Principal Physiotherapist

Michael Dessen, MAPA, MPA.
B. Sc (U.N.S.W), M.App. Sc(Manip.Physio)(Syd.)


Michael graduated from the University of NSW with a Bachelor of Science (Major in Anatomy) in 1979. Following completion of the Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy at Cumberland College of Health Sciences in Lidcombe in 1980, Michael gained experience in the public hospital system and in private practice as physiotherapist.

In 1984 - Michael successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy, going on to work in the private practices of several well-known Manipulative Therapists in Sydney over the next few years.

Michael has lectured in Manipulative Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney and has been involved in clinical education for the Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy course. Michael continues to support physiotherapy research.

In 1993 - Michael completed his Master of Applied Science (Manipulative Therapy) with the topic of his treatise examining the evolution of traction as a therapeutic tool, discussing the indications for its use and evaluating the mechanisms proposed to be responsible for the effects of traction. Michael has co-published research in this area. In dealing with patients with low back and cervical spine pain, Michael has recognised the importance of self-management, posture advice and education in helping patients treat their current symptoms and prevent ongoing problems.

Michael has found that the McKenzie protocol of passive physiological range of movement exercise plays an important part in the treatment of patients with spinal pain. Spinal pain treatment may therefore include use of the REPEX bed which provides repetitive passive lumbar spine extension movement which, when used in conjunction with appropriate manual therapy, can dramatically reduce the severity and length of episodes of lower back pain.

  • Michael is a credentialed McKenzie therapist.
  • Michael is a “gold” member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and a titled member of the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists Association. 
  • Michael is also a member of the Assessment Committee of the Physiotherapy Council of NSW.
  • Michael is an expert musculoskeletal physiotherapist with more than 30 years clinical experience.

Michael is married to Kathryn and they have three children, Ben, Sam and Eliza. Michael enjoys fishing, photography and gardening and landscaping. He is an active voluntary member of Sydney Wildlife and is a member of the Animal Ethics Committee at Macquarie University.

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