After completing 2 years of a media and communication degree, Cassie felt the need to explore her options and came across Exercise Physiology. She’s been active most of her life, including dancing for 10 years, tennis and soccer for several years but her main love of sport came from playing basketball since the age of 10 and has recently gone back to playing again.
Cassie moved to WA in 2013 to complete her Bachelor of Science (Exercise Physiology) degree at Murdoch University and moved back to Melbourne at the end of 2016. Cassie values the skills she has learnt from her media and communication degree and uses those skills today to help her become a better Exercise Physiologist.
Her interests include musculoskeletal rehabilitation, injury prevention and junior athlete development (female basketballers and footballers) She loves the reward of helping others become healthier versions of themselves by just adding a regular exercise routine into their lives.
In her spare time, Cassie loves reading a good book with a decent cup of coffee, you’ll probably see her around with a cup in her hand! She loves exploring new cafes, wineries and eateries around the Yarra Ranges and Dandenong Ranges, … read more »
Is your young sports star suffering heel pain? Let me tell you, they are not alone. Heel pain in young growing active individuals is usually due to a condition medically known as “Severs Disease”. Although it sounds quite dramatic it is very common benign condition affecting active (boys usually) between the ages of 8 – 14. It is caused by an irritation of the growth plate of the heel bone brought on by recent an increased pull from the Achilles tendon. When your child is growing, it is usually the bones that start to grow first, leaving behind the muscles and tendons to adapt and catch up. This leads to the tendons pulling at the insertion site at the heel.
What are the symptoms?
- Pain around the perimeter of the heel during physical exercise – particularly activities involving lots of jumping and running
- Pain becomes worse at the BEGINNING and AFTER exercise
- Changes in the way your child walks – walking on toes is common
- Swelling, redness or tenderness around the back of the heel
How can we help?
The good news is, there are lots of effective ways to help your child throughout their active lifestyle during this stage. … read more »
There is constant dialogue in regards to effects of surgery verses conservative therapy for the management of many musculoskeletal conditions. One such area is the shoulder. Shoulder pain is common in the general population and is one of, if not the most common cause of upper limb and neck complaints. Shoulder pain can be due to an acute injury such as a torn rotator cuff muscle or fracture, or a chronic condition such as an overuse injury. Additionally, shoulder pain can arise due to dysfunction within the joint itself, or in combination with the actions of the muscles that work around it. It is also important to note that shoulder pain can be attributed to dysfunction or disease in other areas of the body and that it is a combination of these factors that makes treating shoulder pain challenging.
As shoulder impingement is the most common cause of shoulder pain there is plenty of interest in its management, and with this interest, comes research. Shoulder impingement encompasses an array of shoulder pathology that ultimately lead to pain and dysfunction including bursitis, rotator cuff tears, and tendinopathy. Many studies have been performed to examine the best practice for managing shoulder impingement, … read more »
After completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Patrick opted for a change of scenery and completed a Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. Not ready to give up the city life, and head back to Queensland, Pat chose to move to Melbourne where he works at Stay Tuned Sports Medicine in Elwood.
Before becoming a physiotherapist Patrick was always passionate about the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle, having always been active and participating in team and individual sports. Throughout his studies this passion has only grown and he is now keen to help others achieve optimal function and reach their individual goals. With a strong background in exercise prescription Pat is sure to employ this in his rehabilitation programs.
Outside of work Patrick loves to explore what the world, and his doorstep has to offer. He is a keen traveller, either to another country or a good coffee shop or brewery he has heard about. Pat grew up surfing, rowing, playing cricket and the various codes of rugby, although he has recently developed a keen taste for Aussie Rules.… read more »
Brooke is an Osteopath with a passion for preventative and rehabilitative health care. She holds a double bachelor degree in Health Science and Applied Science in Osteopathy, post graduate qualifications in dry needling and is qualified, and continues to study Clinical Pilates to continue to provide the best service to her patients. She loves to educate patients in understanding the cause of their pain.
Brooke is a familiar face around the Boronia Clinic, as she completed an internship with the Stay Tuned Team and worked as a receptionist before starting with us full time as an Osteopath.
Outside of Stay Tuned, Brooke has worked as a Sports Trainer for football clubs for 5 years and as a netball fitness coach for Mountain District Netball Association. She loves to be a part of a strong team within the community. … read more »
Michelle graduated from La Trobe University and has since furthered her skill equipment based Clinical Pilates extensively. She has worked with various amateur league football and soccer teams throughout Victoria and loves treating back and neck pain, sports injuries and post-operative exercise rehabilitation. Michelle is passionate about combining manual therapy techniques in conjunction with active rehabilitation for long term results. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys riding her bike and visiting beaches across the world.
“Every Body Deserves to Feel Good”… read more »
Steve has always wanted to be in the health & fitness industry. A physically active person his entire life, Steve played lots of sport when he was younger including basketball, football, athletics, boxing and tennis. With the inevitable injuries and strains that come with being active, he found that rehab and manual therapy were the only things that helped him successfully return to the sports he loves.
Originally Steve was studying to become a Paramedic but after his first year he decided to transfer into Osteopathy, because it encompassed his passions for health, fitness and manual therapy. He learned that Osteopathy provided a complete holistic approach to each patient looking for the cause of the injury and not just treating the pain or symptoms.
Steve loves the challenge of problem solving and getting his patients out of pain and back to performing specific movements, whether that be in day-to-day life or a sporting pursuit. He has extensive experience in rehabilitation at all levels and a keen interest in treating injuries for the fastest possible recovery.
Steve will treat every patient dependent on their individual needs. He will incorporate functional rehabilitation exercises, and stretches for you to do at home, specific … read more »
Fiona grew up on the sunny shores of Perth where she completed a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) at Curtin University. After graduating in 2010 she moved to Melbourne and completed further qualifications in Clinical Pilates with Dance Medicine Australia as well as Sports and Spinal Dry Needling.
Fiona has worked in private practices across Australia and the UK. She has treated a wide range of Musculoskeletal, Sports and Spinal injuries and has a special interest in pre and post natal conditions especially since the birth of her own little boy. Fiona takes a holistic and personalised approach with every patient and truly believes in the importance of functional rehabilitation for long term results. Fiona strives to help you achieve your goals as quickly as possible.
In her spare time Fiona enjoys spending time with her young family, yoga and running – she even completed the Paris marathon in 2015!
Fiona works as a Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates Instructor at our Elwood clinic.… read more »
Exercise is the best medicine
– Brianna McDonald (Accredited Exercise Physiologist)
In the times of cave men, we had to walk, run and jump just to survive. Then technology came along and now instead of walking across the room to talk to our co-worker, we send an email. Let’s be honest, the world has changed, but our bodies haven’t. We still need to be active and move.
Exercise is medicine. Let’s look into this shall we?
If exercise was a pill, it would be the most prescribed medication. Why? Because the human body needs to move. Here’s a very short list of how the body responds to exercise.
Blood Pressure – As exercise intensity increases so does blood pressure, but that’s because we need more oxygen to get to our muscles. When exercises stops and we finish our cool down, the vessels relax and our blood pressure lowers. It can even be lower than before the exercise session.
Blood Sugars- When we move, the body uses a mechanism called GLUT-4 to draw glucose into the muscles. Good news for diabetics.
Cholesterol – Exercise helps balance the cholesterol in our blood. This can help reduce the risk of heart disease … read more »