Therapists

Our Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Remedial Massage Therapists will take time to understand the contributing factors that drive musculoskeletal pain.

📞 (08) 9279 7411

Therapists

Our therapists take time to understand the contributing factors that drive musculoskeletal pain.

📞 (08) 9279 7411

Rob Waller
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Owner

Curtin University WA 2002
Cumberland College of Health Sciences NSW 1988

Rob Waller is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, with over 25 years experience. He is passionate about restoring function following injury and for people with complex musculoskeletal presentations, particularly spinal and shoulder pain. He is also a lecturer at Curtin University teaching on the Postgraduate Clinical Masters program and is currently completing a PhD investigating pain characteristics in young adults using data from the Raine Study Birth Cohort. (http://www.rainestudy.org.au). Other research interests include spinal pain and translation of evidence to practice.

Rob maintains a healthy work life balance and his interests when not working include spending time with his family, traveling and keeping highly active. Rob is a keen mountain biker competing in WA Gravity Enduro races, while regularly road cycling, windsurfing, kite surfing and walking his Labrador Tilly. He strongly believes age shouldn’t be a barrier to staying active and does regular strength training to ensure he is physically conditioned for sport.

Advanced Education

Therapy Interests

  • Diagnosis & Management of Spinal Disorders
  • Cervicongenic Headaches
  • Shoulder Rehabilitation

Rob Waller
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Owner

Curtin University WA 2002
Cumberland College of Health Sciences NSW 1988

Rob Waller is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, with over 25 years experience. He is passionate about restoring function following injury and for people with complex musculoskeletal presentations, particularly spinal and shoulder pain. He is also a lecturer at Curtin University teaching on the Postgraduate Clinical Masters program and is currently completing a PhD investigating pain characteristics in young adults using data from the Raine Study Birth Cohort. (http://www.rainestudy.org.au). Other research interests include spinal pain and translation of evidence to practice.

Rob maintains a healthy work life balance and his interests when not working include spending time with his family, traveling and keeping highly active. Rob is a keen mountain biker competing in WA Gravity Enduro races, while regularly road cycling, windsurfing, kite surfing and walking his Labrador Tilly. He strongly believes age shouldn’t be a barrier to staying active and does regular strength training to ensure he is physically conditioned for sport.

Advanced Education

Undergoing PhD  – Pain characterising in young adults. Rain Study Birth Cohort (http://www.rainestudy.org.au​)

Therapy Interests

Diagnosis & Management of Spinal Disorders

Cervicongenic Headaches

Shoulder Rehabilitation

Sarah Clay
Senior Physiotherapist
Senior Pilates Instructor
Owner

South Australian Institute Technology 1987

Sarah began working at what was then Bassendean Physiotherapy in 1994 and has remained ever since. With so many years of experience, she brings a wealth of experience to the practice.

Due to her own musculo-skeletal issues Sarah has had to move away from clinic work and subsequently began working with exercise rehabilitation for injuries. Sarah now heads up our  Clinical Pilates and Movement Centre. This centre is specifically designed for Pilates. Her work also includes specific functional gym based retraining programmes, through the ‘Workfit’ system, for those who have been injured at work or in Motor Vehicle Incidents.

Sarah has always had a keen interest in working with Sporting Clubs and spent many years at ‘grass roots’ level working with Football, Rugby League and Rugby Union Clubs. She continues to work closely with Athletes and musculo-skeletal injuries, now in the rehabilitative setting.

Advanced Education

  • Clinical Pilates
  • ​Clinical Pilates Instructor

Therapy Interests

  • Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation
  • Chronic Pain
  • ​Facilitating health change for the everyday person

Sarah Clay
Senior Physiotherapist
Senior Pilates Instructor
Owner

South Australian Institute Technology 1987

Sarah began working at what was then Bassendean Physiotherapy in 1994 and has remained ever since. With so many years of experience, she brings a wealth of experience to the practice.

