Stroke Rehab

What is a Stroke?

A stroke, medically termed a Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA), is a form of brain injury occurring from restricted blood flow to specific areas of the brain (Ischaemic Stroke) or bleeding within the brain tissues (Haemorrhagic Stroke) (Al-Qazzaz et al., 2014). 

Consequently, these regions are deprived of oxygen, disrupting normal neural function, and potentially causing motor or cognitive impairments (Heiss, 2012).


Increased falls risk associated with ageing

Ageing is a natural part of life. We all do it. With ageing, however, comes a natural decline in physical capabilities. You might wake up one morning and find it extra hard to get out of bed.

Suddenly you can’t bend down to tie up your shoelaces, or gardening, which was once an enjoyable relaxing hobby, has become a chore that you dread due to pain and feeling unstable on your feet.


The importance of core strength for children with developmental Disabilities

Every child is unique, and when it comes to children with developmental disabilities, understanding and addressing their specific needs and limitations is essential. One often overlooked but essential aspect is the development of core strength. Core strength is an important building block in a child’s development and wellbeing, right from the moment we start crawling and exploring.


Tennis elbow

Exercise Physiology / Physiotherapy for Tennis Elbow

What is tennis elbow?:

Tennis elbow, otherwise known as lateral epicondyle tendinopathy, is the most common overuse syndrome in the elbow. Tennis elbow occurs when the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow become inflamed and damaged. This leads to pain and tenderness on the bony prominence on the outside of the elbow (the lateral epicondyle). 


Do I need an Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist?

At Body Smart Health we pride ourselves on offering a number of allied health services including exercise physiology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and dietetics. But when it comes to choosing between exercise physiology and physiotherapy many of us get confused. Whilst both allied health professionals offer similar services there are some differences between the two that are helpful to know when deciding who to see.

The Role of Hydrotherapy in Managing Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Current statistics indicate that over 33,000+ people live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Australia alone, with most people being diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40 (MS Australia, 2021). Numerous risk factors can increase the risk of the disease developing, this includes genetic predisposition, immunological factors, environmental factors, virus and bacteria exposure (Nourbakhsh et al., 2019).

Vestibular Rehabilitation

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation is a physiotherapy lead treatment program for those presenting with vestibular dysfunction which most commonly presents as dizziness or vertigo, motion sensitivity and balance difficulties as a result of inner ear pathology. Vestibular dysfunction can also present with a multitude of other symptoms including headaches, nausea, blurry vision or light headedness. There are many different causes of vertigo but symptoms are often as a result of your balance systems and inner ear reporting different information to your brain, causing symptoms to arise.
The goal of vestibular rehabilitation is to reduce dizziness symptoms and improve your balance and stability while walking to improve your quality of life.

Knee treatment

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

What is it?

It’s invisible but it’s certainly not inexistent, and it may be starting to disturb many aspects of your life. The good news is there are steps you can take to help. Did you know movement and exercise is essential in helping manage and treat chronic pain?

Lower back pain physiotherapy

What is Lower back Pain Physiotherapy?

In Australia Lower Back Pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions that Clients present to Physiotherapists with looking for help, answers and relief. Lower back pain can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, occupation or activity levels. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 1 in 6 (16%) of Australians are currently experiencing and living with Lower Back Pain, whether that be either Acute or Chronic in nature. READ MORE