At Physiosouth we offer a comprehensive THRIVE program to reduced pain and help you be healthy inside and out. Our specialist THRIVE Physiotherapists co-ordinate suitable programs which aim to help you achieve your life goals. The ultimate goal for all the team is improving function and quality of life which is centred around education, movement and coping strategies for managing pain.

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Örebro pain questionairre: Örebro.pdf


A core focus on one on one education

  • Setting realistic life goals
  • Power of Endorphins and ‘Movement is Medicine’
  • Pacing of activities to reduce spikes of pain (boom/bust model)
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Maintaining work/life balance
  • Nociceptive versus centralised pain
  • Manual handling
  • Search for happiness in everyday life
  • Logbooks and pain literature including the ‘Explain Pain protectometer’ or ‘Why do I hurt’ workbook.
  • Video clips such as ‘Explain pain’ in less than 3 minutes

Functional/graded exercise programs

  • Hydrotherapy (water-based exercise)
  • Gym programs where the client is supervised in a clinic or independent in the community, or a mix of both
  • Clinic based exercise
  • Pilates exercise (one-on-one or group-based)
  • Yoga-based exercise (one-on-one or group-based)
  • Independent walking/cycling or other cardiovascular exercise.

Also included in the program

  • Manual therapy including mobilisations and/or massage
  • Acupuncture/dry needling to reduce pain
  • TENS machines, taping or bracing to reduce pain and improve functional capabilities
  • Medication education and where appropriate, referrals to GPs/pharmacists or pain specialists for medication reviews.
  • Supplying information and links to local community exercise-based groups that are age-appropriate
  • Relaxation training
  • Mindfulness training
  • Walking/ Running programs

Group education: Access to a 6-session program to include education from Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Psychology which includes body awareness and movement information.

Working with our Pain Partners

We have a great team of Pain Physicians and Psychologists working in collaboration with your THRIVE physiotherapist when indicated, complementing this high standard of care. There is also access to tertiary support services through the Burwood Hospital Pain Management Department.

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