Carly Terrett, Physiotherapist from Port Macquarie Physio and Pilates

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Carly Terrett originally wanted to study medicine and become a doctor. But she admits the sight of blood makes her squirm and she cannot stand needles, so physiotherapy was her next choice. 

Carly completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at the University of Sydney in 2008 and began working in Sydney as a physiotherapist. She started at Port Macquarie Physio and Pilates in 2014. 

She works in both the Murray Street and Innes Lake practices, where she is able to put her natural interest in health and wellbeing and her compassionate and caring personality to good use. 

Carly works with a team of specialised and experienced practitioners who help patients with pain relief and improved movement to enjoy a better quality of life. Physiotherapy aims to diagnose, assess and treat people with movement problems to restore normal function. The goal of physiotherapy is to offer a long term solution to injury.

Carly treats patients of all ages, from the young to the elderly, from all walks of life. Patients present with a variety of injuries from acute sports injuries, to chronic work related injuries, to arthritic conditions, and postural dysfunctions. Every day involves an array of different tasks. 

When a new patient comes in with an injury or referral, Carly does an initial physical assessment. This is to ascertain what is causing the pain or where the injury has come from. Treatment entails soft tissue therapy, mobilisation, manipulation or the use of local modalities or taping to improve their pain and function.

To ensure long term outcomes, she prescribes either a specialised home exercise program or a Clinical Pilates program for the individual based upon their age, physical condition and their injury.

Clinical Pilates is an active form of rehabilitation and not a Pilates exercise class. This type of treatment is used once the patient is no longer in an acute stage of injury to strengthen areas of weakness, optimise biomechanics and reduce the risk of the reinjury. 

Carly is the eldest of four siblings and grew up in Tumut, in the Riverina Region of NSW, close to the Snowy Mountains. When she moved to Sydney to study, she met James and they married in 2014. 

James grew up in Port Macquarie, and Carly fell in love with the lifestyle. The couple decided to purchase some land and make the sea change from the hustle and bustle of Sydney to the tranquil waters of Port Macquarie. They both felt it was an ideal place to start a family and now have two young boys, two year old Henry and 11 month old George.

In her spare time, Carly enjoys spending quality time with her family and also doesn’t mind a wine or two with friends.

Carly enjoys keeping fit and values a healthy work/life balance. Carly will often take Henry and George for a jog in the pram. As a family they love to go to the beach for a swim or coffee dates followed by a play in the park.
By Jessica Oxley.



5:30am My kids are very early risers. Have breakfast and pack lunches for daycare for the boys.

7:45am Head to work. My husband James takes the boys to daycare.

8:00am I start my mornings at the Murray Street practice. Start with patients for physiotherapy or pilates. I have a new patient every half hour for physiotherapy.

12:30pm Lunch time. I have a quick lunch break and make my way over to the Innes Lake practice.

1:00pm See physiotherapy patients, treated in half hour blocks. 

6:30pm Home time. Help James with the kids and get them ready for bed. We like to read to them before bed time. 

7:00pm James and I have dinner and debrief about our days.

8:00pm Netflix or TV and relax before bed time at 10pm.

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