The Body Genius Institute Perth

Is neck pain stopping you from having fun in life?

Is that nagging shoulder pain stopping you from going to the gym?

Are chronic headaches affecting your happiness?

Do you feel you’re too old to get back into shape and begin playing sports again?

Are you going through rehabilitation after surgery and looking for advice?


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The physiotherapists and team members at the Body Genius Institute see themselves as passionate leaders, educators, and mentors for all of our clients and for those who chose to follow us online.

We want to inspire individuals to do the things that inspire them! For some this involves overcoming pain and dysfunction and returning to the activities they enjoy with research-backed physiotherapy services.

Do you really know your level of Pain and Dysfunction? Take Pain & Dysfunction Questionnaire now!


To overcome the current healthcare crisis that plagues the majority of first world countries, there is a need for a new health care model that is client-focused and holistic in nature.

First and foremost, each individual in Perth needs to take responsibility for their own health and wellness and make decisions that reflect their desire to be healthy and happy.


Organic Food Filtered water Quality sleep patterns
Active Lifestyle Mental Health Spiritual Health
Emotional Health Optimal Breathing Patterns

This new Holistic model of health care allows our Perth clients to surround themselves with a team of health professionals and services that best suit their needs.

(Chiropractor, medical doctor, physiotherapist, traditional Chinese medicine, osteopath, integrative health practitioner)



These concepts become especially powerful when put into context in relation to human performance. A client’s mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health must make up the foundation for any performance model.

Every client should be evaluated from a health perspective and mentored and empowered to successfully fulfill the requirements of the foundation principles of health.

  • A keen understanding of the Body Genius Method and its application
  • A holistic view of health and wellness: Mental, spiritual, social/emotional, and physical health
  • A keen understanding of the Body Genius Performance Pyramid and its clinical application to health and wellness and high performance.
  • A growth mindset
  • An optimistic explanatory style
  • The ability to recognize their specific role as part of a multi-disciplinary (integrated) team of health professionals.
  • The ability to integrate the best skills, knowledge and methodology from a wide range of disciplines for the benefit of their clients. Osteopathy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, TCM, massage therapy, movement practitioners, naturopathy, holistic lifestyle coaches, functional medicine/nutrition, and more.
  • A keen understanding of the Body Genius Institute ‘Cause’ and ‘Mission Statement.’ An understanding of how their role at the Body Genius Institute and within the community will help to create a happier, healthier future for everyone.

The Body Genius Institute has taken the unique step of creating an internal grading system for its Pain and Dysfunction practitioners. There are several key reasons why this initiative was taken:

  • To provide a structured career path that is in the best interests of the practitioner, the clients and the Body Genius Institute
  • To map out the practitioner journey with respects to ongoing education and its application to enhanced client outcomes.
  • To allow clients to gain a precise understanding of the competency of each Body Genius practitioner. Clients can have the confidence that the higher the practitioners grading, the greater their skill set and experience, and the greater is their ability to handle complex issues.
  • As a form of internal ‘triage’ that allows BG practitioners to handle clients that are appropriate for their skill set and experience. More complex clients will be booked to see more experienced practitioners (higher grading). If a BG practitioner is not making consistent progress with a client they can refer that client to a practitioner with a higher grading for further evaluation.
  • BG practitioners with higher grading charge a higher value per consultation. More experienced practitioners will consult less hours per week allowing them more time and energy to focus on more complex cases. This is of benefit to the client, the practitioner and the Body Genius Institute.

This simple concept has been demonstrated to significantly enhance clinical outcomes by consistently achieving the clients’ “Good Outcome.”

