Nextmove Physiotherapy PLUS in 2017

The team at Nextmove Physiotherapy Plus Hillarys are excited to welcome everyone back for 2017. We have some few fresh faces at Nextmove for 2017 with 4 physiotherapists and 2 massage therapists to help you feel better. Our clinic is holistic and boasts 34 exercise classes per week, with rebate benefits. Our clinic is also supported by No Stretch No Play Pty Ltd, the new way to do exercise online when you can’t be here with our therapy team. Our clinic is now open 7am-7pm weekdays and from 8am Saturdays. Please note we open from 6.30am and close at 8.30pm for our pilates program to give our clients plenty of opportunity to visit us.

Our director Matt Tribble has one main GOAL for the year and this is to really focus quality TRAINING in our clinic within our staff from our senior physiotherapy team, to the new graduates and together service our patients with quality care . Our existing clients will well be aware of the quality equipment we have at Nextmove and the private consult rooms and it is Matt’s passion to continue to invest in maintaining this quality wellness environment and family atmosphere which welcomes our patients.

Clinical reformers have been recently added to our wellness studio and have really changed the way our clients move and are adding so much value to our experience as clinical leaders at Nextmove. In 2017 the reformers will be part of all of our Body Balance Classes. Taryn Tait will continue the awesome work set in 2016 in the pilates service leadership and we are so thrilled to have Taryn join the Nextmove family.


This year we are really excited to be moving to more innovation. This starts with your BOOKING. Please use the book tab on the homepage so you can reach out at your leisure. Don’t forget to check out the profile of our physio team when selecting your choice. Secondly you will probably note that Matt and his team will encourage you to use your “personal portal” at to do your home exercises so that we can really help you with your after care from the Nextmove clinic.

If you get chance to read the full blurb here, please mention this to our awesome admin team lead by Elaine and you can get a FREE trial at our 2017 Sports Mobility Class.

“i” warning – iPhones and iPads may give your kids a pain in the neck


If you are like us and you let your kids have some more screen time over the holidays, just keep an eye on their posture. They may have been excited to have some extra time playing Minecraft, Candy Crush or Skylanders or watching Youtube but you may have noticed after a couple of days they have complained about a sore neck, upper back or shoulder. Generally this is due to holding positions like this for long periods of time with no breaks. Holding these positions can cause muscle tightness, pain and headaches – something we don’t want when school starts!ipad

Your child may describe neck stiffness, muscular tightness around the neck and shoulders and/or pain throughout the back and shoulders also.

Here are some tips to help your child avoid these issues:

1.Maintain Neutral Postures

Excessive bending or slouching through the back, or alternatively sitting extremely upright, can cause strain on the neck and back muscles. Try to sit upright but relaxed, with your head relatively inline your shoulders and a slight inwards curve of the lower back. Avoid any twisted positions – the shoulders and hips should face the same direction.

2. Vary positions!

Even the most optimal posture is detrimental if held for long periods of time. Encourage regular breaks (standing every 30 mins) and a small walk around every one hour. Slight changes to the seated position regularly is also very important – this often comes naturally to maintain comfort, but when your child is ‘in the zone’ with their game, try linking changes in position to events that occur in the game (e.g. every save point, every new round/game/level, every ‘death’) which will help with adherence and forming new positive habits.

3. Stretches and movement

In addition to having regular breaks, it is beneficial to include some specific stretches and movements to your daily routine to ensure good spinal mobility and optimal muscle length of the muscles of the neck and upper back (see below).



5 Ways Vario is Great for Exercise Rehab

At Nextmove Physio our team really believe that movement is key for our patients to reach their physical goals. What you won’t find at our clinic are patients lying on a bed hooked up to a machine for 15 minutes while the physio goes from one room to the other doing the same thing. Instead we offer expertise and a facility to help you move freely without pain for the long term. We think our Vario machine is great for exercise rehab and overall fitness becausVARIO.webe:

