Changes to DVA treatments for Allied Health

After a recent discussion with a DVA patient I realised that the changes to the allied health referrals were not well understood. The new changes came into affect on the 1st October 2019 and affect both white and Gold card holders. Only holders of a Totally and Permanently Incapacitated (TPI) marked Gold Card holders are not affected.

 

Firstly this new system will not limit you to only 12 sessions. It is 12 sessions per referral or treatment cycle. If your allied health provider believes that you require further treatment, they will send a report to your GP. The GP will use this report to review the treatment progress and assess if further treatment is clinically required or whether other treatment options are needed.

 

Secondly, if you had a current referral on the 1st of October 2019, then you are covered for 12 treatment sessions or until the expiry of the referral, whichever comes first. This is regardless of whether you had a 12 month referral or an ongoing referral. Once you have completed 12 sessions or your referral expires you will need to ask you treating therapist for a report and make an appointment to see your GP for another referral.

 

Thirdly, our staff are here to help you get the most out of your treatment. We aim to work with you toward your goals, whatever they may be. Exercise can benefit you in so many ways, for more information on benefits of exercise head here.

If you have any further question please call our friendly administration team on 3398 9556.

 

Poor Posture or Stress?

Have you been told that you “carry your stress in your neck and shoulders”? While stress doesn’t help us, it is more likely that “your stress” is due to your posture. Having good posture can reduce strain on the body, while bad posture will increase the stress on the body.

A Bit of Anatomy

Good Posture aligns you ears, shoulders and hips while sitting and in standing, the ankles. When you slump and lean forward to read a computer screen a number of muscles become lengthened and weakened over time. This then leads to over load or increased stress on other muscles such as Upper Trapizeus, Sternocleidomastoid, Suboccipitals, Pectoralis Minor.

How do you fix it?

Become aware of your posture – begin to adjust it back to a more normal posture. Some good cues for changing your posture is to :

    • Lift your chest
    • Open across the front of the chest
    • Draw the back of your head up
Poor Posture
Poor Posture
Good Posture

You will not be able to hold this all day, so aim for 5-10 second holds to begin with and repeat often throughout the day.

Release the tight – You need to stretch the tightened and overloaded muscles. If you lean over a desk all day, you need to go back the other way. You can use rollers and trigger balls to release the tight muscles or active range of motion exercises such as the Archer demonstrated by here. You can do it with or with out theraband and standing or lying down.

Strengthen the weak – Then you need to strengthen the weakened muscles. Through tailored exercises for each weakened area. The type of exercise that is right for you will depend on your current level of pain and strength.  A good all over strengthening exercise is a prone snow angel demonstrated here.

 

Timeframes:

This depends on a number of factors, how often you do your exercises and stretches, how often you do or don’t correct your posture and how often you overload your system. Generally speaking you will start to notice changes in 2 weeks. After 6-8 weeks your body will be stronger with the new posture and be able to maintain it for most of the day giving you the benefits of less “stress”.

Book an appointment:

Do you have neck and or shoulder aches or recurrent headaches? Book in for your treatment now with one of our team by calling (07) 3398 9556.  Read more about our team here.