Runaway Bay Sports and Spinal, 9 minutes away from Labrador

Opening Hours
Mon: 8am - 6pm | Tue: 8am - 6pm | Wed: 8am - 6pm | Thurs: 8am - 6pm | Fri: 8am – 5pm | Sat & Sun: Closed
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Sports and Spinal Physio

SPORTS & SPINAL

Runaway Bay

Runaway Bay

Unit 3, 385 Oxley DriveRunaway Bay QLD 4216

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Sports & Spinal Runaway Bay (formally AFIA Physiotherapy) is located on the northern end of the Gold Coast in the heart of Runaway Bay.

Conveniently located near: Biggera WatersLabradorSouthportParadise PointArundel and Helensvale.

Runaway Bay Sports & Spinal offers Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Remedial Massage, Women’s Health, PilatesExercise Physiology, Dietetics and much more! We also have a fully equipped gym and Pilates studio.

The Runaway Bay Sports & Spinal team uses the latest evidence-based treatments to treat various conditions, including shoulder, neck and back pain, sporting injuries, lower limb conditions, women’s health, headaches, work cover incidents, pre-and post-surgical, motor vehicle accidents and more.

Our team will provide you with a comprehensive assessment and treatment from start to finish. Our clinicians will work with YOU to facilitate your complete recovery.

Runaway Bay Sports & Spinal is NDIS registered and accepts Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Parking is also available onsite.

Whether you are looking to recover from an injury or recent surgery or are suffering from general aches and pains, our multi-disciplinary team will help you to get back to doing what you love most!

services & FACILITIES

  • On-Site Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Gym & Pilates Equipment
  • NDIS Registered
  • Medicare Rebates
  • HICAPS Health Fund Claims

OUR TEAM

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Nathan Smarrelli

Physiotherapist

Nathan completed a bachelor of Exercise Science at LaTrobe University in Melbourne before moving to the Gold Coast to complete a Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University. Nathan has an interest in sporting injuries, having worked with various elite level athletes during internships with Stanford University and Carlton AFLW.

Nathan also enjoys helping patients experiencing chronic pain return to their valued activities through treatment that focus on the individual as a whole. Nathan’s favourite way to continue learning is through podcasts, reading and professional development courses to ensure patient care utilises up to date and evidence-based information. Outside of work, Nathan enjoys running down by the beach, socialising with friends and keeping up with the NBA.

Nathan is available for physiotherapy consults at Runaway Bay and Robina Sports & Spinal.

Caio Fernandes de Campos

Remedial Massage Therapist

Caio graduated as a Physiotherapist in his home country of Brazil and he has a lot of experience with sports injuries and rehabilitation.

Caio moved to Australia in 2016 and studied remedial massage using his background in physiotherapy to give people better results during their massage treatments. He chose to live permanently on the Gold Coast due to the weather and lifestyle and Caio loves to practice water exercises such as surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and diving so it was an easy decision.

Caio is passionate about improving the quality of life. Caio’s love of sports and overcoming past injuries himself enables him to understand the importance and power that is to live in full good health.

He is always open and willing to deeply investigate patients’ issues and is always looking forward to providing the best treatment for each individual. Caio understands that everyone is unique and requires special individual care and solution.

Caio has special interests in and can assist you with Remedial Massage, Deep Tissue, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Release, and Joint Mobilization Techniques.

Caio is available for remedial massage appointments at our Runaway Bay, Broadbeach, and Robina clinics.

Marina Melnikoff

Musculoskeletal & Women's Health Physiotherapist

Marina has completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with first-class honours. She has since gained knowledge and experience in a range of areas for musculoskeletal injuries, TMJ treatment and dry needling.

Over the years, Marina has also pursued post-graduate courses in Women’s and pelvic health. She can treat a range of conditions including bladder and bowel dysfunctions, pelvic organ prolapse, pre and post-natal treatment, pessary fitting, pelvic pain syndromes, and pelvic girdle pain.

Marina has an extensive background in different sporting fields such as gymnastics, powerlifting and CrossFit. She believes in helping people stick with the training they enjoy and educating them on effective injury prevention strategies. She enjoys living an active outdoor lifestyle, including spending time by the beach, diving, and running with her energetic Border Collie.

Marina is available for General Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Runaway Bay and Broadbeach clinics.

Lucy Taylor

Musculoskeletal & Women’s Health Physiotherapist

Lucy graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland, where she also conducted research alongside a world-renowned Physiotherapist. Lucy is passionate about delivering holistic patient-centred care and establishing individualised rehabilitation programs so that you can achieve your goals and return to the things you enjoy in life sooner. Lucy is devoted to continuously expanding her skill set and knowledge so that she can provide superior treatment to every patient.

