Rebecca Micich, the practice founder is a qualified physiotherapist and exercise physiologist. She attained a Bachelor of Applied Science Human Movement at the University of Ballarat in Ballarat.
And progressed her knowledge of the role of exercise in rehabilitation of injury and a variety of conditions by completing a Graduate Diploma in Exercise for Rehabilitation at Victoria University in Melbourne.
During this time Rebecca managed a Melbourne Fitness Centre and also personal trained clients. Exposure to these clients and their injuries finally lead to a completion of a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in Melbourne.
Rebecca has a strong involvement in the fitness industry in a variety of roles from lecturing in Fitness Leadership, Core Stability & Pilates Courses. She was also integral in co authoring and modelling the fitness industry ground breaking fitness application “Qfit”.
Rebecca’s personal sporting participation includes competing as a Track Cyclist for 7 years, training as as an athlete under the Strength and Conditioning Program at the Victorian Institute of Sport, and participating in Bodybuilding/ Figure Sculpting. Her Figure Sculpting achievements include winning the Overall Title at her first competition at the INBA State Titles. Placing third at the Australian Titles for both, third in the INBA International Natural Olympia in and winning the ANB Asia Pacific..
Rebecca has provided physiotherapy sports coverage, pre-season screening, and injury management for numerous sporting groups and teams. These include AFL team Western Jets-TAC Cup, Masters Swimming, Hockey, Triathlon, Marathon, Soccer, Cricket, Motor Cross and Rowing. Rebecca relishes the challenge of technique analysis and taking time to understand the physical requirements of a variety of sports and activities. Over the years she has managing the entire fitness and rehabilitation requirements of many individuals, to great success.
Her physiotherapy techniques rely predominantly on manual therapy and exercise prescription. Rebecca's varied back ground provides her with unique skills in exercise prescription, utilizing strength, flexibility and Pilates principles to analyze occupational and sports related injuries.
Rebecca also develops training programs to enhance quality of life, stress relief, and promote healthy aging. These programs are structured around injury minimization, addressing each individual's health requirements including recent surgeries, hospitalizations, illness and overall wellness. Appropriate progression are structured to reach set goals and keep motivation high.
The patients who attend Function and Form Physiotherapy and Exercise range from children to the elderly. The greater proportion of patients are aged 30-60 and live or work locally in the Lower North Shore Area. Abilities and fitness vary greatly ranging from elite athletes in many sports, to those who work towards being fit and healthy. Function and Form works regularly with City to Surf and 1/2 Marathon Runners, Masters Swimmers, Soccer and Tennis Players and Rowing enthusiasts to name but a few.
Children often present with fractures, growth related issues or sporting injuries , adolescents also share similar complaints. Postural Pain and Dysfunction become apparent in this age group . Longer periods in study postures and sudden growth changes present a challenge.
The working adult often requires assistance with Workplace Ergonomics, Occupational Injuries, in conjunction with Sports and Activity related injuries. Along side traditional physiotherapy treatment methods, strength and conditioning programs are created with the access to equipment in mind, to rehabilitate the patient.
Retirees often attend Function & Form seeking Wellness Programs (which are exercise programs created to address underlying injuries or issues ie. rotator cuff, degenerative/ osteoarthritic knees and work towards optimising strength, flexibility and fitness).
This approach is the future of health and wellness for our ageing population. In being proactive and working towards preventive measures, these patients minimize fall related injuries, weight gain (which has an abundance of negative health outcomes), lack of mobility and fitness which intern affects the capacity to live independently.