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Starting your NDIS journey with Total Rehab Solutions

We are proudly an NDIS Registered Physio, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Dietetics and Exercise Physiology Provider in the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast & Brisbane. 

At Total Rehab Solutions, we have a wide range of health services to assist in your NDIS rehabilitation. See below for an outline of NDIS related services that we can provide.

  • Clinic & In-Home Physiotherapy
  • Clinic & In-Home Exercise Physiology
  • Clinic & In-Home Dietetics
  • Clinic & In-Home Occupational Therapy
  • Clinic & In-Home Podiatry
  • Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Physiotherapy

We can assist you if you’re just starting your NDIS journey. There are multiple factors to consider when applying for NDIS. Fortunately, you don’t have to do this alone, and our team of health professionals are available to help make your journey as simple as possible.

Total Rehab Solutions are here to support you to:

  • Understand the NDIS and how it works
  • Find out if you’re eligible
  • Identify goals and aspirations that the NDIS may fund

Our therapists at Total Rehab Solutions are experienced in the treatment of multiple chronic conditions such as:

  • Physical Disabilities (Amputations, Post-Surgical)
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Neurological Injuries (e.g. Strokes, Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Cerebral palsy)
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

All our consultations can be both in the home and in clinic (in-rooms, gym, pool etc.) as required.

We will be able to provide you with:

  • Pain Management Treatment
  • Home Exercise Programs for Rehabilitation
  • Advice on the Management of your Condition
  • Recommendations for Mobility & Equipment Aids
  • Advice on Transfers within the Home & out in the Community

Questions or Comments on NDIS at Sports & Spinal? Please let us know below and we’ll be in touch asap!

In order to access allied health at Sports & Spinal under the NDIS, follow the next three steps:

1. Follow the NDIS checklist for eligibility. Click > here
2. Contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110 and an NDIS representative will assist you with your questions.
3. Once your application is approved you will then work with a Local Area Coordinator or Planner to lay out your needs and goals. They will also assist you in allocating your funding to the necessary services.

If you are already approved by NDIS, contact your local Sports & Spinal and book an initial appointment. Upon the initial contact please notify us that you are NDIS approved and your NDIS registration number and how your fund is being managed. Please make sure you notify us that you are NDIS approved, provide us with your name, your NDIS registration number and how your fund is being managed.

You and your allied health provider will then be able to work out a service agreement/plan at your first appointment

Sports & Spinal is here to support you to:

• Understand the NDIS and how it works
• Find out if you’re eligible
• Identify goals and aspirations that the NDIS may fund

Our home-visit services the Sunshine Coast area from Caloundra to Noosa including the Hinterland, Brisbane areas: Redcliffe, North Lakes, Chermside and Woolloongabba, and the Gold Coast. Please contact 1300 685 046 for more information and bookings.

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What is a Concussion?

Collaborated by Hayley Wilkinson, Briony McSwan Sports & Spinal Maroochydore and Sabrina Maynard Sports & Spinal Kawana.

What is a concussion?

A sports-related concussion can be defined as a traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces (Berlin Consensus Guidelines, 2016). It is caused by either a direct blow to the head, face or neck. It’s important to note a blow to anywhere on the body, transmits an ‘impulsive’ force to the head can cause a concussion.

Only 6% of concussion results in loss of consciousness. Just because someone didn’t lose consciousness doesn’t mean they won’t have a concussion.

40% of concussions show up at the time of injury, however, 30% evolve over time showing the importance of monitor patients or people with a suspected concussion.

Some symptoms to look for with a concussion include:


• Headache
• Fogginess (cognition)
• Rapid and exaggerated changes in mood
• Irritability
• Loss of consciousness
• Memory loss
• Unsteady, unbalanced
• Slowed reaction time
• Drowsiness

Concussion should not be taken lightly in any case but take to the emergency department if people are presenting with:

• Neck pain
• Increasing confusion and irritability
• Repeated vomiting
• Seizure or convulsion
• Weakness or tingling/burning in arms or legs
• Deteriorating conscious state
• Severe or increasing headache
• Unusual behaviour change
• Double vision

'If in doubt sit them out'

We don’t want anyone having a second impact (second impact syndrome) where they suffer a second concussion before the symptoms of the earlier one have subsided.
A second impact can cause the brain to swell rapidly and catastrophically which will then lead to further neurometabolic changes and cell death

Most people are unaware that there is treatment available to help reduce symptoms and return to sport faster.
Initial rest from cognitive, physical and environmental factors as needed is indicated for the first 48 hours. Then as tolerated start graduated return to cognitive and physical activity – need to treat the individual.
Limit: screen time, physical activity, school, socializing, stressful activities
Allow: Increased sleep, hydration and nutrition
Integrate: 5minutes every hour of symptom-free activities (no headaches, dizziness, fatigue)
Alternate between types of activity = cognitive/physical/visual. Integrate screen time sooner on a structured basis.

