Shop 20, 120 Birkdale Road Birkdale Qld 4159
07 3822 8879



What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. Physiotherapists help you to get the most out of life.

Physiotherapists are trained to assess your condition, diagnose the problem and help you to understand what’s wrong. Your treatment plan will take into account your lifestyle, activities, general health and goals.

As first contact practitioners, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals will often work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for a specific condition.


The Benefits of Physiotherapy

Reducing Pain

Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques such as manual therapy, soft tissue massage, dry needling and therapeutic exercise to help to reduce pain and stiffness

Improving Strength

Providing the right exercises at the right time is the key to a quality strengthening programme. A key component of physiotherapy is the prescription of appropriate exercise.

Non-Invasive Solutions

Patients suffering from arthritis, muscle strains, joint sprains or tendon pain benefit from using therapeutic techniques and exercises often without the need for injections or surgery.

Manage chronic disease

Physiotherapy can help you manage a range of chronic and lifestyle diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and obesity.

Beat the effects of aging

Physiotherapy is a key service to help you age well and keep moving. Physiotherapists are best placed to help manage the variety of conditions that occur across the lifespan.

Improve wellbeing

Physiotherapy can help you to maximise your potential to live a happy and healthy life.

How it Works


The first step in recovery is to identify the cause of your pain.  This is what we call your diagnosis and it is important to ascertain this as accurately as possible.  Knowing your diagnosis will allow the most effective treatment to be provided.  In obtaining your diagnosis, your physiotherapist will use a combination of questioning and clinical testing.  Sometimes it may be necessary to refer you for medical imaging or other special tests to confirm your diagnosis.


Once we have obtained your diagnosis, we can develop a treatment plan that will reduce your pain and improve your function. We only use effective, evidence-based treatment modalities such as manual therapy, soft tissue therapy, therapeutic exercise, taping and dry needling.


Once pain free, we will provide you with an action plan on what needs to be done to prevent your injury from recurring. We live by the adage “Fitter, Better, Stronger” and we can help you to execute this last vital stage in the management of your injury. This step is often self-directed, however we do offer a range of Physio Strong exercise programs that help you with ongoing management. Our therapists are experts in exercise prescription and will guide you through an appropriate exercise program.

Conditions that Physiotherapy can address

Neck Pain
Lower Back Pain
Knee Pain
Shoulder Pain
Hip Pain
Foot & Ankle Pain
Elbow & Wrist Pain
Tendon Injuries
Ligament Injuries
Post Surgery Rehabilitation
Muscle Strains
Joint Sprains
Sports Injuries
Balance Problems
Vertigo Treatment
Lung Conditions such as COPD
Chronic Pain Conditions

Physiotherapy Team

Chris Purcell

With over 17 years working exclusively in private practice physiotherapy, Chris brings a wealth of experience to his role as leader of the clinical team at Out of the Box Physiotherapy. Chris holds level 1 and level 2 sports physiotherapy qualifications and has worked in a variety of sporting settings including Rugby League, Rugby Union, Hockey, Swimming, Volleyball and Gymnastics.

Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, Chris completed a Bachelor of Human Movement Studies (Exercise Physiology) which provides him with excellent exercise prescription skills and is a key reason why the clinic has its very own onsite gym.

Away from physiotherapy, Chris is currently completing his MBA through the QUT graduate school of business and is enjoying developing his leadership and management skills. During his career, Chris has been a clinical educator for students from both Griffith University and The University of Queensland and really enjoys helping his team become the best clinicians they can be.

Chris enjoys all aspects of private practice physiotherapy and has a particular interest in neck pain and headaches along with foot and ankle problems although at this stage of his career there is now not much that Chris hasn't seen.

Chris is also really passionate about helping people to exercise and establish safe and healthy routines and will work hard to find exercise solutions for all ages and abilities.

Douglas Wilson

A highly experienced physiotherapist with over 19 years of experience in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy and has worked with a number of sporting clubs and communities during this time. Doug graduated from the esteemed University of Queensland in 2004.

Doug has worked in private practice physiotherapy for the majority of his career and has worked with a number of sporting clubs and communities   Doug has a special interest in sacro -illiac joint mechanics and its impact on lower back pain and lower limb injuries. 

Doug uses as a combination of hands on techniques to help you with your pain as well as safe and appropriate exercise prescription.

Doug is also qualified in dry needling and has completed level 1 and level 2 sports physiotherapy qualifications

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have more questions?
Will I receive treatment in my initial consultation?

Yes. At Out of the Box Physiotherapy will allow extra time for your initial appointment with us (up to 45mins) so that we have time to not only assess your injury but also provide treatment and get you on the road to recovery at your first visit.

I have private health insurance, do you accept this and how does this work?

We have a HICAPS machine at the clinic meaning that we are able to process your health insurance claim for you at the time of payment for your consultation.  To do this, we do need your health insurance card (or digital version).  If you do not have your card with you, we are able to provide you with all of the necessary details for you to be able to claim this back from your health fund yourself.

How long will my physiotherapy appointment take?

Initial consultations typically run between 35-45 minutes so that we have time to ask you some questions about your condition, complete and assessment and then provide treatment and advice.  Subsequent consultations are typically a little shorter and run for 25-30 minutes as we can usually pick up the treatment plan from our previous session.

What should I wear to my physiotherapy appointment?

Comfortable loose clothing is typically best for physiotherapy treatment.  Clothing that allows access to your affected area is a great option.  Think singlets for neck and shoulder pain, shorts for knee, leg and ankle pain.  If you are coming from work, then it is not a problem for you to quickly change before or after your appointment.

What should I bring to my appointment?

These days we can usually look up any medical imaging reports digitally once we know a few details about you, but please feel free to bring in any doctor letters, specialist letters, discharge summaries or exercise programs that relate to your condition.  Bring any questions you want to ask, we are here to help.

What are the fees for Physiotherapy?

Initial consultation fees 


Previous patient presenting with a new injury or condition 


Review / Standard consultation 


*Prices current as at 06/12/2023 and can be subject to change. 

If you have a GP referral for physiotherapy via the Medicare program then please call us on 07 3822 8879 to discuss fees and out of pocket expenses.  We do not Bulk Bill Medicare referrals. 

If you have an accepted Workcover or CTP insurance claim then in a majority of cases we are able to bill the insurer directly.

DVA White and Gold card patients are accepted with a valid referral from your doctor.


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