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David Muehlenberg Primal Physiotherapist

I am a physiotherapist here at Primal physiotherapy with a keen interest in sports physiotherapy and lower limb injury prevention and rehabilitation. I lived for several years in Sydney, where I graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University prior to moving back home to Melbourne where I have worked ever since. I have a strong background in sports and exercise science – graduating from my undergraduate with a double major in Exercise Science and Nutrition.

I’ve played a gamut of sports over the years including basketball, football, and martial arts. Outside of the clinic, you can find me in the gym, on the running track, or enjoying the arts, food, and culture of our beautiful city of Melbourne.

I am driven to empower individuals to take control of their health – to understand their pain, their bodies, and their ability. Bodies are resilient, and I aim to improve people’s independence and confidence in themselves.

I also aim to marry the needs of the individual with the latest and most robust scientific evidence, to deliver care that is truly relevant and effective. Poor practice and outdated beliefs are rife across the industry, and I truly hope to make a difference across the profession by using critical thinking and scientific inquiry to improve physiotherapy as a whole.

As well as the satisfaction that I experience daily from helping people recover from illness or injury, I was lucky enough to complete some research within the world of sports injuries as part of my Doctorate. Anybody that’s been involved in the gruelling world of scientific research will appreciate the enormous amount of time and rigour required to plan, study, and document a study of this scope – something that I am proud to have completed.

I believe in openness, honesty, and integrity within all aspects of my clinical practice. I feel that honesty underpins all aspects of good healthcare, and I will always be truthful and transparent about all aspects of my clinical knowledge and treatment planning. I don’t have all the answers and I’ll never pretend to – but I know where to look, and I’ll do my best to provide you with the care that’s right for you.

I’ve always had a keen interest in both exercise and science, and found physiotherapy was the perfect way to combine the two. My first exposure to physiotherapy was after a traumatic shoulder dislocation, and I was amazed at how quickly I went from being unable to lift my arm to returning to the gym, sport, and life. Having battled many injuries over the years, I saw first-hand the benefits of physiotherapy and rehabilitation, and decided to help others by perusing physiotherapy as a career.

I am available for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and all kinds of aches and pains. With a background in sports, exercise, and performance, I am also available for exercise-based personal training, injury prevention strategies, and individualised training to improve sport performance.

I offer a range of massage and manual therapies to aid in easing your aches and pains, including: massage, dry needling, cupping, manipulation and mobilisation. Massage only sessions are available for 40 minute and 60 minute timeslots.

You can book to see myself at the Camberwell and Braybrook locations via our website 

I have seen and treated hundreds of individuals across a range of ages and abilities, and always individualise my treatments to meet each person’s needs. Whether it’s helping you avoid injury on the football field, teaching you ways to modify your office set up to avoid pain, helping you chase your deadlift 1RM, or helping you to walk comfortably again, I offer a wide range of treatment techniques and management strategies to help you achieve your goal – whatever that may be.

I’m an open and honest physiotherapist who follows the latest scientific evidence to give you the best possible treatment for your individual issue. Though I have experience treating a range of areas and conditions – ranging from post-surgical rehabilitation to ICU physiotherapy – I have a clinical interest in musculoskeletal conditions of the spine and lower limb. I have a particular interest in sporting injuries, particularly running and gym-based issues, but I have a broad bank of experience to draw from when treating any area of the body.

I keep my treatments simple and in line with the current best-practice evidence, I’m always up for a chat, a call, or an email to answer any questions you may have between sessions.

I look forward to seeing you in the clinic.