About Northwest Physiotherapy Group

Our Physiotherapists are highly trained and experienced professionals with over 70 years of combined experience.


Northwest Physiotherapy Group

Northwest Physiotherapy Group relocated to new purpose built Physiotherapy rooms at Essendon in July 2016. NWPG services surrounding areas of Essendon including Moonee Ponds, Strathmore, Brunswick West And Niddrie.

Northwest Physiotherapy Group was first established as Moonee Ponds & Essendon Physiotherapy Clinic in 1990. The clinic was relocated to Moonee Ponds and the Roxburgh Park arm of the business was sold in October, 2013 to another Physiotherapy group to consolidate the business, allowing the principals to focus on the main Moonee Ponds physiotherapy clinic.

The two principal northwest physiotherapy experts Russell Visser and Graham Nelson are experienced physiotherapists.

Russell was an AFL physiotherapist for the Western Bulldogs Football Club (formerly Footscray Football Club) from 1988 to 1996.

Graham has a Masters in Manipulative Therapy. They have developed close links with local doctors, specialists, sporting clubs and gyms.

Treatment is based on careful and thorough assessment and our northwest physiotherapy experts participate in continuing education both external and in-house to maintain the highest standards of treatment. We communicate with other health professionals and have excellent referral links with sports doctors, specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and rheumatologists, podiatrists and personal trainers.

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Ridgway Method

The Essendon physio clinic has a ‘hands on approach’ to treatment, a systematic whole body assessment protocol (Ridgway Method) and a strong bias toward an active participation by the client in injury recovery.

More about The Ridgway Method


Essendon Physio

Russell Visser

B.App.Sc. (Physio) APAM, RMCP

Areas of Specialty
Low back and pelvic pain, Sports injuries, TMJ (jaw) dysfunction

Russell graduated as a physiotherapist from Melbourne’s Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences in 1982… more

Graham Nelson

B. Physio. APAM • M. Manip Physio MPAM, RMCP

Areas of Specialty
Running performance and injury prevention/management, Tennis Elbow, Cervicogenic Headache.

Graham is an experienced clinician, graduating from La Trobe University in 1993… more

Nicole T'en

Bach Physio APAM, Ridgway Method Certified Practitoner and Educator

Areas of Specialty
Women’s Health conditions, Sports injuries, martial arts

Nicole has worked with sporting populations for many years as an official provider for the Melbourne University Sport … more

Sheena Yu

8 Years Experience
Massage Therapist

Areas of Specialty
Massage Therapy

Sheena has obtained a Diploma in Remedial massage therapy at the Australian College of Sport & Fitness … more


Physiotherapist in Essendon

Northwest Physiotherapy Group in Essendon

Our practice rooms are located at 6 Fletcher St, Essendon, close to the Pascoe Vale Rd intersection.

Parking is available on Fletcher St, as well as the adjacent Loeman St and Hoddle St. They are all unrestricted parking areas. There is also a tram stop (Number 59) at our door, bus services nearby and we are a 10min walk from Essendon train station.

We will have one disabled car park onsite at the front of the building.

We are excited about our new purpose built facility, with larger and more private rooms, and a dedicated space for gait and running assessments

Frequently Asked Questions

This can depend on several factors:

How long you have had the condition.

The severity of the condition, ie how much it impacts your lifestyle.
Whether there are multiple conditions to address.

The number of dysfunctions we find on objective testing.
How quickly you are able to complete the RM assessment and treatment process.

In our experience people who go through this process in the shortest possible time achieve their desired result more quickly.

In the majority of cases, going through our systematic whole body approach, in 2-3 hours of assessment and treatment, we will either be a long way towards achieving your good result, or know how much further treatment will be required.

Read more on How Long Will It Take To Fix My Condition

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If we can’t find the main contributing factor and make significant changes to your condition, we will discuss with you the best options available to help you move forward. This may include organising investigations, referring you to a specialist or another treatment provider.

It is not unusual to feel sore or to have light side effects within 12 to 24 hours after the session. You might feel slightly bruised around the treatment area and few people might show a faint bruise.

You can also experience slight dizziness or nausea or feel “washed out” and tired after the treatment. These are normal short term responses and usually indicate that we are changing significant dysfunctions in your body that are part of your condition.

Please let your Physiotherapist know if you experience any unusual symptoms. The key point to remember is that the worse a condition is, the more ‘reactive’ the underlying cause can be. Your physiotherapist will discuss ways in which treatment soreness can be minimized.

Covid-19 Policies

The Northwest physiotherapy team is committed to ensuring the safety and health of all our clients and team, and we have put in place policies and procedures around the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure our clinic is safe and hygenic. These policies will be updated as new information is released and public restrictions change.


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