the bayswater physio team

David Moala

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Member Australia Physiotherapy Association 
  • Member Sports PhysiotherapyAssociation
  • Member Musculoskeletel Physiotherapy Association

Dave graduated from Curtin University in 1994 as top clinical student before heading down to Busselton and Dunsborough where he worked in the Community Health Centre for a 6 month period. He then worked in private practice dealing with sports injuries, spinal physiotherapy and hydrotherapy before heading back to Perth to work at Floreat and Kingsley Physiotherapy Centres.

During this time he was appointed assistant physiotherapist to the Perth Orioles Netball Team for the 1998-1999 season. He was the physiotherapist to the WA State Netball U/19 and Open teams, travelling to two national championships. Dave was also physiotherapist for the West Coast Warriors (now Falcons) Netball Team in 1997 and the triumphant premiership year of 1998. He was also associated with Inglewood Kiev Soccer Club and Wembley Football Club. 

Dave then undertook a two year working holiday in the UK, working at Barbican/BUPA Health where he worked in conjunction with a team of British Olympic Team sports doctors and elite athletes. He also spent time working in the financial sector, incorporating occupational and ergonomic physiotherapy. 

On his return to Perth Dave founded Bayswater Physiotherapy with James Rickard in 2001 where he is a Principal Physiotherapist. He has built on his clinical knowledge through regular continuing education and post graduate courses, adding to his 17 years of private practice experience.

Currently Dave is associated with several local amateur sporting clubs and has an ongoing role as part of the medical team looking after the Masterules Australian Football League Competition. Recently he was involved in assisting the 2011 State U/17 Netball Team, the 2011 WA Australian Netball League team and 2012 State U/19 Netball Team.

Dave's professional interests include spinal and manipulative physiotherapy, sports injuries, headache management and lumbo-pelvic imbalance.

James Rickard

  • Bachelor of Science.
  • Member Australian PhysiotherapyAssociation
  • Member Sports Physiotherapy Group
  • Member Musculoskeletel Physiotherapy Association

James graduated from Curtin University here in WA in 1994 and has since worked extensively in the public and private sectors of Perth.

After gaining invaluable experience from a year spent working in private clinics in the U.K. James joined both Kingsley and Floreat Physiotherapy in 1998 where he has continued to build on this experience.

In 1999 James was appointed physiotherapist for the Under 19's and Open State Netball Teams which travelled to interstate carnivals. James is also involved with the Wembley Football Club and Subiaco-Marist Cricket Club, adding to his physiotherapy sports injury background.   The pinnacle of his Sports involvement came when he was part of the volunteer force at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Here he was a member of the medical team looking after the Beach Volleyball athletes at Bondi Beach .

He has been a Principal Physiotherapist at Bayswater Physiotherapy since 2001.

James has continually furthered his knowledge since graduation, having completed post-graduate courses in manipulative and manual therapy, sports physiotherapy, core stability and exercise rehabilitation. His professional interests spinal and sports injury treatment, post-operative rehabilitation, cervicogenic headaches and gerontology.

Currently James is part of the medical team looking after the Masterules Australian Football League Competition. He also was involved in the injury management of cast and crew of hit musical Georgy Girl during the 2016 Perth season.

Christine Woods

Christine joined Bayswater Physiotherapy in 2012 after completing her Masters in Physiotherapy at Curtin University. She previously completed her Bachelor of Health Science at UWA in 2007. During her postgraduate studies she gained invaluable experience working with local AFL and hockey clubs, which has contributed to her passion for Sports Physiotherapy.

Christine understands the importance of an individualised approach to injury management and recovery. She is dedicated to providing optimal outcomes for her clients and enjoys watching them return to activities they enjoy, whether that be performing on the sporting field or at home cooking in the kitchen. To this end, Christine has had extensive training in manual therapy techniques, massage, dry needling and Muscle Energy Techniques, which she uses in combination with individualised strengthening exercises and lifestyle advice to promote long term health benefits. She is also a strong advocate of clinical Pilates as a tool for injury prevention and management.

Christine's professional interests include sporting trauma and rehabilitation, lumbopelvic pain, cervicogenic headaches and neck pain. Outside work, Christine enjoys spending quality time with family and friends (especially if there's food involved), landscape photography and keeping fit.

Cameron Watkins

  • Masters of Physiotherapy
  • Member of Australian Physiotherapy Association

Cameron completed his Graduate Entry Masters in Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2011 following the completion of his undergraduate degree in Human Movement and Exercise Science. He has also recently completed his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at Curtin in late 2015.

Cameron has been involved as a sports trainer and physiotherapist with the Wembley Football Club and the State 18's national football carnival as well as travelling to Sydney for the national under 16s football championships as physiotherapist for the WA North west team. He is currently working with the State under 19's Netball Team and West Coast Sting in the Australian National Netball League. Having played a wire variety of sports including AFL, basketball and tennis, Cameron has developed a passion for sports physiotherapy. Cameron's professional interests include spinal and sports injury treatment, post-operative rehabilitation and headache management.

Cameron is also currently part of the medical team looking after the Masterules Australian Football League Competition.

Michael Noble

Master of Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science and Rehabilitation)

Member Australian Physiotherapy Association

Michael completed his Graduate Entry Masters of Physiotherapy in 2013 following the completion of his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation.

Michael's background in exercise rehab. and his love of sport is shown in his keen interest in sports injury management including post-op rehabilitation. His roles have included the treatment of elite cheerleaders, amateur AFL footballers, soccer, cricket and netball players. He is currently part of the team looking after the Masterules Australian Football League competition. 