Due to her own musculo-skeletal issues Sarah has had to move away from clinic work and subsequently began working with exercise rehabilitation for injuries. Sarah now heads up our  Clinical Pilates and Movement Centre. This centre is specifically designed for Pilates. Her work also includes specific functional gym based retraining programmes, through the ‘Workfit’ system, for those who have been injured at work or in Motor Vehicle Incidents.

Sarah has always had a keen interest in working with Sporting Clubs and spent many years at ‘grass roots’ level working with Football, Rugby League and Rugby Union Clubs. She continues to work closely with Athletes and musculo-skeletal injuries, now in the rehabilitative setting.

Advanced Education

Clinical Pilates

​Clinical Pilates Instructor

Therapy Interests

Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation

Chronic Pain

​Facilitating health change for the everyday person

Mike Callan
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Curtin University 2010

Throughout his career, Mike has taken every opportunity to learn and upgrade his skills, completing courses in shoulder treatment, neck and back pain, hip and groin pain, gym rehabilitation, dry needling, and chronic pain management.  Mike also has experience with sporting injuries as Physiotherapist for various rugby, football and tennis clubs around Perth, as well as being part of medical teams for various tri-sport events in WA.

Advanced Education

  • Undergoing Clinical Physiotherapy ​(Manipulative Therapy Major)
  • Dry Needling​

Therapy Interests

  • Shoulder Pain
  • Neck & Back Pain
  • Hip & Groin Pain
  • Sport Injury
  • Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular Treatment & Rehabilitation

Mike Callan
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Curtin University 2010

Throughout his career, Mike has taken every opportunity to learn and upgrade his skills, completing courses in shoulder treatment, neck and back pain, hip and groin pain, gym rehabilitation, dry needling, and chronic pain management.  Mike also has experience with sporting injuries as Physiotherapist for various rugby, football and tennis clubs around Perth, as well as being part of medical teams for various tri-sport events in WA.

Advanced Education

Undergoing Clinical Physiotherapy ​(Manipulative Therapy Major)

Dry Needling​

Therapy Interests

Shoulder Pain

Neck & Back Pain

Hip & Groin Pain

Sport Injury

Surgical Rehabilitation

Vertigo

Vestibular Treatment & Rehabilitation

Carly Payne
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
University of Birmingham 2003
Curtin University 2013

Carly has worked in both the UK and Australia in private practice and the public hospital setting. She now supervises postgraduate physiotherapy students at Curtin University on clinical placement. Carly has experience working in a multidisciplinary pain management clinics alongside clinical psychologists and pain specialists in the UK and Australia.  As a result Carly has developed expertise in the management of patients with persistent pain disorders, including complex region pain syndrome (CRPS).

Advanced Education

  • Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy (Manipulative Therapy Major)
  • Dry Needling
  • WorkFit Rehabilitation

Therapy Interests

  • Low Back Pain
  • Hip Disorders

Carly Payne
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
University of Birmingham 2003
Curtin University 2013

Carly has worked in both the UK and Australia in private practice and the public hospital setting. She now supervises postgraduate physiotherapy students at Curtin University on clinical placement. Carly has experience working in a multidisciplinary pain management clinics alongside clinical psychologists and pain specialists in the UK and Australia.  As a result Carly has developed expertise in the management of patients with persistent pain disorders, including complex region pain syndrome (CRPS).

Advanced Education

Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy (Manipulative Therapy Major)

Dry Needling

WorkFit Rehabilitation

Therapy Interests

Low Back Pain

Hip Disorders

Jezamine Johnson
Physiotherapist
Pilates Instructor

Curtin University 2013

Jezamine has a keen interest in managing chronic conditions, particularly low back pain, and non-musculoskeletal conditions such as COPD. She also enjoys assisting in rehabilitation of sports people following an injury. In addition to treating at the clinic, Jezamine also runs the Thursday afternoon Hydrotherapy sessions at Bayswater Waves, as well as Clinical Pilates classes twice per week on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

When not at work, Jezamine likes to keep active by playing netball for North Dianella Netball Club and getting out and about with her fur-baby, Henry.

