June Newsletter

Joni - June Newsletter

Meet our new team member Joni Levine 

Joni graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (hons.) and has been working in musculoskeletal private practice ever since. This month he completed his Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and we are now thrilled to have Joni join the Pain Slayer team here at Graceville Physiotherapy.

 Joni has always had a passion for sport, playing soccer and tennis when younger and now enjoying keeping active by cycling and running with his wife Rachel. It was his keen interest in sport and keeping active that ignited his passion for physiotherapy. Joni enjoys seeing a wide array of patient presentations, but has a particular interest in running-related injuries and chronic pain presentations. He applies his extensive knowledge of pain and movement into his treatment plans, with a particular emphasis on education and self-management, advocating for manual therapy in combination with exercise therapy.


June Update

We are thrilled to welcome Physiotherapist Joni Levine to the Graceville Physio Pain Slayers team.  Here at Pain Slayers we offer a friendly, professional approach to your health and wellbeing and are excited to now offer the services of our highly experienced new team member.

Appointments available

We have same day appointments available. We also offer early and late appointments.

Saturday appointments

Convenient Online Bookings

Call (07) 3278 1186.

Health fund rebates avail.

Chronic Pain – Sports Injuries – BPPV/Vertigo – Respiratory Physio – Work Injuries – Back & Neck Pain – Women’s Health – Strenght & Balance – Pregnancy Physio – Remedial Massage – NDIS Physio- Home Visits


Joni is available for appointments on the following days

Monday – Wednesday – Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. 

Returing to sport and physical activity

In recent months most of us have experienced significant disruption to our normal physical activity routines due to the restrictions required to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Now, with restrictions gradually easing, many people will be keen to return to their previous physical activity, or perhaps even start a new physical activity. This is a scenario that often leads to injury, as people may have had a reduction in their usual physical activity and then return too quickly, too intensely, or without sufficient rest between exercise sessions.

If you have continued your usual exercise type and intensity over the past few weeks, and continue the same activity type with gradually increased intensity in the coming weeks, then the risk of injury is low. If you have had a total rest from activity or a significant reduction in your usual loads, then you will need to gradually re-start your physical activity to ensure your body has time to adapt to the new loads.

What level you need to start at will depend on your current level of fitness, your previous training history, and how long you’ve had off. If you are looking to change your training type, this needs to be done gradually, with appropriate relative rest days to allow the body to adapt to the new training type. This may involve a combination of the new activity in conjunction with your usual activity, depending on your overall physical activity goals.

As with all things, prevention is better than a cure! Managing your loads during this period of transition can significantly reduce your injury risk. If you have any questions or concerns about how to navigate this transition, or on how to safely start a new exercise program, get in touch with one of our Physiotherapists who will be able to guide you safely and effectively to achieving your physical activity goals!

breathing 2 - June Newsletter
  • Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4 focussing on the air going down into the lower part of your chest and belly. Then hold this breath for a count of 2
  • Slowly exhale through your nose for a count of 6 and then hold the out breath for a count of 2.
  • Repeat this 10 times.
  • If you become light headed return to slow relaxed breathing. After the 10th breath relax your breathing for a minute or so and then repeat the above again.
  • Do this 3 times and then try to do this 4 times in a day.

How breathing exercises may help you this cold and flu season

Are you worried about the cold and flu season? Concerned about the overall health of your lungs and want to strengthen them?

Breathing strengthening exercises may be able to help you. Specific breathing exercises focussing on increasing the lung capacity and increasing the mobility of the chest and torso can help you prepare yourself for the cold and flu season giving you a better chance of combating any respiratory illness you may acquire.

Breathing and Respiratory strengthening exercises may also help to strengthen your overall immunity so that if you  aquire a respiratory illness you will be able to physically cope much better.

In this day and age with so many new flus, viruses and respiratory illnesses infecting the population it is time for us to make our respiratory health a priority. It is particularly important to strengthen and aerate the bases of the lungs. Many respiratory issues can cause collapse in the base of the lungs and once collapse has occurred it can be difficult to reverse unless you are given the right exercises to do.

While most people will benefit from seeing a physiotherapist and getting their own respiratory strengthening program set up, here is an easy exercise for anyone to try.

Performing this exercise in sitting will help to get air into the bases of the lungs. Sit relaxed in a chair but fully supported and upright (not reclined back). See the exercises on the left.

This simple exercise will help to open your nasal passages, relax your breathing and help to direct the air into the bases of your lungs. Be prepared for Flu and Virus season and protect your lungs and airways.

Remedial Massage

Our massage appointments are available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. Tight or aching muscles after a weekend of exercising? –  A remedial massage will help release and relieve tension.  Our massage therapists Jeannette will look after you.

Dry Needling
We have found in our clinic that most sporting injuries benefit from dry needling as well as ….
  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches & Chronic Pain
  • Elbow & wrist tendonitis in tennis & golfers elbow
  • Rotator cuff problems (shoulder)
  • Foot & ankle problems such as Achilles tendonitis

Dry needling is performed by our Physios who have gained the extra qualifications necessary to practice Dry Needling. Dry Needling is used primarily for decreasing muscle tightness & spasm, pain relief, correct activation of muscles & muscle relaxation

Need a Massage?

Did you know that if you refer a friend to the clinic we would love to reward you! | If they let us know they have been referred by you we will give you a half hour free massage as a thank you!

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