Occupational Therapy

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

Whether you have muscle pain and stiffness, persistent pain, sleep or a mental health concern our experienced therapists can help.

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?


Next Wave Occupational Therapy is for:

 

Pain

  • 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

 
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Myo-fascial Therapy

Myo-fascial therapy is a broad heading that covers several treatment techniques such as trigger point therapy, soft tissue massage, acupressure & fascia release; 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

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Acupressure

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.

LIFE Cycles morning retreats offered 5 times a year in the season of an element.

 
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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)

  • Psycho-education - stress reduction, anxiety management, assertion skills, building self-esteem, anger management & relaxation training

  • Self Awareness and self management skills

  • Sensory-modulation

  • Trauma Informed Care

“Mindfulness is consciously bringing awareness to you’re here-and-now experience with openness, interest and receptiveness.” Dr Russel Harris, 2006 Psychotherapy in Australia, 12 (4)

Medicare Rebates apply with Referral

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Mindfulness & Relaxation Training

This high quality group program teaches Acceptance & Commitment Therapy principles, mindfulness and relaxation skills. Designed to assist pain management and psychological wellbeing, it will also suit people wanting to live more consciously.

Class times Fri 1pm weekly as an 8 module rolling program.
You can join a class at any time on the program.
A maximum of 6 people/class ensures a supportive group learning environment.

To attend a class you will need an initial assessment with an occupational therapist.

Course Outline

  • Getting Started - Beginners Mind

  • Being Present - Understand power of now

  • Noticing Thoughts - Develop heart-mind

  • Acceptance - Open up

  • Values - Know what matters

  • Committed Action - Do what matters

  • Self Awareness - Embody self care

  • Integration - Self Mastery

Each session begins with breath awareness, a gentle way to reconnect with one’s self and what is important in life.