Advanced Education

  • Clinical Pilates
  • Dry Needling

Therapy Interests

  • Low back pain
  • Rehabilitation for turn to sport
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Chronic Disease

Jezamine Johnson
Physiotherapist
Pilates Instructor

Curtin University 2013

Jezamine has a keen interest in managing chronic conditions, particularly low back pain, and non-musculoskeletal conditions such as COPD. She also enjoys assisting in rehabilitation of sports people following an injury. In addition to treating at the clinic, Jezamine also runs the Thursday afternoon Hydrotherapy sessions at Bayswater Waves, as well as Clinical Pilates classes twice per week on Monday and Wednesday afternoons.

When not at work, Jezamine likes to keep active by playing netball for North Dianella Netball Club and getting out and about with her fur-baby, Henry.

Advanced Education

Clinical Pilates

Dry Needling

Therapy Interests

Low back pain

Rehabilitation for turn to sport

Clinical Pilates

Chronic Disease

Francis Staude
Physiotherapist
Curtin University 2013

As a Physiotherapist Francis enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and is particularly passionate about getting athletes back to match fitness following sporting injuries. Francis also takes hydrotherapy classes once a week Bayswater Waves, helping clients with symptom relief, rehabilitation and injury management in the pool.

Outside of work Francis enjoys an active lifestyle spending time mountain biking and racing in the WA Gravity Enduro series, playing hockey for Modernians Hockey Club and taking trips to Japan for snowboarding.

Advanced Education

  • Dry Needling

Therapy Interests

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Rehabilitation Following Sporting Injuries

Francis Staude
Physiotherapist
Curtin University 2013

As a Physiotherapist Francis enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and is particularly passionate about getting athletes back to match fitness following sporting injuries. Francis also takes hydrotherapy classes once a week Bayswater Waves, helping clients with symptom relief, rehabilitation and injury management in the pool.

Outside of work Francis enjoys an active lifestyle spending time mountain biking and racing in the WA Gravity Enduro series, playing hockey for Modernians Hockey Club and taking trips to Japan for snowboarding.

Advanced Education

Dry Needling

Therapy Interests

Hydrotherapy

Musculoskeletal Injuries

Rehabilitation Following Sporting Injuries

Maria Justo
Massage Therapist
Diploma of Remedial Massage 2012

Maria is invested in each of her clients and carefully tailors each treatment around their specific needs.  Maria enjoys watching the transformation of her client’s health and wellbeing and is passionate about educating her clients, empowering them to take control of their own health.

Maria has worked with the West Australian Women’s National Basketball Team, the West Coast Waves in their 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons and has provided massage therapy to a variety of athletes including rugby players, cyclists, strength athletes, runners as well as clients with life challenging illnesses which she gained through her two years as a volunteer at WAAC.

Advanced Education

  • Diploma of Business

Therapy Interests

  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Myofasicial Release
  • Sport Massage
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy

Maria Justo
Massage Therapist
Diploma of Remedial Massage 2012

Maria is invested in each of her clients and carefully tailors each treatment around their specific needs.  Maria enjoys watching the transformation of her client’s health and wellbeing and is passionate about educating her clients, empowering them to take control of their own health.

Maria has worked with the West Australian Women’s National Basketball Team, the West Coast Waves in their 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons and has provided massage therapy to a variety of athletes including rugby players, cyclists, strength athletes, runners as well as clients with life challenging illnesses which she gained through her two years as a volunteer at WAAC.

Advanced Education

Diploma of Business

Therapy Interests

Deep Tissue Massage

Kinesiotaping

Myofasicial Release

Sport Massage

Relaxation Massage

Trigger Point Therapy

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Location

1/89 Old Perth Road Bassendean 

Contact

(08) 9279 7411

Email

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday 7am-7pm
Saturday 8am-12pm

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Low Back Pain (LBP) and Cognitive Functional Therapy (CFT)

WHAT IS COGNITIVE FUNCTIONAL THERAPY (CFT)?

