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.
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.
KangaTech is a hallmark of our clinic. Our Founder Steve Saunders developed this technology while working for the North Melbourne Kangaroos. It is now used widely in elite sporting organisations around the world from the AFL, NBA, NFL, EPL, MLB, and many more. The testing unit allows accurate and reliable measurement of isolated muscle strength, endurance and control. The software analytics allow athlete profiling to understand injury risk and guide appropriate interventions. Access to this cutting edge technology means we take the same high end elite sports approach to you and your problems.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Our physiotherapists can perform ergonomic assessments on employees to ensure a safe workplace.
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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.
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.
Are you a new or existing patient?
New patients and current patients can now book their appointments through HotDoc by pressing the appropriate button. Please call the clinic on (08) 8410 5666 if you wish to book a KangaTech assessment and our staff will find an appointment that best suits you.