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When it comes to comprehensive physiotherapy, Be Strong Physio stands out on the Sunshine Coast with its professional services. Be Strong Physio can help you reach your health and fitness goals with our Physiotherapists also being Strength and Conditioning Coaches certified through the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).

Experience the benefits of physiotherapy through various treatment approaches designed to find your own unique, individual causative factors, so that our Physiotherapists can work with you to address them, helping to restore physical function and performance and reduce the chances of it returning. Our focus is not just remedial; it's also preventative, helping to mitigate the chance of potential injuries through injury prevention and personalised, comprehensive exercise programs provided to you on our very own application, available on iPhone and Android.

Be Strong Physio has been offering physiotherapy on the Sunshine Coast since 2019 when Physiotherapist Geoff Ford set out to create a caring, supportive environment, informed by the latest scientific evidence, that is different to normal physio clinics from the moment you step in the door. We have a fully equipped gym and are experts in reviewing your gym and exercise programs, writing programs and guiding people who are in pain and those that have never exercised in the gym on how to become confident and effective with their exercises. This is available to people of any age and experience level.

From our initial assessment, our caring approach is solely dedicated to your improved health. We strive to provide person-centered, holistic, hands-on healthcare that is focussed on helping you back to the activities that you love and bring you meaning.

A Wide Range of Physiotherapy Services

Be Strong Physio caters to all age groups and a variety of conditions. The services include manual therapy, post-surgical rehabilitation, ACL rehabilitation, sports physiotherapy, and specialised treatments for conditions like arthritis, tendinitis / tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, low back pain, neck pain, musculoskeletal disorders or other ongoing injuries.

+ Shoulder pain

+ Low back pain

+ Sporting & gym injuries

+ Chronic and long-standing pain

+ Tendon pain

+ Headaches

+ Post surgical​ rehab

+ Foot & ankle pain

+ Bursitis

+ Knee pain

+ Hip pain

+ Nerve pain

+ Wrist & hand pain

+ Neck & jaw pain

Geoff's extensive experience makes him one of the top physio professionals on the coast. With a focus on individual needs and goals, these services help patients regain their mobility and functionality, ultimately improving their overall quality of life. Whether you're suffering from chronic pain, recovering from surgery, or looking to improve your physical performance, Geoff will get you back to your everyday life.

Personalised Treatment Plans and Techniques

Our personalised treatment plans are tailored to each patient's unique circumstances and health objectives. These plans are based on a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's condition, including physical examination and medical history assessment.

The treatment techniques employed in these treatment plans are diverse, ranging from manual techniques such as joint manipulation and soft tissue massage to the use of technological interventions like strength testing and movement analysis. This personalised approach allows for targeted, effective treatment and exercise plans, resulting in faster recovery and improved physical function.

The Role of Exercise in Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy doesn't just involve 'hands-on' treatment, but also prescribes specific exercises to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility. Our understanding of the muscles' structure and function has been key to developing effective exercise programs. Exercise plays a vital part in your rehabilitation, prevention of further injuries, improved body mechanics, and enhanced physical performance.

Be Strong Physio's exercise rehabilitation services are based on years of clinical experience.

Overcoming Conditions Through Physiotherapy

Be Strong Physio has helped countless patients overcome a variety of conditions, ranging from chronic pain, musculoskeletal disorders, post-operative recovery, and sports injuries. With a comprehensive approach to treatment, Geoff enables patients to conquer their conditions and regain their freedom of movement.

Reach Your Body Health Goals

Your personal experience is paramount to us. From injury management for athletes to seniors regaining mobility after joint replacement surgery, we provide individual expert treatment to people from all walks of life. Contact us to find out for yourself the life-changing impact that personalised physiotherapy treatments can have.

There’s a new game-changing therapy helping those with a ruptured ACL to heal without going under the knife.

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) ruptures are the most common sports-related injuries to the knee, and are one of the most feared injuries - often ending sporting dreams and careers. High profile athletes are often featured in media stories full of fear and dismay as they are rushed into an inevitable surgery before a year long rehabilitation and may not ever return to their sport.

The assumption is that an ACL rupture requires ‘fixing’ with reconstruction surgery, but the outcomes of this surgery are poor. The rationale for surgery is based largely on the belief that ACLs can’t heal.

However, the groundbreaking new research - The Cross Bracing Protocol (CBP) - shows that ACLs can in fact heal, offering hope of better outcomes for some people who rupture their ACL.

The Cross Bracing Protocol (CBP) was developed by Drs Merv and Tom Cross in Sydney, Australia, to aid healing of a ruptured ACL by reducing the gap between the torn ends of the ligament.

What is the Cross Bracing Protocol?

