It’s Your Year of Health – Let’s Act!

Welcome to our very first blog of the year. We hope all of you have had a fantastic Christmas and New Year break with family and friends. We also hope that you haven’t sustained any ‘holiday’ injuries that the summertime can often bring about.

This year, we want our patients and the local community of Western Sydney to have their healthiest year yet! If you’ve been thinking about overhauling your lifestyle for good, make this year, the year you make it happen!

We’re proud advocates for health, wellness and an active lifestyle for our local community. This year, we look forward to bringing you educational videos, exercise tips, take-home techniques and knowledge that you can apply in your everyday life to ensure you CAN live your best, active life.

To kick-start your healthiest year yet, the first step is to address any existing injuries or pains that you currently have.

Don’t put it off any longer – take control over you pain:


Leave it behind. Get to the cause of your ‘bad back’ that you’ve had for years and make 2018 the year you’re not restricted because of your back pain. Join in, participate and enjoy the activities you truly enjoy with confidence and without pain.


Neck pain doesn’t actually have to be a fact of life! Although it is an extremely vulnerable and easily affected part of the body, there is a chance to limit your ongoing neck pain in 2018. Even if you sit at a desk for 40+ hours per week, make 2018 the year you get on top of that neck pain that may be causing you other grief such as headaches.


Your shoulders need to be strong, not weak. They are one of the most mobile and active joints in the body because of how much we rely on them. Has years of manual labour or years of sport left you with a horrible, painful and useless shoulder? Live without shoulder pain in 2018 and address what you’ve been putting up with for far too long.


Do you now refer to your knees as ‘good and bad’ instead of ‘left and right’? Unfortunately, it’s something we hear almost daily. Whether you’re recovering from a serious knee surgery or just have sore, aching and painful knees; help is at hand. Don’t let your knees stop you from living an active life as you age. Fix them in 2018 for good.

It’s likely that you’ve heard it before, however, living an active lifestyle and incorporating structured exercise into your routine daily can ward off many chronic diseases and set you up for a healthier life as you age.

Of course, living an active lifestyle is hard when you have an injury. In 2018, let’s get to the root cause of your pain, treat and manage it accordingly and this will ensure you can take further steps to live your best, active life.

What are you waiting for?

Here at Progressive, we focus on hands on treatment, exercise prescription and self-management techniques tailored to your specific needs. Addressing your pain and injuries is a lot more of an easier process than you may think.

Contact the practice today to get your year off to a great start by calling (02) 4721 7798, by emailing or by making an appointment online here.

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.