Libby Austin

Libby Austin

Senior APA Sports and Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapist
Oncology rehabilitation Physiotherapist

After graduating from the South Australian Institute of Technology in 1980, I worked at the Royal Adelaide hospital and then the Repat Artificial Limb centre before working in various
musculo-skeletal private practice settings where I gained a broad level of experience. I then completed a post Graduate Diploma of Advanced Manipulative therapy in 1985 and
commenced my own private practice in 1987. I changed practice location twice due to compulsory acquisition for roadworks and commenced Eastern Sports and Spinal Care in 1996 in this location.

My career has included working with sports teams – North Adelaide Football Club, the Garville Netball club and South Australian State netball teams in the 1980’s and later the
Australian Netball Team in 1991. In addition to this I worked with the Australian Olympic team at 2 Olympic Games (1996 and 2000) and 2 Commonwealth games (1998 and 2006). This experience equipped me with the understanding of managing both acute and longstanding problems and helping both recreational and elite athletes to achieve their goals with some winning a gold medal!

Since then, my focus has been on helping clients with a broad range of musculo-skeletal problems to overcome their injuries and actively pursue the activities they enjoy. I introduced the Pilates approach to physiotherapists in Adelaide and I incorporate the Pilates philosophy into the individual and group exercise programs I run. Educating clients about the factors contributing to their specific problem, together with teaching some self-management strategies to assist their recovery is an important part of my treatment approach. I treat both acute and chronic problems and part of my management often incorporates pain management education.

I have a special interest in the management of spinal and sacro-iliac joint conditions and often see clients with complex conditions including poor pelvic stability, long standing pain
presentations, headaches and vertigo. I am also an accredited Pinc and Steel cancer rehabilitation physiotherapist and I am actively involved in helping both men and women with any type cancer diagnosis to stay well during their treatment phase and manage their side effects and to recover well after treatment has finished.

In my spare time I enjoy fishing, camping and painting animal portraits in watercolour!