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.

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, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.