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In Touch Physiotherapy Subiaco

Why put up with pain? There are things Physiotherapists can do. 

  • Optimal results in fewer visits
  • Treatment to ease your pain now
  • Advice on self-care and progressing activity
  • Postural and movement retraining
  • Exercises fitting your lifestyle
  • Suitable for simple or complex problems

In Touch Physiotherapy Subiaco:

  • Is recommended by Perth GPs and Specialists
  • Provides a modern research-based approach
  • Emphasises diagnosis, dynamic treatment, and management
  • Is a small friendly clinic offering personal care and privacy

Helen Potter Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist FACP Contact Helen now 9381 6166

(as awarded by Australian College of Physiotherapists 2007):

  • Has forty years’ experience, advanced knowledge, skills and training
  • Is respected for excellence in care and communication (APA Award 2010)

Headache Clinic – In Touch Physiotherapy 

  1. Is a Centre of Excellence for diagnosis and treatment of Migraine and Headaches
  2. Consultations include questionnaires, diaries and outcome monitoring
  3. I collaboration with your GP or Specialist for better outcomes
  4. My consultation fee includes reports and questionnaire/diary monitoring.

Pain Clinic – In Touch Physiotherapy 

  1. My information and support help you to understand your pain
  2. I provide treatment options and management to help you self-care
  3. Chronic Neck and Back Whiplash Associated Disorders can be helped
  4. I help you to sit and move better with specific retraining

Why consult a Specialist Physiotherapist? 

  • Accurate diagnosis and quality treatment
  • A dynamic integrated approach
  • Self-care techniques to help you recover faster
  • Guidance on exercise rehabilitation and returning to activity
  • I actively treat aspects of osteoarthritis that are causing you pain or limiting your activity

Why choose In Touch Physiotherapy Subiaco?

  • I have recognised advanced training, extensive skills and experience
  • and provide highly skilled and passionate care
  • You have time to relate your story and discuss your needs and goals
  • We can work together to achieve optimal outcomes

Comprehensive Extended Consultations Up to 60 minutes), Comprehensive Consultations (up to 45 Minutes) and  Information Consultations and advice sessions available (15 minutes).

Consultations for a Second Opinion

  • As a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, I assess clients to provide a second opinion.
  • If you are not achieving an optimal outcome, please book a time.
  • I welcome treating physiotherapists to attend their client’s assessment and read my report.
  • My aim is to empower and guide, using accurate information and a clear diagnosis or classification of a problem.
  • My guidance is directed to how you might assist your client to progress more efficiently.

Looking forward to relieving your pain, whatever your age or fitness level.  

Contact Helen now to discover how I can help and optimise your recovery.

Phone: 93816166,

email: or

book online:

Helen Potter FACP Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist





Treatment Tips and Information


What is Healthshare Information?

Healthshare is a website where readers ask questions of a range of health practitioners. You can read the answers I have supplied to these frequently asked questions. Click here: Helen Potter expert answers powered by Healthshare.

Readers of Healthshare tend to be confused by a variety of information or are just looking for other opinions to help themselves make a choice about healthcare. If you are searching for  more detail you may like to search particular topics from my Home Page e.g: Pain, Migraine and Headache Clinic, Back Pain, McKenzie Treatment, Neck Treatment etc

Information on Healthshare includes:

  • How do you treat back pain?
  • What is Ankylosing Spondylitis?
  • Helpful Tips to care for headaches.
  • What does a diagnosis of disc injury mean?

From my Home Page you can seek detailed information about pain and about Headaches and Migraines.

Privacy Statement – In Touch Physiotherapy


At In Touch Physiotherapy, I respect your privacy (Privacy Act 1988) and aim to develop and maintain your trust and confidentiality. I will always treat you with courtesy and listen to your story. The contact and health information you provide assists my provision of appropriate and safe healthcare. I de-identify contact information before statistical use.

Information Disclosure

I may disclose private information to your medical practitioner or health professional unless you request otherwise. Only minimal contact information goes to health or third party insurers for claims assessment. However, if you request I do not communicate something private for an insurance claim, this may affect your cover. You may access any information I have about you but as it takes time to prepare files for written release, I may charge a fee.

