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Watch the following video featuring Golden Door’s Wellness Consultant and Retreat Physiotherapist Mel Ingram and Shane Crawford from Shane Crawford’s Healthy Playground as they discuss the benefits of Physiotherapy.

Physiotherapists in Australia are extremely well trained and are favourably perceived by the public as being talented at assisting with recovery from musculoskeletal disorders.  The most obvious public view of physios is that of the sporting arena where professional athletes are assisted in their removal from the field, to initial best management and rehabilitation to return to sport. In fact we have a far broader spectrum for areas of work in the hospital arena as well as private practice.

The general public often make a choice between physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic for management of injuries – and it is simply that, a choice. All professions undergo rigorous training and require registration in Australia in order to practice so for many it is simply a preference for one modality over another that leads to their choice.

The simplest way of looking at musculoskeletal physiotherapy is to review the idea that injuries occur when normal tissue is placed under abnormal load (for example an ankle sprain or a hamstring tear) or we subject abnormal tissue to a normal load (for example ageing / degenerative tissue or tight structures), with both scenarios resulting in damage that requires healing. For healing to be facilitated, the physio must provide enough stimulus to promote recovery and review factors such as strength, stability and flexibility in order to prevent a similar recurrence.

Amongst physiotherapists there are various methods that may be utilised depending on the preference of the therapist. Some modalities are more successful with certain conditions than others however ultimately the goal is rapid recovery and return to normal activity with skills to prevent the injury occurring again.


MelMel Ingram.
Mel has worn many hats at Elysia and is currently Wellness Consultant and Retreat Physio. She studied physiotherapy at Sydney University and has completed a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy and Wellness Coaching. Mel was attracted to the holistic nature of Golden Door Health Retreat Elysia, joining the team in 2004. She brings her wealth of experience to offer specialised services in wellness coaching, physiotherapy and a range of private classes including myofascial release and swim stroke correction.


Please note: This blog is for information purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


  1. Cheryl Smith says:

    I didn’t realize professional athletes use physiotherapy more. I’m sure it is important to get them back to good health quickly so that they can continue to help their teams. How long would a typical treatment be for a minor injury?

  2. I think it’s interesting that there are plenty of different methods that a therapist can choose depending on their preference. I have never been to a physiotherapist, but I would like them to be able to use different methods depending on my injury. I will have to look into it a little more.

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