Welcome to Hills Physiotherapy

Allied Health Services in Rowville, Emerald, and Knoxfield

Hills Physiotherapy has been operating in Emerald for over 30 years, providing the premier physiotherapy, remedial massage, myotherapy and associated health services to the hills. With our new location in Emerald at 333 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, we’re excited to be able to offer our extensive experience to our treasured hills community. 

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The Sick Truth of Back Pain, a guest blog by Ben Jones -Physiotherapist.

So, back pain!

Around 70% of you have or will have a bout of it at some point in your life. It can be super painful or not too bad, but interestingly enough only 1-2% of back pains can be attributed to a structural cause. So keeping this in mind, how important is getting a scan…?

Here’s the kicker, studies have shown time and time again (also at most other joints in the body) the huge number of “abnormalities” on peoples scans that have ZERO back pain. Rajaswaren (2014) found that 96% of athletes under 22 years had “abnormalities” on a scan, with another study finding that 37% of 20 year olds have degeneration in their spine, and 30% have disc bulges (Brinjikji 2015). Again, those people didn’t have back pain, so what on earth can we achieve with getting a scan once the red flags have been cleared?

What the heck is a NOCEBO?!

“A nocebo effect is said to occur when negative expectations of the patient regarding a treatment cause the treatment to have a more negative effect than it otherwise would have.[1][2] For example, when a patient anticipates a side effect of a medication, they can suffer that effect even if the “medication” is actually an inert substance”. Thanks Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nocebo).

Aside from ruling out anything sinister, nocebo! Everyone’s heard of Placebo where basically “if you believe a treatment works, it works”, however Nocebo is the total opposite and scans for back pain can be the perfect example of it live in action. If someone with clinical power (ie, a GP, a physio, chiro, specialist etc.) tells you ” you have a disc bulge at L3/4 and mild-moderate degeneration throughout your Lumbar spine”, of course you will freak out and likely your pain will rise and you certainly won’t want to bend over and touch your toes in a hurry. We know now that using scans in the wrong context can actually lead to worse outcomes in the individual (still case by case scenario).

So our plan is always to clear the red flags (such as unknown rapid weight loss, numbness in the saddle area or even a drop foot), reassure people their body knows what it’s doing and the pain will eventually ease, and continue to move and be active as much as the pain allows without any fear of harm. Backs are mega strong and robust so be reassured that in over 98% of cases there is nothing structurally wrong to fear, they are just massive pains in the butt!


I’ll sneak up a post soon on what are the key influences/risk factors on back pain, and that’s where it starts getting interesting, and even a bit hairy! Watch this space, and head to https://www.facebook.com/Benjonesphysiotherapy and give that thumbs up a click to hear more back stories!

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Physiotherapy at Hills


With a wealth of experience in all sports, work injuries, and advanced pain control techniques - our Physiotherapists will diagnose your condition and work with you to address the root of the problem.

Remedial Massage at Hills

Remedial Massage

Using "hands-on" techniques to reduce pain and spasm in soft tissues and relieve stress. This is an essential part of maintaining a healthy body.

Clinical Pilates at Hills

Clinical Pilates

Sophisticated exercise classes to correct abnormal movement patterns, and strengthen sore bodies. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Myotherapy at Hills


Effective treatment of painful conditions using massage, needling and other pain relieving techniques. Can have amazing health benefits.

Ortothist at Hills


Analyses movement problems and fabricates devices to support normal movement. Foot orthotics, Knee braces, custom lymphoedema garments, and fracture management.

And Many More Services

  • Dry Needling
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Spinal Manipulation
  • Sports Injuries

About Us

Physiotherapy aims at relieving joint pain and restoring normal movement for any muscle, joint or bone injury. Skilled therapists will use a range of techniques including manipulation, massage, dry needling, aquatic physiotherapy, craniosacral therapy and exercise prescription to achieve results and relieve pain.

Hills Physiotherapy has been operating at the corner of Monbulk and Main Roads for over 30 years, providing the highest quality care to the community. We are located across from Woolworths and Worrell Reserve.

Opening Hours

Mon - Fri
8am - 8pm
8am - 12:30pm
Mon - Fri
9am - 7pm
8am - 1pm


Mon - Fri
8am - 7pm
8am - 12:30pm
Hills@Pinnacle (Scoresby)
8am - 7pm
8am - 6:30pm
1:30pm - 6:30pm
8am - 2:30pm
8am - 1pm
Ben Kewish. A Physiotherapist at Hills.

A Word From Ben Kewish

Hills Physiotherapy is committed to offering the highest quality in Allied Health Care, with experienced therapists providing a range of complementary medical services. All of our clinicians offer focused, one-on-one service aimed at delivering results today. We work WITH you, the patient, to address the cause of your pain or dysfunction, so that you can become independent of our services and pain-free long term. After becoming the premiere Allied Health facility in the Dandenongs, we are excited to offer our services to Rowville and surrounds, and think that our range of services make Hills Physiotherapy hard to beat.

- Ben Kewish
Owner and Physiotherapist