I had pain in both knees that got progressively worse since my mid-thirties. Over the years, I consulted numerous physiotherapists and an orthopaedic surgeon who advised me to restrict my activity to walking and ‘no-kick’ swimming.
Despite following this advice, my knee pain recently increased to the point where I was driving just 700 meters from my house to the train station and taking taxis between offices in the CBD to avoid knee pain from walking.
At only 44 years old, this was too much. I consulted a new GP who referred me to Active Physiotherapy where I met Martyn Morris who completed a comprehensive assessment of my history and circumstances. Martyn took the time to explain the causes of my knee pain and prescribed a treatment program of stretches and strengthening exercises. Within weeks, I noticed a reduction in knee pain.
In regular follow up sessions, Martyn provided feedback on my progress and introduced new exercises as my flexibility increased. Moreover, he also addressed some recurring back pain that was hindering my recovery. I found these sessions informative as Martyn enthusiastically explained the rationale of my treatment and answered my questions.
Thanks to Martyn, I am now walking and climbing stairs pain fee. Better still, I am doing exercises I have not done in years. I can’t stop smiling about my newfound mobility!
Without reservation, I recommend Martyn Morris and the team at Active Physiotherapy.
Having suffered pain and restricted movement in my jaw for well over a year
I consulted John about what could be done. After only 4 visits I have
received complete relief from my pain and greatly increased jaw movement.
John worked wonders in a very professional way, with no discomfort to me. I
am most grateful to him. The only downside – now I can visit the dentist
I am so pleased to have found Active Physiotherapy and Martyn Morris. I was born without a right major pectoral muscle which was something I was blissfully unaware of until my other muscles started to become painful. I had endured pain in my right underarm, arm and hand for over two years and after many visits to medical practitioners and numerous scans and ultrasounds, I was still no closer to discovering the cause of my pain or having a plan for treatment. When the pain became intolerable, I decided to try physiotherapy to see if that would help. On my first visit to Martyn Morris, he spent time listening to me and discussing the source of my pain and explaining what techniques he proposed. He looked closely at my posture, had me perform a number of exercises and then set to work on various trigger points to release my minor pectoral muscle (which had been my main cause of pain), to align my ribs and release some of my ligaments. I initially felt very sore after that first visit but I already began to feel relief of the pain. On my second visit, Martyn carried out the gentle and relaxing process of fascial unwinding to help release some of the tension and restrictions in my muscles. My arm is now free from pain and we are just working on making sure it stays that way. I am so grateful to Martyn for his wonderful expertise. I can’t believe what a difference the physiotherapy has made. Thank you very much.
John was recommended to me by a physiotherapist when I expressed concern about my neck and back which were all seized up after being ‘manipulated’ with a rubber mallet by a ligament therapy practitioner. Before seeing John, I tried some chiropractic work but found no benefit after many sesions. I walked out of John’s office on my first visit able to turn my neck and with my spine significantly easier to move . John also did some visceral manipulation work on my tummy which left me feeling relaxed. I have been suffering IBS for years which has given me stomach cramping and John improved this cramping with the visceral work. I am so relieved and grateful for John’s help. I am now pain free, have full movement and have my exercise program which keeps me gradually getting stronger.
I have been lucky enough to find Active Physiotherapy after suffering from lower back pain for a number of years. My symptoms had been getting progressively worse to the point that I needed prescription medication to control the pain. I had previously seen a number of physiotherapists each providing temporary relief but my pain always returned. After one of the worst episodes I was referred to see a neurosurgeon to discuss the available options and the possibility of back surgery. The care I received at Active Physiotherapy has allowed
me to recover to the point that I am back to normal and currently have no need for any further treatment. Most importantly they have helped
me to understand my problem, learn how to manage my posture and have given me exercises to build the muscles to support my back. I have
personally encouraged a number of friends to use their services and would recommend them unreservedly.
After 22 years of playing football and 15 years of riding dirt bikes, my knees were giving me constant pain. I consulted my usual physiotherapist who ‘diagnosed’ early onset arthritis and advised that for the most part, all I could do was manage the pain until I was old enough for knee replacement surgery! Daily glucosamine and occasional pain killers helped keep the pain under control but I couldn’t run or ride a push bike and even walking for more than ten minutes or climbing a set of stairs made my knees ache. I felt like at invalid at 40 and my retired parents in
their seventies were more mobile than I was.
My partner strongly recommended that I see Active Physiotherapy as she had received excellent, effective treatment there. I visited Active Physiotherapy and saw Steve, who prescribed new orthotics, gave me specific exercises to do and taught me better balance and walking movement. My knee pain subsided completely over the following weeks and I subsequently completed an endurance walk of 220 kilometres over five and a half days with none of the knee pain I had previously experienced!
I’m currently planning a 440 kilometre endurance walk in early next year and plan to walk Kokoda the following year. Even day to day, I am now walking and riding my pushbike regularly without knee pain.
When my sister recently told me that she was six weeks into a prescribed 12 week course of chiropractic treatment and that her pain was getting worse, naturally I referred her to Active Physiotherapy. After her first appointment with John, she felt significantly better and cancelled the remainder of her chiropractic course. Her second appointment at Active Physio with Steve saw another dramatic improvement in her condition.
Not only have John and Steve relieved her pain, they have also saved her a lot of time and money on other treatment that wasn’t helping her at all. The professional and accurate diagnosis and treatment I received from Active Physiotherapy not only relieved my ongoing knee pain but restored my quality of life. I thoroughly recommend Active Physiotherapy to anyone seeking knowledgeable and
effective physiotherapy treatment.
