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Michael Cox

Michael Cox

Physiotherapist

A Bit About Michael

Michael is a Newcastle boy through and through. He loves his beautiful wife Mil, his son Harrison, and his giant fur baby Murphy. He’s from a family full of doctors, nurses and physios, so a passion for looking after the health of others is in his blood. A lifetime of devotion to the Knights is a blessing and a curse at times.

 

Personal Life

Michael attends Hunter Christian church and runs a young adult’s group there where he mentors youngsters navigating this weird world and trying to be the best versions of themselves. He loves spending time with friends and family, taking his roles as Rad Dad and Funcle very seriously.


Sporting Background and Goals

Sports addict is putting it mildly. If you can win, he’s in. He will challenge you to a game of marbles if there is nothing else to play. Along with an unhealthy relationship with the Newcastle Knights, Michael endures more torture as a Manchester United tragic. Don’t hold it against him.

Soccer has been his main passion; he has played at a semi-professional level in the state league competition locally for years as central midfielder. Long distance running is a passion, an excuse to get out in nature, and is weirdly relaxing for him. An ACL reconstruction in 2021 and Dad life has put a few competitions on hold but Michael’s goal for next year is to run a half-marathon in under an hour and 40 minutes.

 


Career

Michael Graduated in 2014 from the University of Newcastle. He never had a doubt about the type of physio he wanted to be or who he wanted to help, so naturally went straight into private practice. He worked at a practice in Maitland for 2-3 years and gained experience working with kids through to adults, weekend warriors through to athletes. He has 8 years of experience working with high level local Rugby, Cricket and for the most part, State League Football sides (Up the Weston Bears!). In the last 3 years he has worked with the Newcastle Knights from their Harold Matthews team through to their NSW Cup team.

Assessment with Michael will usually include a combination of assessment tools such as Selective Functional Movement Assessment to screen how your body moves. The concept is to not just treat the symptoms and get to the root of the problem, but living by the mantra of helping people “Move well, then move often”. He is skilled in using our Axit System from Strength by Numbers which allows our Physiotherapists to test overall strength in movements, compare your symmetry of strength, and see how strength matches up with the expected ‘normative data’, or compare you to athletes.

Keen Interests
While he loves the challenge of figuring out the puzzle of why someone has an issue in any part of their body, he admits he does have a special interest in working with runners like himself, and with ACL patients after going through his own journey from injury to returning to sport.

Imaging
As with all Physio’s at Next Gen Physio, Michael can refer you for most scans such as Xray, Ultrasound, MRI, though sometimes this is best done through a specialist for expert interpretation. He will help you navigate what you need or when/if you need these.

Holistic
While we aren’t experts in mental health, Michael takes the ‘therapist’ part of being a physiotherapist seriously, and will go out of his way to make sure you feel heard, educated, and supported in your physical and mental recovery. Having been through a 12 month+ recovery from his knee injury last year, he has experienced the challenges involved with a long-term injury, as well has having a passion for improving the quality of life of his patients with chronic pain.

Manual Therapy
Michael is highly trained and experienced with dry needling, trained under the GEMT dry needling courses and years of experience. While Michael acknowledges that dry needling is a short-term symptom management strategy, needling is also an efficient way to confirm diagnosis, and also provide much needed relief before getting down to the long-term solutions. Michael is a wizard at strapping, and can prescribe & fit braces of all shapes and sizes.

Jasmina Zalovski
Jasmina Zalovski
2023-10-14
Unpleasant staff member, made me sound like a horrible person.
Jack Young
Jack Young
2023-09-06
Absolutely incredible physio. The whole team are super friendly and highly experienced. My first appointment was with Michael who greeted me with a warm welcome and was incredibly helpful. Can’t recommend this physio enough to anyone looking for an appointment.
Marcelo Villanueva
Marcelo Villanueva
2023-07-21
These guys are so lovely, but also really professional and the level of expertise is amazing. Wouldn’t go anywhere else 🙂
Amber Moncrieff
Amber Moncrieff
2023-05-31
Tom Russell has been a go to physio both personally and for our patients for a decade. We love his open and honest advice and his expertise in managing injuries and recovery. The whole team is so friendly and our patients always have great feedback after visiting them. Tom and his practice manager, Gabby visited us in our clinic today to help our team better understand the services he is providing to our patients and what really works to get them feeling great as quickly as possible after surgery. Much appreciated!
Robin A
Robin A
2023-04-21
Excellent service. Gabby was super helpful while arranging my first appointment. Tom is a great physio who's knowledgeable, friendly and experienced. Would definitely recommend Next-Gen Physio. Thanks team!
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W -
2023-03-11
I met Tom and Gabby during my first appointment here, both were fantastic! Tom has a great manner and had no trouble getting to the bottom of my injury. I'm a big fan of the app they use because it overcomes the problem of forgetting exercises or how to do them properly
Dominic May
Dominic May
2023-02-15
I’ve been visiting Next-Gen Physio for a few years now. I’ve always found the team to be knowledgeable and genuinely caring no matter which physiotherapist or therapist you visit.
Amelia Cox
Amelia Cox
2023-01-17
Without a doubt the best physio I’ve ever seen! Super friendly, professional and reliable. I would recommend any of the team here! So much more than just a physio practice!
Rod Griffiths
Rod Griffiths
2023-01-17
Excellent Physio! Helped with my post surgery recovery. Tom and Dave are very professional and friendly with their treatment. Highly recommend 👍
Austin Stamp
Austin Stamp
2023-01-17
After suffering from back pain and muscle stiffness for a while due to a work related injury. I went in to see the guys at Next Gen and was referred to Adam for a remedial massage. After my first massage I immediately rebooked with him again, his knowledge about particular muscles and post massage exercises is great, and also how in-depth he goes with his massage definitely made me want to return again. I can’t recommend Next Gen Physio enough. Thanks guys!

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