  • Clients with pain or dysfunction that are deemed to be ‘straight-forward’ can be moved from a more experienced practitioner to a practitioner with a lower grading. This will save the client a significant amount of money.
BG Level Requirements BG Hours Experience (Years)
9 Masters 12, 000 12+
8 A comprehensive syllabus can be provided 11, 500 10
7 A comprehensive syllabus can be provided 10, 000 8
6 A comprehensive syllabus can be provided 8, 500 6
5 A comprehensive syllabus can be provided 6, 250 5
4 A comprehensive syllabus can be provided 4, 160 4
3 A comprehensive syllabus can be provided 3, 120 3
2 A comprehensive syllabus can be provided 2, 100 2
1 Min. entry: Physio/Chiro/Osteopath 1


In order to move up a grading level at Body Genius, the practitioner must satisfy the selection criteria:

        1. The required number of years of clinical (industry) experience. This reflects the minimum number of years of full-time practice needed to qualify for that level. In most cases the BG practitioner has completed more years of experience than is required.
        2. Body Genius hours is the minimum number of hours worked at the Body Genius Institute. Body Genius practitioners are expected to accomplish a wide range of advanced ‘Learnings’ that are unique to the Body Genius Institute.
          • Specific books to read
          • Specific DVDs and documentaries to watch
          • Specific courses that must be completed
          • A specific number of hours spent upskilling themselves with other practitioners (inside BG and at other practices)
          • And more …

          As a multi-disciplinary Institute, our pain and dysfunction practitioners are required to obtain advanced skills and knowledge that may be considered outside their normal scope of practice. This includes:

          • Holistic Lifestyle Coaching
          • Advanced courses and a keen understanding of health and nutrition
          • Advanced courses in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition or Functional Medicine.
          • Advanced courses in counseling, listening and communication
          • Advanced courses in functional risk assessments and athletic screening.
          • And more …
        3. A comprehensive syllabus has been created for every Body Genius level in the grading system. This syllabus is unique to the Body Genius Institute and provides a precise ‘career journey’ for each BG practitioner. To the best of our knowledge, this is the most comprehensive and demanding protocol of any facility in the world.

Although our practitioners may have qualifications as a Physiotherapist, Chiropractor or Osteopath, they are expected to develop competencies in all of these disciplines.

Chiropractor Physiotherapist Osteopath

Our most experienced practitioners will have obtained competency in all of the following areas:

Proficiency in applying the Body Genius Method
Neurodynamic Testing (NDT)
Advanced skills in manual muscle testing
Application of clinical neuroscience
Advanced Assessment Skills
Treatment Direction Testing (TDT)
Spinal Mobilization
Spinal Manipulation
Peripheral joint mobilization and manipulation
Advanced skills in fascial manipulation
Advanced skills in dry needling and acupuncture
Advanced skills in counseling, listening and communication
Advanced skills in functional movement screening & risk profiles
Advanced skills in (neuro-based) corrective exercise
Advanced qualifications in anatomy and physiology
Additional degrees, diplomas and/or masters qualifications
Advanced qualifications in assessing the vestibular system
Advanced qualifications in assessing the cranial nerves
Advanced skills in CranioSacral therapy
Muscle energy techniques
Visceral assessment and manipulation
Active releasing techniques & advanced soft tissue techniques
A keen understanding of gym-based training techniques & programming
A keen understanding of sport, activity and functional movement patterns
Advanced courses and experience with sports injuries
And more …

Before we get started with defining exactly what Physiotherapy Care is, its methodology, the scientific research backing its efficacy, and how it can help you, we should first look at several key concepts that are indicative of all BG ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ practitioners, regardless of their professional status – Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, Osteopath.

Key Point 1

All of our BG ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ practitioners consult at the ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ level of the Performance Pyramid.

The figure above represents the organ/gland symptom referral patterns of the body. As you can see, when organs are unhealthy, inflamed, or not functioning properly on a physiological level, they can communicate this to us by creating specific symptoms.

We may perceive this organ message as nerve-like pain, headaches, migraines, muscular tightness/pain or even joint pain. When this occurs, it would be inappropriate for our ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ practitioners to treat you. As such you may be referred to our Integrative Health Practitioners (IHP) to assess you on a deeper level.

Pain is a very poor indicator of underlying disease processes!

