common sense.

Overloading is a very easy thing to do without realising, e.g. running 6km instead of 3km because you missed a session.

Often you will not realise you’re doing too much until afterwards or the next day when symptoms become more obvious. Injuries in elite athletes are inevitable because they are pushing their bodies to their limits on a consistent basis.

However, we can learn from their preparation and incorporate this into our own habit.

There are many factors which help to reduce injury risk including:

  • Consistency
  • Specificity of training
  • Gradual progression/load increase
  • Healthy diet
  • Good sleep habits
  • Incorporating strength training into your routine.

At the risk of alienating the majority of our audience, who are you favourite teams?

Essendon in the AFL, the men’s and women’s Australian cricket teams, Melbourne Storm and Tottenham in the EPL.

And I will happily jump on board the bandwagon of any Aussie national team or individual who is doing well!

For weekend warriors, what are your top 3 tips to reduce injury risk?

  • Don’t overcomplicate it – keep it simple and consistent, and never increase a parameter by more than 20%
  • Strength training is the most underrated tool to prevent injury
  • Prioritise sleep!

And finally Wendell, for all those who need physiotherapy care in Pascoe Vale, how would they book in for an assessment with you? Where are you located?

I’m located within PVH Medical, 124 Kent Rd, Pascoe Vale. It’s easy to book an appointment online or by calling 9304 0500.

 

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Building your buckets (how physio can help with diabetes)

A condition that physiotherapists often treat is called tendinopathy.

Also known as tendinitis, it’s a tendon disorder that results in pain, swelling, and impaired function.

People with diabetes are at a much higher risk of developing tendinopathy than those without diabetes.

Most tendinopathies take months to rehabilitate and get back to full, pain-free function. That’s why finding out what you can do to reduce your risk is really important.

The bucket analogy

To develop a tendinopathy you have to ask your tendon to do more work than it can handle, consistently.

Think of the tendon working as filling up a bucket. Each contraction leads to a little more water filling the bucket.

Contract and load equals a splash more in the bucket.

Contract and load again equals another splash.

When the bucket is full, the metaphorical tendon it represents is also full of work. This is where tendinopathy and pain often starts.

All of us have tendons which can do bucket loads of work. Where diabetes comes in is the size of the bucket – it’s much smaller.

We know from research and clinical practice that if you have diabetes your ability to work your tendons is reduced. In other words, your bucket size is smaller.

This sounds like bad news but there is a silver lining.

You can increase your bucket size

That’s right. You can increase your tendon’s ability to tolerate load.

How? With exercises and training.

Pre-injury, this can be guided by exercise physiology (EP) and is often part of a regular exercise routine. Loading muscles, bones and tendons together increase their ability to work.

When you’re injured, trying to live your life with a full bucket of work in your tendons means you need to get really specific with its management.

With the help of our physiotherapist, Naveena Seethapathy, a little bit of work can be taken out of your overloaded tendon, the work can be removed completely, or moved to another bucket (tendon).

This might be hands-on therapy, gait or movement re-training, shoe or aid use. Naveena can then work on that bucket capacity by training your sore tendon to be able to do more work in the future.

Physio Pascoe Vale

Pascoe Vale physio, Naveena Seethapathy

Help for those in pain

For those with diabetes, tackling full-bucket tendinopathies via this structured and evidence-based approach is proven to be the most effective method of treating tendinopathy.

You also get some great side effects. Those relating to building bigger buckets include:

  • Increased lean muscle mass
  • Increased physical activity
  • Decreased usage of medications.

This can have a profound effect on your life, even if it just means you can now go for a walk to the shops!

Want to get on top of your pain?

If you want to build bigger buckets and get on top of your tendon pain, make a booking with our physiotherapist, Naveena, today.

The quickest way to do this is by tapping on ‘Book an Appointment’ on our website. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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The Strong Room – our specialised gym in Pascoe Vale

At PVH Medical, we understand that exercising and working towards optimal health can be hard.

Life is busy. Sometimes we are sick. And sometimes we are injured.

Fortunately, we have a fully equipped gym called The Strong Room and some caring professionals to help you with any challenges you face.

