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Telehealth Physiotherapy: A Ray of Hope for NDIS Participants Managing Chronic Pain, Weight, and Mental Health

Many NDIS participants face the challenge of chronic pain, often leading to weight gain due to reduced mobility and a lack of exercise. This cycle can worsen mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. But there's good news! Telehealth physiotherapy offers a convenient and effective solution for managing these conditions simultaneously.

How Telehealth Physiotherapy Helps with Chronic Pain and Weight Management:

  • Reduced Pain, Increased Movement: Through personalised Telehealth consultations, a physiotherapist can assess your pain and design safe and effective exercise programs tailored to your needs. This can help reduce pain, improve flexibility, and increase strength, leading to better mobility and weight management, improving function, health and well being.

  • Medication Side Effects: Physiotherapy can help manage pain associated with certain medications, potentially reducing reliance on them, which can contribute to weight gain.

  • Yoga Therapy: Breath work, relaxation and meditation techniques are also utilised by End Physio and beneficial for managing pain, anxiety and depression.

  • Home exercise program support: After assessment and an appropriate goal focused program being developed, ongoing support is provided by End Physio via an app to develop consistency and better outcomes.

How Telehealth Physiotherapy Supports Mental Health:

  • Exercise and Mood Boost: Regular exercise releases endorphins, natural mood elevators that combat anxiety and depression symptoms.

  • Improved Sleep: Pain and inactivity can disrupt sleep. Telehealth physiotherapy can address these issues, promoting better sleep quality, which is crucial for mental well-being.

  • Reduced Stress and Anxiety: The personalised support and guidance provided by physiotherapists can help manage stress and anxiety associated with chronic pain and mental health conditions.

Client Story:

Mary is a client who was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder during the stress of COVID lockdown and was unable to attend her Physiotherapy rehab sessions face to face in the West End, Brisbane studio, as she had to return to live near her parents in North Queensland.

Mary has attended a weekly Pilates Physiotherapy exercise Telehealth class with me from her home and used her specifically designed app program, with strength and flexibility exercises to work through from home and a gym program to use in the local gym.

Our Telehealth physiotherapy program focused on gentle stretching of tight muscles, core and limb strengthening to balance joints and pain management techniques. At our weekly session we discussed pain levels, made appropriate modifications and progressions for the week and set our next appointment.

Mary messages with me most days to let me know how she is going, sharing photos of her walks in beautiful coastal locations. Mary gained 30 kgs after her diagnosis and as a side effect from her medication. Mary was suffering from chronic back, hip, knee and foot pain due to the excess weight gain related to medication and inactivity, placing stress on her hyper mobile joints and this was making it very difficult for her to exercise to help to loose the weight.

Mary has shared she has lost 6kg in the last 3 months and currently has no pain. Her doctors are very impressed by her changes. She is now in remission and noticed a decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms, feeling more motivated, engaging in local volunteer work and she is planning to return to study.

Mary on her daily 10K+ steps mental health and weight loss program
Mary on her daily 10K+ steps mental health and weight loss program

Benefits of Telehealth Physiotherapy for NDIS Participants and Private Patients:

  • Convenience: Receive expert physiotherapy care from the comfort of your own home, eliminating travel barriers.

  • Rebatable: From most private health insurers, medicare GP referred chronic heath plans and NDIS.

  • Accessibility: Patients and NDIS participants in remote areas can access quality physiotherapy services through Telehealth.

  • Time-Saving: No need to spend time traveling to appointments.

  • Continuity of Care: Maintain regular physiotherapy sessions without disruption.

Getting Started with Telehealth Physiotherapy as an NDIS Participant:

  1. Check Your NDIS Plan: Ensure your NDIS plan includes funding for physiotherapy services.

  2. Talk to Your Doctor: Discuss your intention to commence Telehealth physiotherapy with your doctor.

  3. Contact a Telehealth NDIS Registered Provider Physiotherapist. Contact me for a free chat to go through any questions you have and discuss what to do next.


Telehealth physiotherapy offers a promising approach for private patients and NDIS participants managing chronic pain, weight gain, and mental health conditions. With its convenience, accessibility, and effectiveness, Telehealth physiotherapy empowers you to take control of your health and well-being.

Emma Najman, NDIS Registered Provider Physiotherapist, Yoga Therapist and Pilates Teacher
Emma Najman, NDIS Registered Provider Physiotherapist, Yoga Therapist and Pilates Teacher

I'm Emma, a NDIS registered Physiotherapist specialising in Telehealth Physiotherapy for individuals with chronic pain, weight management, and mental health challenges.

Contact me today to learn more about how Telehealth Physiotherapy can help you achieve your health goals!


The information provided in this blog post is for general knowledge only and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

Telehealth physiotherapy, NDIS, chronic pain, weight management, mental health (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder), NDIS registered provider, Australia

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