How we work

Integrative Physiotherapy is a holistic approach to treatment.

This treatment modality not only attends to the specific injury site, akin to traditional physiotherapy, but also recognises the intricate interconnectedness of the body, treating it as a harmonious whole. We treat the whole body and mind using mindful neuromuscular retraining techniques, yoga therapy, visceral therapy and craniosacral therapy.

We assess all aspects of you contributing to ongoing or recurring pain. 

Physio Therapy Yoga uses a variety of approaches to suit the particulars of your unique condition. With 25 years of experience treating complex and stubborn pain, A-J has a broad toolkit of skills to treat you. As a specialist Sports Physio treating knee pain, for example, she looks at your whole body, as everything is connected. We’re based in Milsons Point on Sydney’s lower north shore, with clients traveling far and wide, attracted by our experience and unique approach.

In addition to Physiotherapy, we combine the age-old practices of yoga therapy which have been used for millennia to relieve and prevent pain, heal, and rehabilitate. You don’t need to tolerate your aches and pains or live with pain from old injuries. 

If you have tried several treatments, but nothing has really worked, perhaps this combination of approaches can help you as it has many others.

    Whole-body Integrated Systems Approach

    The Integrated Systems Approach assesses and treats the cause(s) of your problem, not just the symptoms. 

    The problem is not always where the pain is felt. The interrelationship of every system in your body is assessed, including physical, physiological, mental and emotional, and is brought back to a more balanced state to relieve persistent pain or dysfunction. If we want positive change to endure, we need to take a holistic approach to treatment.

    The Integrated Systems Approach requires years of extra training and clinical experience to apply. This approach is a recognised method for providing relief for difficult-to-treat or persistent pain. 

    Release muscle tension

    Rehabilitation is not only about strengthening. Some people struggle to relax their muscles, which leads to tension and pain. We all need to find a balance between strength and stability and mobility and relaxation of muscles. 

    Here at Physio Therapy Yoga, we teach you both, particularly how to relieve longstanding muscular tension to relieve longstanding pain. You may not even be aware you have it! 

    Therapies may include; myofascial release, joint mobilisation, neuromuscular retraining, release of entrapped nerves, craniosacral therapy, visceral therapy, and mindfulness training.

    Look, listen and feel

    The human body is one of our greatest teachers. Over the last twenty-five years, I’ve honed my assessment skills to better understand who’s in front of me.

    I listen carefully to you and your body, look at your alignment and your strategy for movement, and feel your tissues for lines of tension and spasm. 

    Like a detective, together we investigate the underlying, and sometimes multiple causes of your pain. Together we put in place a plan for your rehabilitation and healing. Not just for today and next week, but for many more years to come.

    This is a whole-body and lifestyle approach to health, healing, and vitality.

    Other therapies

    A-J is a specialist sports physio. She has studied Exercise and Sports science, biomechanics and functional anatomy. In addition to these she has completed two years of study in integrative systems physiotherapy. She is a Yoga teacher and yoga therapist and completed studies in craniosacral therapy and visceral therapy. A-J is a life-long learner, she draws on her varied studies and qualifications to complement traditional Physiotherapy. 

    Yoga Therapy

    Yoga incorporates multiple areas of health; physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and spiritual (philosophical). It is an ancient philosophy that has helped people body and mind for millennia. 

    Physical practices strengthen the body and soothe the nervous system, they prepare the body for meditation to quiet the ‘thinking’ mind. Reflective practices reveal why we have particular habits and attitudes that may contribute to health issues; yoga helps us change if we want to.

    Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process through which you are guided in practices, based on your individual needs, toward self-healing and greater well-being. 

    “Yoga therapy is a holistic and multidimensional philosophy and practice that offers a methodology to work with underlying causes of pain and suffering. It is informed, self-care guided, and in relationship with a trained therapist”. (Global Yoga Therapy Conference 2021).

    Evidence-based research supports yoga therapy as a modality to successfully help you manage persistent pain.