I’m Kieran Bell

I am a physiotherapist with 30 years of experience.
 I have worked in many areas within physiotherapy and the one common denominator that has kept me engaged is helping people navigate their challenges. Whether it is acute or chronic pain, loss of function, or lack of capacity to enjoy the things they love,  helping people stay active, functional and injury free is where my focus is currently.
Of late I've been working in pain science. In 2018, I was recruited into the treatment group of one of the biggest and highest quality research trials ever done on low back pain called The RESTORE Back Pain Trial. This experience deepened my understanding and appreciation for the nuance and complexity of pain. Watching people gain confidence and build lasting trust in their body is fulfilling, and drives a lot of my practice at this point. 

My Methods

Cognitive Functional Therapy (CFT) – A progressive development on a psychosocial approach to recovery

To say that this approach is limited to those suffering chronic (long-term) pain would be misleading. Helping people navigate a pain experience of any timeframe or severity requires a person-centered, evidence-based approach. One that takes into account all the factors that can influence the pain we experience, not just the usual suspects; mechanical triggers like “too heavy” “too many reps” or “awkward posture”.

To give someone the best chance of a speedy recovery, the most effective way is to arm them with all the tools they need to overcome the usual barriers – such as fear of movement, fear of damage, and pain avoidance.

Symptom management (Hands-on therapies)

To help get joint pain under control I use joint mobilisations, which are a gentle way of keeping synovial fluid (the good oil) moving and rinsing out noxious fluids that may be causing stiffness and pain. These accumulate after an injury or aggravation of an injury site.

For muscles, I like to use myofascial release and dry needling to stimulate fluid exchange at a cellular level and reduce unwanted tightness. These two therapeutic methods will feature for pain relief in most treatment plans I work on with my patients.

Without exception, I will aim to introduce some exercise components that you can work on at home. Homework (exercises) will be simple, specific, and low drag, that is, quick and easy to do. Done daily it will serve you well.

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Fremantle Physio

Level 1, 4/14 Phillimore St, Fremantle, WA 6160