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Children’s Physiotherapy

iStock_000009248633XSmall-300x300Children don’t grow alone. Their growth is accompanied by their growing needs as their little bodies start taking on extreme pressure. During this most energetic phase of their life, continually running, playing, carrying school bags, long computer gaming sessions and growing pains can all cause discomfort and lead to your child learning bad habits. As a parent it’s your duty to keep these potential problems at bay.


Sharing your Parental Concerns, and doing something about them…

At Active Physio Health we share your concern for your children’s health. What’s even greater, our concern goes hand in hand with our ability to help you child grow in the healthiest way possible. We take your child’s growth and development very seriously and our passion for our work enables us to apply the benefits of physiotherapy in your children’s lives.


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We take the time to assess your child and find the cause of their discomfort. We teach your children how to minimize any pain they may be feeling and how to avoid learning bad postural habits. We use various methods that ensure a pain-free growing age for your little ones such as:

• Devise a special program to suit each child’s needs. The program may involve the use of balance, strength and co-ordination activities, toys, games or other special equipment.

• Monitor the child’s progress and alter the program as the child improves, develops and grows.

• Help the family understand the child’s problem and teach parents or carers the skills to develop the child’s ability to perform everyday tasks.

• Give advice regarding footwear or prescription of equipment to improve the child’s skills and function.

• Work in conjunction with other health professionals to meet all the child’s needs in a thorough and comprehensive way.

• Refer the child to other health professionals when appropriate.

• Consult with the child’s local specialist in the metropolitan or rural community.


Kids’ Good Posture: Half the size, Twice the Importance

iStock_000011888033XSmall-300x199Good posture is extremely important for everyone. For children, the importance is doubled as their growing age puts more pressure on their bodies. Their tender age requires considerable thought and focus as the habits they develop will shape their adulthood. A good posture is like a good habit, and a bad one like a bad habit. Active Physio Health has helped a lot of parents with their kids’ posture and over time, we have grown more efficient in helping children correct their posture. The key is the right information and guidance that we offer through our dedicated physiotherapy programs. If you don’t rectify your child’s posture, it will affect them not only presently, but also make the matter worse as he/she grows up.


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While backpacks are important for kids’ work and lifestyle, they can pose some serious health problems if they are not used properly. The spine has 33 bones called vertebrae and between these are discs that absorb shocks to the body and structure. Putting too much pressure on the vertebrae and discs, like incorrectly slinging a large and heavy backpack onto a child’s back, will force the child to compensate for the force of the weight by bending forward. This is bad posture and it makes the spine compress unnaturally. Simpler things like wearing the backpack just from one shoulder also affect posture. We educate children on how to wear their backpacks properly. Our help is crucial for their health as their small age and size means they are lifting loads that are heavier in proportion to their weight.


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If your 9 year old often complains about aching legs, it’s probably because of growing pains. Common for about 25% to 40% of children, growing pains usually occur in children aged between 3 and 5, and then later when they are between 8 and 12. The causes of growing pains are usually considered to be bad posture, tiredness and fatigue especially after a particularly active day. Children run, climb and jump a lot, not to mention the irregular sized backpacks they carry. All this contributes to growing pains.


How Physiotherapy helps deal with Growing Pains

Helping a child experiencing growing pains is not like treating a kid with some muscular disease or injury. Like growing pains, physiotherapy is natural and hence extremely effective in dealing with the pain. Growing pains wear off with time but how well you handle them while they occur will affect your child immensely. Active Physio Health specialists diagnose whether your child is having growing pains or the pain has some other reason. In the case of growing pains, our physiotherapy helps your child through effective exercises, useful advice and invaluable assurance. Precise exercises such as stretching and strengthening weak or tight muscles can work wonders for a child experiencing growing pains.

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Our physiotherapy specialists help parents and their kids not only through their expertise, but also through their commitment and dedication that makes all Active Physio Health’s clients feel better the moment they step into our physiotherapy clinic.


Dry Needling

Active Physio Health in Gladstone & Bilioela proudly offers Dry Needling to the Gladstone, Tannum Sands, Biloela, Boyne Island, Calliope, Miriam Vale, Agnes Water & Rockhampton communities.