Once you have booked a consultation with a pain and dysfunction practitioner, you will receive a ‘Welcome Email’ that includes a section related to your current and previous health history.

The main reason for obtaining this information from you is so that our practitioners can evaluate your overall health status and ensure that the cause of your problem is neuro-musculoskeletal in nature and that your body’s ability to heal is not being limited by poor health status.

A healthy body heals faster!

Is your ‘pain generator’ from a source that our pain and dysfunction practitioners can influence? The last thing we want to do is chase symptoms around your body and avoid the true cause of the problem.

Possible Neuro-Musculoskeletal Pain Generators

Possible Neuro-Musculoskeletal Pain Generators
Central nervous system Nerve roots Peripheral nerves
Spinal discs Joint cartilage Ligaments
Tendons Muscles Fascia
Joints Scar tissue Diaphragm

The 10 systems of the human body

Through the nervous system and endocrine (hormonal) system, all of the systems of the body can communicate with each other. The old adage, ‘everything in the body is connected’ certainly holds true!

Key Point 2

All of our BG ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ practitioners consult in accordance with The Body Genius Method.

The Body Genius Method

The Body Genius Method

The first step in the process is for our practitioners to evaluate your ‘Intake Forms’ to gain a better understanding of why you would like to see us, what your ‘Good Outcome’ is, to evaluate your health status, and to have the opportunity to ask further questions if needed.

The next step is a comprehensive, full body assessment of your nerves, muscles, joints and other soft tissues. This information allows us to create a summary table highlighting your specific challenges and is used to establish the treatment plan.

Treatment by our practitioners will be aimed specifically at improving movement at specific joints within your body. We use the term ‘dysfunction’ to represent lack of movement at one or more joints within the body.

Hip Flexion Neck Rotation Lower back bending

By increasing movement within your body, our practitioners can be confident that they are applying the right treatments and having a positive affect in your brain and on your body.

Once all of your movement patterns have been restored and you’re pain-free you will be deemed as ‘clinically clear.’

Clinically Clear = Pain and Dysfunction Free

Decades of clinical experience have allowed us to determine that clinically clear and functionally clear are not the same thing. For example, a client may demonstrate normal ankle, knee, hip, back, neck and shoulder movement by the end of their treatment plan, and yet not be able to perform an overhead squat or lunge test.

It’s for this reason that clinically clear is not enough. We must progress to the next stage of the BG Method – Functional Risk Assessment.

Clinically Clear ≠ Functionally Clear

The functional risk assessment is a detailed movement analysis that leads to a risk profile being created. In other words, how likely are you to sustain an injury if you return to sport or activity?  It’s through proper testing that our practitioners are able to pick up on movement faults that may be predispose you to injury or pain.

This type of functional testing is objective (measureable) and can be used to reflect ‘true’ progress in a return to sport or activity program. With this information, our practitioners can provide precise corrective exercises that will improve your movement patterns and lower your injury risk.

With the stresses and strains of the modern world, your body will require regular ‘tune-ups’ to keep it functioning at its best and symptom free.

Your practitioner will therefore recommend that you have regular check-ups at defined intervals throughout the year. Clients with more demanding jobs, lifestyles or activities/sport will likely need to be seen more frequently.

Performance Pyramid

How can our Pain & Dysfunction Practitioners help?


(Holistic) Physiotherapists are considered ‘pain and dysfunction’ practitioners and see themselves as passionate leaders, educators and mentors for all of their clients.  They aim to inspire individuals to do the things that inspire them!

These talented health professionals hold a holistic view of health and wellness: Mental, spiritual, social/emotional and physical and recognize their role as part of a multi-disciplinary (integrated) team of health professionals.

Their growth mindset provides them with the ability to integrate the best skills, knowledge and methodology from a wide range of disciplines for the benefit of their clients: Osteopathy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, TCM, massage therapy, movement practitioners, naturopathy, holistic lifestyle coaches, functional medicine/nutrition, and more.

