Ergonomics at Work

How to Prevent Pain

Are you constantly complaining of pain in your neck and shoulders? Back? Arms or wrists? Or frequent headaches? Such musculoskeletal complaints are commonly due to the potentially inappropriate postures and positions that you are working in day to day. Continue reading

Shoulder Impingement

Are you someone that gets pain when hanging the washing or putting a seatbelt on? Do find that you no longer have the right movement or strength to comfortably and painlessly reach overhead, particularly when doing these tasks repetitively or with a load? If yes, Continue reading

Myofascial Therapy and Headaches

IMG_7318-copyTension headaches are the most common type of headaches and they are generally described as a mild to strong pain that feels like a tight band around the head. Myofascial therapy is a massage technique that provides great long term relief for headaches even where other modalities have been unsuccessful. Continue reading

Massage Therapy The Different Styles

What is Massage?

Massage is the manipulation of superficial, deep and connective tissues utilised to speed up the body’s natural healing process and enhance repair and function of muscles. Target tissues are muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, and various techniques are performed in order to get the best result. Massage is quickly expanding among natural therapies as it has been recognised as clinically effective to relief tension, stress, chronic pain and gain greater muscles flexibility.

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Jaw Pain and Clicking- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD / TMJ)

• Do you suffer from headaches?

• Is chewing food uncomfortable or painful?

• Do you hear popping, clicking, or crackling sounds when you move your jaw?

• Are you unable to open your mouth freely, smoothly and as wide as you need to while eating or yawning?

If you answered YES to any of these questions you may be one of the many suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).


cam_6744-copyWhat Causes TMD?

The TMJ is one of the most complex joints in the body. It is constructed of two bones. The mandible (jaw), and the temporal bone of the skull. A disc sits in the middle of the two bones.  Disorders of this joint are very common.

Causes include:

• Dental work (ie. tooth extractions, implants etc.)

• Clenching or grinding teeth

• Cross bite

• Stress or nervous habits (ie. nail biting)

• Excessive chewing

• Trauma / whiplash injuries

• Blunt force to the face

• Sporting injuries (ie. Volleyball to the face)

• Posture

• Osteoarthritis/ Rheumatoid arthritis

Click here for some great strategies to relieve TMJ pain!



Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Disorders:  Jaw pain

• Clicking

• Popping

• Locked jaw (unable to open and close your mouth)

• Facial deformity/asymmetry

• Difficulty chewing tough food/ big items

• Pain in the ears, temples or neck

• Toothaches

• Headaches

• Pain in the neck

What if my jaw “Clicks/ Pops” but it doesn’t hurt?


Clicking in the jaw indicates that the disc between the mandible and temporal bone is out of place. This creates bone on bone contact and over time can lead to arthritic changes in the TMJ. Arthritic changes will reduce the overall function of the TMJ resulting in pain. Early intervention restores normal alignment and function of the joint, thereby creating a nutritious environment for the disc.
At Physionorth we have experienced Physiotherapists who are highly qualified to assess, diagnose and treat TMJ disorders. Our professional background and experience have allowed us to develop a multidisciplinary program based on individual needs and findings. Our physiotherapists are trained to perform specialised release techniques, mobilisations and individual exercises in order to reduce pain and restore normal function of the TMJ.  Based on individual findings, treatment may also address neck disorders and postural education.
Linda Gomercic

Senior Physiotherapist


Our Senior Physiotherapists Linda, Jaquie and Anna all specialise in treating TMD, for bookings call our friendly receptionists on 4724 0768.

Dry Needling

Physionorth has therapists qualified in Dry Needling. Dry Needling has gained popularity with Physiotherapists in recent years as an adjunct therapy, to help ease pain and release muscle tension.  Traditional Chinese & Western Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments and is usually used as an intervention on it’s own.  Read on to find out the difference between traditional acupunture and dry needling. Continue reading

Employment Opportunities at Physionorth

Physiotherapist Wanted! 