Dry needling is a modality that has been found to be successful in relieving trigger points. Not to be confused with the oriental practice of acupuncture, dry needling is being used successfully by physiotherapists who are suitably trained in this technique.

There are two categories of dry needling-superficial dry needling and deep dry needling. As the name implies, superficial dry needling does not reach the myofascial trigger points and is painless. With deep dry needling the needle goes directly into the myofascial trigger points, eliciting a twitch response, similar to what occurs when the knots are palpated. The twitch response shows that the needle has reached the knot and pain is reduced or relieved immediately. Deep dry needling may trigger a person’s referred pain. For example, dry needling of myofascial trigger points in the upper trapezius (upper back) or sternocleidomastoid muscles (at the side of the neck) may trigger the patient’s migraine.

It is to be noted that dry needling can cause some soreness that may last one or two days. Contact us to discuss the suitability of this treatment for you.

Golf Physiotherapy

Active Physio Health provides a specialized rehabilitation program for golf injuries. Our golf rehabilitation not only helps golfers recover from their injuries, but also improves their game . Our physiotherapists have the skill, experience and equipment to get your health and game in perfect shape.

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Our golf rehabilitation takes care of all the common golf problems including:

  • Golfers Elbow
  • Low Back Pain
  • Middle-back stiffness
  • Rotator cuff problems
  • Knee pain
  • Neck Pain

Golf-Specific Exercises

To match your specific golf problems and  your desired outcomes in the game, our physiotherapists can  devise a golf-specific exercise program. The program will be targeted at your weaknesses, and geared towards  assisting your recovery and enhancing your golf.  Benefits may include increasing the distance of your drive, improve your swing, or achieving more trunk rotation.



At Active Physio Health we have a Golf Program, which is designed to improve your golf game. Benefits include:

  • Increase your distance
  • Improve core strength
  • Increase flexibility
  • Decrease occurrence of injury

What is involved

  • Initial golf assessment and screening
  • Exercise program for home and/ or gym
  • Review of nutrition
  • Review golf technique – stance, back swing, follow though phase.
  • Review previous injuries.

Personal Training


Active Physio Health in Gladstone & Biloela proudly offers Personal Training to the Gladstone, Tannum Sands, Biloela, Boyne Island and Agnes Water communities.


At Active Physio Health we understand the importance of keeping your body and mind fit and healthy.


Active Physio Health offers personal training to suit everyone – for those wanting to shed the kilos, to athletes improving sports performance, for pregnant women, and children, to everyone in between. Active Physio Health will guide you all the way to ensure your success.


Over 70% of Australians are overweight, and the incidents of weight related health issues is continuously rising – we take health and fitness very seriously. Active Physio Health personal trainers set your goals, and help you achieve them in order to maintain the desired lifestyle. We help to educate and teach you the skills required to keep your health on track.


Active Physio Health’s personal trainers are at the top of their field and are continuously advancing their skills and knowledge to help you.


Every person is different, so we ensure an individual approach to your training sessions. We listen and guide you through the potential challenges faced on the way to achieving your goals. We help choose the best training requirements for you.


Active Physio Health Personal Trainers also have the knowledge and education to assist with your nutrition requirements. What you eat is a major component to success – we will work with you to help break bad habits and create new healthier ones.


Active Physio Health offers Personal Training Programs for all budgets and busy schedules.


  • Cadence Health
  • Weight Loss
  • Nutrition
  • Nationally Accredited Fitness Trainer
  • Certificate III in Fitness
  • Certificate IV in Personal Training
  • Level One Strength and Conditioning
  • Aqua Instructor
  • Group Exercise
  • Les Mills
  • Senior First Aid


Professional Experience

SPT2-200x300tarting in the fitness industry at a young age my background has given me the opportunity to gain experience in many areas of health and fitness. My time as a fitness trainer so far has led me to training semi-professional sporting teams and corporate health groups, assisting special population groups and pregnancy programs. I have also worked with athletes on sport specific training and development, trained older adults, and with the assistance of Active Physio Health, have rehabilitated those back from injury.


