Real time ultrasound (RTUS) provides us with the unique ability to SEE muscles are often difficult to feel

Specific feedback re assures you of the correct muscle function to support your body.

Real time ultrasound (RTUS) provides us with the unique ability to SEE the function of deep abdominal, pelvic floor and deep lumbar muscles known as the core stabilising muscles and deep hip stabilising muscles. These muscles are often difficult to feel . Specific feedback re assures you of the correct muscle function to support your body.

Deep stabilising muscles are important in providing support to the spine. Back pain with nerve pain in the leg, poor posture, surgery or pregnancy can result in the loss of adequate control in these muscles. The use of RTUS has been shown to help reduce the recurrence of low back pain from 80% to 30%, by assisting in teaching the correct method of core muscle activation.

RTUS biofeedback is provided at Activate Physio. Exercise Rehab. Pilates during initial consultations or in a one on one private session with a physiotherapist. This assessment of abdominal and back muscle function allows us to tailor a very individualised program,  specific to your needs.

Please note that we assess pelvic floor muscle function indirectly, with the sound head placed above the pubic bone on the lower tummy, to view of bladder neck movement. Clients having this assessment need to have a drink of about 500ml of fluid at least half an hour before the assessment to have a full bladder, for reliable feedback during the session.

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Just yourself!

You may also bring:

  • A towel to cover the treatment bed if you wish to use your own
  • Any relevant medical information that may help your therapist in assessment and treatment of your condition. Eg. X-rays, MRIs, medical reports etc
  • Comfortable clothing in the form of loose fitting pants or shorts and a singlet. We can also supply ‘very sexy’ Physio shorts.. ?!
  • For some consults you may bring often worn shoes, your sport shoes and your orthotics if you have them
  • Please see specific instructions if you need to have a real time ultrasound biofeedback consult to check ‘bladder neck lift’ an indirect assessment of pelvic floor muscle function * Link*
  • Don’t forget your private health fund and/or medicare card so we can use our HICAPS facility to put your claim though as part of your payment, – or if you don’t have your cards with you, we can generate a special receipt for you so you can claim yourself

If you forget any or all of these items , don’t worry! We will still be more than happy to see you!

You do not need a referral from a doctor to see a physiotherapist in Australia.

However we often work in consultation with a registered health professionals like your doctor, physio, osteopath or podiatrist, who can refer people to Activate Physio Pilates for specific assistance with physio supervised tailored exercise rehab programmes.

We also receive referrals from many other people including massage therapists, acupuncturists, Pilates instructors and from clients themselves who are happy with our help.

No. Medicare does not cover physiotherapy unless you have a Chronic Disease Management Plan (previously Enhanced Primary Care Plan or EPC) that has been given to you by your doctor.

If you speak with your doctor and are eligible for the Chronic Disease Management Plan, please tell us when you book your appointment. The Chronic Disease Management Plan entitles you to up to five physiotherapy treatment sessions per calendar year. We claim these Chronic Disease Management Plan treatment sessions on the spot electronically, this means that you will only pay the gap payment for these visits.

We facilitate your health fund claiming on the spot via our HICAPS system. Just bring your card with you. Claiming is available if you have Physiotherapy included in your health fund policy. Whilst we endeavour to have a Physiotherapist  or Exercise Physiologist on with a Pilates instructor in the exercise studio, supervising the sessions, we are unable to guarantee it in all cases. Most health funds require direct Physiotherapist’s supervision for claimable sessions. Please contact your health fund for all regulations and requirements regarding claiming and your individual policy.

We have a 24 hour cancellation/no show policy.

However, we understand that sometimes you need to cancel or reschedule appointments. We ask that if you need to cancel or reschedule, you do so 24 hours prior to the appointment.

This allows us to offer the time to other people waiting for an appointment.