Ned Longley

Ned Longley

Physiotherapist

Ned joins the Activate Physiotherapy team with an extensive exercise background having previously completed a Bachelors degree in Human Movement and Exercise Science with post-graduate honors in Exercise Physiology. With 7 years experience in strength & conditioning his exercise prescription is first rate. Ned is passionate about sport having played at a state level in Basketball as well as sailing in the Dragon World Championships. He has a keen interest in treating sports-related musculoskeletal injuries (eg. Ankle, Knee & Shoulder). With a keen understanding of Olympic lifting mechanics, Ned has worked with athletes of all levels to overcome niggling & repetitive lifting injuries. More importantly, Ned runs our pre-screening program to help athletes identify and overcome mobility defecits and muscle activation issues that would otherwise prevent them from achieving their lifting goals. Employing a holistic approach to treatment that includes a combination of manual therapy, dry needling, graded exercise prescription & education on self-maintenance, Ned endeavors to ensure his clients return to their optimal capacity as quickly as possible. He is also an advocate for the benefits of appropriate nutrition on health & wellbeing.

About Ned

What do you love most about your job?
I love the problem solving aspect of Physio & having breakthroughs with patients who have been in pain or have had limited function for a considerable amount of time. Being in a position to improve peoples quality of life is extremely satisfying.
If you weren’t a Physio, what would you be doing?
I would most likely be working as an exercise physiologist or do a diploma of education to become a teacher. If I didn’t have any responsibilities I would be back racing yachts in the Med.
What’s the best advice you could give as a Physio?
Pain is not purely a sensation, it is your brains interpretation of harmful stimulus. Reducing fear & anxiety following an injury can significantly improve your pain response & subsequently aid recovery.
What do you love doing in your downtime?
Sailing my beat up laser down the coast with mates, followed by a rum. I also love taking my son Marlon for an early morning swim at the beach.

His areas of special clinical interest include:

  • Cervicogenic (neck related) headaches
  • Wry neck
  • Acute & chronic Low back pain
  • Shoulder pain & dysfunction
  • Runners knee
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Return to sport
  • Adolescent overuse
  • CrossFit and Olympic lifting

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