At North Freo Physio we offer an experienced and unique approach to physiotherapy, with personalised treatment designed to get you back to your best. We specialise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, spinal pain, post operative rehabilitation, sports injuries, clinical pilates, manual therapy and dry needling.

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Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is the provision of services to attend to any matter of a nature relative to the muscle and joint physicality of the human body.

It is specifically related to the assessment and diagnosis of a bodily injury or complaint including pain and dysfunction of a joint, muscle or spinal origin.


We have expertise in the treatment of musculoskeletal (muscle and joint) conditions. Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy employs advanced clinical assessment and diagnosis methods as well as a broad range of treatment techniques to attend to physical findings.

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy will help you relieve or reduce your pain.

Our team will:

  • Provide you with strategies to best manage your injury or condition.
  • Help you to recover quicker and return to your normal activities.
  • Improve your flexibility, muscle strength & quality of movement.
  • Assist you to achieve exercise or functional goals.
  • Improve your fitness and wellbeing
  • Help you to prevent future injury through advice, exercises and self management strategies
  • Prescribe exercises to enhance your recovery.
Clinical Pilates

Clinical pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on core stability, strength, flexibility, breathing, posture and control. Here at North Freo Physio we use clinical reformers to attain the specific client and Physiotherapy goals.

We use Clinical Pilates in conjunction with Physiotherapy to rehabilitate clients and treat numerous injuries especially those of spinal origin.


Pilates has the combined benefit of:

  • Improving posture and core stability
  • Enhancing muscle strength
  • Progressing rehabilitation
  • Improving muscle control
  • Preventing injuries
  • Increasing muscle strength
  • Improving body tone
  • Improving overall benefiting body wellness

Recent studies suggest strong evidence that Clinical Pilates is of benefit for core strength and retraining the deep stabilising muscles of the core. This has a strong relation in directly assisting those clients with Musculoskeletal and spinal pain in retraining and recruiting muscles of core stability.


Health rebates available on all Clinical Pilates sessions (as per your health fund).

Initial assessment: $90
(Includes first complimentary session)

Sessions 2-5: $70 p/session

Sessions 6+: $49 p/session

All classes have a maximum of 3 clients and run for 70minutes.

Please contact us today for further information.

Sports Injury Management

We use specific assessment and diagnostic testing, along with evidenced based practice to accurately diagnose and treat an injury. From an accurate diagnosis we can begin treatment to enhance the recovery of injury and return the client back to sport in the most efficient and safest way.

North Freo Physio are able to personalise a plan, restore function and treat to the highest level.


Physiotherapy includes many modalities each having the desired effect of improving the patients complaint and returning to their chosen sport through guidance and modified rehabilitation to get back to their best and back to sport.

We cater for clients from all sporting backgrounds. Ben has a particular interest in treating clients with biomechanical issues arising from golf, swimming, paddling and running.

Manual Therapy

This is the ‘hands on’ approach that skillfully uses manual treatment to attain Physiotherapy goals. Hands on therapy includes, manual joint mobilisations, manipulation, muscle stretching & nerve mobilisation techniques.

Manipulation is the artful introduction of a rapid rotational, shear or distraction force into an articulation. Mobilisation is a more slower controlled movement administered to joints or soft tissues to cause change either improving range of motion, reducing pain or restoring function.

Post-Operative Rehabilitation

For those that have sustained an injury or complaint that has required surgery, we are here to help.

Once the affected site has been repaired surgically we can begin an assessment and provide a strategy for Physiotherapy treatment. This includes initial pain management through modalities and electrotherapy techniques.

We then begin range of motion treatment aimed at restoring function.


This is a task of the Physiotherapist, and a home exercise for the client to continue. After the acute stage, we begin specific Physiotherapy techniques to restore joint, muscle, neural and functional goals. We are familiar with all Surgeons’ specific clinical protocols and we attain the best results for all clients given their surgery and circumstances.

Spinal Pain

This is a very common ailment that Physiotherapists need to have skillful assessment and diagnostic techniques to manage. Spinal pain refers to any pain or dysfunction that a client has relative to the Cervical, thoracic, lumbar or sacral regions.

Low back pain happens to be a very common ailment that humans acquire at some stage in there life. Thus Lumbar spine pain management whether acute or long standing(chronic) is a big part of what we manage.

Remedial Massage

Remedial massage is a form of massage that uses either gentle or strong deep techniques to attain many goals.

Remedial masseuses are trained to administer a wide variety of techniques to ease pain and discomfort, improve muscle length, stimulate blood flow to muscles, release toxins, and improve flexibility.


Remedial massage can help with muscle tightness and pain, sports injuries, headaches, low back pain, whiplash associated injuries and general postural loading issues.

Dry Needling

Dry needling is the use of inserting small needles into muscles to elicit a response to cause the desired effect.

The results of this technique include a specific and localised, pain-free treatment of tender muscles. This technique is used in conjunction with Physiotherapy and is another tool in attaining the overall treatment goals. It is rarely used in isolation.


It is believed that the lack of blood flow to a specific portion of a muscle leads to an inability to remove the toxins and byproducts used in muscle contractions. The presence of these waste products over time can chemically irritate the muscle fibres and produce pain. This a condition known as myofascial pain.

Trigger points are tight taut bands within the muscle fibre that limit blood flow. Trigger Point Dry Needling has become a popular treatment option for patients with myofascial (trigger point) pain.

Dry needling of a myofascial trigger point will elicit a local twitch response (LTR), which is an involuntary spinal cord reflex in which the muscle fibres in the taut band of muscle contract.

Ergonomic Assessment & Advice

Ergonomic assessment is the functional analysis of a given task. We can partake in the assessment of many common tasks of everyday life and work. We at North Freo can also carry out Functional task analysis and Pre-emloyment Musculoskeletal assessments.