Lucy can assist with questions and concerns related to pre and post-natal incontinence, pelvic floor muscle strengthening and relaxing, endometriosis, menopause, pelvic pain conditions and other bladder and bowel dysfunctions. She has also completed advanced training in pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, birth choices and pessary fitting. She is very passionate about delivering you the latest research-based treatment and empowering you with the knowledge and exercises to achieve your goals.

Lucy is available for Women’s Health Physiotherapy appointments at our Broadbeach and Runaway Bay clinics.

Claire Buttner

Physiotherapist

Claire graduated from Bond University with a Doctor of Physiotherapy, having completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science prior. Claire was awarded Dux of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and her Physiotherapy Cohort during her postgraduate studies.

Claire has presented research at the 2023 Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference and completed an internship in the United States at Stanford University during her Physiotherapy degree. She also has a background in Strength and Conditioning, having worked with athletes involved in American Football and Rugby, AFL, Soccer, Rowing, Athletics, Swimming and Basketball.

Claire is passionate about helping people maximise their quality of life through focus on rehabilitation, movement and education. Outside of work, Claire enjoys staying active through time spent at the beach or hiking in nature, as well as going for runs.

Claire is available for Physiotherapy consults at our Runaway Bay clinic.

Shannon Darlington

Exercise Physiologist

Shannon completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Graduate Diploma of Exercise Physiology at Griffith University, Gold Coast, in 2015. Since graduating, Shannon has worked in private practice and has experience working with chronic conditions, musculoskeletal injuries, occupational rehabilitation and injury prevention and management.

Shannon has developed a special interest in neuromuscular conditions, pre and post-operative rehabilitation, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic disease management and weight loss.

Shannon also provides Pilates-based rehabilitation for a wide array of chronic conditions and injury rehabilitation.

Shannon provides a tailored exercise program/class targeted to your individual level of strength, fitness, injuries and goals. Shannon loves helping patients achieve their goals, no matter how big or small they are.

Shannon is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Runaway Bay and Broadbeach clinics.

Naomi Gould

Dietitian

Naomi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics from Griffith University. With a strong focus on realistic and sustainable strategies, Naomi is passionate about supporting clients in improving their health for the long term. Practising in a weight-inclusive manner Naomi encourages people from all walks of life to feel welcome and confident in seeking out nutrition care. Naomi understands that each client has different needs and values and provides an individualised approach.

Naomi is a generalist Dietitian and can provide support in a variety of areas including but not limited to Chronic Disease Management, Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, Diabetes, IBS, PCOS, Coeliacs Disease, nutritional deficiencies, mindful eating, and improving energy and sleep.

In her spare time, you can find Naomi getting lost in a book, surfing, or trying out a new restaurant.

Naomi is available for Dietitian appointments at our Runaway Bay, Broadbeach and Robina locations.

Did you know that our Women's Health Physio's can fit pessaries? 

Fitting vaginal pessaries is an extended scope skill within Pelvic Health Physiotherapy and across all Sports & Spinal clinics, we have a detailed process for pessary fittings to ensure proper care is taken before, during and after a pessary is fitted, and routine follow ups are dutifully scheduled.

We work collaboratively with our women's health patients and their primary medical clinician to optimise this process.

Want to find out more? Get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal clinic today to see how they can help you 👉 Head to our bio

Did you know that our Women`s Health Physio`s can fit pessaries?

Fitting vaginal pessaries is an extended scope skill within Pelvic Health Physiotherapy and across all Sports & Spinal clinics, we have a detailed process for pessary fittings to ensure proper care is taken before, during and after a pessary is fitted, and routine follow ups are dutifully scheduled.

We work collaboratively with our women`s health patients and their primary medical clinician to optimise this process.

Want to find out more? Get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal clinic today to see how they can help you 👉 Head to our bio
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This June the @herveybay_sportsandspinal team are taking on The Push-Up Challenge and completing a heap of push-ups between June 5-28 to raise funds and awareness for mental health 🧠

You can show your support by making a tax-deductible donation to the cause via our bio!

Every dollar helps #pushforbetter mental health outcomes in Australia.

This June the @herveybay_sportsandspinal team are taking on The Push-Up Challenge and completing a heap of push-ups between June 5-28 to raise funds and awareness for mental health 🧠

You can show your support by making a tax-deductible donation to the cause via our bio!

