The new Health First Bundaberg clinic is making shockwaves on the local physiotherapy scene –literally!
Since opening on January 11, the Health First Bundaberg team of physiotherapist Dipna Gungagram and administrator Tenielle Maas have been busy introducing patients to the benefits of the clinic’s state of the art Shockwave Machine.
Health First Bundaberg is the first physiotherapy clinic in the city to offer the Shockwave treatment and Dipna said patients were already singing the machine’s praises.
“We ran a promotion for people with foot pain and patients came back after two or three sessions saying that they felt like they had a new pair of feet,” Dipna said.
“The technology that the Shockwave uses stimulates healing, which complements the exercise therapy and massage therapy that I’ve prescribed them, so we’re finding very good results.”
Dipna said the clinic boasted additional hi-tech equipment including laser and ultrasound units and a spinal decompression bed imported from the USA.
“The spinal decompression bed helps patients suffering disc degeneration and other spinal problems and this complements other physiotherapy modalities of exercise therapy and massage,” she said.
“But I must stress that we are not machine therapists.
“The machines are all just adjuncts to make sure that the patient gets the holistic management they require.”
Dipna, who has moved to Bundaberg from South Africa to work for the Health First Group, said more than 15 years in physiotherapy had given her the experience necessary to treat many different neurological and physical conditions.
“I had my own hospital-based practice (in South Africa), so I had exposure to a variety of conditions – you almost become a generalist,” she said.
“I also came from a small community, so from paediatrics to geriatrics, I am able to help patients with ailments and injuries through their complete stages of life.
“I look forward to making a difference in the community of Bundaberg.”
Founded in 2016 by Shayne Podbury and Phil Smith, Health First Group has quickly grown to become one of the largest allied health providers in Australia.
Tenielle said the company had opened in Bundaberg due to the increasing demand for physiotherapy providers.
“We do have physios in Bundaberg but the lack of appointments available was identified by Phil and Shayne and that’s why they considered Bundaberg to be a great place to help people and reduce their pain,” she said.
“The mission for Health First Group is to provide more Australians with access to quality health throughout the country.”