CFT provides a patient centered targeted approach to management of LBP based on a thorough examination.  This classification based management approach for LBP considers many domains including: lower back movement and postures, psychological factors, social factors, workplace factors, comorbidities (e.g. diabetes, obesity), pain processing mechanisms: influenced by genetics and life experiences, sleep and lifestyle factors and their relative contributions to an individual’s LBP. CFT challenges thoughts and behaviours in a functionally specific and graduated manner. 

It differs from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as changes in beliefs, thoughts and emotions can be realized by the patient when they experience an improvement in symptoms as they move which may challenge previous beliefs, experiences and knowledge about their condition.  In a recent study CFT when compared with a manual therapy and exercise group showed clinically and statistically significant large effect sizes across multiple dimensions. The group receiving CFT was 3x less likely to take time off work in the 12 months following treatment1.

As physiotherapists, in a practical sense, it means we are considering both mechanical and non-mechanical aspects of a person’s disorder. By managing patients in this way we are helping them better understand their pain and to move and function in a way that does not perpetuate their pain.  By involving the patients in the problem solving and goal setting the longer term prognosis is improved.  Essentially this puts patients back in the “driving seat” for directing the course of their rehabilitation and Sarah and I are both excited about the results we are seeing implementing our improved skills so far….

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Low back pain (LBP) is very common and is currently the leading cause of disability worldwide3. Only a very small proportion of people with LBP have serious pathology, such as vertebral fracture, cancer, infection or underlying inflammatory disorder, causing their pain2. Unfortunately using a scan to help diagnose LBP is not reliable because MRI abnormalities are as common in those with LBP as in those without. A common recommendation across all high quality LBP guidelines is routine imaging is discouraged unless serious pathology or specific disease is suspected e.g. if surgery is being considered or there has been a limited response to conservative care. There is no evidence that routine imaging improves LBP outcomes. Over time there has been a significant increase in LBP expenditure without any change in associated levels of disability.

 

Key positive messages supported by current best evidence regarding LBP include:

  • The causes of LBP are rarely serious
  • LBP has a good prognosis
  • Stay active and resume normal activity as soon as reasonable
  • Bed rest is specifically not advised
  • The back is a strong structure
  • Pain does not equal harm
Symptoms

Key management principles for LBP include:

  • Diagnosing LBP via thorough questioning and physical examination
  • Limited use of imaging
  • Advice about what’s contributing to LBP and an understanding of what’s contributing to the pain experience
  • Strategies to self-manage pain including physical activity
  • Treatment and exercise specific to the problem
  • Medication when required but not as the primary management


The key message here is the clear majority of people with LBP, including leg pain (sciatica), will have a good outcome with evidence based, non-surgical care.   Cognitive Functional Therapy is an emerging approach to deliver high quality care considering the complexity of factors that can be relevant to a patient’s lower back condition.  At Central Bassendean Physiotherapy we pride ourselves on our accurate diagnosis and evidence based, contemporary management of LBP. We are happy to have a further discussion on the material presented here.

 

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  1. Vibe Fersum, K, O’Sullivan P, Skouen J, et al. Efficacy of classification based cognitive functional therapy in patients with non-specific chronic low back pain- A randomised control trial. Eur J Pain 2013;17;916-28
  2. Almeda M, Saragiotto B, Richards B, et al. Primary care management of non-specific low back pain: key messages from recent clinical guidelines. Med J Aust 2018;208(6):272-275.
  3. Clark S, Horton R. Low back pain: a major global challenge. The Lancet 2018;391(10137):2302.

 

Location

1/89 Old Perth Road
Bassendean

Contact

(08) 9279 7411

mail@centralbassendeanphysiotherapy.com.au

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday 7am-7pm

Saturday 8am-12pm

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