Innovative Physio - Latest News on COVID 19


16 June 2020  -   NEWS FLASH:

We are excited to announce Hayley Irving - Advanced Practice Women’s Health Physiotherapist joining our team with a clinical passion to develop a Pessary Clinic for women bothered by Pelvic Organ Prolapse.......more info to follow.




16 June 2020  -   Innovative Physio Pilates is now open and welcome new and existing clients to our clinic.

At Innovative Physio Pilates the health and well-being of our patients, staff & community are our number one priority, and we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As a health care provider, we will continue to uphold our high hygiene and infection control standards, policies and procedures. With the evolving coronavirus situation, we have implemented a number of additional measures to help protect our patients and staff. Our existing and additional measures include;

  •  Thorough, frequent cleaning of all high touch areas with hospital grade disinfectant, including reception and Pilates equipment surfaces, door handles and treatment areas.
  •  Requesting patients advise us if they are potentially high risk for infection or have been exposed to anyone who is high risk.
   • Temperature check for clients on arrival. Temperatures exceeding 37.2 degrees celsius we request clients not to be treated on that day and connect with their GP to discuss their elevated temperature. We are happy to treat clients with a normal temperature range 36.5 - 37.2 degrees celsius.
  •  Requesting all patients to wash their hands for 20seconds in the restroom, so much nicer than constant use of hand sanitiser. Having said this we have hand sanitiser for use at reception desk and in Physio room.
  •  No cash payment transactions (unless unavoidable)
  •  Educational posters regarding risk reduction, symptoms and best practice hand washing.
  •  Ensuring staff who are experiencing cold / flu-like symptoms remain at home.
  •  Practitioners not shaking hands with patients.
  •  Pilates (Physio Group Therapy) classes are being capped at three participants at present in supporting social distancing.

We request that if you are experiencing any cold/flu-like symptoms which may include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath that you DO NOT attend the practice. Please let reception know as soon as possible so that we can amend your booking. Existing Pilates (Physio Group Therapy) clients please contact Debbi via text or phone reception 97761287 to reach out to Debbi and secure a suitable session time.

It is important when keeping up to date with COVID-19 that we source our information from factual and reputable sources. The best way to do this is via the Department of Health’s website and their daily health alerts. We want you to know that you can continue to rely on us. So the next time we have the privilege of welcoming you into our practice, you can rest assured that our commitment to your health and wellbeing remains our highest priority.

23 March 2020  -   Message from Innovative Physio Pilates

Dear valued clients,
Hope you and your family are well and staying buoyant.
We at Innovative Physio Pilates are trying to adjust as you all are to the new way. Breath in, breath out.
Our mission now is to keep supporting the needs of our amazing clients with virtual Pilates and Gyrokinesis sessions.

As of Monday March 23, all face to face Pilates (Physio Group Therapy) classes have been cancelled temporarily. If you have a current pack it will be suspended until we are able to re-open. We are developing virtual online classes as well as private one on one and duo exercise options with Debbi.

Online virtual exercise experience with Debbi Fretus
Debbi is busily working on the best platform to deliver these important sessions to you whilst we are all in lockdown, we are playing with Zoom.
Soon we are offering virtual group exercise classes via Zoom, (possibly moving to the Mindbody platform) including Pilates online classes and excited to introduce Gyrokinesis online classes which many of you know Debbi has great passion to teach.

Price for Pilates online & GYROKINESIS online
Group session (45mins) Single session     $25.00
                                        5 Pack          $100.00
                                         10 Pack       $150.00
1:1   Individual (45mins)    $50.00 (1 participant)
1:2   Duo          (45mins)   $30.00  (per participant)   

Bookings essential.

Debbi will send you a link 30 minutes prior to class.  Click on link to join the class.



