Sophie Hellings

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Sophie Hellings – APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

I have over 12 years of experience working as a physiotherapist, having worked across both the public health and private practice setting. Over the following years, I gained further qualifications in Clinical Pilates, Dry Needling, and level 1 and 2 of Watson headaches technique. Still not feeling satisfied with my level of knowledge while treating musculoskeletal conditions, I went on to complete my certificate of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in 2017 and then my Masters of Clinical Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2018. This has given me a greater understanding of diagnostic and treatment techniques for common and more complex problems. 

I get particularly excited in identifying the underlying cause of a client’s pain, and the management of complex pain and injury. Using the various skills I have learnt over the years, I am able to tailor the treatment to the individual client, addressing their individual goals and needs. 

My passion for physiotherapy developed growing up with parents in the medical field. My dad would often share stories of his work day while having dinner which I was always fascinated by. My sisters never quite shared my same passion and were horrified when I would bring my anatomy books to the dinner table while studying physio. 

Outside of work, my passions include sailing, scuba diving (preferably tropical warm water locations), my cat Marci, and catching up with friends and family (preferably with wine). I also enjoy getting out in my small garden and attending Pilates.

My areas of special clinical interest include:

  • Neck tiffness & pain
  • Low back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Nerve-related pain eg sciatica
  • Hip/groin pain
  • Knee pain
  • Pre and post-surgery rehabilitation – ACL, total hip and knee replacements
  • BPPV and neck related dizziness
  • Dry needling
  • Clinical Pilate – private and small groups
  • Seniors exercise classes & falls prevention

To make an appointment with Sophie Hellings at Wisdom Physio Claremont, call us on (08) 9384 1555 or click below to book online.

Articles by Sophie:

Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Osteoarthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis vs. Osteoarthritis

Having been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, many people have asked, what is the difference between rheumatoid and osteoarthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects about 0.5% of the population and is an autoimmune disorder causing chronic inflammation. Morning pain and stiffness lasts from 30mins up to several hours and affects women 2-3 times more than men. RA can occur at any age and symptoms can develop relatively rapidly.
Plantar Fasciosis

Plantar Fasciosis

Plantar fasciosis (previously called plantar fasciitis) is a common problem in the foot. It causes pain underneath the foot, usually starting at the heel and can travel towards the toes. It was previously thought to be an inflammatory condition, but now is thought to be more of a degenerative process.
Wry Neck

Wry Neck

An acute wry neck occurs suddenly and most commonly during the night, it can be a result of a restless night, sudden unexpected movement or sleeping in one position too long and overloading the joint.