Services we offer:

  • Acupuncture
  • Dry Needling/ IMS
  • Fascial Manipulation
  • Functional Rehabilitation Programs
  • Manual Therapy/ Sarah Key Method
  • Musculoskeletal Assessments
  • Posture Analysis/ Movement instruction
  • Sport specific Physio
  • Taping and Bracing
  • Ergonomics/ Workplace assessments


Acupuncture is an old traditional therapeutic method used to encourage our body’s natural healing process, alleviate or reduce pain and promote a return to normal function or movement. Fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points in the body along the meridian lines, which are called acupuncture points. The treatment is comfortable and it is common to feel very little during the treatment session. If any sensation is felt it is often a feeling of heaviness or aching which, reflects that the needles are in beneficial points.

Anatomical Acupuncture refers to the more modern approach of acupuncture, which when combined with anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology effectively treats acute and chronic pain conditions. Often acupuncture is used in conjunction with other treatment techniques to assist with the body’s natural healing mechanisms, however; acupuncture can also be used solely to treat a particular condition. For more longstanding chronic conditions one to two treatments a week may be recommended and become less frequent as symptoms improve. Acupuncture has been suggested to have cumulative effects so with each treatment the effectiveness increases. Through a thorough assessment and established diagnosis our practitioners will determine whether acupuncture is an appropriate treatment strategy for your individual case.

Michelle completed her acupuncture training in Canada and has been using acupuncture to successfully treat clients suffering from a variety of musculoskeletal disorders for the last 10 years.

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Dry Needling or Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

Intramuscular stimulation or, as more commonly known, dry needling is a form of acupuncture which was developed by a Physician named Dr. Chan Gunn in the 1970s. Dry needling is used as a treatment for myofascial pain syndromes, which are chronic pain conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system.

The treatment relies on a thorough examination by a specifically trained and competent practitioner who is able to recognise the physical signs of myofascial pain syndromes. It involves dry needling the affected areas, without injecting any substance. Thin needles are inserted into specific points in the injured muscles that have contracted and become shortened from injury, distress or overuse.


The goal of dry needling is to release the shortened muscles, which potentially compress and irritate the nerve tissue. The response to treatment is threefold. One, the stretch receptor in a muscle is stimulated causing a reflex relaxation. Two, the thin needle causes a small injury that draws blood to the area, initiating the body’s natural healing process. And three, an electrical potential is created in the muscle making it function normally again.

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Fascial Manipulation ©

Fascial Manipulation © is a form of manual therapy that has been developed by Luigi Stecco, an Italian Physiotherapist. This method has evolved over the last 40 years through extensive research and the treatment of a vast caseload of musculoskeletal disorders.

This method of manual therapy focuses on the fascia, in particular the deep muscular fascia and its specific relationship with the myofascial system. The deep fascia within our body has been suggested to be directly involved in proprioception and peripheral motor control in coordination with the central nervous system. Simply put it perceives and assists in organising movements. Due to its elastic properties, fascia can be stretch and then return to its original resting state.   Any restriction in the gliding of the fascsia, during the stretching and recoiling phase, could alter the harmony of the myofascial system resulting in poor or inefficient movement. Over time this can present as musculoskeletal pain.

Fascial Manipulation © presents a complete biomechanical model that assists in understanding the role of fascia in musculoskeletal disorders. Since the fascia is very extensive it would be difficult and inappropriate to work over an entire area. The localisation of precise points or keys areas allows for more effective manipulation of the fascia. These localised points are called centres of coordination (CC) or centres of fusion (CF). Deep massage on these specific points (CC and CF) aims to restore tensional balance and ultimately efficient movement patterns.

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Functional Rehabilitation Programs

Functional rehabilitation programs aim to improve mobility and movement patterns to ensure that injured athletes or workers return to pre injury levels of activity and reduce the incidence of re injury. More specifically, functional rehabilitation programs include strength, flexibility, agility training as well as training coordination and proprioception.   Functional exercises focus

on the whole body and link the upper body with the lower body, the right side with the left side and emphasise the significance of trunk control and pelvic and shoulder girdle stability.  Programs also focus on sport specific and work specific movement patterns and drills to ensure a optimal movement performance. Functional rehabilitation programs can be performed at home or in a gym setting and are monitored and progressed by your physiotherapist.

Manual Therapy/ Sarah Key Method

The practitioners at Nedlands Physiotherapy use treatment techniques that have a strong emphasis on manual therapy.   Manual therapy is referred to as any technique that involves the therapist’s hands to help restore mobility to a particular joint, muscle or nerve in the body. Specifically, manual techniques can either assist to relax or activate a muscle or group of muscles, which thereby helps to restore efficient movement patterns.

The Sarah Key Method© is a form of manual therapy which involves specific spinal mobilisations using the heel. Her treatment method is based around the 5 stages of spinal breakdown and the importance of empowering her clients to understand spinal breakdown and self-management exercises to help maintain a healthy, mobile spine. She is world renowned for fixing problem backs and has specialised in treating spinal pain since 1974. She is the author of 5 books on back pain and other skeletal problems.

Michelle has completed The Sarah Key Masterclass Level 1 and has used her methods over the last 7 years to treat clients suffering from chronic back pain and assist them to understand how to self manage their back pain and continue leading a full, active life.

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Musculoskeletal Assessments

Posture Analysis/ Movement instruction

A significant part of physiotherapy is assisting patients to understand the importance of posture and movement patterns and become aware of how our bodies move and the role our brain plays in learning to move efficiently. Focusing on the quality of movement will reduce the irritation on injured tissues and improve recovery.   Including some type of movement practice into your exercise routine, whether it is yoga, body balance, pilates or tai chi, encourages us to slow down and be more mindful in our movement which will help in other aspects of our lives such as sport and work. 

Taping and Bracing

Physiotherapists are experts in taping techniques. Rigid tape is commonly used to help reduce pain by immobilise an area to allow for optimal healing to occur while minimising further damage and allow as near normal movement, Both rigid sports tape or kinesiotape or rock tape.

Ergonomics/ Workplace assessments

We treat:

  • All ages- children from 5 years to older adults
  • Chronic pain conditions
  • Acute/ traumatic musculoskeletal pain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Postural pain conditions
  • Post surgery pain/ rehabilitation
  • Prenatal and Postnatal Musculoskeletal pain