Physio Fit proudly works with NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) clients at both our Modbury and Findon clinics to provide a range of health services for everyone in our community that we are equipped to support.
We can help you to move and feel better, allowing you to achieve your health and fitness goals with tailored physiotherapy exercise programs towards your goals. Disabilities of any type should not restrict you from setting and achieving the goals that are meaningful to you.
We work with people with disability to help them to achieve their full potential through active, exercise based rehabilitation in our fully equipped on site rehab gym combined with individualised home exercise programs. Whether your issue is pain, decreased strength, mobility, brain injury, spinal cord injuries or a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders – we can work with you to achieve your goals and take control of your health.
At Physio Fit we currently provide health services for people who are self managed and plan managed through the National Disability Insurance Agency to become empowered to achieve their full potential through evidence based physiotherapy – we are currently in the process of becoming and NDIS registered provider.
NDIS Physiotherapy services
The Australian Department of Health has stated that Australians should be doing 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate physical activity each week, with the addition of 2 days of strength training; and many of us aren’t meeting these guidelines!
Exercise is one of the most evidence based and empowering forms of therapy for reducing pain and improving overall function, health and well-being for people with a disability. At Physio Fit we are extremely passionate about getting you active in our rehab gym, so that you can build up the capacity to take on any challenges in life and achieve your goals. Our physiotherapists distill the latest evidence regarding the implementation of exercise programs and tailor it to each individual we work with, their unique disabilities and their specific goals – combining this into easy to understand language within your NDIS plan.
As part of your benefits within the national disability insurance agency, you can do one on one sessions with your Physiotherapist in our rehabilitation gym where we will guide you through an individualised program each session so that you can maximise your progress towards your goals. These sessions are designed to be very hands on to help you to feel comfortable in the gym setting whilst working on your form in a safe, controlled environment. We always aim to have you feeling confident to complete a home exercise program to get the most out of our time working together. This empowers you to be in control of your health condition, reducing your reliance on external help, even us!
At Physio Fit we also offer Physiotherapist supervised group exercise classes with up to 4 participants in each class. These classes are for people who would like to exercise in a group setting under the guidance of a qualified Physiotherapist to work towards their health and fitness goals. We will have regular one on one progress sessions where we will re-evaluate where you are currently and make the appropriate adjustments to your program to ensure you continue to move forwards on the path to your goals.
Our group exercise sessions are 45 minutes long and you will have your own specific exercise program to complete during this time, with close supervision from a Physiotherapist who understands you, your body and your goals.
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Find out more about our Physiotherapist supervised exercise classes
Manual therapy is a great tool that we can use to help to decrease your pain and increase your function in the short term for certain health conditions. We will use techniques such as:
- Soft tissue massage
- Dry needling
- Active release therapy
- PNF stretching
Manual therapies can help you to achieve your health and fitness goals; and we will explain the reason for each treatment we recommend for you so that you are able to understand and make informed decisions about your care with us.
It is important to note that within the health system these techniques are not used in isolation and they form part of the pain management within your overall management plan that will include exercise rehabilitation and biomechanics analysis for your specific disability. This allows you to become empowered to be in control of your pain, disability or issue, giving you the tools to see improvement in your own time.
As a participant of the national disability insurance scheme, it is important that we as your physiotherapists help to move you away from too much reliance on these passive treatment options and towards active rehabilitation, as this is what the advice is from latest research and evidence to get you the most benefit!
Many common conditions that are supported by the NDIS present with difficulties or deterioration in motor function causing problems with lower body strength and gait such as walking capacity and walking speed.
Impaired walking capacity can lead to poorer health outcomes and long term dependency on parents, carers and mobility devices. Therefore, being able to help individuals with their walking by providing evidence based treatments in a safe and supportive environment is essential in helping to maintain health, movement and quality of life.
Many studies have shown that difficulties with walking, especially in clients who are affected by neurological or degenerative conditions, can be due to muscle weakness or deterioration of strength. This results in the individual being unable to hold up their own body weight, making movement, walking and even keeping steady on their feet a problem.
