The Dry Needling Approach

In recent years, the practice of Dry Needling has become increasingly more integrated into a physiotherapists existing skillset and treatment approach. However, there is still some confusion around what Dry Needling is and how it can help in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions.

Dry Needling is the technique of using fine needles (the same as those used in acupuncture) to target certain tissue abnormalities to elicit a local physiological response, such as:

  • trigger points
  • regions of high muscular tone
  •  fibrous thickening (scar tissue)

The reasoning behind which tissues are targeted and the specific application of the Dry Needling technique used is based on the physiotherapist’s assessment of the location and nature of biomechanical restrictions which may be contributing to your pain or dysfunction.


IMG_7281-copyIf your physiotherapist thinks that you may benefit from this treatment technique, then the process and reasoning behind its use will be discussed with you in your session and any queries or concerns you may have can be addressed or clarified before choosing whether or not you would like to trial this approach.

Remember Dry Needling is not for everyone and any application in practice will be as a collaborative decision between you and your therapist!

At Physionorth, we use sterile single use quality needles to perform both dry needling and acupuncture treatments.

Our Physiotherapists Jaquie, Linda, Anna, Stacey, Brianna & Lauren are all trained and qualified to use the technique of Dry Needling.


Call our friendly receptionists on 4724 0768 for appointment bookings.

Physiotherapy Services

Our appointment times are longer than most other clinics and our treatment approach allows for more hands-on manual therapy to release overactive muscles, loosen up joints, retrain weak muscles and teach you how to improve your posture and move with symmetry.

Our therapists only see one patient at a time, their focus is solely on you, we use fewer machines and treat our patients as a whole!

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cam_6763-copyWe specialise in the treatment of conditions such as:

Back, neck & shoulder pain


Knee & ankle pain

SIJ & hip pain

Pre & post-pregnancy treatment

Jaw (TMJ) pain

Postural problems

Pre & post surgery rehabilitation

Complex injuries

Women’s Health treatment

Connect Therapy (Whole Body approach) 

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Located just one street back from the beautiful Strand at 1/57 Mitchell Street in North Ward; Call our friendly receptionists on 07 4724 0768 for appointment bookings.

What is Massage Therapy?

Neck massage Physionorth
Neck massage Physionorth

 So, What is Massage Therapy?

 It is the manipulation of superficial, deep and connective tissue. It is utilised to speed up the body’s natural healing process and to enhance repair and function of muscles. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, and the cardiovascular and lymphatic system ALL benefit from massage therapy.

Why? To help manage:

  • Chronic pain and dysfunction
  • Relax and relieve the stress of daily life
  • Prepare for childbirth
  • Increase blood flow
  • Help you recover from exercise

Our Massage Therapists Silvia, Rebekah and Maddison are experienced in a range of massage styles, including:


  • Swedish: a relaxing massage using light to medium pressure
  • Myofascial: a slower technique that uses a gentle pressure to stretch deep connective tissue and muscular fascia
  • Remedial: involves a deeper pressure and aims to assess and find cause of pain to target specific areas for treatment
  • Sports: a deep tissue massage for pre and post sporting events
  • Pregnancy: helps reduce swelling, decrease back and neck pain and keep you moving freely. At Physionorth we have special pregnancy pillows to allow mum to be to lie on her stomach comfortably during treatment.

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Gift vouchers are also available to purchase to surprise someone special.


Massage appointments are available Monday – Saturday (excluding public holidays). Call our receptionists on 4724 0768 for appointment bookings.

Neural Manipulation- What is it?

Rebekah, our Acupuncturist/Massage Therapist, recently undertook the level one workshop of a 4 level Program in Neural Manipulation with The Barral Institute Australia.

Neural manipulation looks at the relationship between the hard bony components that encase the nervous system and the impact they have on the softer neural structures ( Brain, spinal cord and nerves)  in traumatic circumstances.

Brain duraOur brain is encased with a membrane called the Dura. It is like a skin on the brain and covers the spinal cord as well. Parts of this membrane have connections to the bony structures such as the vertebrae and the Cranium (Skull) . The neural tissue is then surrounded by a shock absorbing fluid known as Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) that allows for the brain to be suspended so that it does not contact the bony structures (and give you concussion every time you look down to tie your shoes).

Upon impact, such as whiplash, a fall or a blow to the head. The soft tissues of the nervous system are forced into the harder structures leaving an impact on the soft tissue and a cellular memory of the event – Like a shock wave that has nowhere to go. These Points of connection between the two often suffer extreme force and then thicken or harden in response, preventing the free movement that the Nervous System should have.

This causes the messages that the brain usually send to be impaired and thus some of the nerves may become fibrous and pain or blockage results.

Neural Manipulation sessions are very gentle but may have a profound effect on the body, as such, we allow for 3-week intervals between sessions to allow time for your body and the nervous system to adjust.

To find out more, or book an appointment with Rebekah, contact our friendly reception staff on 47240768.

Cupping Therapy

CUPPING onCupping therapy is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine ( TCM), it has been used for centuries in Ancient Chinese culture and now has been integrated into mainstream allied health. Now days you will find Acupuncturists, Physiotherapists and Massage Therapists all often use cupping in their treatments.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is the application of a hollow vessel to the skin via a vacuum seal. This may be achieved with a glass cup and the use of a flame or the use of plastic suction cups and a vacuum pump to remove the air.

Either way the process achieves a tight pulling sensation of the skin and the underlying fascia of the muscles. Whilst the suction is applied space is created between layers and movement of blood and lymph is encouraged through the area.

Depending on the ailment being treated, the therapist may leave the cups in stationary positions for up to 15 min or alternatively they may use a lighter suction and slide the cups throughout an area of congestion. This is to encourage greater movement through the area and facilitate movement along those particular fascial lines (lines of tension).

Why Use Cupping Therapy

From a traditional Chinese medicinal viewpoint, cupping moves Qi and Blood. Where there is areas of stagnation and accumulation of cellular waste and debris eg from poor posture, excessive gym work or maybe an old injury.

From a physiological point of view cupping helps to free up the fascial restrictions in areas that are less flexible. It helps to move blood and lymph through sections of muscle that may be restricted.

In Traditional Chinese medicine Cupping Therapy is  also used at the onset of a cold or flu. To open the pores and release the cold invasion. Heavy cupping is often used to move the Wei Qi (this is the Energy at the surface of the body considered to fight off invading pathogens) in Bronchial / Chesty conditions.

The Result

Cupping Feels Awesome!

Cupping results in more freedom of movement. It can help to reset postural imbalances and release focal areas of tension.

It does occasionally leave a discolouration on the skin. This is often called a bruise however when touched is often not tender like a bruise. This discolouration is the accumulation of blood and cellular debris that has been moved as a result of the cups. Once drawn to the surface it is easier for the lymphatic system to remove the accumulated waste. Depending on the patient’s Circulation and the intensity of the discolouration the marks can take from 3-5 days to clear up.

Below are some progressive photos of the marks as they resolve after a cupping session.

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Directly after cupping
CUPPing 5 days later
5 Days Later


Is it right for you?

Cupping is a widely used modality these days however it is not right for everyone. Cupping is a Traditional Chinese Medical tool, as such is better used by Accredited Registered Acupuncturists. If you are Elderly, frail or chronically ill, Cupping may not be right for you. It is generally performed as part of a Remedial Massage Treatment or Acupuncture Session.

For any inquires call 07) 4724 0768 ask For Rebekah our Registered Acupuncturist or make a Booking today to discuss your treatment options.

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

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


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.