Sunday, 1 April 2018

New Physiotherapist to add to the team!

We are expanding as our patient numbers grow at all our clinics. Matthew (Pak Him) Chow has just started working at our Dandenong (Dandenong West Medical Centre) and Narre Warren (Pound Road Medical Centre) branch.

A bit of background info: 

Matthew graduated from a Doctor of Physiotherapy at University of Melbourne and he is passionate about improving clients' level of function and achieving their goals through the use of evidence-based physiotherapy. He has had experience working in hospitals in the areas of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological rehabilitation. Matthew's particular interests include sports physiotherapy, clinical pilates and injury preventions. Outside of work, he enjoys having a few hits on the squash court and exploring the food culture of Melbourne! 

He is also fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin.

We welcome Matthew to the team!

Friday, 3 July 2015

When can I start to exercise after giving birth?

It’s difficult to think about exercise whilst you’re sitting on an icepack after an episiotomy. But I knew I had to get moving after a few days so I started walking up and down the maternity ward twice a day. At home I started hobbling down to the corner (a miserable 20m) and back twice a day then gradually increased as I felt better and less sore. 12 weeks later and I've returned to my pump and cardio classes at the gym and my body is feeling normal with some additional jiggly bits.

Returning to exercise depends on a number of factors:
  • How fit and healthy you were before you had your baby
  • How your pregnancy and labour was
  • Caesarean vs normal birth
  • Whether you have injuries





Be guided by your healthcare professional but general guidelines are as follows.

Within days:
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Slow walking as able
  • Gentle stretches – Some muscles were getting tight from breastfeeding, carrying my little one and spending too much time in our confined room. So I started stretching regularly my neck muscles, shoulders, plus lower limb muscles.


5-8 weeks+

  •  Walking - Pick up the pace and distance as able.
  • Swimming - Once your stitches and bits and bobs have healed fully and bleeding has stopped.
  • Gentle low impact exercise - For example Pilates and Yoga. Keep in mind that your ligaments and joints are more pliable and at risk of overstretching.
  • Light upper limb weights - You’ll be spending your days carrying your little one which mainly uses your biceps so build your other arm muscles to balance it out.
  • Stretching – add back stretches to your neck, upper and lower limb stretches. Get down onto the floor and do some back stretches whilst your little one does their tummy time.

8-10 weeks+

  • Brisk walking
  • Cycling (once you can sit again!)
  • Low impact aerobics – let’s not stress out that poor weak pelvic floor with star jumps yet.
10-16 weeks+

  • Back to your pre-pregnancy exercise whether it is brisk walks, weight training, gym classes or jogging.


Please give yourself plenty of time to heal (physically and mentally), particularly if you have had a complicated pregnancy or labour. If you feel any discomfort or are unsure please consult your doctor/midwife/maternal health nurse/physiotherapist. Aim for a gradual return to exercise and don’t place too much pressure on yourself. I like to exercise because it gets me out of the house for some ‘me’ time, boosts my energy and keeps me sane. You’ve just gone through a tough 9 months growing a human and this is the time to enjoy being a mum!

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Exercises for your newborn baby!

Newborns enter the world all curled up and soft with very little muscle strength and flexibility. As adorable as this stage is, it is vital for the development of strength, posture, balance, muscle tone, coordination and skull bone formation that babies have ample freedom of movement and opportunities for play. Experts find that babies that don’t spend enough waking time on their tummies can have some delays in their development of motor skills. Tummy time gives your baby the opportunity to strengthen the muscles they need to prepare them for rolling, sitting up, crawling and pulling to stand.



**Tummy time as demonstrated by Flynn Foster** Please note that babies should be awake whilst attempting tummy time**


Tummy Time:


Daily tummy time and side lying when your baby is awake is important to prevent ‘Flat Head Syndrome’ plus provide valuable developmental benefits for your baby's motor, cognitive and sensory development.