Where possible, their approach to health and wellness and treatment is based firmly on scientific evidence and best practice principles.

Physiotherapy (PT), also known as physical therapy, is considered apart of the allied health professionals team and aims provide a form of holistic healing and rehabilitation that remediates impairments and promotes health and happiness, mobility, function, and quality of life through a wide range of skills, knowledge and advanced methodologies.

In addition to clinical practice, other activities encompassed in the physiotherapy profession include research, education, consultation, and mentorship.  Physiotherapists often work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and are seen as industry leaders.

Physicians such as Hippocrates and later Galen are believed to have been the first practitioners of physical therapy, advocating massage, manual therapy techniques, cold therapy, and hydrotherapy to treat people in 460 BC.

Per Henrik Ling, the “Father of Swedish Gymnastics”, founded the Royal Central Institute of Gymnastics (RCIG) in 1813 for manipulation and exercise. This is thought to have been the origin of actual physical therapy as a professional group.

Sjukgymnast = Physiotherapist

Someone involved in gymnastics for the benefit of those who are ill.

In 1887, physiotherapists were given official registration by Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare. Other countries soon followed.

  • 1894, four nurses in Great Britain formed the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
  • In 1906, a small group of massage therapists from Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia formed an association to provide stronger care to the general public.
  • 1913, The school of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in New Zealand
  • 1914, Reed College in Portland, Oregon

Modern physical therapy was established towards the end of the 19th century due to events that had an effect on a global scale, which called for the rapid advances in physical therapy.

Soon following, American surgeons began treating children with disabilities and began employing woman trained in physical education and remedial exercise. These treatments were applied and promoted further during the Polio outbreak of 1916.

During the First World War women were recruited to work with and restore physical function to injured soldiers, and the field of physical therapy was institutionalized.

In 1918 the term “Reconstruction Aide” was used to refer to individuals practicing physical therapy. The first school of physical therapy was established at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., following the outbreak of World War I.

In March 1921 the first physical therapy research was published in the United States in “The PT Review” and this event accelerated the growth of the profession.

Also in 1921, Mary McMillan organized the Physical Therapy Association, which is now called the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

In 1924, the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation promoted the field by touting physical therapy as a treatment for polio.

Treatment through the 1940s primarily consisted of massage, exercise and traction. Manipulative procedures of the spine and extremity joints began to be practiced in the early 1950s, especially in the British Commonwealth countries. It was around this time that physical therapists began to hold consistent positions within hospitals throughout North America and Europe.

In the late 1950s, physical therapists started to move beyond hospital-based practice to outpatient orthopedic clinics, public schools, colleges/universities healthcare centers, geriatric settings, rehabilitation centers and medical centers.

Specialization for physical therapy in the United States occurred in 1974, with the Orthopaedic Section of the APTA being formed for those physical therapists specializing in orthopaedics.

In the same year, the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists was formed, which has since played an important role in advancing manual therapy worldwide.

 References (A complete reference list can be provided upon request)

PhysAustralian Health Practitioner Regulation Agencyiotherapy courses vary across the country and entry may be through a bachelor, masters or professional doctorate program. Physiotherapists are required by law to be registered with the Physiotherapists Registration Board in the state or territory in which they are practising.

Physiotherapists are required to adhere to strict and extensive ongoing educational requirements and are government regulated and accredited – Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

(Holistic) Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and wellbeing, which includes the client’s general lifestyle.

At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.

Client’s can benefit from physiotherapy regardless of their age. Physiotherapy can assist in a wide range of areas including:

  • Musculoskeletal Problems (Back pain, neck pain, whiplash, shoulder pain, knee injuries, post-operative rehabilitation)
  • Rehabilitation following car accidents and work-related injuries
  • Nerve related pain such as sciatica, nerve impingement, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s
  • Sports injuries such as hamstring and calf tears, rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and tendonitis.
  • Cardiovascular conditions such as chronic heart disease and rehabilitation after heart attack.
  • Respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cystic fibrosis.
  • Recovery post childbirth (Pilates, Yoga, pelvic floor exercises)

There are specials skills Physiotherapists bring to the Body Genius Institute and these have been incorporated into the Body Genius practitioner training system and the Body Genius Method.