Innovative Physio Pilates COVID-19 (Coronavirus) policy

We at Innovative Physio Pilates are concerned about the health and well-being of us all.  Receiving updates from the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the government authorities and these are informing my continuing practice and updates to you. We are committed to continuing to support of Innovative Physio Pilates clients with the quality and standard of Physiotherapy, Pilates and Myotherapy care you are used to receiving from our clinic. Innovative Physio Pilates will remain open unless advised otherwise.
We are committed to reducing your risk of exposure to illness while attending appointments with us. With this in mind, we have decided that the clinic is turning into a PATIENT ONLY environment. Only patients and one accompanying adult/carer should enter the office. Partners, siblings, grandparents and friends should not enter the clinic with you for your appointment. Please avoid arriving more than 5 minutes early for your appointment.
We will maintain a regular cleaning of the waiting room and entrance door.
We have sourced hospital-grade hand disinfectant. 
We ask everyone arriving at the clinic to wash their hands in the bathroom upon arrival. Diligent hand washing, with soap, for 20 seconds is recommended. We have paper towels in the bathroom.
To reduce contamination risk, we have removed all toys and reading materials from the waiting room. You are welcome to bring your own reading material or “entertainment” for young children.
Furniture in the waiting room will be positioned to maximise physical space between patients and we are looking at adjusting appointment times to reduce the number of people in the clinic at any one time.
If possible, please bring a pen with you to sign accounts documentation at the end of your treatment. In the event a patient does not have their own pen, please request staff to use disinfection wipes on pens before and after use. We need to constantly remind each other on this heightened hygienic response whilst dealing with COVID-19.
Keep in mind that around 80% of COVID-19 cases are mild and people recover fully from the infection. That said if you have any doubt or feel uncomfortable about your condition you should consult with your GP to determine if a test is appropriate. 
This is a time for common sense, responsible behaviour and compassion. Please stay as healthy as you can, don’t neglect your mental or physical health, and above all, take precautions. Please don’t panic.

Innovative Physio Pilates

Gill Smith & Debbi Fretus

What can Physio do to help Covid-19 symptoms and complications?

Coronavirus has impacted so many people around the world, and while we are putting in extra safety measures at our clinic, we are also looking at research and evidence-based ways to help everyone better understand what they can do to boost their immune systems, and better manage their symptoms, hopefully preventing further complications.


Deep breathing

When we treat clients, we usually focus on good diaphragmatic breathing, which is taking deep breaths using your diaphragm, rather than your chest (in short).
This type of breathing is really important whilst experiencing Coronavirus symptoms (or any flu like symptoms). There is research that shows that deep diaphragmatic breathing helps prevent the closure of lung tissue, which maybe a precursor to pneumonia. There’s also research that shows how this type of breathing helps increase the flow of oxygen into your blood supply and around your body, which better helps your muscles, brain, organs and tissues. So deep breathing equals better lung expansion to help with respiratory issues.
And if you’re a desk worker, or now working from home without a proper ergonomic set up, that slumped posture that we tend to collapse into does not help. This type of deep breathing helps reverse the impact of slumped posture on your lungs, and keeps our lungs well-ventilated and lobes open, giving you the best chance to improve the symptoms of flu like symptoms and may avoid further complications.

Exercise and mindfulness

Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. But does it help to boost your immune system naturally and keep it healthy? Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.
Mindfulness is an important part of managing your everyday stressors. Specifically, though, research shows that mindfulness meditation appears to help reduce your response to certain things that may cause you inflammation (like air pollution for example). And it increases cell-mediated defence parameters, which is an immune response (which helps fight the nasties/infection/disease). It also increases enzyme activity that guards against cell aging (bonus!).
So, with everything going on in the world, there is so much we can help you with to best prepare yourself – for prevention, to help manage symptoms or prevent further complications, and general wellbeing.

We’re a women’s health wellness clinic in Edithvale and provide each woman with a holistic wellness plan. For more information, call 9776 1287 or visit 


Physiotherapist Gill Smith produces video to fight ‘smartphone slump’

by Emma Watson, Mordialloc Chelsea Leader - May 24, 2017 4:45pm

A PHYSIOTHERAPIST is warning parents about a phenomenon she’s dubbed the ‘smartphone slump’ which can lead to a lifetime of back pain if not corrected.

Gill Smith has seen an influx of teenagers at her Edithvale practice, Innovative Physio, complaining of headaches and sore lower backs.

She says these are symptoms of poor posture and blames society’s obsession with technology — smartphones, tablets and laptops — and has posted a cautionary video online showing the distorted back of a 15 year-old using his phone.

“We don’t want a child going through life, constantly slumping, not knowing how to come out of it,” Ms Smith told Leader.

Ms Smith’s video was viewed more than 4000 times in just 24 hours because, she said, the issue was a “niggling concern” for parents.

It took one session to teach the 15-year-old client in the video how to correct his posture by using real-time ultrasound technology, and he no longer complains of back pain, Ms Smith said.

But for those who couldn’t access physiotherapists, Ms Smith’s top tip for overcoming the “slump” was being proactive, beginning when children used the computer at home.

“The children need something to put their feet on (similar to an aerobic step), they must have their legs apart and try to get the knees over their third toe — they should be able to see their big and second toe,” Ms Smith said.

She also suggested limiting children’s time in front of a computer or similar device to 30-minute blocks.

“Get them into the habit of on the computer, then off,” Ms Smith said.

“Set the clock to 30 minutes, but then go and be physical (like jump on a trampoline or bounce a ball).”

“We haven’t seen this slumped posture since the Industrial Revolution — it’s returned, because a lot of downtime and leisure time is now spent engaging on devices,” she said.

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