Men’s Health

How healthy are you? Did you know that most men have a functional view of their health?
e.g. “If I can still do the things that are important to me, then I’m healthy”.

We tend to view our health in terms of:

  • Work
  • Sport
  • Play
  • Sex

Did you know that men tend to live an average of 5 years less than women and that men lead in adverse health
statistics globally? So… what does men’s health cover? How can a physio help me?

Men’s health is a broad area and consists of:

  • Physical health
  • Medical health
  • Mental health
  • Social health

These areas do not exist independently. They are linked.
Neglecting one area can lead to reduced health in another.

Most of us are familiar with physiotherapy. If we have aches and pains, we see a physio. But did you know that
physiotherapists can help with:

  • Incontinence
  • Prostate symptoms
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Pelvic Pain

The common reasons that men don’t go for regular check-ups are:

  • Fear
  • Denial
  • Embarrassment
  • Threatened masculinity

By the time we decide to seek professional help things are really getting out of hand. Guys, these statistics are
terrible! We are at least 30 years behind women’s health!

If you have any men’s health concerns, please don’t leave it too late and become a statistic. We are here to
help you. We will work with you and become part of the larger multidisciplinary team to help you achieve your
health care goals.

NDIS at Agility Physiotherapy and Pilates

We are now registered for as an NDIS provider for physiotherapy, exercise physiology services,  and personal training services.

We strive to work collaboratively with all people involved in the NDIS system. The client, and their family and other practitioners involved in patient care, ensuring the best outcome for NDIS participants.

We strive to help participants to achieve greater independence, improved wellbeing, and allow them to be involved in the greater community. We have a person-centred approach to our care, which puts the person with the disability first, placing them at the centre of decision making about their exercise and service arrangements. Therapeutic support provided to each person is based on their own wishes, interests, talents, goals, and needs, to get more out of life.

Movement is the key to good health. Limitations in mobility and spending too much time being immobile can impact quality of life.

We would be happy to assist you in maintaining your physical best so you can maintain as much independence as possible and engage with friends and the community.

Our practitioners

Exercise Physiology

Todd Snowdon, our exercise physiologist has been working with us for 5 years and has a strong interest in rehabilitation and therapy services for a wide range of conditions.

Todd completed his PD Warriors course, which is a specialised exercise therapy course for Parkinson’s disease in 2014 and since this time has seen many clients with Parkinson’s disease privately and through My Aged Care.

He can assist your clients with :-

  • Strength & Exercise Programs
  • Physical conditioning and fitness
  • Functional task strengthening
  • Balance and falls prevention

Fitness instructor

Our Fitness instructor Edina Losonczi-Gorshtein is also fully trained in Pilates’ rehabilitation and is happy to see clients who require less intense therapy and ongoing exercise.

Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists all have expertise in complex rehabilitation and therapy to assist you with maintenance of function and lifestyle through muscle facilitation, client specific strengthening and fitness programmes.  Our physiotherapy services include :-

  • Mobility Assessments
  • Balance Training and Falls Prevention
  • Gait Training & Equipment Prescription
  • Strength & Exercise Programs

We are happy to see a range of NDIS clients for ongoing therapy including

  • Neurological conditions
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Developmental Delay in adults and children over 6 years.
  • Cerebral palsy – older children, teenagers to adult
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Downs syndrome & other Chromosomal Disorders
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)  
  • Paraplegia, quadriplegia, hemiplegia.
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Major trauma- amputations , Post-surgical or post-accident physical impairments
  • Mental health conditions where physical conditioning is of benefit

Our physiotherapists

Jenny Birckel,  Andrea Maude, Belinda Ward, Lyndon Evans, Dan Kooymans and Matthew Wright.  

 

Therapy in our exercise studios/ gyms

Our rehabilitation facilities include a range of equipment including weights, Pilates Reformers, Trap tables, Wunda chairs and rehab bikes. We also have a separate exercise room for clients who require privacy because of their disability.

Our new facility at Ascot has 6 disabled car parking spaces next to a lift that accesses our large Rehab gym/ Pilates exercise space on the first floor.

Our Bulimba facility has plenty of free parking but does have stairs.

Home Visits

We are also happy to see clients at home if they cannot come to our rooms. We have a large range of mobile equipment to assist with this.

We are happy to see clients in Brisbane in the following suburbs

Redcliffe, Sandgate , Shorncliffe, Scarborough, Deception Bay, Morayfield, Burpengary, Kallangur, Narangba,  Petrie, Strathpine, Bracken Ridge, Boondall, Cashmere, Albany Creek , Bald Hills, Chermside, Kedron, Strathpine, Enoggera , Murrumba Downs, Mango Hill, Rothwell, KippaRing, Margate, Woody point, Bray Park,  Fitzgibbon, Carseldine, Zillmere, Deagon, Aspley, Taigum, Nudgee

Clayfield, Lutwyche, Windsor, Albion, Eagle Farm, Ascot, Hamilton, Doomben, Pinkenba, Bowen Hills,New Farm, Fortitude Valley, Newstead, Wooloowin, Wilston, Grange, Gordon Park, Ashgrove, The Gap, Kelvin Grove, Milton, Auchenflower, Mitchelton, Gaythorne, Alderley, McDowell, Virginia, Banyo, Enoggera, Bardon, Paddington, Toowong, Taringa, St Lucia, Indooroopilly, West End, Ferny Grove, Woolloongabba, Dutton Park, Fairfield, Annerley, Moorooka, Salisbury, Mt Gravatt, Holland Park, Carindale, Cannon Hill, Camp Hill, Hawthorne, Murrarie, Tingalpa, Wynnum, Manly, Hemmant, Chandler,  Wakerley, Capalaba, Chandler

 

Any questions

Call Christine our friendly office manager who can assist you with enquiries or book you in to see one of our therapists.

We are happy for you to visit one of our centres to see our therapy facilities and meet our staff.

Adolescent Growth Spurts

Adolescence can be both a fun and challenging time for the individual and those around them. Changes which occur are not only physical but emotional, psychological and social. It is also around this time that many teenagers and pre-teens are participating or increasing their participation in their chosen sporting pursuits and more time may be being demanded from coaches and teachers.

Every individual will develop differently. Some will grow in a slow steady fashion over a couple of years where as other will experience rapid growth spurts over a period of months. IT is often these individuals who will suffer more from growth-related problems.

 

As we grow during adolescence the long bones of our arms and legs grow first, followed by our trunk and then the muscles, tendons, and nerves catch up. It is this latency of the muscles and nerves that can give rise to the lanky, uncoordinated teenager who now has difficulty not falling over!

During these periods of growth, it is important to remain active but the activity level may need to change to allow for pain-free sporting involvement. It is also important to remember that if an individual has had a sudden growth spurt and has lost some of their natural coordination, training may need to be adapted while their body catches up to avoid putting them at risk of injury.

Stretching can be helpful during growth spurts although this needs to be done carefully as the muscles and tendons are already on stretch trying to catch up with the bony growth which has taken place. Controlled stretches and strength work can really help during this time to regain strength in the muscles new elongated range. This, in turn, provides protection to the joints and can assist in improving balance and coordination. Your physiotherapist can help advise on which stretches or exercises may be best and can also assist in load modification. During growth spurts, an individual’s training load may need to be adjusted to allow time for their body to catch up and let them perform pain-free. The physiotherapist can assist with advising on appropriate loads and also the reintroduction of activity to allow a full return to sport/performance. Controlled exercises such as Pilates can also be a great way to work on stretching and strength in a safe environment for growing bodies.