In his spare time Michael enjoys playing footy and travelling.

Allannah McCutcheon

Allannah graduated from Curtin University in late 2015 and commenced worked shortly after at Bayswater Physiotherapy.

She has slipped into a vital role as physiotherapist at Bayswater City Soccer Club looking after their senior and under 20's  teams with David Moala. She has developed a keen interest in Clinical Pilates completing a Level 1 DMA Clinical Pilates course and gathering a broad range of experience treating a variety of neuromusculoskeletal conditions. She also was involved with looking after the cast of the hit musical Georgy Girl during their 2016 Perth season.

When not mending injured bodies at Bayswater Physio she enjoys exercise, watching footy and travelling.

Alwyn Simmonds

  • M.A. Physiotherapy, BSc Exercise & Health
  • Member Australia Physiotherapy Association

Al graduated from Curtin University in April 2015 following the completion of his undergraduate degree in Exercise and Health Science.

Al has been involved as a sports trainer for Newman Knight’s Hockey club since 2012 and enjoys coupling his physiotherapy knowledge with exercise rehab and exercise prescription. Having suffered a significant knee injury in 2012, Al understands the importance of an individualised function based approach to rehabilitation and return to sport/work protocols. Professional interests include sporting injuries, spinal issues, post-operative rehab and cervicogenic headaches.

In his spare time Al is an avid hockey player and general fitness enthusiast.

Connie Meechin

Connie commenced working at Bayswater Physiotherapy in May 2007. Connies Administration and accounts background includes Real Estate, Legal and General Practice.

Prior to joining Bayswater Physiotherapy Connie worked for many years in a busy local GP Surgery. Connie enjoys all aspects of her role and in particular the client contact and working with the team at Bayswater Physiotherapy sharing reception duties with Janet.

Janet Woodhams

Janet joined the friendly team at Bayswater Physiotherapy in October 2013. 

She has over 30 years of admin and clerical experience and brings a wealth of practical knowledge to Bayswater Physiotherapy.

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, watching footy and travelling.

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Both headaches and migraines are a surprisingly common problem affecting people of all ages. What makes migraines in particular so difficult to treat is the numerous ‘triggers’ that may initiate the migraine. These differ greatly from person to person and even from day to day – what triggers a migraine or headache one day may have no effect the next.

Some common triggers of migraine include: stress, hormonal fluctuation, weather changes, food and food additives, odours, light, medications, physical activity, caffeine and nicotine as well as changes in sleeping habits and even hunger. Other causes for recurrent headaches can be traced to dysfunction of cervical spine (neck), the temperomandibular (jaw) joint, sinuses and even visual deficiency.

The role of a physiotherapist is to work in conjunction with your doctor in determining a possible trigger of such attacks and modifying your lifestyle to eliminate or reduce your exposure to such triggers. Many headaches and migraines respond exceptionally well to manual treatment of the joints and muscles of the neck. Physiotherapy may include joint and manipulation or mobilisation (a more gentle means of loosening the vertebral joints) deep tissue massage and various forms of heat therapy.

Perhaps more importantly your physiotherapist will give you exercises and advice to reduce any excessive strain placed on the neck during the occurs of your day – yeas, that means advice on your posture whether it be how you hold your spine while you sit, sleep, stand or work. Ideally, we want to give you the knowledge and power to control your own headaches.

It is also important to remember that although many headaches respond very well to physiotherapy on the neck and upper back. This may not be the cause of the problems. Many of the triggers mentioned above are also responsible for tightening the muscle and joints of the neck and across the back of your shoulders. Unless you find your particular trigger (or triggers) you invariably end up treating the symptoms and not the cause of the problem.

The following symptoms may indicate that your headaches are originating from your neck:

  • Pain radiating from the back to the front of your head
  • Headache brought on or worsened by neck movement or by sustained neck postures
  • Headache with dizziness or light-headedness
  • Headaches that regularly affect the one side of your head or face
  • Headaches that are eased by pressure to the base of the skull


 

A sprained ankle involves damage to both ligaments and nerve fibres. With any injury an inflammatory response occurs at the injury site. Swelling in the area impedes repair and healing, therefore immediate treatment of any soft tissue injury is to minimise swelling and bleeding.

ACUTE STAGE - Immediate to 48 hours

R.I.C.E.R.

  • R – Rest. If weight bearing is painful, use crutches
  • I – Ice. Remove shoes and socks and apply ice in a moistened towel to the injury site for 15 to 20 minutes, repeating every 2 hours.
  • C – Compression. Using an elastic bandage. Compress the foot ankle and lower calf.
  • E – Elevate. Ideally it is best to raise to foot higher than the heart.
  • R – Referral. Refer the injured player on to a physiotherapist or doctor.

After the ‘Acute Stage’ treatment involves increasing the range of movement of the joint and regaining strength and co-ordination.

Progression should be gradual using non-weight bearing exercises, partial weight bearing exercises and then to gentle full weight bearing exercises. Movement should then become more functional until light training is possible.

When ligaments are torn, nerve ending which are important to the co-ordination and balance of the ankle joint are also damaged. Balancing exercises are therefore necessary in the definitive treatment.

Together all the exercises aim to increase strength, mobility and co-ordination and will help PREVENT further injury to the joint.

Remember that proprioception (co-ordination) and balance take longer to recover than strength and mobility so balancing exercises should be persisted with for several months.

 
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