  • A holistic mindset towards health care including the understanding that lifestyle factors such as sleep, exercise, wholefood eating, stress levels, and happiness play a significant role in the healing process.
  • Advanced dry needling skills
  • Active Releasing techniques
  • Neurodynamic Testing (NDT)
  • Treatment Direction Testing (TDT)
  • A range of mobilization techniques including Mobilization with movement (MWM), Manual release with movement (MRWM), NAGS, SNAGS
  • Advanced taping qualifications
  • Mobilization and manipulation of the spine and peripheral joints
  • Ergonomic assessment and postural correction
  • Neuro-based corrective exercise prescription (Mobility, flexibility, stability)
  • Biomechanical analysis
  • A keen understanding of all sports and activities and how to rehabilitate sports injuries
  • Advanced skills in gym-based programming and progressions
  • Advanced skills in soft tissue management including recovery from tendonitis, tendonopathy, fascial tightness and trigger points.
  • Advanced knowledge in clinical reasoning theory and practice
  • Strong skills in searching for, and evaluating research. Evidence-based practice and its application to the clinical setting.


We are sorry that you had that experience and agree completely that that is not quality care. The machine they likely used is called Interferential and can be used to reduce swelling, manage pain, reduce muscle spasm or even stimulate a muscle response.

We could get into a lengthy discussion about the efficacy of interferential machines, along with the use of TENS machines and ultrasound therapy, however its probably easiest to say that the ‘pain and dysfunction’ practitioners at the Body Genius Institute don’t use any electrotherapy. In fact we don’t even own an interferential, TENS, or ultrasound at the Institute

What you will receive is our focused one-on-one attention and a practitioner who follows the Body Genius Method of analysis and treatment. All treatment is hands-on and individualized.

All of our initial consultations are 30-minutes in duration. This allows us the time needed to perform a detailed, head-to-toe, assessment in accordance with the Body Genius Method.

In many instances the client’s case is challenging enough to warrant a second session that is 30 minutes in duration as well. Our main goal is to fully understand what is going on in your body, create a strong Summary Table, and then to have a clear idea of how to solve your challenge. In some instances this can take up to 60 to 90 minutes.

Once the Summary Table has been created and the practitioner is clear on how to proceed, they will then book consultations for you that are either 15, 20 or 30 minutes. Although 5-10 minutes does not seem like much time, in practitioner terms this can make a massive difference as to the effectiveness of treatment.

In some instances, three (3) shorter sessions of 15-20 minutes may be far more effective in achieving your “Good Outcome” than two longer sessions of 30 minutes. This is especially true in acute pain cases.

Once you get to the Functional Risk Profile stage of the Body Genius Method and begin corrective exercises, often 30 minutes sessions once per week or once per fortnight becomes far more effective.

Your BG practitioner we be very open and clear about what is needed to help you achieve your ‘Good Outcome’.

  • Total Knee Replacements
  • Chronic Lower Back Pain
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Knee pain
  • And more …

Chronic Low Back Pain

Another 2015 study in the British Medical Journal, “Multidisciplinary biopsychosocial rehabilitation for chronic low back pain: Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis”, demonstrated that a multidisciplinary approach (including physiotherapy) was more effective than standard approaches to overcoming chronic low back pain. Interesting to note that Body Genius is a multidisciplinary Institute and echoes the findings of this report.

All Musculoskeletal Conditions

A 2014 study called “Cost-Effectiveness of Manual Therapy for the Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis of Evidence From Randomized Controlled Trials” revealed that all forms of manual therapy for neck, back, shoulder, and ankle pain were more effective than general medical care alone.