The Strong Room is different to big, unfriendly gyms where you’re left to your own devices. Our health professionals work with you, your needs, and your abilities to offer different solutions to achieve your goals.

Hear what some of our team have to say.

Physiotherapist Naveena Seethapathy

Physio Pascoe Vale

How do you use The Strong Room?

It’s great to have access to a large space for our rehab. Physiotherapy can involve some one-on-one manual (hands-on) work which we do in our dedicated clinical rooms. When it comes to rehab there’s only so much you can do with rubber bands in a small room. The Strong Room allows me to find safe loads to build strength, flexibility and capacity in my clients as they overcome their injuries.

What can you help people with?

I’m here for you when you’re sore. Any musculoskeletal and sporting injury, really.

I work closely with Mike the EP a lot where initially a client comes to me with an acute injury – pain. We then work on diagnosis and commence therapy to get on top of that early pain.

As a client’s rehab progresses they will often move over to Mike for further exercise therapy/rehab. This is where they can focus on bigger-picture movements, activities and exercises, usually doing an individualised program in a group setting.

I can also help people with returning to sports after an injury, injuries sustained at work, road traffic accidents, as well as improving performance.

How do people find you?

Upstairs at PVH Medical! You can book your appointments on the PVH Medical website, on Facebook or by calling the reception team on 9304 0500. I’m in clinic Monday, Wednesday and Friday with some later appointments for those coming in after school or work.

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Exercise Physiologist (EP) Mike Fitzsimon

Exercise physiologist Pascoe Vale

How do you use The Strong Room?

The Strong Room is my clinical ‘home’. As the Exercise physiologist (EP) at PVH Medical my priority is enabling our community to experience their own personal journey of self-discovery through exercise.

The Strong Room is an innovative, safe and enjoyable place to learn how to condition your body and mind with evidence-based exercise. I consult one-on-one with people injured, needing assistance managing chronic disease (such as diabetes, arthritis, depression and so many more) and those looking to re-engage with exercise again after falling off the wagon.

I also run group exercise classes in The Strong Room where up to six people perform their individualised plan. The groups are heaps of fun and a great place to work out, get healthy, get better and connect with other like-minded people.

Some of our classes are targeted for specific people. We run Strong To The Bone for those at risk of falls and fractures relating to decreased muscle and bone strength. All classes are really inclusive, with each participant completing their personal programs for weight loss, increased strength, managing persistent pain, anything and everything that exercise can have a positive influence on (which is pretty much everything!).

The pilates reformers are also handy tools for us to adjust the load we place on our bodies for rehab. Very useful.

I also use our Wii Fit Balance board and force platform. For those needing variety, we can use technology to enable improvements in lower limb conditioning and improved balance. This is useful for those clients with specific balance deficits or lower limb issues.

What can you help people with?

The list is so long. The right exercises are needed to assist with pretty much any health or lifestyle condition. If we just look at the eight most common chronic conditions – which together affect a staggering 50% of Australians – exercise has proven benefits for all of them.

These include cancer, cardiovascular disease, mental health, arthritis, back pain, lung disease, asthma and diabetes.

Chances are if you’re looking to achieve a goal that is health, fitness or wellness related, I can help you get there.

How do people find you?

You can phone 9304 0500 or book online on the PVH Medical website. I have hours available during the day as well as after hours for those trying to fit work, life, kids and grandkids around their schedules.

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Podiatrist Gus McSweyn

Podiatrist Pascoe Vale

How do you use The Strong Room?

For us podiatrists, we use the space in The Strong Room to complete gait (movement) assessments on the treadmill where we record people walking and running, and work out why they are suffering and implement changes from there.

Often these changes are relating to building strength in lower limb muscles. There’s plenty of steps, weights, balance mats and other equipment where we can get started.

Using video capture we can really slow down and get detailed running gait analysis. We can use this as part of our assessments and to re-train movement patterns as well.

I’m also a keen runner and play footy myself. The Strong Room is a great place for me to personally rehab any niggles that hit me in my old age!

What can you help people with?

