Headaches… can be a pain in the neck!

Most of us will experience a headache at some point in our life. For some, it is a rare event that lasts only momentarily. For others, it can be a regular occurrence that can affect day-to-day function and quality of life. They can range from being just nagging and frustrating, to totally debilitating. In some cases, there are clear-cut causes, like too many late nights, not enough water, or perhaps a little too much red wine. However, many cases aren’t so clear-cut, and can be an absolute pain in the neck (literally)! Headaches can reduce your ability to concentrate, work and do the things you love to do.

There are many different types of headaches and Physiotherapists play an important role in the treatment and management of all types.  Musculoskeletal-related risk factors of developing headaches include:

  • Poor posture
  • Neck and upper back stiffness
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Muscle weaknesses
  • Muscle tightness
  • Previous neck trauma
  • Inappropriate work set up
  • Poor sleeping posture
  • Stress
  • Sedentary lifestyles



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A great place to work!

Hi, my name is Brianna O’Toole and I graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from JCU in 2015.

I was fortunate enough to have been accepted for a position as a Physiotherapist with Physionorth commencing the beginning of 2016.

I was very nervous making the transition into the ‘working world’. I had this idea that there would be no support and help like Uni. I was afraid of the unknown. However, at the same time I was eager and excited to start work, to put 4 years of hard work into practice.

2016 came around very quickly! And it turns out I was wrong. I have received more help, encouragement, and support than I ever have before since starting at Physionorth.

over 12 months has gone by and I feel as though I have always been here.  The team at physionorth made me feel welcome from day 1. They are approachable, non-judgemental, supportive and encouraging.

My skillset has grown tremendously since working for Physionorth. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be part of a team who strongly believe in continuous education. As a team, we all get together and have Professional Development sessions, as well as one-on-one sessions with senior physiotherapists.  Since being introduced to the Thoracic Ring Approach I have learnt an alternative approach to my assessments and treatments which I cannot believe how fortunate I am to have been exposed to. I have become a very confident, enthusiastic and driven physiotherapist which I have Physionorth to thank for.

Bowen Therapy

BOWEN THERAPY, releases, restores and heals with a gentle manual therapy touch.

Bowen is a manual therapy that utilises small but measured inputs to the body, stimulating it to heal itself, often profoundly. Bowen technique addresses the whole body by restoring balance in the nervous system, which controls the majority of our bodily functions, through simple and non-invasive moves on soft tissues. It is a very gentle and relaxing therapy that can be performed through clothing, appropriate for anyone from newborn to elderly, and supporting women through pregnancy.


Bowen can be beneficial in a wide range of situations, both chronic and acute.

  • Some of the conditions that have great outcomes with Bowen include;
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Neck and shoulder problems (including frozen shoulder)
  • Ankle and knee issues
  • Digestive and bowel problems
  • Menstrual and hormonal irregularities (including fertility) carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome tennis elbow.
  • Tennis elbow

During a treatment, there are frequent but essential pauses which allow the body to respond to the specific Bowen work done. As it works with the body’s own natural capacity (without forcing it), Bowen is a safe and powerful technique that often gives relief after the first session. It can also make remarkable progress with the presenting condition within a short period of time.

Silvia is the Bowen Therapy Technician at Physionorth and is taking appointments from Monday to Thursday. Most health funds now offer rebates for Bowen.

If you would like further information about Bowen Therapy or to make a booking with Silvia please contact the clinic on 47240768!