Manual therapy techniques such as osteopathic spinal manipulation, physiotherapy manipulation and mobilization techniques, and chiropractic manipulation with or without other treatments, were more cost-effective than usual general practitioner (GP) care alone.

It’s also interesting to note that chiropractic manipulation was found to be less costly and more effective than alternative treatment compared with either physiotherapy or GP care in improving neck pain.

Knee Pain

A 2015 study entitled “Effectiveness of physiotherapy exercise following total knee replacement: systematic review and meta-analysis”, clearly demonstrated how effective physiotherapy management can be post surgery.

A 2000 study by Clark et al. entitled “Physiotherapy for anterior knee pain: a randomized controlled trial demonstrated that the proprioceptive muscle stretching and strengthening aspects of physiotherapy have a significantly beneficial effects for people with anterior knee pain and that these benefits were still present at one year follow-up.

There are many other studies supporting physiotherapy treatment in relation to knee pain. Here is another example:

Neck Pain

A 2003 study in the British Medical Journal entitled “Cost effectiveness of physiotherapy, manual therapy and general practitioner care for neck pain: economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial” demonstrated that Manual therapy (spinal mobilization) is more effective and less costly for treating neck pain than physiotherapy or care by a general practitioner.

It should be noted that all of the Body Genius ‘Pain and Dysfunction’ practitioners, including our physiotherapists utilize spinal mobilization (when appropriate) for treating neck pain.

Tennis Elbow

A 2006 study entitled “Mobilisation with movement and exercise, corticosteroid injection, or wait and see for tennis elbow: randomised trial” demonstrated that physiotherapy treatment that combined elbow manipulation and exercise has a superior benefit to wait and see in the first six weeks and to corticosteroid injections after six weeks, providing a reasonable alternative to injections in the mid to long term.

It’s interesting to note that the significant short-term benefits of corticosteroid injection are paradoxically reversed after six weeks, with high recurrence rates, implying that this treatment should be used with caution in the management of tennis elbow.

A 1996 study entitled “The initial effects of a cervical spine manipulative physiotherapy treatment on the pain and dysfunction of lateral epicondylalgia” demonstrated that cervical spinal manipulation had a significant benefit in alleviating the pain associated with tennis elbow. A second study in 2008 backed up these findings.

A 2001 article entitled “Specific manipulative therapy treatment for chronic lateral epicondylalgia produces uniquely characteristic hypoalgesia” demonstrated that a precise elbow mobilization technique resulted in statistically significant improvements in pain-free grip strength in patients suffering from tennis elbow.

A 2003 article entitled “Lateral epicondylalgia: a musculoskeletal physiotherapy perspective” highlighted that precise exercise prescription in addition to manipulation and sports taping techniques provide substantial initial pain relief for the vast majority of clients.

Shoulder Pain and Injury

A 2011 study by Brantingham et al. demonstrated that there is evidence to support manual and manipulative therapy for common shoulder pain and disorders. The outcome measures were enhanced when this form of therapy was used in conjunction with additional forms of therapy and improvements in lifestyle factors.

A systematic review of the literature in 2012 by Maund et al. revealed that there was limited clinical evidence on the effectiveness of treatments for primary frozen shoulder. Evidence such as this once again guides the Body Genius Practitioners and helps shape their treatment protocols.

In the vast majority of clients presenting with primary frozen shoulders (females, age 40 to 55), there are almost always compounding health challenges that may be driving the shoulder capsulitis or preventing it from healing.

As such, following the protocol set by the Body Genius Performance Pyramid, the client’s health issues would be addressed before any form of manual therapy or exercise therapy is considered. Our clinical findings to date would suggest that this approach is far more successful for the client in the long run than manual therapy alone.

If you would like to investigate some of the literature yourself, you may consider researching the evidence at this website.

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The Body Genius Institute is located just minutes from Perth’s CBD. All of our physiotherapists and pain & dysfunction practitioners are based at our Perth office, so you can get the physiotherapy care you need in one convenient location.

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