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Our Services

Focus Physio specialise in a Whole systems approach.   We are dedicated to finding the source of your issues and providing the right kind of treatment to help you feel better and start moving faster.   Our team are all very highly trained practitioners.  In fact we have all been trained in the world renowned "Connect therapy" course.  This has been getting alot of attention as the most progressive and integrated form of Physio available.  We are the only ones in Cairns trained in "Connect Therapy".

We also are unique in that we are also the only clinic to offer Visceral and Neural Manipulation trained through the Barral Institute.  These are very precise and direct techniques on the tissue.

All Focus Physio Physiotherapists have also taken a needling course whether it be acupuncture or Dry needling.

As well as offering standard Physiotherapy including prescription, pilates and hands on treatment of manual therapy we specialise in Foot issues and post Caesarean healing.  read more below to find out about any of the above

At Focus Physio our method of treatment is very unique. We don’t just say we treat the whole body and the cause. We stand by it. Our team has taken specific and integrated courses that look specifically at finding the “driver” - this is the cause of the issue.

 
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Assessment & Diagnosis

Putting You First

At Focus Physio Cairns, we hear your story and take a detailed history. To that end, we create an individualised treatment plan including Assessment & Diagnosis.

Our treatments are more a hands on approach.  After many years of working with the body and alot of study, we believe that your system needs help first to release restrictions before it has the capacity to move and function correctly.   The treatment approach is very direct and precise for your particular needs. 

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Services/Skills offered

Patient-Centered Treatment

  • Visceral manipulation

  • Dry needling 

  • Acupuncture

  • Neural Manipulation

  • Discover Physio/connect series integrated method of assessment and Treatment 

  • Fascial manipulation

  • Pilates

  • Yoga advice and stretches

  • Manual therapy 

  • Joint mobilisation

  • Massage

  • Running assessment

  • Core retraining

  • Post surgical scar treatment

  • Carido-respriatory care

  • And much more…. 

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Conditions we treat

The Tools You Need

Headaches
Sporting injuries chronic or acute
Chronic pain
Acute pain
Neuralgia or any neural related issue
Any joint or connective tissue issue in the body
Back pain and sciatica
Tension 
Posture and movement correction
Reflux and digestion disorders 
Post surgery rehab and care.
Exercise prescription
Core muscle activation and Pelvic floor
We are experts with feet issues especially Bunions and plantar fasciitis 
Tendonitis
Women and mens heath including fertility issues, incontinence and menstral pain
Sinus issues 
Jaw pain or dysfunction
and much more

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What is Visceral Manipulation

Acute Disorders
Whiplash
Seatbelt Injuries
Chest or Abdominal Sports Injuries
Concussion
Traumatic Brain Injuries

Digestive Disorders
Bloating and Constipation
Nausea and Acid Reflux
GERD
Swallowing Dysfunctions

Women's and Men's Health Issues

Fertility
Chronic Pelvic Pain
Endometriosis
Fibroids and Cysts
Dysmenorrhea
Bladder Incontinence
Prostate Dysfunction
Referred Testicular Pain
Effects of Menopause

Musculoskeletal Disorders
Somatic-Visceral Interactions
Chronic Spinal Dysfunction
Headaches and Migraines
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Peripheral Joint Pain
Sciatica

Headaches and migraines 

Post surgery adhesions and pain

Pain Related to
Post-operative Scar Tissue
Post-infection Scar Tissue
Autonomic Mechanisms

Pediatric Issues
Constipation and Gastritis
Persistent Vomiting
Vesicoureteral Reflux
Infant Colic

Emotional Issues
Anxiety and Depression
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Visceral manipulation is a direct technique on the viscera which is the organs and connective tissue in our body.  Often these tissues are ignored as unimportant - however in my experience and through the courses taken, I would argue they are far more important to treat than muscle or the skeletal system.  The results are fantastic and lasting.  Often the viscera uses the muscularskeletal system as its dumping ground because when you stop to think about it our bodies care more our organs are happy then a muscle.  
Visceral manipulation assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction. It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.
An integrative approach to evaluation and treatment of a patient requires assessment of the structural relationships between the viscera, and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the musculoskeletal system. Strains in the connective tissue of the viscera can result from surgical scars, adhesions, illness, posture or injury. Tension patterns form through the fascial network deep within the body, creating a cascade of effects far from their sources for which the body will have to compensate. This creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body must move around, and this chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems.
Imagine an adhesion around the lungs. It would create a modified axis that demands abnormal accommodations from nearby body structures. For example, the adhesion could alter rib motion, which could then create imbalanced forces on the vertebral column and, with time, possibly develop a dysfunctional relationship with other structures. This scenario highlights just one of hundreds of possible ramifications of a small dysfunction - magnified by thousands of repetitions each day.