The CBP involves immobilising an injured knee in a brace at 90°for 4 weeks. Then gradually increase the range of motion at the knee with the brace until it is removed at 12 weeks. During this period patients undergo intense physiotherapy based rehabilitation including exercises on the affected leg to reduce muscle and strength losses and aid in promotion of general health.

What is the healing rate of the Cross Bracing Protocol?

The CBP has so far produced a heal rate of 90% with ACL continuity on MRI at 3 months post injury. More healing on a 3-month MRI was associated with better self-reported knee function and knee-related quality of life, higher return to sport rates and reduced knee laxity.

Here at Be Strong Physio in Caloundra, we managed the first ever Cross Bracing Protocol participant on the Sunshine Coast. After working with our patient for 12 weeks, she had a FULL heal of her completely ruptured ACL.

If you want to heal your ACL - act fast!

There is a narrow “window of opportunity” and time is critically important. It is best to get in the brace within a week (possibly up to about 18 days). But early is better as the torn ends of the ACL can seal over, preventing healing from taking place and this varies from individual to individual.

What should you do if you have recently torn your ACL?

Ideally see someone who is currently working with the CBP who can tell whether you need an MRI for a likely ACL rupture. Ideally your Physiotherapist or Physician will be able to fit you in a brace (which may initially not be fixed at 90 degrees yet). It is important not to see someone who is going to perform strong tests on the knee which can further separate the torn ends, possibly impacting your ability to have a successful heal.

Keep your knee bent and do NOT push it straight. If possible use crutches and at least minimise weight bearing until you get your MRI. Avoid taking anti-inflammatories which can impede healing.

Once you get the results of the MRI, your healthcare professional can go through the results with you to see if you are a good candidate for healing. Remember that the decision of CBP v surgery v exercise based rehabilitation is yours. Your healthcare professional should provide you with all the advantages and disadvantages of each based on your presentation so that you can make an informed decision for your long term knee health.

What if you are overseas skiing?

If you are overseas skiing, try and find a Physiotherapist who is experienced with the CBP or contact one remotely via telehealth. Wait for 5 days to fly to reduce your risk of DVT and if possible use anticoagulants, or at least aspirin and take measures to reduce your risk such as wearing compression socks and performing regular ankle exercises on the flight. You should wear a brace that limits knee straightening but still allows the knee to bend.

Then book in to see an experienced Physiotherapist or Sports Physician who works with the CBP so that they can arrange an MRI and if appropriate get you started on the bracing protocol including the exercise based rehabilitation.

Where can I find more information about the CBP?

The initial study from the Cross Bracing Protocol was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine which is freely available. You can find Geoff on Instagram and his clinic is at Moffat Beach on the Sunshine Coast (

What if I told you, you could live an extra 10 years of disease-free life but you had to do just ONE thing. Would you do it?

That thing is NOT taking any supplements, or going on any extreme low carb or anti-inflammatory diet. It doesn’t involve seeing anyone for treatments and it’s not a hack.

That thing is exercise! But not just going for a leisurely walk with your four-legged friend or throwing a frisbee with your better half.

Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research conducted an investigation that focused on more than 1,500 Australian adults over the age of 50 who were followed over a 10-year period.

The study showed that high levels of physical activity increase the likelihood of surviving an EXTRA 10 YEARS free from chronic diseases, mental impairment and disability. However, this was reserved for those that performed over 5000 metabolic equivalent minutes (MET minutes) a week, which is about 600 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week.

So if you exercise 6 days per week, that’s 100 minutes per day, which is a lot!

However, more intense forms of exercise and weight training can also help to burn plenty of calories (which is where much of the benefit comes from).

Weight training or resistance training also has a host of other benefits including:

- Increased strength and tone - Improved performance of everyday tasks - Reduced chances of pain and injuries - Fat loss - Reduced chance of developing a host of diseases - Reduced cognitive decline = Improved stamina = Improved bone strength = Increased self-esteem = Reduced effort for given activities

So, what is my advice if you want to live longer, feel better but you're in pain?

It can be hard, with all of the information out on the internet and social media, to know where to start. Do you need to be performing cardio, or HIIT, or activating the right muscles?

My advice: Keep things SIMPLE.

Start with lifting weights 2-3 x per week and aiming to walk / cycle or exercise of choice on the other days. Think of sweating everyday. The best form of exercise is the one that you actually do so make sure to try and find something you enjoy.

Get a coach - someone who can help guide you through the process of getting strong and fit. If you are in pain or have had a history of injuries, it can help if your coach is a physiotherapist so that they understand your injuries. If you want to get strong and fit, you need to aim for progressive overload - things need to gradually get harder. Otherwise your body will plateau. A coach will also help to keep you accountable, motivate you and ensure you are doing what you need to do.

Remember, movement is medicine and motion is lotion!

Yours in strength, Geoff Ford from Be Strong Physio

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