I have been a high level athlete in several sports, and have been privileged to experience the benefits of success due to dedication, focus, and a healthy lifestyle. Since starting my personl training career in 2002, I have transformed people’s bodies and minds to enable them to achieve their personal goals. These achievements have kept me motivated in continuing to assist people with their goals. It gives me great pleasure to help people develop strength and fitness beyond their initial expectations. Continued professional development and education in the fitness industry has helped broaden my knowledge, and thus allowing me to further educate my clients to assist them in achieving their desired lifestyle. I aim to help people develop a realistic approach to a healthy lifestyle, ensuring their weaknesses turn to strengths. My approach is to achieve long term success for my clients.


Specialising in:

  • Balance, mobility and coordination.
  • Strength and endurance development.
  • Weight loss / Weight gain.
  • Sport specific injury management



“I have always had a goal of becoming a competitive body builder. Being a mother or three and working full time I lacked focus, motivation and education to follow through with my goals. I met Casey while attempting to push myself through another gruelling training session. Her enthusiasm and knowledge blew me away. I started training with Casey just over a year ago and am about to compete in my second body building competition. Regular training sessions with Casey has helped me build my confidence and reach my goals. What I once thought of as a chore is now the best part of my day. I know I have Casey on my side when things get tough.”


Tracey Anderson – Mother/ INBA figure Competitor

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”


Tennis Physiotherapy

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Shayne Podbury, the director of Active Physio Health, previously played among the worlds top ranked tennis players and leads Active Physio Health’s tennis rehabilitation program. His dual qualifications in tennis and physiotherapy, makes him the ideal person for you to seek help and guidance regarding rehabilitation for tennis injuries. Shayne specialises in assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for all tennis injuries, and also conducts musculo-skeletal screenings for tennis players.


How We Treat Tennis Injuries

An important component of the physiotherapy evaluation of a tennis injury is to find the cause of the injury, rather than focussing on the symptoms. At Active Physio Health we take the time required to develop an effective treatment to get you back to full fitness in the safest and fast way possible.


Our goal is to have you, the athlete, return to a level of conditioning that is equal or above your pre-injury status.


To achieve this objective, we use the following actionable steps:

  • Protecting the injured area
  • Decreasing pain, swelling and inflammation
  • Maintaining and improving movement
  • Increasing muscular strength
  • Maintaining cardiovascular endurance
  • Improving balance
  • Ensuring a gradual return to tennis

WorkCover Program


Active Physio Health works with WorkCover and Employers to deliver outcome-focused and goal-orientated services to injured workers.


Following principles set by WorkCover, Active Physio Health help workers return to work as quickly and safely as possible. We guide patients through recovery from beginning to end and ensure they are returned to work rehabilitated and well educated to prevent further damage.


Active Physio Health delivers exceptional service. Educating the injured worker on the importance of staying active and, if possible, to remain at work is a very important component in the recovery process. This helps to restore function, decrease disability, and increases the likelihood of returning the worker to full duties sooner.


Hard_WorksmWe believe that communication between WorkCover, treating medical practitioners, the employer, and other service providers are vital to ensure everyone involved is fully informed on the workers progress – this helps to provide a better outcome for the worker. It is important that the worker is rehabilitated physically and psychologically, so Active Physio Health identifies any risks that may hinder their recovery or return to work. Active Physio Health helps to set realistic goals with the WorkCover case manager that focus on suitable duties and return to work.


If a worker fails to reach the required abilities to return to their original working duties, Active Physio Health will visit the workplace with the employer to identify suitable duties beneficial to the employer and worker alike. If there are no suitable duties for the worker, Active Physio Health will assist in finding host employment at an alternative place of employment until the worker is fully rehabilitated.


Active Physio Health has providers in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Exercise Physiology to help deliver the best outcome for workers, employers and WorkCover.


Some services include:

  • Complex Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
  • Independent case reviews
  • Pain management
  • Exercise program development
  • Detailed reports
  • Group exercise
  • Hydrotherapy and Gym services


Return to Work Services, including but not limited to:

  • Workplace assessments
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Suitable Duties Programs and Monitoring
  • Vocational Assessments
  • Case Conferences
  • Job seeking and placement services

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