All activities should be introduced slowly and gradually whilst monitoring symptoms. Some types of activities you could alternate between are listed below:

Rest:

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Listening tasks- audiobooks, quiet music
• Meditation or relaxation (sooner rather than later)
• Colouring
• Short walk indoors or out
• Brushing the pet

Cognitive:

• Reading
• Computer
• Memory tasks
• Problem-solving
• Cooking
• Planning activities

Cardiovascular/physical:

 

 

 

 

 

• Increased HR – walking, cycling, jogging
• Household tasks – cleaning, dishes
• Yoga

Environmental:

• Light exposure
• Noise exposure
• Busier places/events
• Talking in group

General rule:

The athlete needs to be symptoms free for the same amount of time they have had symptoms prior to returning to contact sport.
Successful return to school/work must come before return to sport (game). Especially, in youth and adolescents

The average length of return to sport/play :

• 14 days for girls
• 15 days for girls
• 2 days earlier if received treatment right away/report it right away.
Non-sport-related concussions take longer than sport related = whiplash, falls.
It is worth noting most sports will have specific return to play guidelines and protocols. Generally, you will need to be signed off by a qualified GP before getting back to your sport.

Here at Sports & Spinal, we are able to assist you and in getting back to your regular activities, we can provide physiotherapy that includes:

  • Neurological, Vestibular (balance/dizziness) and Musculoskeletal assessment

  • Neck and headache treatment

  • Safe implementation of a graded rehabilitation program to prepare for returning to sport/work

  • Providing specific exercises for reducing some symptoms

  • Assessing for return to school/work and return to sport

Recovering from a concussion can be a frustrating process. Each patient will require individualized care during their concussion management process. Some may recover quite quickly, while some may have a difficult time progressing.  If you need advice on concussion or you have symptoms lasting longer than one month contact our team and they will be happy to book you in an appointment with our wonderful team of Physiotherapist!

Meet two of our expert Physiotherapist that can assist with a concussion in our Maroochydore clinic: 

Hayley Wilkinson

Hayley has also completed further study in Concussion Management and is passionate about helping athletes return to their sport safely following a concussion particularly if they continue to experience persistent symptoms.

Hayley has been working for the Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club the past 4 years and has developed an interest in treating sporting and lower limb injuries.

Briony McSwan

Briony has been with Sports and Spinal since 1998. She has a wealth of experience in all areas of physiotherapy but for over a decade has focussed particularly on the treatment and management of head, neck and jaw pain, as well as dizziness and vestibular dysfunction.

Click the image below to find your local clinic and to find a physiotherapist that can help you today


The Secret To Improving Your Balance, Written By Exercise Physiologist Matthew Crear

The Secret to Improving your balance

The Secret To Improving Your Balance, Written By Exercise Physiologist Matthew Crear

The importance of improving or maintaining an individual’s functional abilities is essential to achieving a greater quality of life. Functional abilities, refer to the ability of an individual to have the physiological capacity to carry out activities of daily living safely and without undue fatigue (1). A primary contributor to maintaining quality of life is balanced ability or limiting the risk of falls, both of which have been found to be directly influenced by one’s strength and stability (2).

Having adequate balance doesn’t solely refer to being able to stand on one leg or step over obstacles unbothered. But relates to functional activities such as navigating through the garden, managing stairs or inclines and in the instance where balance is lost, being able to gather it without falling or causing harm.

Once the age of 50 is reached, it is estimated that each subsequent year results in 1.4-2.5% decrease in lean muscle mass. And at 65 years of age this significantly increases with research reporting one-third of the population experiencing a fall annually. Of that one third, as many as 35% sustain a serious injury (3, 4). Aside from causing poor balance and increased risk of falls, loss of strength and stability is also associated with slow walking speed, poor endurance while completing tasks, inability to rise from a chair and frailty (5).

It has been identified that individuals that participate in regular exercise interventions significantly decrease their risk of falls and causes harm to themselves. Different forms of exercise that have been found to be beneficial are (6, 7):

  • Walking
  • Group-based strength classes
  • Pilates

As exercise physiologists, we play a vital role in providing you with exercise which suits you or finding suitable classes for you to join We account for your individual conditions and abilities, access to equipment and the goals you are trying to achieve. Completing regular supervised exercise is the simplest way to improve whole body strength, functional ability, and deter falls.

