Level 3, 12 Gilles Street, Adelaide

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We Offer a Full Range of Physiotherapy Services

Are you experiencing aches and pains? At Saunders Physiotherapy, we provide a full range of physio services from physical therapy, dry needling, deep tissue massage and much more.

We use technology such as real-time ultrasound, KangaTech, and video analysis to identify muscular weakness and poor movement patterns. The exercise interventions prescribed at Saunders Physiotherapy have been shown to greatly reduce pain, improve function and athletic performance whilst minimising the likelihood of injury recurrence.

Book an appointment today and we will help you get back on track and living your best life again.

How We Help You

Initial consultation

Your physio will take the time to understand you and your problem. A detailed subjective and objective examination allow us to develop a treatment and management plan that is individualised to you and your goals.

Diagnosis and Planning

An objective examination, utilising the latest technology and evidence-based systems allows us to locate potential pain sources and their likley causes. With these data, we can discuss and select the most effective treatment and management strategy for you.


Most treatment plans involve a combination of ‘hands on’ manual therapy, other targeted treatment modalities, and specific exercise therapy to load injured tissue and or improve muscle control and capacity.

Services and Treatments


Following the initial examination, more extensive biomechanical and ergonomic assessments are sometimes required. These can provide better understanding of the possible causes of your problem and how to manage pain and injury risk best. We have therapists with special interests in these areas ready to help you or your club/team. Our staff are able to do onsite screening / assessments for elite, sub elite and junior groups.

Exercise Therapy

Saunders Physiotherapy is widely considered as a world-leading centre in the area of therapeutic exercise prescription. Prescribed exercises aim to improve the control, strength, and endurance of abdominal, back, pelvic, lower limb, neck and/or upper limb muscles. Your Physiotherapist will educate you as to why these exercises have been prescribed and ensure that you are performing them properly as both affect how much you are likely to benefit from exercise therapy.

Whether you want to improve sporting performance, reduce the risk of injury or recover from injury, resistance training is a necessary addition to maximise performance and health. It is also possible that you may benefit from a general exercise program that aims to improve your aerobic / cardiovascular conditioning as well as strength and flexibility.

Sports specific conditioning catering to elite and recreational athletes is also available for injuries requiring high-level training. The team at Saunders Physiotherapy have varied backgrounds with each of us bringing expertise from different sporting and injury interests. Each week we get together for an hour to exchange thoughts on various topics and teach one another about interesting cases. As a result, each Physiotherapist is comprehensively trained and ideally placed to assist you in safely rehabilitating your injury. Our detailed approach incorporating biomechanics and screening assessments, in combination with manual and exercise therapies, moves beyond injury rehabilitation to optimising athletic and sporting performance.

Dry Needling

Using acupuncture needles, dry needling is often combined with deep tissue massage to treat and disengage trigger points in muscle that can contribute to acute and chronic pain as well as biomechanical issues. Dry needling is a powerful adjunct to exercise and massage therapy that when used appropriately can help more stubborn areas. Our Physiotherapists are trained in the application of dry needling and are able to use it effectively as part of an overall management plan for each patient if it is deemed beneficial to use.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave is an adjunct therapy used at Saunders physiotherapy in conjunction with a considered strength and conditioning program. The treatment is a non-invasive high frequency sound wave used to promote healing and pain relief. It is believed that the shockwaves stimulate the release of growth factors and increases blood supply to the area to facilitate healing. Shockwave modulates pain and can produce significant short term change to pain to allow important strengthening to occur.
It is important to note that shockwave is not a standalone treatment. It is used to help settle pain and promote healing to allow progressive exercise and conditioning to be completed more effectively. This is often a second option rather than a first line of attack for more stubborn issues.

Shockwave is effectively used for tendon pain, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, muscle strains and calcific tendonitis. Shockwave also has some applications in the stimulation of bone healing. Speak to your physiotherapist about shockwave and if it may be useful for you.

Laser Proprioceptive Retraining

We see a lot of complex neck injuries including motor vehicle accident related whiplash. Important sensors of joint position (proprioceptors) are located in the ligaments of the neck, during high speed injuries these ligaments can be stretched and damaged limiting the awareness of joint position. This can relate to increased muscle tightness as the sensors of joint position are not as proficient at warning the brain that the neck is approaching end of range. Restoring the function of this system is extremely important for both pain and achieving normal function for activities of daily living.

At the clinic we use a headband mounted laser and target practice to accurately measure this system and also train it. The use of the laser allows patients to see exactly where they lack control and body awareness and the real time feedback helps with the retraining of this sense. The neck is a common area where we apply this technology but it can be applied to similar losses of joint position control with hip and lumbar injuries as well as other ligament injuries like knee and ankle sprains. Speak to your physiotherapist about whether this treatment is appropriate for you.


