Natalie Perkins – Principal Physiotherapist

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Natalie graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Anatomy and Exercise Physiology, at the University of Melbourne before completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy at La Trobe University, Melbourne in 1992.

Natalie commenced her career in a fast-stream rehabilitation hospital before being offered a position at Sandringham Sports Medicine Practice where she gained extensive experience in sports medicine. Upon moving to Sydney she worked at Sydney University and Edgecliff Physiotherapy before establishing Bodyworks Physiotherapy in 1998.

Despite her love for all things sport, Natalie became interested in the challenge of chronic and complex pain syndromes and gradually developed the “Bodyworks Model”, an effective assessment and treatment method that explains the background biomechanical cause of musculoskeletal pain. She is responsible for teaching this unique model to all Bodyworks staff.

She has been a provider of physiotherapy services for the Australian (Winter) Olympic Team, covered rugby union for Sydney University and Powerhouse (Melb), overseen the Australian Gymnastics Titles and supported a number of Redbull Australia Events such as X Fighters and Cape Fear (Big Wave).

Natalie was chosen as the head physiotherapist for Nitro Circus Live since their inception in 2007, completing tours in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Macau, Japan, Europe and the USA and she has been the therapist of choice for a number of entertainment celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Fleetwood Mac and Robbie Williams.

Her corporate consulting services have been requested by a number of large corporations such as Australand, Blackmores and IMED to make a meaningful impact on workplace injuries and injury prevention. She has been involved as a clinical educator for the University of Newcastle, a guest lecturer for the Australian School of Medical Imaging and, more recently, has been engaged by SALT to improve the clinical skills of post graduate therapists in India whilst simultaneously overseeing undergraduate Australian physiotherapy students.

Natalie also founded a clinic dedicated to assessing and treating complex cervical disorders. The “Sydney Whiplash Centre” offers a comprehensive and objective assessment of cervical strength (via the technology of the Multi Cervical Rehabilitation Unit, one of only 5 in Australia) which is a frequently overlooked component of chronic neck pain. The scientifically founded and unique approach to neck pain was featured positively on “A Current Affair” as a missing link in whiplash.

In her spare time Natalie plays mum to 2 gorgeous kids and tries to practice what she preaches in terms of undertaking regular exercise in the form of CrossFit, gym and running.

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