There is a surplus of benefits associated with all types of physical activity, which have proven benefits for all ages and abilities. Luckily, it’s never too late to kick off your journey to better health and begin participating in regular exercise

At Sports & Spinal we offer a 1 on 1 consultation with an Exercise Physiologist and a range of exercises classes!

Core, Strength & Mobility Classes (Studio & Mat Clinical Pilates)

With an emphasis on core conditioning, breathing and body awareness, our CSM classes are a safe and highly effective way to stretch, strengthen and streamline your body without building bulk or stressing your joints.

CSM classes utilise a variety of exercises that incorporate balance, power, strength and stability. The classes are inspired by Clinical Pilates movements and equipment, utilising levers and resistance to promote correct muscular activation patterns, postural awareness and core strength.

Blooming Bellies & Active Mums

Blooming Bellies to Active Mums are two classes designed for your specific needs during the antenatal and postnatal period. The changes your body undergoes during the childbearing years require specific, targeted exercises by trained professionals to ensure that you safely remain strong and active.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is a specific therapist supervised treatment and exercise program in a heated pool (32°C). Hydrotherapy is often used to improve strength and flexibility before beginning a gym or home-based program. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Being at a constant safe depth it is not necessary to be a competent swimmer in order to benefit.

The New You

Incredible personalised health and wellness classes developed by the expertise of the Sports & Spinal Exercise Physiologist and Dietitian team.

These classes are all about taking small steps to create big, lasting lifestyle changes for THE NEW YOU!

Our Exercise Physiologists are trained in wellness coaching to help you lose weight, stay motivated with your rehab classes and self manage your condition with expert guidance.

Move 4 Life

The Sports and Spinal team are highly skilled in developing exercise programs to suit everyone individual needs as we age, particularly in relation to people who have conditions which limit them physically and affect their quality of life e.g. arthritis, stroke, a fracture, osteoporosis or heart disease.

Interested in doing classes?

All patients are required to have an initial assessment with a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist before beginning any of our classes. This is to familiarise patients with any equipment, positions, exercises and identify and injuries/restrictions we need to be aware of prior to attending a class.

Contact your local Sports and Spinal location to arrange a consultation. After this assessment, your first two weeks of classes is FREE!

More about Matthew Crear

Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical) from James Cook University (Townsville) in 2016. Following two years working in a private clinic Hervey Bay, Matt has developed an eagerness to aid in the management and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic illness. Matt is passionate about ensuring that every patient he sees is provided with education regarding their specific condition to assure a greater quality of life. Matt has developed a special interest in the management of return to sport, pre and post-operative rehabilitation, chronic pain, osteoporosis and chronic disease management. In his spare time, Matt enjoys competitively playing hockey and touch football and fills in his spare time riding his mountain bike and playing golf.

Matthew is available for Exercise Physiology consultations at our Chermside clinic

 

References

  1. Samuel, S. E., Shaji, E. P., & Suresh, B. V. (2018). Correlation between Balance and Functional Ability in Elderly: A Pilot Study. Indian Journal of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy, 12(1), 47–51.
  2. In-Hee, L., & Sang-Young, P., (2013). Balance Improvement by Strength Training for the Elderly. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 25(12), 1591-1593.
  3. KARINKANTA, S., KANNUS, P., UUSI-RASI, K., HEINONEN, A., & SIEVÄNEN, H. (2015). Combined resistance and balance-jumping exercise reduces older women’s injurious falls and fractures: 5-year follow-up study. Age & Ageing44(5), 784–789. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afv064
  4. Macaluso A, De Vito G: Muscle strength, power and adaptations to resistance training in older people. Eur J Appl Physiol, 2004, 91: 450–472.
  5. Mangione, K. K., Miller, A. H., & Naughton, I. V. (2010). Cochrane Review: Improving Physical Function and Performance With Progressive Resistance Strength Training in Older Adults. Physical Therapy90(12), 1711–1715.
  6. Cameron ID, et al. Interventions for preventing falls in older people in care facilities and hospitals. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Dec 12;12:CD005465.
  7. Gillespie LD, et al. Interventions for preventing falls in older people living in the community. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Sep 12;9:CD007146.

 


What is the NDIS?

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS is insurance, which gives peace of mind. Disability can affect anyone and having the right support makes a big difference.
Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy is a registered NDIS provider offering both Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Occupation Therapy, Podiatry and Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Physiotherapy.

We can assist you if you’re just starting your NDIS journey. There are multiple factors to consider when applying for NDIS. Fortunately, you don’t have to do this alone, and our team of health professionals are available to help make your journey as simple as possible!

