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Innovative Physio

Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal

272 Nepean Hwy
Edithvale VIC 3196

Servicing area: Edithvale, Aspendale, Mordialloc, Chelsea Chelsea Heights

Innovative Physio
Innovative Physio's experienced team is passionate about helping you - whether it is through joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage, posture correction, breathing techniques, exercise rehabilitation programs.

Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal

Our Physiotherapists have a special interest in treating conditions of the spine whether lower back, thoracic or neck. As well as all peripheral joints and surrounding soft tissue - muscle, nerve and/or fascia.

Keen focus on Women's Health especially low back pain and incontinence - inseparable condition, pelvic girdle pain associated with pregnancy, sports and dance medicine.

Real time Ultrasound biofeedback is available;
  • special interest in core muscle control (research shows that this is very important in preventing reoccurence of back pain).

  • get to see your deep muscles on the screen – abdominals, pelvic floor muscles and deep back muscles

  • get a flat lower tummy with a waist that draws in

  • abdominal cylinder control – looks great and the back loves it

Gill believes people with back and neck pain need to be trained to self-manage their condition through improving posture and learning to move in a safer way.

Once the initial injury has been treated, people can be taught to use their bodies without putting themselves at risk of further injury.

" We want to explore your problem and work out the best treatment regime - ultimately so you can self-manage" says Gill Smith. We want you to be able to understand how to manage your condition through posture correction, breathing patterns, and ideal movement patterns

We treat the whole body whether low back, neck pain or issues with shoulders, hips, knee, ankle or feet.
Innovative Physio has a keen focus on treating women with incontinence and low back pain. We know these conditions are prevalent. One in three who has had a baby has incontinence and 70-85% of people will experience low back pain at some time during their life.

Study from the University of Queensland using a database of 38,000 women showed that incontinence and low back pain are related.

They claim women with incontinence are significantly more likely to report back pain than women with no history of incontinence. It appears that incontinence increases the risk of getting low back pain and low back pain increases the risk of experiencing incontinence.
These inseparable conditions have a common link – At Innovative Physio/Pilates our clinical thoughts is the coordinated function of the pelvic floor muscles, abdominal muscles, deep back muscles (abdominal cylinder) and diaphragm. The studies suggest the altered activation of the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles contribute to incontinence and low back pain.

The pelvic floor muscles support the pelvic organs and when we cough or sneeze the pelvic floor muscles contract moving upwards in the pelvic cavity, assisting to press the urethra (wee tube) against the pubic bone making sure no urine escapes and keeping the pelvic organs well elevated in the pelvic cavity. The timing of these muscles is critical. We have learnt through research that the pelvic floor muscles work optimally with a stabile ‘neutral’ spine. A neutral pelvic lumbar spine is achieved with coordinated activity of the pelvic floor muscles, lower abdominal muscles, diaphragm and deep lower back muscles. When neutral spine is achieved many people who have suffered low back pain find their symptoms reducing and some women can experience reduced symptoms of stress urinary incontinence.

This control and coordinated action between the pelvic floor muscles, abdominal cylinder, deep back muscles and diaphragm (‘core muscles’) is also critical to cure and prevent low back pain, and very important to stay dry and prevent pelvic organ prolapse.
Many of our women report their incontinence improving on teaching abdominal cylinder control for back care. The reverse occurs with reduction in back pain on improving pelvic floor control and coordination for incontinence treatment.

At Innovative Physio we realise the importance of a comprehensive assessment and design a program to improve control and coordination of the pelvic floor, abdominal cylinder muscles, deep lower back muscles and diaphragm to help cure and best managed these linked and distressing conditions.

Once these important movement patterns have been learnt many women then attend our pilates group classes to maintain these healthy and vital movement patterns ."

Call to discuss how Clinical Pilates or Fitness Pilates can help you.

Qualification Details

Gill Smith
Women's Health Physiotherapist and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Post Graduate Certificate Continence and Pelvic Floor Muscle Rehabilitation (Melb Uni) (2009)
Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (LaTrobe Uni) (1997)
Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy (La Trobe Uni) (1987)
Level 4 Pilates DMA certified
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Lecturer at Filex Fitness Industry Convention ( April 2014) – “Tips & Tricks to optimise pelvic floor function”
Lecturer at Victorian Maternal Health Nurses Conference (2014) - "Pelvic Floor Health"

Gillian for the past seventeen years has run Physio/Pilates/Women's Health clinics in bayside suburbs. In 2013 she constructed a purpose built Women’s Health clinic in Edithvale close to the beach. The studio consists of three consulting rooms and a large Pilates, Gyrotonic & Functional Fitness studio which converts to an educational venue for Pelvic Floor Fitness workshops.

Gillian has a special focus on the link that exists in women who suffer from bladder leakage and low back pain, an inseparable condition. Over a decade Gillian has been using the real-time ultrasound for assessment and client biofeedback rehabilitation. Many people are visual learners, seeing their muscles working on the screen and connecting to these muscles correctly brings about immediate positive outcomes. Gillian uses the real-time ultrasound on all muscle groups of the body and is very skilled in its use. She will rehabilitate shoulder, knee, hip, back, neck and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction with real time ultrasound biofeedback sessions.
Gillian has two postgraduate qualifications in Physiotherapy. In 1997 she spent a year studying musculoskeletal medicine. She refined her skills in assessing a musculoskeletal condition and developed advanced clinical reasoning skills to form a sound diagnosis and consequent treat plan unique to that client. In 2009 she undertook six month postgraduate training in Continence and Pelvic Floor Muscle Rehabilitation which taught her how to assess and rehabilitate issues associated with the bladder, bowel and pelvic organs due to dysfunction with the pelvic floor muscles.

Gillian integrates clinical expertise with evidence-based research, in the assessment and management of movement disorders associated with Musculoskeletal and Women’s Health issues.

Gillian is passionate about Women’s Health and keenly continues to advance her knowledge in this field of study. She is a great advocate for lifelong learning. Gillian is also a mother and appreciates the challenges of work life balance. This topic is often spoken about by the women in our fun, nurturing group exercise classes. Innovative Physio is developing into a community of women who are motivated to keep their mind connected to their functional fitness.
Cofounder of Pelvic Floor Fitness with Debbi Fretus (Pilates, Gyrotonic, Dance Medicine Practitioner Myotherapist and Educator), an educational product promoting awareness, knowledge and practical know how regards optimising pelvic floor function in the rehabilitation and fitness industry.
The objective of this program is for allied health practitioners and fitness instructors to be empowered gaining assessment skills determining whether clients are correctly recruiting pelvic floor muscles. This is a critical movement pattern for safe and effective exercise especially working with women, pregnant and post-natal. Pelvic Floor Fitness promotes pelvic floor safe exercise for women.

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