Brendan Clark

APAM MACP l B.App.Sc. Physio l M.Hlth.Sc. Sports Physio

 

Titled Sports Physiotherapist I Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner

Brendan has maintained his passion for optimal care and results for his patients since 1988. This is achieved by thorough assessment and selection of treatment options. Enhanced by experience and an ongoing commitment to professional development. In the last 15 years the focus of his study has been:

  • Neck, shoulder and headache/migraine issues
  • Temporo-mandibular joint (jaw joint) dysfunction
  • Facial conditions, including trigeminal neuralgia
  • Complex and persistent pain conditions
  • Influence of lifestyle factors, and other health conditions
  • Sport assessment and treatment, including performance, pain and injury, specifically for running, cycling and paddling

 

Highlights in Brendan’s Career Includes:

  • Master of Health Science of Sports Physiotherapy
  • Titled Sports Physiotherapist
  • Sports Physiotherapist at the Sydney Olympics
  • 20 years of rugby league experience, local to NSW Cup level
  • Member of the Australian College of Physiotherapists
  • Level 3 Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner
  • Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy
  • Level 1 ASCA Strength and Conditioning
  • Training in Musculoskeletal Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Training in Kinesiotaping
  • Training in persistent pain conditions, graded motor imagery and nerve mobilisation
  • Continuing learning with a focus in areas of interest from conferences, courses, lectures, webinars, and podcasts
  • Development of a skilled knowledgeable network of practitioners

 

Headache Clinic

Primary headache is common with reported lifetime incidence of 96% and point prevalence of 16%. Symptom behaviour can often be episodic or persistent.

Upper cervical spine (neck) dysfunction at times is an isolated condition but can often be the primary contributor to migraine and headaches. It is also commonly in the context of more widespread musculoskeletal issues affecting the shoulder girdle, cervico-thoracic spine or further.

It is common for migraine, headache and TMJ presentations to have comorbidities and lifestyle factors. Mental health, vestibular, rheumatological and chronic pain disorders are considered. In addition, sleep issues, fatigue conditions, medications, psychosocial factors, diet and supplements, exercise and physical activity affect clinical presentation and clinical management.

Brendan understands that quality management of these challenging conditions requires thorough assessment and a wholistic approach delivered with respect and care. Complex conditions require a knowledge of scope of practice and a multi-disciplinary team. Brendan is proud to be a part of a network of practitioners that work together to achieve optimal outcomes for each individual.

 

Brendan’s interests outside of the clinic:

With a family including five adult children there is wonderful times spent together and being part of their lives and interests. With wife, Lynita (Clinical Psychologist) valued shared interests include hiking and travel. Wholistic lifestyle is a passion. Currently his interests include building a sustainable home from natural materials. Personally, Brendan enjoys running, surfing, cycling and paddling.

For Brendan his motivation is to provide the best possible treatment (up to date and evidence-based) for all individuals, especially those that are frustrated with complex issues, delivered in a caring and respectful manner. With every patient benefitting from his focus for optimal results and drawing on the experience of over 30 years and over 80,000 consultations.