Further contact

I like to contact you six weeks after your last consultation to check on your progress, request feedback or to notify you of new services. Please advise me if you prefer not to have this contact. Your health is my concern. I welcome any feedback you have to offer.

For any further enquiries, please see The APA Privacy Statement


Consultation Privacy

Informed consent for physiotherapy

I will inform you of the benefits and risks of treatment, and discuss goal setting and decision-making. All forms of treatment carry some risk but this is usually minimal. As a Specialist with extensive knowledge of the latest research and treatment guidelines I will explain the benefits and risks to allow you to make and informed decision. Your attendance is informal consent for usual treatment but I will ask you to provide written consent, after discussion, for high velocity manipulation. If you feel uncomfortable with any aspects of the consultation please let me know immediately. You may withdraw consent for treatment at any time.

Helen Potter FACP
Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

(As awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists 2007)

Gallery – Helen Potter Photography

Photography is a fun activity. In my spare time I look for sunny situations and photograph peoples’ furbabies. In Spring you will find me at Kings Park or Wireless Hill stooping low to catch some orchid beauty. This year was a spectacular season with masses of Fire Orchids appearing after a small bushfire. Thank goodness for digital cameras!

My new photography business is called “Furry Friends Fotos”. You will find some of my photographs at, or email me at for prices and options.

My dog KoKo also writes a blog at and shares my photos to his doggie mates and their owners. Koko is a Subiaco Celebrity and has appointed himself to the position of President of the Subiaco Dog group. He often writes to the Post Community Newspaper or the City of Subiaco to make his point. We keep the Subiaco Community up to scratch with our latest suggestions for improvement or change.

running-with-my-mate-helen-potter-photography             let-sleeping-dogs-lie_-helen-potter-photography


dog-play-helen-potter-photography             Helen Potter Photography

Lots more photos to come!

We hang out at Richard Diggins Park in Park St just around the corner to our home and go for long walks to Subiaco Cafes. KoKo is renowned for his Puppicino drinking and for saying “hello” to kids. We also visit Berrington Nursing Home in Jolimont on Fridays to share some wine and cheese with the residents. KoKo gets lots of cuddles when he does his tricks and dances to the music.

The last few years I have managed to have a photo reach the City of Subiaco Photography finals but just not inventive enough to win. As a new experience for 2016 I have jointed witih 20 “Snap Happy” photographers to display four photos each at the Moores Gallery in Fremantle November 18th to 27th. I feel excited to be part of a project. Hope to see you there.

Helen Potter Photography

Pain Solutions – Pain Relief Tips

In Touch Tips|Pain Relief |

Despite what others may think, the pain you feel is real. If you want to have less pain and feel happier with your family, work and leisure you can do something. This will take increasing your understanding and doing things differently. Staying in your comfortable belief zones, will only keep you on the rocky path to chronic pain and disability. In Touch Physiotherapy offers a dynamic approach to regaining control over your life, based on current research evidence.

Life will get better as you learn more about how your brain interprets the information it receives, and how you can influence what you think and feel.

Step One |To Recover from Chronic Pain – Take Control 

Locate a clinician who is compassionate, enthusiastic and informed, as well as open to what you are saying. There are a range of medical and allied health practitioners who can help. As an experienced Specialist Physiotherapist, I have the knowledge and skills to help you understand the science behind what you feel. You can learn to manage pain, and get on with living in a stepwise process.

  1. Understand the science behind what you feel to gain control
  2. Learn to manage pain and your response to pain to live a happier life 
  3. Find out how to pace yourself back to activity without flare-ups
  4. Discover the steps you can take to return to an active involved life.

Facts about Pain

  1. Acute injuries and diseases require prompt medical or physiotherapy assessment if they fail to heal within a few days. Severe multifactorial soft tissue injuries may take six to twelve weeks for full repair.
  2. If your pain is overwhelming, and your emotions are out of hand, this complicates and prolongs your recovery.
  3. Chronic or persistent pain presents differently to acute pain and needs early accurate assessment with individually matched care.
  4. Before you start a new treatment ask the clinician for appropriate scientific evidence.
  5. At In Touch Physiotherapy my treatment reflects current research, and actively involves you in the recovery process.
  6. We will set goals together basing them on your physical, social and work activities. I also measure progress to ensure we are achieving what we both want.
  7. I am happy to work with your medical doctor or other practitioners to optimise your outcome.