A lot! Lower limb, foot and ankle issues. Podiatrists see plenty of people with foot, heel and ankle pain but that’s not all. We have heaps of experience (as well as evidence) that the interventions we use including strengthening muscles, footwear prescription and orthotics are beneficial for knee pain, shin pain and even hip/lower back issues.

I have a passion to help out runners as well. The treadmill in The Strong Room allows us to do some gait re-training where we can adjust and coach technique to reduce pain from injuries, risk of injuries and even lean towards enhancing performance.

How do people find you?

You can book by calling the lovely reception team on 9304 0500, visiting the PVH Medical website or via the Appointuit app on your smartphone.

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Q&A with Pascoe Vale physiotherapist Naveena

We sit down and chat about life and physiotherapy with Pascoe Vale physio Naveena Seethapathy.

So Naveena, a question that physios often get asked, why physiotherapy?

I’ll answer that with some more questions. Think about this, why do we seek help for our aches and pains? The most common answer is to reduce pain and improve function.

So the next question. Who do we seek help from? This is where the answers stray from the common to the rare. It might be a physio, it might be a GP, or it might be a podiatrist. Often it’s a friend, sometimes it’s a tablet, and sometimes we do not seek help at all.

I became a physio because I wanted to help people, and help people in pain be it acute once-off or chronic. I wanted to be involved in all aspects of someone’s journey from pain and loss, to find themselves with power, confidence and living their best lives.

For me, that could only mean physiotherapy.

So how does this philosophy translate to a physio consultation in Pascoe Vale?

Here is where our knowledge and beliefs come into play. There’s often this idea that something is mechanically wrong and needs to be ‘fixed’ with medication or surgery. This idea is compelling, isn’t it?

But is it correct? It seems prudent to learn more about our injury or disease and the available treatment options. To get to know how you can tackle it yourself and invest your time in targeted treatment that not only helps you with pain relief but also improve function and even prevent it from happening again.

Doing appropriate physio exercises results in a faster return to work, less healthcare costs, less side-effects and a big boost to your general health.

Physiotherapy empowers you and puts you in the driver’s seat to take charge of your own health.

How does your personal academic, family and sporting history influence your physiotherapy practice?

I have been lucky to work in three different countries (India, Australia and the United States) as a physio and there are a few things that I have realised are universal.

  • Most people prioritise good health over anything else and being able to do things they want without any aches and pains
  • The human body has an amazing innate ability to heal itself; it is counterproductive to think we can ‘fix it’. The best way to facilitate healing is to listen to your body and challenge ourselves in just the right ways
  • Clients seek my help for reasons that are very important to them at that point in their lives. It is very rewarding to see them undergo the transformation from pain-ridden and unable to do what they want to the best they can be
  • I’m committed to constantly learn and get better at what I do. I’ve completed my Master’s in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy and being a member of the Musculoskeletal Group of the APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association) keeps me updated with the latest research and evidence-based practice.

In Pascoe Vale, we see people from diverse population groups, with many different problems. How do you personalise your service?

Let’s say you have done your research and walked in through the door to see me. The foremost step in personalisation is listening to your story. You are unique and so is your story. I listen as it gives me big clues to your problem including to your expectations of the treatment session and goals you want to achieve.

This will be followed by a thorough assessment of the skeletal, muscular, articular and nervous system to figure out what’s going on. Investigations like x-rays and scans are only tools to confirm or differentiate what we know already from our clinical examination so more often than not they’re not required to start treatment.

Physiotherapists are highly skilled in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions but we are also trained in looking out for non-musculoskeletal conditions that could be masquerading as something else. Rest assured we arrange appropriate referrals if required (I’m very proud of my letter writing!).

Once we have a list of physical impairments and functional limitations we will work out a step-by-step management plan that is specific and tailor-made for you. It might be some manual therapy, dry needling, taping to help with pain relief or targeted exercise therapy to sustain the progress. Also, prevention strategies and education can build tolerance and resilience in our bodies’ systems.

Is there anything that we can do as sub-elite level sportspeople to help reduce our own injury risks?

