Renowned Physiotherapist and Sports Scientist Francine St. George, shares her thoughts and experience with EPRT since implementing the technology in her practice, Physio Posture Fitness Clinic, in Randwick, NSW.
How long have you been using EPRT, and what made you decide to implement it into your clinic?
I was introduced to EPRT and received treatment with it myself over 2 years ago. Based on how well I felt after a few sessions – I had just gone through a very busy work period – and was a little run down -and after a few sessions it really recharged my energy levels. It also seemed to target some of the physical issues that I manage daily – that are a side effect of keeping fit! I thought it would be an excellent adjunct to what I offer in my clinic. I completed the training so that I understood it better and realised it was using technology that I had learnt in my Science degree – namely that ultra low microcurrents can improve cellular regeneration.
When I introduced it into my clinic it took myself and my team a few months to sort out how to use it effectively and efficiently in the practice. We now have 2 treatment rooms that I have a reclining chair in that are shared between other treatments and EPRT. I call the EPRT therapy – “Wellness Sessions”. I usually loan a client the portable BodiHarmoni unit so they can experience ongoing benefits in between their sessions while at home. I also use the small home unit with a client while I am doing other techniques and therapies especially with craniosacral work.
So often clients who are in pain, whether acute or chronic – are challenged both physically and emotionally – we have all experienced this ourselves. After a few Wellness Sessions I found both the client and I were able to be more objective to consider what was the next step to move them forward.
What is the greatest benefit you have seen as a practitioner and business owner since integrating the technology into your clinic?
Clients really like to know we are concerned about their overall health and not just treating the specific area they have a pain. When I treat I am always looking for primary and secondary reasons for a person’ s pain: these may be physical, emotional, lifestyle and/or nutrition based. Even as a client it is difficult to find the time to stop and consider all these aspects to pain and/or to stress. The time spent relaxing while using EPRT permits the client better clarity to determine what they should be doing for their pain. Our massage therapist does the Sessions in our clinic and it has given her a new understanding of other therapies and improved her working relationship with our clients. We offer packages and let clients do self administered Sessions in our quieter times in the clinic. For us this is between 11 and 3pm – so this has meant better utilisation of our workspace. If the client is needing to use the therapy for a specific condition -then we let them hire a BodiHealth unit so they can use it more regularly – this has worked out really well and at times is easier as they don’t need to travel to our Practice.
How do you feel EPRT compares with other medical technologies you have come across?
Most electrical therapies that were used in Physiotherapy target only a local area to settle pain – most of these are no longer used in our clinics, as clients can get access to these themselves. I do use Acupuncture regularly and I find EPRT, being such an ultra low microcurrent, to be more similar in its action to acupuncture – it seems to target whether it is tissue or an organ that needs healing.
What do you think the future holds for EPRT?
Aside from Health practitioners offering Wellness Sessions as an adjunct to any therapy they may be currently using – every day we treat people for stress associated with the busy and often sedentary lives we lead – and all the ill health that goes with this.
The first aspect where I think EPRT needs to be introduced and integrated is large workplaces. I would love to see a room where people could simply go and attach themselves to a BodiHealth machine- or that a company saw fit to make the easy investment in small units for their employees to experience the calmness that EPRT can offer and therefore reduce the sick days or absenteeism in their business . The cost of sick days in terms of loss of business is exorbitant in Australia and we all create and work better if we are less stressed!
In our clinic we are always in contact with clients with flus and colds and both the therapist and admin staff use EPRT regularly to give their immune system a boost if they think they are coming down with something. It also correlates with a reduction in our sick days in our clinic this past few years – so this is definitely a good sign!
I also consider athletes are the ideal people to not only use this therapy for an injury but also to improve their recovery between sessions – this could also potentially reduce the incidence of further injuries– for elite athletes this is a must!
This technology is not only very clever but is also safe to use. There are many case histories outlining very positive results. I await the next step where some large trials are done so that the word of this Technology becomes more widespread and accepted by the medical, allied health and general community.