Working with Luke has been such an amazingly positive experience for me. I was referred to Luke to rehabilitate what has been a chronic knee issue for me for over six years. Luke has such a calm, yet confident demeanour about him, that I felt instantly comfortable and confident from the outset. In our first session, Luke took me through a raft of exercises to establish a baseline of my movement and associated pain levels. This then allowed us to set a firm goal of what I wanted to achieve in terms of improvement.
Luke started me off with gentle movements and exercises, but paid close attention to how I was managing with and responding to the sessions. This allowed him to continually update and adjust my program based on how I was progressing, gradually increasing the intensity. He taps into the things that motivate me (completing a challenge; beating my own times etc) and uses these to ensure I get the most out each session.
What I most appreciate about Luke’s approach is how he explains everything to me in detail. What I should be feeling with each exercise, which muscles should be engaging, a little bit of theory behind everything. Again, this suits my style as I like to learn as much as I can while physically challenging myself in my rehab.
All of this has led to awesome results for me!! I recently re-tested my movement and pain levels compared to the baseline from my first session. In less than six months, I have made amazing progress. I honestly couldn’t have got there without Luke!
Recently my knee became extremely painful while training for the 60km Oxfam Trailwalker event, to the point I was unable to walk on flat ground or down stairs. I tried Physiotherapy for around 8 weeks and while it alleviated the initial pain somewhat, I could still only walk about 4kms before searing pain set in. I wish I had contacted Restart earlier, as it took only a few sessions before I noticed a big difference.
I went from being able to walk just 4 kms pain free and feeling convinced I’d have to pull out of the event, to 60 kms pain free which I walked in good time and finished with knees that could still do a happy jig!
Luke has helped me to overcome two separate injuries thorough accurate assessment and intervention, with the added bonus of genuine, supportive, and friendly conversation along the way!
I was referred to Restart after a history of lower back pain, herniated discs in my lower spine and a most recent injury of nerve pain which was affecting my back, hip and leg. I have been seeing Kate for a period of about 3 months and in this time I have come from requiring a crutch for walking anywhere other than around the house, daily strong pain medications and inability to complete daily living tasks unaided, to being completely pain free, completely drug free and able to fully participate in and enjoy life with my young family.
Kate has a gentle yet motivating approach and has delivered a thoughtful program specifically designed for me, with gradual building on skills as I found confidence and success. This has been clearly backed up by her vast knowledge and experience, which she openly shares with me to help me understand how the exercise will affect the proper functioning of my body.
Attending Restart with the guidance of Kate, has not only allowed me to be free of pain from my most recent injury, but it has also motivated me to continue my journey in the hopes of creating a stronger and healthier body that will keep me pain free for the future.
As a sufferer of lower back pain & feet problems, Luke has been great in helping me increase my mobility within a few visits. Progress has been brilliant with markedly improved results in my gym workouts.
Preventative care is where it’s at and I recommend anyone looking to improve fitness performance to see Luke.”
Whilst I was aware my shoulder was sore, Duncan identified a specific issue and considered it would be beneficial for me to undergo rehabilitation.
Since commencing the rehab conducted at my gym I have noticed a gradual but defined improvement in the injury.
As part of my treatment, Duncan allocates specific exercises that I complete at home.
Each session Duncan is able to point out areas that are improving and areas that may require more work.
I find Duncan easy-going and approachable and knowledgeable in his subject matter.
I needed someone who would listen to my pain and to show me how to exercise in a healing way since all exercise was causing more pain. Motivation was at a very low level but I knew how important it is to exercise.
Luke actively listened to me. He responded by moving me forward with baby steps that I could easily manage, along with releasing and stretching exercises – these improving my balance and gait. He ensured that I was able to achieve what he was asking me to do so that I experienced success along the way.
I am now able to manage my ‘sore bits’ and feel motivated to exercise regularly. And my HBA1C is fantastic at 6.1 proving exercise is definitely a significant key in managing Type 2 Diabetes. Thank you Luke!
Luke spent much time going over the history of my problem, medications and what has and hasn’t helped me, also helping me to set goals for my rehabilitation. When it was obvious that Stretching and mat based activities were causing more problems than help, he suggested hydrotherapy in the pool at Goodlife Carseldine. Luke took the time to listen to feedback my body was telling me and planned activities around this regularly adding something new. All was recorded as well as my feedback for future use. At times when I have struggled Luke has taken the time to ring me at home to check how things are working. Now I can say I am getting closer to the goals we set, three in particular.
1 I have significantly reduced my reliance on medication to recover from everyday activities.
2 My confidence has grown and I enjoy and undertake more activities that previously meant several days of severe pain.
3 Family and friends have commented on improvements to my disposition and posture.
I now work with another staff member Tom who has carried on the excellent work that Luke did. If you have long term pain that affects your life then you have nothing to lose but heaps to gain by trying the services offered by Restart.
A 10 week Balance Class, of which I am attending, is being held at the moment as an extra and I have found that it is really good for people of my age. I would highly recommend the Restart Exercise Program to keep fit in your twilight years.
Having served as a frontline Soldier for 32 years both in war zones and peace time, I have several injuries as a result of my service. As such, I was increasingly visiting my Doctor and Physiotherapist with monotonous regularity. This was having a profound effect on my wellbeing and limiting my lifestyle.
Since undertaking this controlled exercise program conducted by these highly qualified Exercise Physiologists who have designed a program specifically tailored to my needs, I don’t have to visit my Doctor or Physiotherapist on a regular basis anymore and I can now enjoy a relatively normal and active lifestyle.
As a highly-trained Exercise Specialist, Luke has a strong anatomical knowledge, has learnt the moves and drills, but to motivate people to change their attitudes to life is a rare skill and Luke has it in spades. Luke has changed my attitude and if you think yours needs changing then you need to talk to him.