In order to access allied health at Sports & Spinal under the NDIS, follow the next three steps:

1. Follow the NDIS checklist for eligibility. Click > here
2. Contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110 and an NDIS representative will assist you with your questions.
3. Once your application is approved you will then work with a Local Area Coordinator or Planner to lay out your needs and goals. They will also assist you in allocating your funding to the necessary services.

If you are already approved by NDIS, contact your local Sports & Spinal and book an initial appointment. Upon the initial contact please notify us that you are NDIS approved and your NDIS registration number and how your fund is being managed. Please make sure you notify us that you are NDIS approved, provide us with your name, your NDIS registration number and how your fund is being managed.

You and your allied health provider will then be able to work out a service agreement/plan at your first appointment

Sports & Spinal is here to support you to:

• Understand the NDIS and how it works
• Find out if you’re eligible
• Identify goals and aspirations that the NDIS may fund

Our therapists are experienced in the treatment of multiple chronic conditions such as:

• Physical Disabilities (Amputations, Post-Surgical)
• Intellectual Disabilities
• Acquired Brain Injuries
• Neurological Injuries (e.g. Strokes, Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Cerebral palsy)
• Spinal Cord Injuries

All our consultations can be both in the home and in clinic (in-rooms, gym, pool etc.) as required.
We will be able to provide you with:

• Pain Management Treatment
• Home Exercise Programs for Rehabilitation
• Advice on the Management of your Condition
• Recommendations for Mobility & Equipment Aids
• Advice on Transfers within the Home & out in the Community

Questions or Comments on NDIS at Sports & Spinal? Please let us know below and we’ll be in touch!
Sunshine Coast NDIS: 07 5322 5644
Brisbane NDIS: 07 3152 7212
Gold Coast NDIS: 07 5689 4138


NDIS

Starting your NDIS journey with Total Rehab Solutions

We are proudly an NDIS Registered Physio, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Dietetics and Exercise Physiology Provider in the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast & Brisbane. 

At Total Rehab Solutions, we have a wide range of health services to assist in your NDIS rehabilitation. See below for an outline of NDIS related services that we can provide.

  • Clinic & In-Home Physiotherapy
  • Clinic & In-Home Exercise Physiology
  • Clinic & In-Home Dietetics
  • Clinic & In-Home Occupational Therapy
  • Clinic & In-Home Podiatry
  • Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Physiotherapy

We can assist you if you’re just starting your NDIS journey. There are multiple factors to consider when applying for NDIS. Fortunately, you don’t have to do this alone, and our team of health professionals are available to help make your journey as simple as possible.

Total Rehab Solutions are here to support you to:

  • Understand the NDIS and how it works
  • Find out if you’re eligible
  • Identify goals and aspirations that the NDIS may fund

Our therapists at Total Rehab Solutions are experienced in the treatment of multiple chronic conditions such as:

  • Physical Disabilities (Amputations, Post-Surgical)
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Neurological Injuries (e.g. Strokes, Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Cerebral palsy)
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

All our consultations can be both in the home and in clinic (in-rooms, gym, pool etc.) as required.

We will be able to provide you with:

  • Pain Management Treatment
  • Home Exercise Programs for Rehabilitation
  • Advice on the Management of your Condition
  • Recommendations for Mobility & Equipment Aids
  • Advice on Transfers within the Home & out in the Community

Questions or Comments on NDIS at Sports & Spinal? Please let us know below and we’ll be in touch asap!

In order to access allied health at Sports & Spinal under the NDIS, follow the next three steps:

1. Follow the NDIS checklist for eligibility. Click > here
2. Contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110 and an NDIS representative will assist you with your questions.
3. Once your application is approved you will then work with a Local Area Coordinator or Planner to lay out your needs and goals. They will also assist you in allocating your funding to the necessary services.

If you are already approved by NDIS, contact your local Sports & Spinal and book an initial appointment. Upon the initial contact please notify us that you are NDIS approved and your NDIS registration number and how your fund is being managed. Please make sure you notify us that you are NDIS approved, provide us with your name, your NDIS registration number and how your fund is being managed.

You and your allied health provider will then be able to work out a service agreement/plan at your first appointment

Sports & Spinal is here to support you to:

• Understand the NDIS and how it works
• Find out if you’re eligible
• Identify goals and aspirations that the NDIS may fund

Our home-visit services the Sunshine Coast area from Caloundra to Noosa including the Hinterland, Brisbane areas: Redcliffe, North Lakes, Chermside and Woolloongabba, and the Gold Coast. Please contact 1300 685 046 for more information and bookings.

TRS In Home Care Service Map

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