Tips for tummy time:

  • Aim for 1-5 minute bursts for newborns then increase as able.
  • Pick a time where they’re awake, content, not hungry or tired.
  • Put your little one at table height, get down onto a floor playmat or place your baby on your chest.
  •  Encourage your baby, talk to them, sing to them, make funny faces etc.
  •  Use toys, rattles, mirrors and other interesting items to keep them interested.
  •  Stop when your baby seems unsettled or uncomfortable.


Useful links:


Rachel Coley is a pediatric Occupational Therapist whose website www.candokiddo.com is full of information about your baby's development. She covers topics such as; developmental milestones, playing with your baby, tummy time and avoiding a flat head (positional plagiocephaly).

http://www.candokiddo.com/news/2015/1/2/baby-play-activities-for-month-one http://www.candokiddo.com/news/positionalplagiocephalyflatheadsyndromecosmetic

http://www.candokiddo.com/news/2014/8/17/preventing-flat-head-syndrome


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Maternity leave hours

As Joan will begin her maternity leave from the 20th of March there will be some temporary changes in Marks hours:

1) Joans last shift at Pound Rd Medical Centre will be Thurs 19th of March 2-8pm

2) Marks hours at Pound Rd will increase from Tues the 24th of March to:

  • Tues 2 - 8pm
  • Wed 2 - 8pm
  • Fri 2 - 8pm
3) Marks hours at Colchester Medical Centre from Tues the 24th of March will change to:
  • Tues 9am - 1pm
  • Thurs 9am - 3pm
4) Joan will most likely return to Pound Rd Medical Centre in August 2015


** For physiotherapy appointments please call 8796 6300 (Pound Rd) or 9720 5515 (Colchester Medical Centre) **

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Back pain and pregnancy

Lower and upper back pain occurs in 60-70% of pregnancies. We always encourage patients to start an exercise program well before they are pregnant as prevention is the key! That said, it’s never too late to start with some gentle exercises for all women who are pregnant without complications.




Why is the spine vulnerable during pregnancy?

1) Hormone production during pregnancy makes joints less stable (to allow the pelvis to spread as the baby grows)
2) Typical weight gain of 10-16kg during pregnancy with the majority distributed around the abdomen
3) Increase in postural strain as the body compensates for changes in the pregnant woman's center of gravity and anterior pelvic tilt

What exercise is safe during pregnancy?


1) Cardiovascular exercise - Any activity that increases the body's heart rate for a sustained period of time is considered cardiovascular exercise. Walking, biking, low impact aerobics and swimming are all considered safe for most pregnant women and can be performed for 20 to 45 minutes, 3 to 5 days a week. Pregnant women should take care to exercise at a mild to moderate level, but not to the point of exhaustion or overheating.

 2)  Strengthening exercise - Strengthening the abdominal muscles, back muscles, pelvic floor, buttock, and thigh muscles can effectively help prevent and decrease back pain. It is recommended that the strengthening exercises be performed in a slow and controlled manner. This includes light hand weights, pilates and exercises such as squats, lunges, bridging etc.

3)  Stretches - Although there are many stretches that can safely be performed during pregnancy, the muscles that most often contribute to back pain are the hamstrings, hip flexors, gluteals and erector spinae muscles.



A physiotherapist can devise a specialised exercise program tailored to your needs and the stage of your pregnancy. We can also provide soft tissue massage, spinal mobilisation, postural taping, posture education and pregnancy support prescription  to help with pain relief.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Vermont South branch update



Construction of the new medical centre in vermont south where we're opening our 3rd branch has been delayed unfortunately. Looks like we'll be opening nearer to the end of 2015. In the meantime, we're still working hard in Narre Warren Sth and Bayswater Nth.

Still on the lookout for the following:

* Podiatrist at our Vermont South branch (to start end of 2015)
* Physiotherapist at our Narre Warren Sth branch (to start March 2015)



Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Consultation room to rent for an experienced podiatrist in our new branch in Vermont South


Foster Physio is expanding and in 2015 we will open up our 3rd branch in a brand new medical centre. We have a consulting room to rent for 1-2 sessions a week for an experienced podiatrist.

For more information please contact us via email.