Occupational Therapy

Next Wave occupational therapy is tailored to meet your individual needs. 

Occupational Therapy helps you fully participate in life. Everything you do in life; work, cooking, driving and sleeping, are occupations. What we do, defines who we are. If pain, stress, illness or injury prevents us from doing…then who are we?

Whether you have persistent pain or a mental health concern our experienced therapists can help. Individual consultations, group therapy, home visits and tele-health services provided

Next Wave Occupational Therapy is for:



  • Muscle pain

  • Soft tissue injury

  • Referred pain – headaches, migraines, repetitive strain injury

  • Chronic or persistent pain

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Neurasthenia – unexplained pain

psychological health

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Post natal depression

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Grief

  • Self confidence

  • Trauma

  • Stress

Related concerns

  • low energy

  • chronic fatigue

  • low motivation

  • wanting to withdraw socially

  • feeling misunderstood

  • substance over-use

  • searching for meaning in life

  • feeling unable to cope


Soft Tissue Therapy

Soft tissue therapy is a broad heading that covers several treatment techniques such as myo (~muscle) fascial (-fascia) trigger point release, soft tissue massage and acupressure; all used to treat soft tissue injury, pain and stiffness.

A trigger point is a hyper-irritable (contracted) band in the muscle or its fascia. In trigger point therapy, localised, deep pressure is applied to treat the contraction cycle. This restores full length to the muscle and re-establishes normal blood/lymph flow, allowing the injury to heal.

A myo-fascial approach treats the cause of pain, not just the symptoms. It helps the body to heal injured tissue and restores normal movement and quality of life.

You can expect to:

  • experience pain free movement

  • gain ease in your daily activities

  • have increased muscle strength

  • feel relaxed and rejuvenated



Acupressure is a form of neuro-sensory-modulation with underlying theory and principles similar to that of acupuncture. Acu (Latin ‘needle’) + Pressure.

Research shows, when pressure is applied to specific 'acu' points on the body, this signals changes to the nervous system. These changes include a physiological and heart-mind response.

Our Occupational Therapist has extensive training and experience in 5 Elements Integrative Acupressure. Treatments are applied in person and also taught for self care and management at home.

Acupressure is helpful for pain care, mental health and spiritual well being.


Focused Psychological Therapy

Our highly experienced occupational therapist's assess and treat mental health concerns. A focus on occupations (those things we need, want and are expected to do) enables life enrichment.

Psychological therapy approaches used include:

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Stress reduction, anxiety management, assertion skills, building self-esteem, anger management

  • Mindfulness & relaxation training

  • Sensory-modulation

  • Trauma Informed Care

    Mindful Living Group Program

Medicare Rebates under a Mental Heath Care Plan apply


Pain Care

Occupational therapy at Next Wave helps people who live with chronic pain (lasting 3 months or more). Our skilled therapists helps you to:

  • participate more fully in life

  • build positivity and life satisfaction

  • learn self management strategies

  • be more confidence in your ability (self efficacy)

  • manage difficult thoughts and feelings

  • get a good nights sleep

  • increase energy and activity tolerance

  • use pacing principles for pain care

  • set goals and build functional capacity

  • understand pain

Current research supports an occupational approach to pain care. It helps you develop skills to manage your pain contributors e.g. poor sleep, stress or inactivity, while also helping you to participate more fully in life.

Medicare Rebates may apply