What is good posture?  Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or laying down. Good posture helps to minimise the amount of strain imposed on muscles, joints and ligaments whilst performing our daily activities. If you want an example of good posture, just look at a […]

Joint Pain & Arthritis

Arthritis is a major cause of disability and handicap in Australia affecting people of all ages and walks of life. Arthritis is not a single condition. Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joint. The most common types of arthritis are: (OA) Osteoarthritis (RA) Rheumatoid arthritis Fibromyalgia Lupus Septic arthritis (JIA) Juvenile idiopathic arthritis Gout, which […]

Headaches – Physiotherapy or Pain Killers?

Physiotherapists are crucial in treating cervicogenic headaches. This is where the pain that should be felt in your neck is referred to your head. These headaches are most common in people who look down all day. And this type of headache is muscular and standard painkillers will not help – which often leads to people […]

Why Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists are the experts when it comes to movement and function. They are university trained health professionals who diagnose and provide treatment for people suffering from physical problems arising from injury, disease, illness and ageing. Michael Christofis aims to improve a person’s quality of life to alleviate pain and restore function by using a variety […]

Children & Technology

At least 70% of Australia’s school students use computers. As a result of this increased usage, Physiotherapists are treating more young patients suffering from the effects of working at computer stations that are either designed for adults or poorly designed for children. Many children are already suffering from repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel […]

Holiday season injuries

Seasons greetings from Manjimup Physiotherapy. What a year it has been! And with all the hype and demands surrounding the holiday season at Christmas time, it’s no surprise that thousands of people are injured every year. A little more patience and caution, could drastically reduce the chances of holiday-related injuries. The injuries that are surprisingly […]


Scoliosis can occur due to unequal growth of the two sides of the spine, weakness of muscles, failure of half of the vertebrae to develop or other influences such as poor posture, carrying school bags, or poor work ergonomics. If this condition is undiagnosed it will often result in: Back Pain Tight and Painful muscles […]

Acute Low Back Pain

The lower back is the area of the spine between the bottom of the ribs and the pelvis. There are five movable lumbar vertebrae with discs in between them. They are supported by strong surrounding muscles and ligaments with spinal nerves existing between each of the vertebrae. The pelvis articulates with the spine and provides […]


The sciatic nerve runs from the lower back down through the buttocks and along the back of each leg. Sciatica is pain along this nerve and is a relatively common form of back pain and is usually caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from a herniated or bulging disc. While sciatica can be extremely […]

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS)

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS) is a combination of both gluteal tendon injuries, tendinopathy and bursitis surrounding the hip joint. GTPS can be caused by direct trauma from a fall, prolonged pressure to the hip area, repetitive movements (walking/running), commencing unaccustomed vigorous exercise, weight-bearing on the one leg for long periods, hip instability or the […]