  1. It adapts to your own gait technique – other cross-training machines have a set path that may not suit your gait style, and could possibly cause further issues with your back, hips and knees. The Vario allows you to stride in a very similar way to your normal jogging or running, which optimises your return to that activity.
  2. It is low impact – running is great exercise, however sometimes we make errors with our training, overloading ligaments and tendons causing injury. Or you may have some ongoing ankle, knee or hip joint problems that flare up with jogging or running on hard ground. The Vario is like running on a cloud! It can be used as the transition to running as a part of maintaining aerobic fitness, or as a workout in its own right.
  3. Whole body – the Vario is a great full body workout as you can also use your arms as well, which can decrease shoulder stiffness and improves your calorie burning efficiency – more weight loss bang for your buck.
  4. Boutique wellness studio environment – you don’t have to worry about exercising in a busy, loud, sweaty room with all the cardio equipment packed in on top of each other. We only have a maximum of three in our wellness studio at any given time giving you plenty of space. With our Sonos sound system linked with streaming music (Spotify and Pandora), send me your favourite playlist of the moment and we will happily play it for you when you come in!
  5. Great media options – exercising with high intensity is hard, but rewarding. Make the time go fast by listening to your own favourite song or podcast (iPhone and USB connections) or watch any channel of live TV on the 35cm screen.

Feel free to give me a call at our Hillarys clinic on 9307 1244 or email me at to arrange a tour and free trial as I would love to have a chat about achieving your health and wellbeing goals!
Stay tuned for our upcoming video series that includes our Vario machine plus other great physio information from the team at Nextmove.



Chronic pain – the truth and the myths

For those of us who have experienced chronic pain or, have a loved one with chronic pain we often find confusing information in our search for relief and understanding. I hope this Question and Answer series on the ‘truth’ and ‘myths’ of chronic pain can help educate and assist people on their journey.

 “Chronic pain is just really bad and severe pain”… MYTH – Chronic (or persistent) pain relates to pain that keeps going for longer than we expect it to (longer than 3 months).. Although it can definitely be severe!

“I am in still in a lot of pain 6 months after my injury, something still must be broken inside”… MYTH – persistent pain often does not indicate ongoing damage, and is less to do with the injury and more to do with our central nervous system – the volume knob on our pain system has been stuck on ‘loud’. We can guide you in turning the volume down, but in the end it is up to you to take charge.

“Another health professional has said I have degeneration/disc bulges/scoliosis/misalignment/a spine of an eighty year old – therefore I’ll always have pain right?” – MYTH – while imaging can be an important tool to rule out very dangerous pathologies (we call these ‘Red Flags’ – but these signs only occur in less than 5% of patients), many of these findings do not relate to your current pain. Recent research has shown that there is often a poor correlation with pain and imaging findings in low back pain. When reading the wording in these reports, it can actually make your pain worse because…

“Only the brain produces pain”… TRUTH when you stub your toe on the corner of the coffee table (or in my case my daughter’s toy pram), the nerves in your toe just tells your brain that ‘something has happened, it may be dangerous’.  It is your brain that interprets this and says “this hurts!!”. Before this, your brain has weighed up hundreds of life factors such as what you do for a job, your personal and cultural beliefs, past history of toe stubbing events, what your plans are in the future and lots more and does this so quick well before we are aware of anything. This all affects the level of pain that you may feel. Has anyone ever had a bad sleep, woken up cranky, found out there is no milk for your coffee THEN stubbed your toe.. how much does it hurt! Compare the level of pain to if you stub your toe coming back from the beach walking on hot bitumen with a car coming.. the pain is likely to be a lot less at the time because the brain has determined you need to cross the road quick smart and not stop instead!

“Nerves can get sensitive”… TRUTH – it is normal when you first injure yourself to experience soreness near the area of the injury and in other areas around the actual injury site. In the above example you may feel your foot or ankle is a bit sore! The ‘pain volume’ in the area has temporarily turned up – which is a helpful reminder to slow down a bit and avoid doing more injury. Usually the pain will settle quickly and we get on with doing our normal activities. Persistent pain is just acute pain hanging around longer than is helpful. Nerves then change in response and may become sensitive to light touch, cold and movement and interpret these normal things as dangerous.

“The brain can change and form patterns”… TRUTH this is called ‘neuroplasticity’, a truly amazing feature of our brains. When a person repeats a particular movement or activity on a regular basis, the brain creates a pattern of nerve connections. If a movement is painful for long enough the brain strengthens the connection between movement and pain. For some with low back pain, the brain has joined the dots between normal sensations coming from your back, the movement of bending, the memory of injury and the experience of pain – and this unhelpful pattern is sensitised. Once sensitised, just thinking or preparing to do the movement is enough for the pattern to kick in and for you to feel pain. Therefore even though the body has totally healed, the movement still hurts.

In the next post we will discuss practical tips to help ‘turn the volume down’!

Have a great day and remember to move!

All the best,



Sam McLaren