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What is Neural Manipulation

Neural manipulation helps many things in the body.  here is a short list of some of the benefits of this amazing direct technique on the nervous system

Lower Back Pain & Sciatica
Headaches & Migraines
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Joint Pain
Digestive Disorders
Post-operative Scar Tissue Pain
Swallowing Dysfunctions
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Whiplash Injuries
Birth Injuries
Neuralgia & Neuritis
Tendinitis
Sprains & Traumatic Lesions
Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injuries
And More

The nervous system is an amazing but poorly understood system by most practitioners and even nerve specialists.  You can not treat the nervous system in isolation from all of its connections in the body.  Through training and experience Focus Physio are leaders in beginning to understand and correctly treat the nervous system.  The results are profound and dramatic.  

Neural Manipulation examines mechanical relationships between the cranium/spine hard frame to the dura and neural elements. It provides assessment and treatment approaches to address restrictions of the dural and neural components not commonly focused on with musculoskeletal symptoms. Neural Manipulation identifies and releases local nerve restrictions while at the same time examines the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body, and by accessing this relationship, resolves the more comprehensive (global) dysfunctional patterns.

A nerve only functions correctly when it is able to move feely within its surrounding structures. The modality of Neural Manipulation facilitates nerve conductivity and intraneural blood supply for local and systemic responsiveness. By understanding the detailed anatomy of the neural manipulation, one can clearly see the potential for pathological change when nerves are restricted.

Manual therapy, as it applies to the treatment of nerves, follows the standard principles of mobility and function. For optimal function nerves must be able to move freely within its surroundings. This freedom of movement is essential for:

  • nerve conduction

  • electromagnetic conduction

  • intraneural blood supply

  • intraneural nerve supply

  • local and systemic responsiveness

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Foot and ankle Issues

Bunions, ankle sprains, foot pain and running issues including running assessment and advice, plantar fasciitis and much more

Because we are able to take into account the whole body we find we are able to correctly diagnose and treat foot issues.  For example most Plantar Fasciitis issues begin in the upper body and are expressed at the foot;  if you have experienced an old injury or trauma around the head neck or shot shoulders then it could be the reason why your foot issue linger.  Our therapists are ready to help.

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Caesarean scars and our expertise

Ceaseran Healing advice, hands on treatment and in-depth protocols for the best healing after your C section surgery.

At Focus Physio we have been working with women after a C Section surgery for some time . We  have come to learn some of the issues that are created that you may not initially link to your Caesarean. This surgery along with many other abdominal surgeries can have large impacts on your system often felt at other locations such as presenting as ongoing back pain or neck pain.  We have a very specific protocol and hands on treatment to address every aspect of the surgery and get you living to your best potential.

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Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Patient-Centered Treatment

We take the time to understand the root of your problem in order to provide the best and most effective treatment. Through our years of experience, we’ve found that Continued Care is a crucial part of the recovery process.

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What happens in a physio session?

What To Expect

* We start by listening to you
* We complete a thorough clinical assessment to find the source of the problem based on your complaints or dysfunction stated.
*  We explain our findings to you, this will allow you to further assist your bodies repair
* We offer a variety of treatment techniques that allow your body to shift and stay shifted. These techniques have been developed through attending many courses and years of experience. A lot of these techniques are unique to Focus Physio

*  Homework may be given. At Focus Physio we expand far beyond advise on stretches and exercises. In fact we tend to give these as an addition to our treatment as necessary. We believe your body needs assistance to shift in order to exercise and stretch in the right ways.

*. We want you to have a warm, happy and valued experience. We are excited to show you how interconnected and intricate your body is.

*. You have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the session and at the end.

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Integrated Systems approach

What is connect therapy and an Integrated Systems approach?

The Integrated Systems Model is an approach which provides an understanding of how all past injuries, poor posture and movement habits are linked and have contributed to the current state of health, or lack thereof.
Our goal is to help you understand your body better and to learn new ways to improve and self-manage. It is not uncommon for us to hear ‘That is the first time anyone has made sense and been able to link all my injuries and sore parts of my body!’