  • If you have a niggle that is bothering you, sort it out! Not only does this reduce injury risk but it also improves your game
  • Pre-season assessments. Check for flexibility, strength issues and get a tailored program for yourself
  • Use training sessions wisely. Training should cater to the playing techniques/drills, as well as strength and conditioning, flexibility, balance and proprioception
  • Adequate hydration, sleep (you heal in your deep sleep) and nutrition
  • Proper gear, including proper footwear (I’ll leave that targeted advice to the podiatry experts)
  • Training load. Increase gradually; you want to keep track of what are you doing and then gradually increase. Some of us have to be careful to not get carried away and over-train leading to injury
  • Warm up!

At the risk of alienating the majority of our audience, who are your favourite teams?

We don’t currently have a consensus at home. My husband follows the Pittsburgh Steelers (grid iron) and my sons are into the Richmond Tigers.

I love to barrack for the underdogs in any sport!

And finally Naveena, for all those who need some high-value physiotherapy care in Pascoe Vale, how would they book in for an assessment with you? Where are you located?

I practise at PVH Medical, 124 Kent Rd, Pascoe Vale. It’s easy to book an appointment online or by calling 9304 0500.

 

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Physiotherapy Pascoe Vale

Physiotherapy in Pascoe Vale – helping more than just your body

Physiotherapy aims to rehabilitate and improve your ability to move and function.

Physiotherapists utilise their expertise in anatomy and physiology to assess and treat people with a variety of health conditions. Physiotherapists use objective assessments to develop an evidence-based treatment program tailored to each person.

Seeing a qualified physiotherapist in Pascoe Vale as part of your overall health needs is really important.

What can a physiotherapist help with?

A physio can help with your:

  • Body – head, shoulders, knees and toes (and everything in between).
  • Condition – covering everything from stroke to incontinence, a physio can help you live with a variety of conditions and diseases.
  • Well being – maximise your potential to live a happy and healthy life.
  • Life stage – no matter what age you’re at, a physio can be there for you along life’s journey.

Looking after yourself at work

We all want to come home safely from work each day, so become your workplace health champion and do something about it.

It can be as easy as doing some simple warm-ups with your work mates before the work day begins. You could even ask the boss to get a physiotherapist to do a work site risk assessment and lead the crew in some stretches to get you all warmed up properly for the day ahead.

Every August is Tradies Health Month

Tradies National Health Month raises awareness of the health and injury risks affecting those who work in trade occupations.

With statistics showing almost 3 in 5 serious workplace injuries involve a tradie – despite making up only 30% of the workforce – tradies’ health should be everyone’s priority.

Getting expert help

Our in-house physiotherapist, Naveena Seethapathy, can give you all the help you need regardless of your occupation or stage in life.

Naveena has experience practising in three countries – USA, India and here in Australia. What’s more, she has a Master’s degree in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia. So you know you’ll be in good hands!

You can read more about Naveena here.

Make a booking today

If you live in the Pascoe Vale area and need physiotherapy treatment, give us a call on 9304 0500 or make an online booking today.

 

Source: Australian Physiotherapy Association and The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne

Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.

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Welcome to our new physiotherapist

We’re pleased to welcome our new physiotherapist, Naveena Seethapathy.

She starts at our practice on 18 June.

A bit about Naveena

For Naveena, physiotherapy has been a career where she has found her calling to help those injured or in pain all over the world.

Naveena’s hands-on approach to acute care enables expert assessment and treatment to commence straight away. Her strong multidisciplinary focus for holistic care engages patients and other team members to achieve their health goals.

Naveena Seethapathy is a physiotherapist in Pascoe Vale

Naveena Seethapathy

Naveena has a Master’s degree in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia. She has experience practising in Australia, USA and India – always carried out with a friendly smile!

When not providing high-quality care, Naveena enjoys family time with her two boys and getting to know her new community in Pascoe Vale.

How physiotherapy can help you

Physiotherapy can improve your function and well-being, regardless of your age. Acute back and neck pain, sports injuries and muscular problems can all be addressed.

At PVH Medical, you will experience a comprehensive holistic assessment and an individually tailored treatment program for your specific needs.

Make a booking with Naveena

Secure your spot and make a booking with Naveena today. Simply call our Reception team on 9304 0500.

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