What Is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is a profession dedicated to the treatment and management of muscle, joint and nerve disorders, aiming to restore normal function that may have been compromised through injury, aging, disease or environmental factors.

At Capital Physiotherapy South Yarra and Balwyn, our physiotherapists are highly trained in movement analysis. We are expert in assessing and treating sports injuries, work related injuries, motor vehicle injuries and general physical injuries/discomfort. Physiotherapists also play a critical role in rehabilitation following more serious injuries, especially after surgery.

In Your initial consultation, our physiotherapist will incorporate

  • A thorough assessment of your condition
  • Give you a detailed diagnosis
  • Explain their recommended treatment
  • Prescribe appropriate therapies and home exercises

What Conditions Do Physiotherapists Treat?

Physiotherapy is a viable treatment option for a number of physical conditions, including:

  • Neck pain and stiffness including whiplash and wry neck
  • Headaches
  • Back pain including disc injuries and pinched nerves, Sciatica
  • Dance & sports injuries, assessment & conditioning
  • Pre & post-natal conditions
  • Workplace injuries
  • Pre and Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Conditions such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other neurological disorders.

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Our Physiotherapists at Capital Physiotherapy provide the following services:


Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates is a form of exercise that aims to help improve core stability, soft tissue flexibility, muscle strength and endurance. They are often used in conjunction with physiotherapy to help promote correct movement patterns for your body.

At Capital Physiotherapy, our Clinical Pilates program is led by a qualified physiotherapist. We spend a longer time one-on-one, to ensure we understand your needs from the program. We then tailor a program specifically for you and your goals.

Our classes consists of a maximum of three people; this allows you to maximise the guidance you require from our physiotherapists. As each program is individualised, our physiotherapist is able to modify and progress your exercises during each session, getting you to your goal quicker. Our Clinical Pilates program utilise reformers, the ‘Wunda Chair’ and a range of mat equipment.


Running Assessments

At Capital Physiotherapy, we understand how important your running routine is. Whether it's part of your fitness regime, or it's how you de-stress; it's important nothing stops you from doing what you love. That's why running assessments are usually incorporated as part of our consultations. Our experienced physiotherapists will take a video of you running, and provide you with information that enables you to understand the relationship between your running technique and your injury.

Not injured? You can still come in for a running assessment. Our physiotherapists at Capital Physiotherapy are the expert in analyzing your running technique and set a program tailored to you to improve your performance. We will also give you some advice to prevent possible injuries and set preventative program. This will ensure you can continue running, well into the future.


Prevention Screening for Sports

At Capital Physiotherapy, we are serious about getting you back to physical peak condition. We are even more serious about making sure you stay at your best.

In order to help you be at your peak condition, we provide injury prevention services. Whether it’s tennis, soccer, football or even lawn bowls, we are able to provide an assessment of your body. We will pinpoint exactly which parts of your body are in danger of injuries, as well as other parts that require improvements. With Capital Physiotherapy, you will always be one step ahead and be at your best.


Workplace Assessments

Our physiotherapists are able to provide workplace assessments. Workplace assessment is an effective adjunct to physiotherapy. We are able to go on-site and take a comprehensive look at your workplace to identify any factors that may be a cause to your injury. A report will also be given to you or your HR manager, detailing the list of concerns as well as recommendations to ensure you remain injury free.


Pre-Employment Medicals

We are also able to provide Pre-Employment Medicals. A PEM can be provided to your potential candidates to ensure they are able to complete their duties in a safe manner. This may help to reduce future costs in regards to injuries. Our physiotherapists are able to use our own template to complete a candidate’s musculoskeletal assessment or use a provided template. Reports are usually sent out on the day the assessment is booked.


Dry Needling

Dry Needling may be used, in addition to physiotherapy, to treat soft tissue injuries.

In certain cases, pain is due to the development of trigger points in muscles. This will result in pain and decreased function. Acupuncture-style needles are then inserted on these trigger point areas to help restore normal muscular function and reduce pain.

While Dry Needling may be effective on its own, they are normally combined with other modalities to ensure you recover from your injuries quickly. Our experienced physiotherapists will provide a comprehensive assessment and inform you if Dry Needling is required.



Progressing to pointe is a very exciting time for any ballet dancer, but it is also a time where extreme caution is needed to ensure that the transition is smooth and injury free. At Capital Physiotherapy we have qualified physiotherapist that can perform Pre Pointe Assessment.

The information gained from these sessions will not only ensure the safety for the young dancer but also allow them to prepare for pointe work and improve their general dance technique.

Our Pre Pointe assessment involved assessing dancers:

  • Classical Ballet Technique
  • Foot and Ankle Strength and Flexibility
  • Postural Control
  • Core Stability Strength
  • Turnout Range and Strength


Women's Health

At Capital Physiotherapy, we have experienced Women’s Health Physiotherapists that can provide you with help and support. We are able to provide pre and post pregnancy services, including:

  • Pregnancy related pelvic (SIJ) /hip/back pain
  • Abdominal muscle separation (DRAM)
  • Mastitis
  • Provide advice and plan on getting back to gym and physical activities
  • Wrist pain (De Quervainn’s)

We are also able to provide:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Weak pelvic floor muscle
  • Prolapse issues

Tailored Clinical Pilates program

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posted 3 weeks ago

Capital physio was recommended to me after some previous physios had struggled to get me back to playing football.
I went to Oz in Balwyn , after 3 visits and following Oz's rehab exercises I am now back playing football.
Delighted with the service and results. Highly recommend.

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posted 1 month ago

2 weeks ago, I hurt my knee on Sunday (Not the best day to be ill in Melbourne) and I was not able to walk properly. I was limping and in severe pain. Thank God, Capital physiotherapy is open on Sunday. I was so fortunate to secure a booking the same day in the afternoon. Melanie attended me with a smile, she was very compassionate and she listened carefully to my knee story. She asked me few questions, asked me to do few movements and then she asked me to lay face up. She started to push on my painful knee muscles hard, harder, harder and I was screaming. I asked her to stop, to give me a break but she didn't listen to my words. It was really very painful. few minutes after, she asked me to stand up and to walk without limping. I was amazed, I was able to walk as per normal and the pain was 90% gone. Her hands were so skilled that she knew where to push and now instead of getting mad at her, I'm publicly saying to her: Thank you soooo much for pushing hard on my knee. I went as well for a massage and that was the best beneficial therapeutic massage I have ever had in my life. Melanie is one the kindest, skilled, humble, funny and knowledgeable physio I've ever met. She is very patient, she dedicate enough time to her customers to explain what's going on in very simple terms. I love going to Capital physiotherapy which is by the way open 7 days and I can go any day I want. Thanks a LOT again Melanie. God bless you.

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5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

I injured my ankle a couple years ago. It was probably one of my best decisions to visit Capital Clinic. Osler was fantastic -- he's very attentive and caring. I soon recovered and was able to walk normally. Thanks to Osler.
Melanie is also amazing! I recently just saw her for my knees problem. She spent time explaining the reason behinds the issue and gave me constructive instructions to follow. Just cannot recommend this place enough. I have been recommending all my friends here. 🙂