PART TWO: Cancer – Chemo Induced Menopause

By Lainie Parker    The whole cancer journey is crap, but what I really wanted to talk about is chemo induced menopause.   For most women, the journey into peri menopause occurs slowly over time as the oestrogen levels produced within the ovaries gradually decrease. The average age this occurs is 50 years (though can be […]

PART ONE: Cancer – Diagnosis

By Lainie Parker  I am Lymphoedema Therapist and thought that I knew a thing or two about cancer and chemo. I guess, in broad terms, I do. But my world got tipped on its head last Christmas when I got the dreaded diagnosis of breast cancer. Merry, bloody, Christmas!  Once diagnosed, you enter a whirlwind […]

Frozen Shoulder / Adhesive Capsulitis

Frozen shoulder is a complex condition. Initially it presents as a gradually painful shoulder persisting for more than 3 months, which then progressively becomes stiff causing a significant loss in the shoulders range of motion. The reason a frozen shoulder develops is not fully understood in the scientific literature, but we do understand that there […]


Are you looking to take your fitness to the next level? Total Physiocare is proud to present the Total Fit class, running out of our Kew clinic at 6pm on Thursday nights. Want to know if this class is the one for you? Do you have goals of getting faster, stronger and fitter? Do you […]

Prehab – Preparing For Your Operation

Prehabilitation or prehab involves introducing or maintaining an active lifestyle so that your body can withstand a future stressor (surgery).  Prehab can be helpful in preparing for any surgery but is highly recommended for procedures that require an inpatient stay at hospital e.g., total knee or hip replacements, ACL reconstructions and spinal fusions. Research shows […]

How can the GLA:D program help with my hip and knee osteoarthritis?

By Irene Terzopoulos (Physiotherapist) Do you experience pain due to hip or knee osteoarthritis? The good news is, you’re not alone. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), approximately 10% of Australians have osteoarthritis, with 3 in 5 being female. Not only do a significant number of people experience osteoarthritis, but there […]

ITB Syndrome

With the return of sports underway many of us are increasing our running volume. Although there are many benefits to running, a sudden increase in milage can result in pain on the outside of the knee. This is known as Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome. ITB Syndrome is the second most common injury amongst runners and […]

Am I covered for Physiotherapy under Workcover?

Workcover (WorkSafe Victoria) is a compensation scheme for all Victorian employees in the unfortunate event of a workplace injury. There are similar insurance schemes within each state. These allow you to receive medical services, compensation and rehabilitation while recovering from your workplace injury. Access to these medical services is vital, as the vast majority (89%) […]

Lumbar Fusion by Thomas Andrews (Physiotherapist)

What is it? In people with severe back pain or nerve referral down the leg, a lumbar fusion may be recommended. A lumbar fusion is a surgery that permanently connects two or more vertebrae of your spine together.  This is done with metal plates, screws and rods in the vertebrae. This technique holds the two […]