What should I ask about pain during a consultation?

    • How long will it be before I feel improvement?
    • Why am I still feeling pain?
    • What methods can I use to help myself?
    • What can you do for me?

Pain Chart 4 Take Control copy

Take control of your own recovery from Pain. Follow a dynamic pathway based on new ways of thinking and doing.

Helen Potter In Touch Physiotherapy 2017


Step Two | Pace Your Activity | One Step at a Time | 

  1. Before Your Injury – life was probably more active and enjoyable. You were happy to take risks, find exciting things to do, and push your body’s tissues to the limit.  Your activity placed stress on your muscles and joints in a healthy way. When you are well your brain knows your safety limits because your brain knows accurately when you move into a possible injury zone.
  2. Where are you now in the recovery path?   After an injury your joints, muscles and nerves may still be oversensitive and underused. You may perceive pain starting a long way before the tissues reach the point of re-injury. Even thinking about a movement like bending may hurt because your brain is trying to overprotect you.
  3. Learning to pace your way during an activity lowers the risk of a flare-up, with its associated feelings of frustration and despair. You are probably safe from re-injury as your activities are probably below your body’s real tissue tolerance. This may be a hard concept to grasp but knowing more about how your brain reacts to pain with help you make sense of it.
  4. Your Goals – Every sportsperson knows about pacing – we increase our activity as our minds and body adapt to new stresses. I will work with you to find your starting level for activities, and together we will train your brain to accept you are safe. Once you know what your body and mind can cope with, and are feeling more confident, we will gradually increase your activity. Flare-ups and fear will recede with practice. New knowledge and paced activity will improve your tissue tolerance and allow you to live life as you want.

One step at a time will achieve your goals to regain a less painful life

Helen Potter In Touch Physiotherapy 2017

 Pain Chart 2 Pacing

When your brain works in synchrony with your improved physical abilities, life will be enjoyable again.

Helen Potter In Touch Physiotherapy 2016


Step Three | Road to Recovery from Chronic Pain |  

After an injury, your level of anxiety, fear and knowledge will powerfully influence your recovery for positive or negative. Your pain may worsen from a simple (or complex) injury, to where you may be suffering from persistent pain, anxiety and depression. This cycle is hard to break without assitance. You have found the best place to recover. We can work together to achieve your goals.

On the chart below – Start at Injury and follow the ange of alternative paths you may have chosen from teh time you had an injury. David Butler & Lorrimer Moseley describe these paths well.

  • Where are you now?
  • Can you recognise some of the places you have been?
  • What experiences have you had?
  • At what location will you end up?
  • Is your goal just freedom from negative sensations or do you have more adventurous aims?


Are you ready to take a more exciting and positive way to leave your pain behind? 

Helen Potter In Touch Physiotherapy 2017

Step Four | Thought Viruses |The Power of the Brain

Thoughts and beliefs form nerve impulses in your brain affecting how you feel and interpret messages from your body.

Have you heard yourself thinking or saying these unhelpful comments?

  • “I am in pain so there must be damage inside me”
  • “Why can someone fix me and take this pain away?”
  • “I am staying home and resting to avoid pain”
  • “Even those amazing MRI machine can’t fix my pain”
  • “Fear of re-injury means I do nothing”
  • “When the pain goes I will get active”
  • “I will not be happy until my suffering goes away”

These comments are now known as ‘Thought Viruses’

  • ‘Thought Viruses’ are powerful enough to drive your pain for longer than is needed for tissue safety.
  • ‘These Viruses’ are more likely to prolong your pain if you don’t understand how pain works.
  • ‘Viruses’ may increase your discomfort enough to lose sight of the value of life.
  • Talk about these ‘Thought Viruses‘ with your physiotherapist, psychologist or doctor.

Pain Chart 1 Thought Viruses

Stop ‘Thought Viruses‘ fermenting in your brain
like a bowl of yeast forming gases of pain!       

Helen Potter In Touch Physiotherapy 2017
Good luck with your new adventure!
Helen Potter FACP (With thanks to Butler DS & Moseley LM at NOI 2003)
(08) 9381 6166
Unit 418-20 Churchill Ave, Subiaco, WA, 6008
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