Having sought treatment from various practitioners over the last nine years for upper back pain and headaches, I was referred to Active Physiotherapy by a friend. Over the last year, John has been working to correct problems that others were not even able to diagnose, particulalry because of his expertise in the mechanics of the ribcage. I have also had postural correction sessions with Jane and have experienced a huge improvement to my position due to her approach.
The attitude of the physios has been positive and supportive, while also encouraging me to be responsible for my own health with a targeted exercise plan. They are committed to constantly developing their own skills and knowledge to provide a holistic view of the patients’ situation. While the physios are dedicated professionals, the atmosphere in the clinic is relaxed and friendly.
I also attend Pilates classess every week at the practice with Andre, which are excellent. I have referred friends and family members to Active Physio and will continue to do so without hesitation.
As a qualified physiotherapist, I am well used to the feel of many physios ‘practising’ their skills on various parts of my body. This has made me acutely aware of what my body responds to and how little pressure my joints and muscles can tolerate. When I commenced training for a half marathon and started having hamstring pain, I sought the advice of many colleagues who told me it was a hamstring imbalance. But I felt it was more than that, as it did not seem to respond to stretching, and made running extremely painful. I knew it was time for specialised treatment.
A friend referred me to the team at Active Physiotherapy and I was extremely impressed by their professionalism, their dedication and holistic approach. I have been treated by John, Steve and Drew, and I cannot praise them highly enough. They all have excellent diagnostic skills and work to address the dysfunction of the body – not just treat the symptoms. They use hands-on techniques which are both gentle yet very specific. Their focus is on education, and how you can help yourself – and not rely on having to continually return for unwarranted treatment sessions. This was very much appreciated as I live on the other side of Sydney!
In my case, I had a complex series of mechanical dysfunctions in my rib cage and lower back that meant I could not tolerate my increased running load. This was causing extra load on my hamstrings and they were aching. The guys at Active corrected my mechanical problems and taught me how to run more efficiently. This changed how I loaded my body and I was able to finish the half marathon in my goal time!
The atmosphere in the rooms is relaxed and friendly, and all therapists are happy to share a friendly and encouraging word. But the focus and attention is never lost. Running is now pain-free and I have the team at Active Physiotherapy to thank! I recently referred both my father and partner to them and I look forward to seeing the benefits I know they will gain.
I first met Jane Doneman three years ago. At that time, I had a very poor quality of life as a result of debilitating low back pain. This was caused by bulging discs, as well as pelvic and sacro-iliac joint problems. My pain was constant and I was prescribed morphine by doctors and told there was nothing else that could be done.
Unable to accept the concept of this as a future, I eventually discovered Jane and for the first time encountered someone who was positive and confidently offered hope for a normal life. As a result of her astute diagnostic skills and brilliance as a physio, as well as advice on exercise and lifestyle, I am now medication free and enjoying a wonderful quality of life. I am now back to riding horses, competing in dressage at Prix St George level and aiming higher. I am now also preparing for my 3rd City to Surf and the World Masters Games in October. Thank you Jane!
I would encourage anyone in need of physio to visit the team at Active Physiotherapy – they are so caring aand talented!
Never give up – follow your dreams!
I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the high standard of professional service I received from the physios while attending Active Physiotherapy. I thank you for your positive approach, advice, treatments and ongoing exercises. Your encouragement has given me confidence to be actively involved in preventative health care decisions.
I have made numerous visits to other healthcare practitioners, who have only assisted me with quick fixes, resulting in my problems reoccurring. I was most impressed with your ability to thoroughly diagnosis and pin point the cause of the problem and fix it.
Thanks so much.
I was referred to the team at Active Physiotherapy by my GP for rehabilitation after being involved in a serious car accident and sustaining a closed head injury. I could not work due to my physical injuries . At the time, I had a complicated collection of symptoms including constant strong headaches, nausea, double vision, difficulty focussing and strong thoracic and neck pain. I had consulted neurologists and had all manner of scans, but they could find nothing “wrong” with me.
The physios at Active were able to describe where my symptoms were coming from and designed a treatment program for me on my first visit. This initially involved specialised release techniques which had an immediate result of relieving my pain greatly. Once my symptoms had reduced significantly, I was provided with a personalised training program tailored to my injuries. I was supervised during exercise sessions to make sure I’d get the best results.
Now I’m working and have a quality of life . Dedicated professionals who think laterally are quite hard to find. Its great to know I found them just down the road in Newtown. I highly recommend them.
I have known John and Steve at Active Physiotherapy for just over three years now. I had never sought physiotherapy treatment previously but had suffered from jaw and neck pain from teeth grinding for some time and was willing to try all options in order to get relief. My symptoms, work/life environment, and general health were assessed and a treatment plan was provided. Both John and Steve have worked with me to understand how my body responds to tension, and have provided techniques and exercises to support and enhance my wellbeing.
John and Steve have excellent diagnostic skills and can provide a wide range of treatment options. They promote education as a key strategy to managing recurring problems by encouraging clients to be active in their own recovery. They were especially patient and sensitive in listening to my concerns and needs, and really helped me to understand and be more aware of my body.
I have nothing but praise for the staff at Active Physiotherapy and would recommend their services to anyone seeking personalised and effective physiotherapy treatment.
I have had the pleasure of knowing Stephen Knight since the birth of my second daughter in 2006. I took her along with breastfeeding difficulties when she was only 7 days old. Regardless of the many lactation consultants we had seen, no-one could find a reason for her inability to attach properly and the severe nipple damage I was experiencing. Upon discharge from the hospital, we had been written up as “discontinuing breastfeeding and going to formula