our team at
balanced life


Suite 321,
20 Dale Street,
Brookvale NSW 2100

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Clinic Hours

Mon: 8am-2pm
Tues-Fri: 8am-6.30pm
Sat: 8am-2pm
Sun: closed

our team

DR Nick Florance: Osteopath

Dr Nicholas FloranceNick Florance has been a keen sportsman all his life, often playing at an elite level. He suffered a series of debilitating lower back injuries at a young age that proved a mystery to fix for most medical practitioners. Through trial and error he was led to Osteopathy and thus developed a strong commitment to finding the best solutions in reducing a clients pain.

Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy), Master of Osteopathy, Member of Osteopathy Australia.

Nick is a dedicated Osteopath with over 15 yrs experience in the primary health care field. He has worked closely with a number of experienced health professionals such as Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Psychologists, Chiropractors and other Osteopaths. Nick is currently the Principal Osteopath at Balanced Life Osteopathy in Brookvale.

Nick’s approach to Osteopathy is quite structural believing that the bony skeleton provides a blue print for whole body health. He treats each individual on the basis of their presenting complaint and seeks to engage the body’s own sense of self-regulation and self-healing through a broad range of osteopathic techniques.

As an Osteopath, Nick has treated a wide range of conditions from back pain, foot and knee problems, pelvic pain, whiplash and headache, disc injury and sciatica, pain resulting from poor work ergonomics such as carpal tunnel and jaw pain. He treats sports injuries, the elderly, rheumatism suffers and pregnancy.

A consultation with Nick will begin with a thorough case history and physical assessment. Treatment may incorporate a range of techniques from soft tissue release, articulation, joint mobilisation, manipulation and stretching. Nick offers education on exercise, work ergonomics, diet, posture patterns and lifestyle choices.

To make or change an appointment with Nick
Call (02) 8350 2983
Email admin@balancedlifeosteopathy.com.au.
Or click to book online

Eleni Tsagaris: Physiotherapist

‘Eleni is a compassionate, dedicated and empathetic Physiotherapist with a passion for healthy living, fitness and well-being.’

Eleni Tsagaris completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Australian Catholic University in 2015. She gained experience in various multidisciplinary clinics working alongside Doctors, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and also other alternative practitioners.

In 2018, Eleni started her own practice Physiko at Westfield Brookvale. She has worked as the Physiotherapist for local Soccer clubs and for the NSW teams at CFFA National Titles Soccer Tournaments.

Through this previous experience, Eleni has attained an extensive skill-set of various treatment modalities and a comprehensive knowledge of diverse injuries and conditions. She has treated a wide range of conditions such as sciatica, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, headaches, whiplash and other traumatic/workplace injuries, as well as postural pain caused by poor work ergonomics.

Eleni is committed to treating her clients with a holistic approach. She understands the importance of achieving well-being in all aspects of life – physical, mental, emotional and social.

In her sessions, every client will undergo a thorough subjective history taking, and assessment of their movement and biomechanics. Eleni will then take the time to explain and educate her clients about their condition, discuss psychosocial and lifestyle factors that may be impacting their recovery and also provide them with recommendations to achieve higher self-efficacy and motivation to take an active role in their recovery. Eleni uses evidence-based practice to ensure her clients receive the best possible care and to assist them in achieving their goals.

Eleni is a hands-on manual therapist. She practices using a combination of dry needling, soft/deep tissue massage, joint mobilisations, ART, PNF stretching, taping alongside prescription of a specific and functional Home Exercise Program.

In her spare time, Eleni loves exercising, yoga and spending time outdoors and in nature, whether it be going for a bush walk, or for a swim in the ocean. Eleni also loves to continue learning about all aspects of health and wellbeing, and has completed further studies in Sports Level 1 Physiotherapy, certificate of Dry Needling and is currently completing a certificate in Advanced Naturopathy.

To make or change an appointment with Eleni
Call (02) 8350 2983
Email admin@balancedlifeosteopathy.com.au.
Or click to book online

your Questions answered

What is an Osteopath?

Osteopaths are Primary Healthcare Professionals registered under the government as practitioners of manual medicine. They assess the body’s structural and physiological change through an extensive medical history involving postural observation, physical examination and palpation (feel) to form a diagnosis. An Osteopath may work with other health professional such as Naturopaths and GP’s or refer for tests to confirm their diagnosis.

How do Osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths have highly developed skills allowing them to utilise a vast amount of techniques suited to individual patients. The techniques employed are safe, gentle and effective. These include;

  • Massage: which helps promote circulation and relaxation of the associated muscles.
  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET): a stretching technique used to treat a loss of range of motion at a joint whereby contracted muscles are released by being stretched and forced to work against resistance.
  • Strain/Counterstrain Techniques: The Osteopath positions a joint and muscle in such a way that minimises stimulation by the nerves, allowing the muscles to relax. Relaxation results in restoration of range of motion and resolution of pain.
  • Functional techniques: The dysfunctional joint in maneuvered to a position which facilitates easier movement of the joint in all directions.
  • Joint Manipulation: A small high velocity thrust is applied through a joint to help reduce pain and restriction at that segment. Patients may hear a ‘pop’ sound when this is undertaken.
Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?

NO, a referral is NOT required to consult an Osteopath.

What qualifications do Osteopaths have?

Professional Education: Osteopathic courses include five years of full time tertiary study wherein a Bachelor Degree in Applied Science and a Master of Osteopathy are obtained. Osteopathic principles are strongly grounded in the biomedical sciences, thus education focuses significantly on Medical Science and Clinical Osteopathic practices such as anatomy, physiology, pathology and general medical diagnosis. Comprehensive practical training in Osteopathic techniques is in undertaken under the supervision of industry professionals and academics. Upon completion, graduates are able to register to practice in all Australian states and territories.

What is the difference between an Osteopath and a Physiotherapist?

Any comparison between Osteopathy and other professions is not meant to necessarily imply that Osteopathic treatment is superior, only that a different approach to treatment is utilised.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): The Osteopathic Association: Osteopathy Australia continually improves and standardises the professional aptitude of its members and the Osteopathy profession. The foremost objective of professional development is continued excellence in the delivery of Osteopathic healthcare services to the public.

What is the difference between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor?

This is always a difficult question to answer definitively because so many practitioners vary in their treatment approach. However to generalise, Osteopaths tend to spend longer in their treatment sessions and treat less often that Chiropractors. They also tend to spend more time in the treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments and tendons) of the body as well as treating the joints. There are also a number of treatment techniques utilised which are unique to Osteopathy.

Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?

NO, a referral is NOT required to consult an Osteopath.

Can I get rebates though Medicare/insurance/DVA?

Osteopathy is covered by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. With a doctors referral a CDM plan allows for Osteopathic treatment which may be of value in restoring health to patients suffering from chronic conditions. A limited number of consultations is allowed in any given year.

Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by State workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.

Can I get rebates though my Health Fund?

YES, all major health funds provide rebates for Osteopathic consultations under their ‘Extras Cover’. HICAPS system of direct health fund rebates is also available at Balanced Life Osteopathy. Just bring your health fund card and claims can be made on the spot.