Every dollar helps #pushforbetter mental health outcomes in Australia.
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June is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month! 🌸 

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when the pelvic organs drop from their normal position due to weakened pelvic floor muscles. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness, discomfort, and urinary issues.

Physiotherapy can be a game-changer in managing POP. Here are three effective exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, core and surrounding areas:

1️⃣ Bridge
2️⃣ Bird Dog
3️⃣ Single Leg Toe Tap

These exercises can help improve your pelvic health and reduce symptoms. Contact a women’s health physiotherapist for personalised management and support. 💪

#sportsandspinal #PelvicHealth #ProlapseAwareness #WomensHealth #Physiotherapy #StrongCore #exercise

June is Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month! 🌸

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when the pelvic organs drop from their normal position due to weakened pelvic floor muscles. Symptoms can include a feeling of heaviness, discomfort, and urinary issues.

Physiotherapy can be a game-changer in managing POP. Here are three effective exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor, core and surrounding areas:

1️⃣ Bridge
2️⃣ Bird Dog
3️⃣ Single Leg Toe Tap

These exercises can help improve your pelvic health and reduce symptoms. Contact a women’s health physiotherapist for personalised management and support. 💪

#sportsandspinal #PelvicHealth #ProlapseAwareness #WomensHealth #Physiotherapy #StrongCore #exercise
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Men's Health Week focuses on supporting men's physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. 

The multidisciplinary team at Sports & Spinal can help men with their health needs and goals. Whether you work at the desk, on the job site, if you’re a weekend warrior on the sporting field or simply have a niggle or two, let our team work with you to get back to your best! 

Get in touch with our team today - head to our bio!

Men`s Health Week focuses on supporting men`s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

The multidisciplinary team at Sports & Spinal can help men with their health needs and goals. Whether you work at the desk, on the job site, if you’re a weekend warrior on the sporting field or simply have a niggle or two, let our team work with you to get back to your best!

Get in touch with our team today - head to our bio!
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Men’s Health Week 🙋‍♂️

This week serves as opportunity to highlight the importance of men’s health and promote and support the health and wellbeing of men and boys in our communities. 

Sports & Spinal offers a range of allied health services that can help improve men’s health including: 
✅Physiotherapy 
✅Podiatry 
✅Massage 
✅Exercise Physiology 
✅Dietetics 
✅Psychology 
✅Pilates & Gym Classes 
+ More! 

Find your local Sports & Spinal clinic today to learn more - head to our bio!

Men’s Health Week 🙋‍♂️

This week serves as opportunity to highlight the importance of men’s health and promote and support the health and wellbeing of men and boys in our communities.

Sports & Spinal offers a range of allied health services that can help improve men’s health including:
✅Physiotherapy
✅Podiatry
✅Massage
✅Exercise Physiology
✅Dietetics
✅Psychology
✅Pilates & Gym Classes
+ More!

Find your local Sports & Spinal clinic today to learn more - head to our bio!
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Finally! Winter warming recipes will be making their way back into the kitchen. As it gets cooler, it can be tempting to overindulge ourselves with big warming meals. 
 
Here’s a healthier version of a winter favourite for you to try this season! 

Ingredients 
🥧30g butter 
🥧2 tbsp plain flour 
🥧1 1/2 cups curry sauce (red curry) 
🥧200g sweet potato, cut into 1cm pieces 
🥧1/2 bunch broccolini, trimmed 
🥧4 cooked chicken drumsticks 
🥧1 cup fresh coriander leaves 
🥧5 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry 
🥧1 egg, lightly whisked 
🥧sesame seeds 
 
Step1 
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in curry sauce. Return to heat and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sauce comes to the boil. Simmer for 1 minute. Set aside to cool. 

Step 2 
Cook sweet potato and broccolini in separate microwave-safe dishes on HIGH (100%) power for 2 to 3 minutes and 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, respectively, or until just tender. Chop broccolini into pieces. 

Step 3 
Preheat oven to 220°C. Remove chicken meat from bone and shred. Stir chicken, sweet potato, broccolini and coriander into cooled sauce. 

Step 4 
Use a 10.5cm cutter to cut 12 circles from 3 sheets of pastry and use to line 12 x 1/2-cup muffin pans. Divide filling among pastry. Use an 8.5cm cutter to cut out 12 circles from remaining pastry. Brush 1 side of circles with egg. Place, brushed-side down, on top of pies. Press edges to seal. With a sharp knife, cut 2 slits in the top of each pie. Brush with a egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. 

