At Blackwood Physiotherapy Sports and Spinal we offer a range of services including:

General physiotherapy

The assessment, diagnosis and treatment of general musculoskeletal injuries or pain that arises out of activities of daily living. Are you putting up with pain unnecessarily? Talk to one of our friendly staff to find out if physiotherapy can help..

Sports Injuries

The assessment, diagnosis and treatment of injuries or pain arising from playing sport. We know your goal is likely to be to get back into your chosen sport as quickly as possible.  We can guide you back into your sport in the safest and fastest way achievable.

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Pre and post surgical treatment is offered. Attendance at physiotherapy prior to surgery enables accurate assessment of pre-operative function and implementation of appropriate exercise programs to maximise pre-operative function. This in turn maximises the chance of optimal benefit from surgery and can improve post operative recovery and rehabilitation.

Work Conditioning

Specific exercise programs are developed (determined by the nature of work the injured client does) and are carried out in the Pilates studio under supervision. The programs are designed to be work specific and address strengthening the body to enable it to cope with the particular physical stresses of each individual’s work. These programs are most beneficial in facilitating successful return to work and reducing the likelihood of re-injury once the injured worker has returned to normal work duties.

Workers Compensation

The assessment, diagnosis and treatment of injuries that occur while a person is at work. These injuries vary depending on the nature of work.  Insurance companies are billed directly by the clinic so there is no out of pocket expense to the client.

Veteran Affairs

The assessment, diagnosis and treatment of injuries or pain that occur from our returned service men and women. This includes gold card holders and some white card holders that are entitled to physiotherapy treatment.

Motor Vehicle Injuries

The assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the specific injuries that can arise from motor vehicle accidents. These can include whiplash injuries to the neck, low back pain, chest/rib pain and various other musculoskeletal injuries.

Enhanced Primary Care (EPC)

This is a Medicare initiative that enables access to private physiotherapy treatment for specific clients that are suffering from a chronic or complex health condition. The treatment services do have a rebate from medicare with minimal gap payment payable to the clinic.

Musculoskeletal Assessments

Our clinicians are able to provide clients with a comprehensive musculoskeletal assessment and report that incorporates assessment of posture, range of motion of each joint, assessment of muscle strength, muscle balance and biomechanics including gait (walking) analysis.

The information obtained from this is used to recommend appropriate courses of action to correct any musculoskeletal issues found – this may include specific physiotherapy treatment, home exercise program or gym program.

The same assessment is performed to develop specific gym based Pilates programs for clients in the clinic. It is a useful tool for reducing the risk of injury or development of pain resulting from poor movement patterns and posture. It is also useful for sports people who may be looking for an edge on their competitors through a hidden advantage of greater core stability, muscle balance and improved biomechanics.

Custom Made Orthotics

We use specialised equipment (GaitScan™ technology developed by The Orthotic Group) for the assessment and treatment of foot and lower limb biomechanical (movement) disorders. If appropriate we are able to have custom made orthotics manufactured specific for your particular problem. Click here to learn more about GaitScan…


Matt Walls is a very experienced manual handling educator having performed manual handling workshops for various industries from childcare, nursing, administrative and manual labour workplaces. Sessions can be tailored to be specific to each work place’s needs. Please ring the Blackwood clinic on 8278 4476 if you wish to book Matt’s services for education sessions.


The TOG (The Orthotic Group) GaitScan™ is an innovative diagnostic tool and digital casting device (of your foot) that allows our Physiotherapists to analyse your biomechanics and order custom orthotic products if appropriate for your problem. The pressure sensitive footplate has 4096 sensors and a scan rate of 300 frames per second. This places the GaitScan™ equipment as the industry leader in dynamic scanning capabilities.

What does this mean for you?

A new, in-depth method of assessing your gait (walking) cycle with a dynamic (with movement) scan gives your treating Physio access to a wealth of information that cannot be obtained with the naked eye or through a physical assessment. Over a million points of data are recorded, tracking minor flaws in your biomechanics and shedding light on issues that if left untreated, could develop into painful conditions over time or may be contributing to your current problem.

We believe investing in this technology has allowed us to access information that we previously couldn’t. There are obvious limitations to both visual observation and physical assessments when it comes to assessing biomechanics. The GaitScan™ technology overcomes those limitations for us.

Click here to view The Orthotic Group website…


Using the GaitScan™ technology we are able to prescribe custom made orthotics to help you overcome your problem if appropriate.

The orthotics are made by The Orthotic Group based in Canada. They are made of a flexible thermoplastic material that facilitates optimal foot and lower limb biomechanics. The orthotics are manufactured to your specific requirements based off the information of your foot scan.

Since the orthotics are flexible they are very comfortable to wear and easy to get used to.

The thermoplastic shell used in the orthotic is also very thin (between 2 to 3mm) and doesn’t take up much space in your shoe. Meaning that you can wear your orthotics with a wide range of shoes – from fashion shoes through to sports shoes, school shoes and work boots.

There are a range of styles available depending on your specific requirements and footwear styles you wear.

They are incredibly durable and are covered by a lifetime warranty against shell breakage – they are replaced for free if this occurs.

We also personally back these products with our own satisfaction guarantee.

“If you are not satisfied that the product supplied to you (your custom made orthotic) meets your expectations or what was described to you by your treating physiotherapist – then we’ll happily refund your investment for the orthotics in full.”

Please ring the clinic to book your lower limb biomechanical assessment today on 8278 4476.

Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI)

Peter Esselbach – one of our Blackwood Physiotherapists is also a qualified (and working) sonographer.

Peter utilises Real Time Ultrasound technology to look “into the tissues” of your body to see what is happening in your body on a cellular level. This is information that the naked eye cannot get.

He uses his skills as a sonographer to assess what is causing your particular problem or pain. This technology is best at determining problems in muscle, tendon, ligament and other soft tissues. It can also be used to look for specific muscle patterns (biomechanics) and is an excellent educational tool.

Click here for more info about RUSI scans.