Our Services

Our Physiotherapists use an evidence-based combination of hands-on therapy, exercise and education guided by a comprehensive assessment. We aim to help you regain control over your pain and prevent re-injury.

Hands on Physiotherapy

Manual therapy is well supported in the research to provide faster recovery times in clients with acute injuries. While prevention is better than a short-term cure, we always aim to send you out feeling better than you came in. Our Physios can choose from manual therapy techniques including; deep soft tissue release, trigger point release, joint and nerve mobilisation, stretching, traction, relaxation techniques and joint manipulation. We are guided by our comprehensive assessment and incorporate these techniques in a wider preventative approach with exercise therapy and self-management techniques. We aim to give you the skills and strategies to be as independent as possible.

Individual/Group Exercise Therapy

Our aim is to provide you with long-term relief and prevent recurrence where possible. With this in mind, we assess for contributing factors and target them with exercises and education. We also aim to empower our clients with the knowledge and motivation needed to gain the full benefits of the exercise programs. The programs might be designed for our clients at home, at the gym or in our group exercise classes. We also regularly coordinate with personal trainers or gym instructors to ensure the programs best fit our clients’ needs.

Our group exercise classes incorporate a wide range of exercises in a fun but focused environment that aim to improve balance, flexibility, strength and body awareness. The exercise classes are provided by our Physiotherapists and can be claimed through your Private Health Fund for a rebate. There is a strong evidence base supporting the use of individualised exercise programs in the rehabilitation and prevention of many different injuries including back and neck pain. Our Physios perform an initial assessment to understand your injury, the contributing factors and your specific goals. We then design a tailored program for you and progress it as appropriate. The hour long classes have a maximum of 5-6 participants which allows us to carefully supervise your technique, progress the exercises and maximise their effectiveness. The classes are suitable for the beginner and can challenge even the elite athlete. We incorporate a wide range of floor exercises, Pilates reformer and trapeze table exercises and functional exercises to meet the demands of your work and sport.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a technique using fine gauge needles, similar to those used in acupuncture, to relax muscular tension and promote healing and pain relief. It is not the same as acupuncture as it targets the muscles, fascia and ligaments rather than meridians. The exact way that it works is not known but it is thought to increase blood flow to the specific area similar to massage. Dry Needling can be an effective adjunct treatment in the management of many musculoskeletal conditions including:

  • Low back pain and spasm
  • Sciatic pain
  • Shoulder pain, bursitis and tendinopathy
  • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Hip pain, bursitis and tendinopathy
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Headaches and neck pain
  • Temporomandibular joint or jaw pain

Our Physiotherapists incorporate Dry Needling into a broader management plan. There are always other alternatives to Dry Needling and our Physiotherapists discuss it all with you before asking for your consent. 


Massage has been used for centuries to promote blood circulation, healing and relaxation. Many people find regular massage is beneficial to maintain mobility and manage ongoing tightness. Our massage room with music, dimmed lighting, electric blanket and fresh towels is designed to provide you with a relaxing environment. Our Remedial Massage Therapist provides massages for a variety of needs including chronic pain, pregnancy and even during cancer if appropriate. We can use a combination of techniques including:

  • Relaxation 
  • Myofascial release 
  • Deep tissue/sports massage and
  • Trigger point release

Massages with our Therapist are available with Return to Work plans and claimable with your health fund. Many health funds have a separate allowance for remedial massage. 

Gift vouchers and specials
We have gift vouchers available for 30 minute or full hour massages. In addition to this we regularly offer massage specials, ‘buy one massage and get 50% off the second’. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and newsletters for updates on specials. ​

Physiotherapy Massage
Physiotherapists are trained to find specific anatomical structures and consider contributing factors to your pain presentation.  If you feel you need someone to massage specifically for your injury our Physiotherapists are available for 30 and 60 minute massages throughout the week. 

Return to Work SA

Burnside Physiotherapy is a registered provider for Return to Work SA.  We provide treatment to enable employees to return to work as soon as possible because we understand the financial, social and psychological importance of working. We help manage your injury using a holistic approach of the most effective, evidence-based techniques. Our Physiotherapists aim for a long-term solution to your pain and provide a graded return to function with a combination of manual techniques, exercises and self-management. In addition to helping with injury recovery we can also help employers take steps to avoid injury recurrence.  
Our therapists have expertise in worksite assessments, manual handling training, and activity modification. We also maintain communication with all key parties to ensure optimum management with a multi-disciplinary team approach and to establish an appropriate and likely sustainable, graded return to work plan.   
For more information on workplace injuries, or if you have been injured at work, please visit https://www.rtwsa.com/ 

Falls Prevention

As we age we naturally lose our strength, flexibility, speed and balance. This can cause us to lose confidence in our body and our ability to keep on our feet or break our fall. This loss of confidence can be isolating, limit community activity and make activities of daily living much more difficult. The good news though is that regardless of how old we are, we can always improve our strength, flexibility and balance.

Our Physiotherapists are experienced in aged care and falls prevention. We provide the following services: 

  • Assessment of physical function, strength and balance 
  • Falls prevention classes 
  • communication with key parties including family members and health professionals.
  • The option of a home assessment to provide advice on how to reduce the number of tripping hazards etc.

The falls prevention classes are designed to improve balance, strength and confidence. The classes have small numbers or are one-to-one to ensure each individual remains safe and receives the necessary attention.

Home Visits

We appreciate that some people have difficulty getting out of the house at times to visit the clinic for consults. For this reason we offer home visit options that allow us to bring our quality services to your doorstep. Speak to our staff for more information.  

We accept the following:

Private Health Insurance with immediate onsite claiming (HICAPS)

Claims relating to work injury (Return to Work SA)

Compulsory Third Party Motor Vehicle Accident

DVA (Eligibility through Veterans Affairs)

Medicare EPC plans with GP referral

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)