It is estimated that 150,000 Australians are diagnosed with cancer per year. However, advances in detection and treatment technologies mean that more and more people are surviving. The effects of cancer and its treatments can be ongoing, and may have large impacts on cancer survivor’s quality of life.

Exercise is an effective method of helping to manage these effects and has the power to:

  • Maintain body weight
  • Manage cancer-related fatigue
  • Preserve bone density
  • Improve mood
  • Improve body image
  • Protect against cancer-related cognitive decline
  • Prevent some types of cancer
  • Reduce the risk of recurrence
  • Improve the effectiveness of treatment
  • Manage the risk of developing other conditions

Engaging in exercise is an important aspect of maintaining your health. It is recommended that you try to complete 20 minutes or more of aerobic exercise (e.g. walking, swimming, cycling) on most days of the week, and strength training twice per week. This may seem like a lot, but start small with what you can manage, and gradually build up over time.

It is normal to have fluctuations in energy day to day, and you will find some days will be harder than others, but even completing a few minutes of exercise each day will be beneficial. Finding activities you enjoy doing, and exercising with others can help in finding the motivation to be active.

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The Physio Clinic is excited to be launching free walking groups across all 3 of our locations! We were joined by some of our patients and team members for our first group of the year, on Saturday the 27th of March at Victoria Park. 

Walking provides several health benefits including but not limited to: 

  • Increased cardiovascular and respiratory (heart and lung) fitness  
  • Improved management of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol
  • Improved mental health and cognitive function 
  • Improved balance
  • Increased muscle mass, strength and endurance
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Updated 17th October 2022

Our clinics will remain open and operating as usual. We are following the current SA government guidelines and will be monitoring the situation and updating our advice and guidelines accordingly.

When attending your next appointment or class, we ask that you:

  • Contact us immediately if you do receive a positive result and were recently in a clinic, although the mandatory isolation requirements for positive COVID-19 cases are being removed from October 14th, The Physio Clinic is still a Tier 2 healthcare setting therefore isolation will remain in place. You can call the clinic on 8342 1233 to reschedule your appointment if it falls within the 5 days from positive result or exposure, or if you are still symptomatic.
  • As per the SA Health Guidelines, wearing masks is now recommended but no longer mandatory at The Physio Clinic. While this may come as a great relief for many of our clients, we also understand that this change may cause considerable stress and anxiety for others. The unfortunate truth is that COVID-19 isn’t going anywhere, it’s in our community and it will be with us for a long time. We all know someone who is living with a compromised immune system – whether it’s yourself, a loved one or a friend – Please keep in mind that these people are at higher risk of serious infection.
  • Prefer to wear a mask? No worries, our friendly admin team have plenty of spares or you can bring your own.
  • Please let your physio know if you’d feel more comfortable with them wearing a mask and they’ll happily put one on.
  • Masks will still be required in our clinics if you’re a close contact or someone in your household is unwell. We offer telehealth appointments if needed. We want all of our clients and staff to feel as comfortable as possible during these times. Please don’t hesitate to contact us on 8342 1233 if you have any questions regarding these changes.
  • Provide honest and open communication about any possible COVID-related symptoms and reschedule any appointments if you or your household members are unwell. We ask that you receive a negative COVID result before returning to the clinic.
  • Come as close as possible to your appointment time to reduce time in the waiting area, including for group exercise classes.
  • Practice social distancing when appropriate, including in our group exercise classes.
  • Follow instructions to clean down equipment used in our group exercise classes using provided sanitising spray.
  • Please bring your own towel and drink bottle to all group exercise classes.

Please feel free to give us a call or talk to your clinician if you have any concerns. We also have telehealth services available if you would prefer to keep in contact with your physiotherapist virtually in the short term.

We thank you for your assistance in keeping our team and community safe and look forward to working together with you in these challenging times.

Read the latest advice from SA Health – Help & Advice on COVID

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Olivia graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from Flinders University in 2017.

As a physiotherapist, she has a keen interest in helping people recover from recent injury or chronic pain conditions, as well as a passion for healthy aging and creating positive exercise experiences for all clients.

Outside of the clinic, Olivia also works in the community as a sports physiotherapist for Hectorville Football club, and in her spare time she can be found ballet dancing and enjoying yoga.

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Angela has specialised her career in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in London where she has worked with patients ranging from those with acute sporting injuries, complex musculoskeletal issues, pre and postnatal women, and chronic pain.

She combines the most up to date evidence based techniques including manual therapies, dry needling, rehabilitation and education to ensure you achieve all of your movement goals to get you back to living life to the fullest.

She has a keen passion for Pilates, hiking and loves baking up a storm in the kitchen.

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Angelique graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia in 2019.

Throughout her studies and beyond, she gained a special interest in neurological conditions and the impact that physiotherapy can have on rehabilitation. She also has a keen interest in paediatric physiotherapy, and strives to empower children and their families/caregivers to achieve their goals. Read more

Hydrotherapy is an effective way of using warm water to assist in rehabilitation of acute and chronic injuries.

What makes hydrotherapy so effective is it uses water’s properties to create a fun, interactive environment which can help relieve pain and improve your range of motion. Hydrotherapy can also help increase your strength by pushing against the resistance of the water, allow you to perform exercises that you normally couldn’t on land due to your now buoyant nature and keep your muscles warm and relaxed. Read more

No doubt you have heard the whispers about Private health companies changing their cover so that Pilates will not be accessible with private health insurance. Here at The Physio Clinic we have used this information and other evidence based knowledge to arrange better and more comprehensive exercise classes for you.

This does not mean we are boycotting Pilates but incorporating Pilates exercises into a personalized gym program made for your body and any injuries which accompany it. Physio exercise classes (PEC) can be useful for any age, young or old and for any condition from plantarfascitis, tension headaches, low back pain or exercise after pregnancy. Read more