Physiotherapy

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy uses advanced techniques and evidence based practice to assess, diagnose and treat a wide range of health conditions and movement disorders. Physiotherapists are highly trained professionals who work in partnership with their patients to help them improve and maintain their physical health. Physiotherapy techniques aim to assist in the repair of tissue damage and speed up recovery, as well as reducing pain and increasing mobility through exercise, manual therapy, advice and education.

At Forge, our Physiotherapists not only assess and treat your current condition, but they work to prevent any further injuries through adequate education and self-management.

We will work closely with your Allied Health team including your GP, specialists, trainers and coaches to provide you with the highest quality of treatment to aid your recovery as well as achieving your goals.

Our Physiotherapists are all trained and qualified Clinical Pilates instructors, which we tie into our treatment plan when appropriate. Clinical Pilates improves your body awareness, helps regain and develop your strength and educates you on how to perform safe and efficient movement.

Physiotherapy can help:

  • Reduce pain and stiffness
  • Treat sports injuries
  • Improve posture and work related issues
  • Increase mobility
  • Improve quality of life
  • Pre and Post Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Manage and Reduce Chronic Pain
  • Reduce back pain (both acute and chronic)
  • Pre and Post Natal care
  • Improve sports performance

Physiotherapy Lead Exercise

Whether you are currently suffering from an injury, acute or chronic or just want to exercise in a safe and supportive environment, our Individualised Physiotherapy lead exercise programs are here for you. Our Physiotherapy Sessions are conducted in a fully equipped Gym as well as a Clinical Pilates Studio (with Reformer, Cadillac, Wundachair and other small equipment) to help you through your recovery with the

best equipment available. Your Physiotherapist will first conduct a thorough Functional Movement Assessment and then design a suitable program to address your specific goals using evidenced based exercise therapy as well as Clinical Pilates where required. Read more about Pilates in our Studio Pilates section.

Our Physiotherapy Exercise Classes can help you with both Pre and Post Rehabilitation of injuries, help you work on your strength and conditioning, mobility and flexibility as well as balance and proprioception.

Initial Physiotherapy Consultation

At Forge we recommend a 45 or 60 minute Initial for your first Physiotherapy consultation. This allows our Physiotherapists to conduct a thorough subjective and objective assessment as well as allowing plenty of time for treatment and home exercise prescription. If you have 2 areas of pain or injury to be assessed we recommend a 60 minute consultation. At Forge we also offer 30 minute follow up appointments as well as 15 minute consults for strapping.

1:1 Physiotherapy Lead Exercise

These personalised sessions give you guidance by a Physiotherapist and a chance for you to learn how your body moves, bring awareness and work on your specific rehabilitation goals. Our Physiotherapists recommend a few one on one sessions prior to entering our Small Group Training Classes to best learn how to use the Gym and Pilates Equipment effectively.

Physiotherapy Small Group Training (4:1)

Upon the completion of your initial assessment, your Physiotherapist will design an individualized, goal specific Exercise program. You will be able to complete this program in these small group training sessions, where one Physiotherapist will be present to observe and assist you in your session. Forge keeps these groups small, only 4 people to each therapist allowing more one on one time between clients. Our 4:1 groups are recommended for those wanting a more individualized program to assist clients who are new to exercise or those recovering from an injury. Your Physiotherapist will let you know if they recommend this form of group training for you as opposed to our other Performance classes including Reformer Pilates or Functional Training classes.

Small Group Training - Pregnancy And Post Natal

At Forge our Physiotherapists are highly trained in delivering safe and specific Ante and Post Natal exercises programs. Starting from as early as pre-conception, you can start your exercise plan with our Physiotherapist and be guided safely throughout your whole pregnancy in our one on one sessions or small group training sessions. Our Physiotherapists use Real Time Ultrasound to adequately assess your Core and Pelvic floor muscles to make sure they are working effectively. This is especially used post-natal to assess the recovery of these muscles. Once you have given birth, a 30 minute Physiotherapy Consultation is recommended and required prior to joining our Small Group Training Sessions or our Mums and Bubs classes.

Real Time Ultrasound

During your Initial Assessment, our Physiotherapists will use a real-time Ultrasound to observe the activation and endurance of your Transverse Abdominus and Pelvic Floor Muscles not visible from the outside of the body. The ultrasound probe will be gently moved across your abdomen to correctly see the muscles activating. This process will allow you to correctly learn how to activate these muscles during your Pilates practice and identify focus areas to align with your goals and recovery program.

Scoliosis Screening

Our scoliosis screening are 15 minute short consultations run by our Physiotherapists where they can help assess and discuss with you any concerns you may have regarding your spinal curve, your pain and or scoliosis management strategies.

Exercise for Scoliosis

At Forge, our Physiotherapists are trained at delivering scoliosis specific and individualized exercise programs. These sessions start with an Initial 60 minute Consultation where the Physiotherapist will conduct a full postural and musculo-skeletal assessment, review your X-ray scans and discuss with you the best management strategies to help you with your pain and/or concerns as well as design an individualised in clinic and home exercise program. In some cases a referral to a scoliosis specialist may be recommended for review if further treatment is required.

Defence Veterans and Medicare

A DVA referral or EPC (medicare) referral is required from your GP for your sessions to be covered with an Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist through Medicare. Please consult your Doctor to see if you are eligible.

Workcover and other Insurance Claims

WorkCover Queensland is a government owned body that provides insurance covering workplace injuries. Employees with a workplace injury may be eligible to claim WorkCover Queensland benefits. For us to directly bill WorkCover you must bring these 2 documents to your physiotherapy appointment – An approved Workcover claim number and a current medical certificate from your General Practitioner (GP). If your physiotherapy appointments fall outside the dates of the medical certificate, you will need to return to your GP and obtain a new certificate. To find out more about WorkCover Queensland claims call 1300 362 128.

New to Physiotherapy?

What to Expect

We recommend that you arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to fill out our initial client form. At forge, we use iPads for our client registration forms however if you prefer to use paper to fill out your details please let our Receptionist know. You can also speed up this process by downloading our Forge Pilates App of the App or Android store and fill out your details here. For your Physiotherapy consult, please bring any supporting documentation if you have any eg. Referral Letters from GP/Surgeons, X-ray or scan results etc.

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What to Wear

Please wear soft and comfortable clothing that allow you to move freely and easily and that will make it easier for our Physiotherapist to assess the affected area. At Forge we have 3 Curtained Physiotherapy Rooms and One Private Consult Room. If you would like your Physiotherapy Session to be conducted in this private room, please let our Receptionist know before hand or your Physiotherapist on the day of appointment.

Bookings and Payments

Bookings can be made by our ‘Book Online’ tab on our website. You can also download our Forge Pilates App and book here. Please select the appointment you would prefer either Initial Physiotherapy 45 or 60 minute consult. If you prefer to speak to someone and discuss your options please call us on (07) 3844 0686 or visit our studio during reception hours.

*Hicaps on premises, Physiotherapy services above all claimable under private health.

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