Exercise Physiology services

Here at Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont – Christine Goonewardene is a qualified Exercise Physiologist (AEP) which specialise in exercise and rehabilitation programs that help prevent and manage chronic diseases. Christine can provide support for people:

  • obesity

  • cardiovascular disease

  • diabetes

  • osteoporosis

  • chronic pain and fatigue

  • mental health issues

  • cancer and cancer treatment recovery

  • sport rehabilitation – return to sport

  • post operative rehabilitation

Accredited exercise physiologist can provide the following services:

  • Screening of risk factors to ensure the safety and appropriateness of exercise interventions

  • Assessing functional movement capacity

  • Development of safe, effective individualised exercise programs

  • Provide health education, advice and support to enhance health and well-being

How to book in for an appointment with an Exercise physiologist?

1. Private patient

Looking at setting some individualised goals and improve your overall health and fitness.  

2. Medicare Australia

Under the Chronic Disease Management Program, Medicare rebates are available for patients with chronic and complex care needs on referral from their GP. Additional rebates for patients diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes under the Type 2 Diabetes Group Services Initiative and for patients identifying as Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander are also accessible.

3. Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Entitled Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) clients may be referred to an AEP for clinically necessary Exercise Physiology treatment by their General Practitioner listing clinically necessary treatment that is required. ‘DVA Health Cards (Gold and White) are accepted as payment upon a GP referral’.

4. Motor Vehicle Accidents/ Worker’s Compensation

Providing specific and individualised functional exercises for the purpose of returning an injured worker to suitable work activities; through tailored exercise prescription suitable to the worker’s injury or work demands, and/or specific work activities such as increasing movement capacity.


Please do not hesitate to contact us on (08) 9385 0424 or book online



  • What is dry needling?


Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont provides dry needling as an additional service to help to assist eliminate your pain that is associated with tightness in trigger points within your muscles.

What is a trigger point?

Trigger points are hyper-irritable spots within the muscles that feel like nodules in a tight taut band. They are quite pin point tender when pressed on, which can give rise to localised pain,  referred pain and/or muscle spasm. These tight bands and tender points have limited blood flow which therefore are ineffective with their job of removing toxins and other byproducts used for effective muscle contraction.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling administered  helps to improve blood circulation and controls inflammation an assists to restore muscle activation. Furthermore, dry needling stimulates release of endorphins and opioids promoting healing and restoration for your muscle to relax back to it’s its most lengthen state.

Dry needling can help individuals in Perth with any soft tissue restrictions such as:

  • tightness within muscles

  • muscle strains or spasms

  • tendonitis or tendinopathies of muscles

If you would like to find out whether it would be appropriate for you or would like dry needling treatment.

Pre & Post Surgery Rehabilitation:

Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont work closely with leading orthopaedic, spinal surgeons and sport’s doctors of Perth. Our primary aim is to ensure our patients are equipped with the best evidence assessment and treatment strategies both at pre and post operative stages. Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont provides hands on and exercise rehabilitation programs to maintain and improve your physical function and independence in activities of daily living. Here is some more information on pre & post surgery rehabilitation.


Prehabilitation otherwise known as ‘prehab’ is strongly recommended prior to any operation. The ultimate aim is to prime and condition your body to be strong and function at your best prior to your surgery.  It is quite common to see patients presenting with pain, limitations in their movement patterns and reduced activity leading up to their operation.  Overall muscles become weaker and strength, balance, gait all start to deteriorate. There is evidence behind ‘prehab’ that patients who participate in prehab program have significantly better outcomes such as the following:

  • reduced overall functional decline

  • improved independence and satisfaction

  • greater participation in activities of daily living

  • improve and provide benefits to strength, balance, mobility and and overall function

  • improved mental strength in preparation for surgery

  • return home in a short time frame

Furthermore, providing education on the procedure of the likely events of hospital admission, surgery, and the types of symptoms that usually follow surgery. Providing this preparation, patients feel comfortable and are equipped with the correct coping strategies and a clear direction of what stage recovery they are in and when they can get moving!

Post Operative Rehabilitation

Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont provide key functional post operative rehabilitation to improve muscle activation and coordination post surgery. Our post operative rehabilitation programs ultimate aim is to help promote healing, activate the correct muscle firing patterns which will improve your strength, balance and overall function. Post operative rehabilitation usually commences day 1 in hospital. Here Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont we can continue on your care once discharged from hospital and provide you an individualised exercise program to  reduce your pain, restore range of motion and improve your muscle strength, balance and mobility. These exercise programs are carefully constructed to help you move better and feel better, furthermore, this will help you achieve more independence, participate in activities of daily living such sit to stand, getting in and out of a car and have a better quality of life.

Functional Movement Screen

Christine holds specialised certifications in functional movement. Initially, yes, we treat your source of pain and utilise a hands-on approach to reduce these symptoms however, we do not stop at pain relief. The functional movement screen (FMS) is a tool to identify any limitations or asymmetries in movement patterns that are fundamental to moving well.

Our ultimate aim is to restore your function and movement capabilities.

Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont works in close affiliation with Aspire Fitness which allows you to have access to a functional rehabilitation gym space. This allows our physiotherapist to go beyond treating the symptoms and utilise corrective exercises to restore quality movement patterns.


Human beings are designed to have the capacity to perform these functional movements assessed in the screen. Repeated poor behaviours or injury deteriorate movement quality, can lead to (re) injury and continued movement inefficiencies.

Our expertise in identifying any inefficiencies and restrictions in movement can help direct your exercise program so your informed with activities to avoid, include and/or modify. This will provide you with the management plan to move well.

Exercise Rehabilitation
Now your symptoms have settled or reduced – has the real reason for your pain been treated?

Ensure you have optimised the essentials for quality functional movement patterns before getting back into the activity that brought on your pain.


Aspire Physiotherapy Claremont are here to help you eliminate pain and are passionate about empowering people on how to improve the way they move.

Book in now for a functional movement screen and see how you go!

For further information about the functional movement screen (FMS) – take a look at this: FMS video

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To discuss any queries with our Physiotherapist or to book an appointment please call (08) 9385 0424 or you can book online