In the management of many lower limb injuries a detailed and proper assessment of the foot can be the missing component to a timely recovery. Not only does the Saunders team place an emphasis on biomechanics of the foot but we are also trained in the fitting and fabrication of custom soft fit orthotics. These customisable orthotics can help address a variety of biomechanical problems at the foot. Used in conjunction with a strengthening and treatment program the orthotics can be adjusted over time as the foot becomes better adapted to the activities you want to do.


Hands on therapy is an integral part of the package of therapy that you can expect from the team at Saunders. We place a big emphasis on the restorative qualities different massage techniques offer to address a variety of musculoskeletal problems.

Each therapist is proficient in a number of techniques and will use them at their discretion to combat muscle tightness and pain. Techniques used at the clinic include deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, and remedial massage.

Deep tissue massage

Designed to relieve tension in the superficial and deep layers of muscle, connective tissue, and fascia. A dedicated set of techniques and strokes are used to ease musculoskeletal disorders and complaints.

Trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy – involves treatment to trigger points that may cause local pain or referred pain and other sensations in other parts of the body, such as headaches. Manual pressure is applied to these points to deactivate them and relieve myofascial pain.

Myofascial release

Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunctions that result in pain and restricted movement. The release of myofascial tissues is achieved by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, and by stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.

Remedial massage

Remedial massage utilises deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy to create conditions for the body’s return to normal health after injury. Remedial massage typically treats pain and discomfort caused from overuse, an acute injury, or poor posture. Remedial therapists are specially trained in physiology and have an understanding of the body’s mechanics to provide a more thorough massage than those for relaxation and stress relief.

Ergonomic Assessment

Our physiotherapists can perform ergonomic assessments on employees to ensure a safe workplace.


What is an ergonomic assessment?

  • Assessment of a worker at their workstation
  • Ensure correct working posture and workstation set-up
  • Reduces workers exposure to hazards such as uncomfortable postures/repetitive tasks
  • Look at behaviours such as how often they stand
  • A 30-minute review of employers work environment to ensure correct setup and maximal comfort
  • Reports are sent within 7 business days

How do we do it?

  • Physiotherapists perform the assessments from your workplace
  • Consider if employee is at high risk of work-related injury
  • Give recommendations on the day such as:
    • Introduce footrest
    • Raise seat height to improve arm position
    • Lower feet on keyboard
    • Screens brought closer to within arm’s reach and down so taskbar at eyelevel
    • Telephone moves closer to within arm’s reach
    • Monitors brought forward

Why we do it?

  • Maximise comfort
  • Minimise risk of work-related injury
  • Poor posture at work puts extra stress on joints and muscles
  • Leads to overwork and fatigue, which can lead to chronic pain
  • This can result in musculoskeletal disorders e.g., tendonitis/carpal tunnel

Frequently Asked Questions


Your Physiotherapist will talk to you about your injury/issue in as much detail as possible, followed by a physical assessment, treatment and discussion about the best plan going forward as well as possible exercises for you to do at home.

Ultrasound might be used to help with the physical assessment.

Any relevant scans, reports, or referrals to provide the Physiotherapist with as much information as possible relating to the issue.

If applicable, all relevant third-party documents which may include but not limited to, Work-Cover or sporting clubs as well as claim numbers provided by the third-party provider.

If applicable, your private health card to potentially reduce the cost of the appointment.

Initial Consult                                        $140

Standard Consult                                 $99

Long Consult (60min)                          $198

Returning Consult (after 3 month)    $140

Please call the clinic for Dr. Steve Saunders and KangaTech bookings and fee schedules.

In this case, you will need to pay the full amount on the day. A copy of the receipt will be forwarded to you which can be used to claim your benefit through your health-fund.

We recommend that you download your health-fund app to allow your health-fund card to be added to your wallet.

COVID-19 Information

No, masks are no longer mandated in tier 2 health care settings. However, Masks may be re-introduced in our clinic depending on SA Health recommendation and guidelines. 

You are welcome to wear a mask for your own comfort.


Yes, we do. You can purchase single sessions for $5 or a gym pass for 10 sessions for $45.

We do ask that you call the clinic to book your gym session prior to attending.

There is street parking available, however, at times it can be difficult to find a car park.

We are also situated in a carpark with fees from $6 to $12.


We understand that life gets busy, and circumstances change, however, we do ask for 24hrs notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. A reminder SMS will be sent out 24 hours prior to your appointment. A late cancellation fee/non-attendance fee will be charged.

We ask that you reschedule your appointment if you develop any cold/flu symptoms prior to your appointment, even if you have a negative RAT test. No late cancellation fee will be charged.

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