Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology services

Meet Zak Storey, Physiotherapist

About Zak

Zak Storey began his career with a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Queensland. During several years of working as a registered nurse, he discovered the overwhelming benefits of physiotherapy, and completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the Australian Catholic University. Since then he has adopted a hands-on approach to physiotherapy. By working in partnership with his patients, he aims to quickly identify and treat the issue at hand, as well as implementing change to support a full and long lasting recovery.

Zak uses a number of treatment techniques including dry needling, exercise rehabilitation, soft tissue techniques (such as massage and stretches) as well as joint mobilisations to name a few. He regularly treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions from head to toe, but also has a special interest in neck, headache and migraine pain. Outside of work Zak enjoys yoga, having a meal out with friends and a slow walk with his lazy greyhound Judy.

What to expect in a Physiotherapy Consultation

At each visit Zak will assess your concerns and provide an explanation of your injury. He provides hands-on treatment and gives personalised exercises to assist in self-management at home.

All sessions are one-on-one. This means you will have his full attention for your entire consult. Zak’s aim is to get you pain free once again, but to also provide you with the individualised tools required to self-manage and take control of your journey.

As physiotherapists, we have a large “toolbox” of treatment techniques available to us. All patients, from children to athletes to the elderly, can benefit from physiotherapy. If a treatment technique hasn’t worked for you before, there are still plenty to try!

Book a Physio Consult with Zak today - click here.

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Meet Rick Hoefnagels, Exercise Physiologist

About Rick

Rick is an Exercise Physiologist fueled by a deep passion for helping others. He has a natural curiosity and empathic nature, always seeking to understand the intricate relationship between individuals and their wellbeing throughout their lives.

What is Exercise Physiology?

Exercise Physiology involves the design, implementation, and evaluation of exercise and lifestyle programs. An Accredited Exercise Physiologist is an allied health professional who prescribes exercise for preventing and managing chronic diseases and injuries, as well as improving health and performance. Exercise Physiologists use evidence-based scientific approaches and customised prescription for each individual considering their holistic health status. They have an in depth understanding of anatomy, biomechanics, human physiology and disease processes, and are recognised by Medicare and Private Health Insurance.

What is the difference between Exercise Physiology and a Personal Trainer?

Great question! Both are great options if you are looking to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. Exercise Physiologists have University level training and extensive training to treat clients with complex chronic medical conditions or looking to obtain advanced movement and exercise capacities.

On the other hand, Personal Trainers are better equipped to prescribe exercise to healthy populations and helping people without significant injury or illness. At Next Practiced Newstead, we offer both Exercise Physiology and Personal Training.

If you have a condition or injury that would benefit from physical activity, or you are unsure where to start, give us a call and we will match you to the right health professional for you!

What to expect in an Exercise Physiology Consultation

When booking an appointment with Rick, all sessions are one-on-one, within a consult room and a private fitness studio. You won’t be waiting for equipment, or training in front of other people. All new clients will be booked in for an initial session to determine your physical capacity, injuries or any other barriers. Rick will then prescribe an exercise program that is tailored to you.

You will train in a private exercise clinic ensuring you are receiving the best patient care.

Book an Exercise Physio Consult with Rick today - click here.

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