Want to join our vibrant team? We have a fresh new clinic, a great team culture, with a focus on life long learning and excellent patient outcomes. Click the link to find out more!  Please click on the link or call 47240768 for further information.

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Massage Therapist Wanted

We are looking for a remedial massage therapist to join our team! Want to learn how to manage patients with Musculo-skeletal injuries? Work closely with our Physiotherapist to get the best outcomes for our patients. If you’d like to apply please call Jenny on 47240768.

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What’s it like to work at Physionorth?

Find out what it’s like to be part of the Physionorth team from one of our own: working at Physionorth by Brianna O’Toole

What is Physionorth all about?

Our Vision is to Empower People to Enjoy Life by Achieving Optimal Health and Movement

Physionorth owner Jaquie started her career in Physiotherapy working at a busy sports and orthopedic practice. She learned a lot in her first few years as a physio, under great mentors, however, became frustrated by short appointment times and the inability to spend time providing effective treatment to her clients. Jaquie enjoys taking the time to get to know her patients and their histories and found shorter appointment times took the effectiveness out of her treatment, as well decreasing the enjoyment of her job.

With this in mind, Jaquie purchased Physionorth in 2008 from founding owner Melissa Hooper (who established Physionorth in 2001), with the aim of setting it apart from the other clinics in Townsville. Her aim was to provide friendly, professional service, with longer appointment times, so that clients felt listened to, could play an active role in their recovery and ultimately get the most out of their physiotherapy treatment. She wanted to provide a clinic where people who had insidious onset pain could get a thorough assessment and treatment plan.


In the early days of her career, Jaquie enjoyed treating all areas of the body, however, wondered why some patients recovered from local treatment to their area of pain and others did not. She also wanted to find out answers to questions such as ‘Why some people ruptured their ACL’s from non-traumatic events’ and why ‘Some people with disc prolapse or rotator cuff injuries had pain and others did not.’  To answer these questions Jaquie then set out on a professional development journey, taking courses with the likes of Peter O’Sullivan, Barbara Hungerford, and Dr. LJ Lee.

Dr. LJ Lee’s approach really resonated with Jaquie as well as giving her answers to some of her questions, so she signed up to complete the Connect Therapy series with LJ, a year-long journey of learning to assess the whole person from head to toe. LJ’s approach incorporates all aspects of the body and mind and taught Jaquie to find the ‘Driver’ of a person’s pain rather than treat their symptoms.

As a result, Jaquie has been training her staff to look at their patient’s body’s differently- taking into account their stories, history and beliefs, assessing their whole bodies and  doing a thorough assessment of the way they move so they can discover where a patient is ‘breaking down’ in a task and working with patient’s to restore optimal movement patterns.

Jaquie is always on the look out for Physiotherapists to join the team, who have a passion for being more than just a Physiotherapist. If you enjoy treating the ‘whole person’, embarking on a journey of life long learning, and changing not only the way people move, but changing their lives, a career at Physionorth might be for you.

We have longer appointment times, fortnightly in-services on a range of contemporary topics, excellent support for our therapists and a great reputation. To find out more about employment at Physionorth contact our practice manager  via email: 

Employment opportunities also exist for enthusiastic practitioners (Physiotherapy, Massage, and Acupuncture and Exercise Physiology) who are able to work well in a team environment and strive to achieve the best outcomes for their patients.

Want to know what it’s like to work at Physionorth? Follow this link to review a testimonial from one of our team members:


Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists are health care professionals who focus on prevention, assessment and treatment of muscle, bone and joint problems. Physiotherapy can help repair damage by speeding up the healing process and reducing pain and stiffness. A physiotherapist will not only treat your condition, but also look at why your injury occurred and help you prevent it happening again in the future. Physiotherapists use a variety of treatment techniques that include but are not limited to:

  • Joint mobilisations and manipulations
  • Exercise prescription (including core stability)
  • Posture correction and education
  • Soft tissue techniques including trigger point releases
  • Dry needling (musculoskeletal acupuncture)
  • Taping and brace prescription
  • Electrotherapeutic techniques (including TENS, interferential, ultrasound and real time ultrasound)
  • Prescription of walking aides

Common conditions that Physiotherapists treat include back pain, sprains, strains, arthritis, bursitis, nerve pain, posture problems, poor balance, decreased mobility and workplace and sporting injuries. Some other services that Physionorth offers include treatment of incontinence, pain related to pregnancy, pre employment screening, pilates and rehabilitation after surgery.


A physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment on your first visit, diagnose the problem, and then develop an individual treatment plan that is just for you. An important part of this process is determining your goals for rehabilitation. A physiotherapist can then develop specific exercises and correct any predisposing factors including incorrect technique or poor posture. Throughout the treatment program, the physiotherapist evaluates your progress at regular intervals, modifying treatment and goals when necessary. Whether your goal is returning to gardening or running a marathon, a Physionorth physiotherapist can help you move and feel your best!

Physionorth is an Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) accredited clinic which means they have gone through an accreditation ensuring that they adhere to the Code of Conduct and other APA policies that are supportive of high standards of practice and behaviour. It also ensures that Physionorth is committed to integrating the latest research evidence into their day to day clinical practice and are committed to ongoing professional development of their physiotherapists.

‘Accreditation against the APA Standards for Physiotherapy Practices is the ultimate formal acknowledgement of a practice’s commitment to safe, high quality health care,’
(Quote from the Australian Physiotherapy Website:

Exercise Classes (formerly Clinical Pilates)

We offer small group classes (max 6 in a class) and larger group (Max 10) at our Physionorth clinic at 69 Eyre St, North Ward.
// Classes include mat work, ring, theraband, bootyband and fit ball exercises //

// Classes are 30 min or 60 min duration // Classes are Physiotherapist lead

Pregnant clients are welcome (we will put you together with other pregnant ladies where possible or tailor the exercises to you).

Private health rebates are available with participating health fund providers.

If you are the owner of the current 2019/2020 Entertainment book you are entitled to a complimentary Exercise Class Assessment and FREE trial class!

If you don’t have the latest Entertainment book you can click HERE to purchase yours!  *Entertainment Voucher must be supplied and redeemed at booking for this offer to be applied.

Additional 1-1 and 1-2 classes are also available upon request with the Physiotherapist of your choice and rebates are available for those with applicable private health cover.

Bookings are essential! 

**Please note during school holiday periods class times may be reduced due to a decrease in attendance during these times. 

***Classes do not run on public holidays and in some cases if our Physiotherapists who instruct the classes are away those classes will be cancelled for that time with enough notice to those who attend regularly. 

If you would like to book into a class please contact our friendly reception staff with your preferred day and time on 47240768 or via email:


All participants are required to undergo an initial  screening assessment this is a 30min consultation with one of our qualified Physiotherapist’s who run the classes,  either Brianna, Renee, Caitlin, Tim or Nicole prior to commencing classes.

This screening includes a postural assessment, your past injury history, your current fitness level, your current core strength level and any areas that need to be focused on.

Your initial assessment will also teach you how to find your neutral spine position and how to move one segment of your spine independently of other segments. This will help you keep a good posture and improve your body awareness while doing Pilates.

After you have completed a course of Pilates sessions you can book in for another screening session to monitor your progress (we recommend a reassessment every 6-8 weeks). A variety of equipment is used in the classes including a Pilates Reformer, balls, bands, Pilates rings and foam rollers.

Equipment is available to be purchased at the clinic if you’d like to continue your exercises at home.

CSC-Healthpointon the spot claiming is available using our Health Point terminal if your Health Fund covers Physiotherapy group classes.


Physionorth now offers full time massage services. Appointments are available from Mondays to Saturdays. To find out more visit our massage information page. To book an appointment with Silvia contact our friendly reception staff on 47240768