Bake in a 220°C oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden - then dig in!

Finally! Winter warming recipes will be making their way back into the kitchen. As it gets cooler, it can be tempting to overindulge ourselves with big warming meals.

Here’s a healthier version of a winter favourite for you to try this season!

Ingredients
🥧30g butter
🥧2 tbsp plain flour
🥧1 1/2 cups curry sauce (red curry)
🥧200g sweet potato, cut into 1cm pieces
🥧1/2 bunch broccolini, trimmed
🥧4 cooked chicken drumsticks
🥧1 cup fresh coriander leaves
🥧5 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry
🥧1 egg, lightly whisked
🥧sesame seeds

Step1
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in curry sauce. Return to heat and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sauce comes to the boil. Simmer for 1 minute. Set aside to cool.

Step 2
Cook sweet potato and broccolini in separate microwave-safe dishes on HIGH (100%) power for 2 to 3 minutes and 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, respectively, or until just tender. Chop broccolini into pieces.

Step 3
Preheat oven to 220°C. Remove chicken meat from bone and shred. Stir chicken, sweet potato, broccolini and coriander into cooled sauce.

Step 4
Use a 10.5cm cutter to cut 12 circles from 3 sheets of pastry and use to line 12 x 1/2-cup muffin pans. Divide filling among pastry. Use an 8.5cm cutter to cut out 12 circles from remaining pastry. Brush 1 side of circles with egg. Place, brushed-side down, on top of pies. Press edges to seal. With a sharp knife, cut 2 slits in the top of each pie. Brush with a egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake in a 220°C oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden - then dig in!
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@sportsandspinalspringfield Testing out their strength with their VALD tech 💪🏻

The team took it upon themselves to have some friendly competition with their new VALD technology and we love to see it! 

In this video the team tested both the clinician and admin team members grip strength with the new VALD Dynometer! 

Did you know that Grip Strength can be used to assess general overall upper limb strength and assess for asymmetries? This can be a very useful monitoring tool for those with upper limb injurious or concerns. Additionally, higher scores are also associated with:

- increased longevity,
- decrease risk of cognitive decline and dementia,
- decreased falls risk and,
- may also be a reliable predictor for stroke and heart disease.

Our VALD technology can be used for so much more and provide you with a great amount of information to assist you in your rehabilitation and health journey 🫶

Looking to make an appointment? Head to our bio or give your local @sports.and.spinal clinic a call today 📲

@sportsandspinalspringfield Testing out their strength with their VALD tech 💪🏻

The team took it upon themselves to have some friendly competition with their new VALD technology and we love to see it!

In this video the team tested both the clinician and admin team members grip strength with the new VALD Dynometer!

Did you know that Grip Strength can be used to assess general overall upper limb strength and assess for asymmetries? This can be a very useful monitoring tool for those with upper limb injurious or concerns. Additionally, higher scores are also associated with:

- increased longevity,
- decrease risk of cognitive decline and dementia,
- decreased falls risk and,
- may also be a reliable predictor for stroke and heart disease.

Our VALD technology can be used for so much more and provide you with a great amount of information to assist you in your rehabilitation and health journey 🫶

Looking to make an appointment? Head to our bio or give your local @sports.and.spinal clinic a call today 📲
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Winter Wellbeing – What does it look like? 

As the days become shorter, cooler and possibly more gloomy our wellness and wellbeing can shift into feelings of being ‘low’ or ‘flat’. So, how can we avoid the winter blues? 🤷‍♂️

💤 Prioritise good sleep patterns 
🏃 Keep active 
🥗 Eat well 
☀️ Boost your vitamin D 
🙌 Practice healthy habits 

If you need help dodging the winter blues and keeping your health it’s best then get in touch with the Sports & Spinal team today! Our allied health team can help you stay on track whether it be through nutrition, exercise or all of the above. 

Get in touch with our team today to learn more - head to our bio

Winter Wellbeing – What does it look like?

As the days become shorter, cooler and possibly more gloomy our wellness and wellbeing can shift into feelings of being ‘low’ or ‘flat’. So, how can we avoid the winter blues? 🤷‍♂️

💤 Prioritise good sleep patterns
🏃 Keep active
🥗 Eat well
☀️ Boost your vitamin D
🙌 Practice healthy habits

If you need help dodging the winter blues and keeping your health it’s best then get in touch with the Sports & Spinal team today! Our allied health team can help you stay on track whether it be through nutrition, exercise or all of the above.

Get in touch with our team today to learn more - head to our bio
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