At Physio Fit Adelaide, our Anti-Gravity Treadmill health service can help clients with this as it is able to reduce the amount of body weight going through the body during walking, rehabilitation and exercise training.
The Anti-Gravity Treadmill uses differential air pressure to reduce the percentage of body weight going through the client’s joints, enabling walking, jogging, running or exercising at anywhere from 20% to 100% of their bodyweight.
This is beneficial for patients looking to improve or maintain their walking, or assist in rehabilitation of pain and injuries of the spine, hips, knees, shins and ankles.
Our physiotherapists use the anti-gravity treadmill for exercise, rehabilitation and early return to movement by:
- Strengthening muscles of the legs in cases where clients cannot do so on their own due to pain, injury or ongoing conditions
- Improving speed of walking and balance in conditions where gait is affected or deteriorating
- Improving confidence in walking, jogging and exercising in a safe and supported way
- Reducing the amount of body weight and resistance experienced by our clients to allow for free flowing movement that cannot be achieved currently at full body weight
Once we have increased the capacity of your body to handle load using the Boost Anti-Gravity Treadmill, our physiotherapists can work towards setting you up with a home exercise program that builds on the momentum you have created and allows you to exercise at home, independently of Physiotherapy support.
As a part of the physiotherapy treatment plan available to you through the national disability insurance scheme, we have a biomechanics analysis set up at both of our clinic locations which utilises high speed cameras on our iPads combined with our movement software to allow us to break down your activity frame by frame; allowing us to see things that the human eye would miss.
You can find out more about our biomechanics analysis here – https://physiofitadelaide.com.au/services/biomechanics-analysis/
What to expect in an initial consultation
Your initial physiotherapy consultation is tailored to your individual needs with the aim to really get to know you and create a plan together to achieve your goals.
We have a specific focus on:
- Listening – We understand the frustration of seeing a healthcare practitioner who doesn’t listen to you and your story, blindly telling you what they think you should do based on only a fraction of your full story. Our promise is to listen with the intent to understand your unique challenges and to answer in depth any questions that you may have.
- Assessment – We will ensure we take you through a full assessment so that we have a joint understanding of your issue and can develop a plan moving forwards to achieve your goals.
- Treatment – We will use appropriate treatment methods to have you taking steps in the right direction towards your goals.
- Plan – We are huge on planning, because without a clear plan it’s impossible to get the most out of your time with us. We will work together to keep accountable to the plan that we’ve outlined, updating it throughout our journey together.
Who can we help and how do you make an appointment?
We can currently help those who are self managed and plan managed through the NDIS (national disability insurance scheme). We understand that it can be very difficult to navigate the NDIS process, as such we will spend time with you to establish how everything will work for you throughout your time with us at Physio Fit – we know there is no one size fits all when it comes to disabilities and individually tailored plans are essential. Depending on how your funds are managed will dictate how the billing process will work, just know that we will do everything we can to make it as smooth as possible so you can focus on the goals you have set with your Physiotherapist.
If you are plan managed we will require the details of the plan manager that your funding is distributed through as well as your NDIS number and billing information. We will communicate directly with both your plan manager and support coordinator (and any other relevant health professionals) to ensure we are playing our role as a part of your support team in the most effective way possible. We understand that different plan managers bill in different ways, for most we will be able to send invoices to them directly so all you have to worry about is showing up to the appointment. We can also contact them directly to establish how billing will work if you are unsure.
If you are self-managed the process is slightly different, you will be able to pay for your appointments using your NDIS funding and we will then provide you with all required paperwork and invoices so you can keep track of everything you need for the NDIA. If at any point you require account statements or overviews of your appointments, we will be more than happy to get these for you in a timely manner.
Our physiotherapy appointment pricing falls in line with the NDIS dictated rates. After your initial 1 hour consultation you also have the flexibility to choose if you prefer our standard 30 minute consultations or a longer 1 hour extended consultation.
Our pricing is as follows:
- 1 hour initial consultation $224
- 30 min standard follow up consultation $112
- 1 hour extended follow up consultation (double session) $224
If you would like to book a consultation, you can check our availability below. We hope to help you soon.