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SPORTS & SPINAL CHERMSIDE

exercise physiology services

Chermside

2/832 Gympie RdChermside QLD 4032

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Chermside Sports & Spinal is located opposite the Westfield Shopping Centre. Just a short drive north of Brisbane’s central business district, conveniently located near AspleyCarseldineEverton ParkMitcheltonNundahStaffordBoondallBanyoTaigum, and Wavell Heights.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals providing exercise and lifestyle therapies to prevent and manage chronic disease, injury, and disability.

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a 4 year, University-trained Allied Health professional who is an exercise prescription expert. They will work with you to design a specific exercise program tailored to your injuries, health status and goals.

Our Exercise Physiologists at Sports & Spinal can help your condition by working with you to formulate an appropriate treatment plan to assist in reaching your specific goals. Exercise Physiologists use movement and exercise in conjunction with specific education and motivational guidance to treat and manage your conditions.

Sports & Spinal’s accredited Exercise Physiologist can assist with Diabetes & Obesity, General Health & Wellbeing, Mental Health Issues, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Neurological Conditions, Strength & Conditioning, Women’s Health, Aging, Chronic Pain, Fatigue, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Paediatrics and Cancer.

Exercise facilitates changes within the body that increases its efficiency. This allows us to be able to manage conditions or diseases, that can cause our bodies to not function to the best ability.

You can expect our Exercise Physiologist to listen to your personal story and ask questions, so they can work with you to guide an appropriate treatment plan. Our Exercise Physiologist will complete a detailed, goal-focused, clinical, and functional assessment.

Treatment will vary and be specific to you but will likely involve modified movement and exercises to build your capacity and function through strength, fitness, balance, and more. Treatment will change and progress while working alongside your Exercise Physiologist. Our Exercise physiologists will provide education on health, conditions, injuries and what to do and what not to do may take place in different environments, including our onsite gym, your regular gym and pools, depending on your interests and goals. Our Exercise Physiologist believes in a multi-disciplinary approach and will work with other health professionals to help manage your condition.

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

services & FACILITIES

  • On-Site Parking (5 spaces)
  • Street Parking
  • Gym & Pilates Equipment
  • NDIS Registered
  • Medicare Rebates
  • HICAPS Health Fund Claims

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Elise Wild-Smith

Exercise Physiologist

Elise graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Queensland University of Technology. During her final semester of university, Elise started working as a therapist within paediatrics focusing on neurological conditions. Additionally, Elise has completed training in mat work pilates and exercise oncology.

Elise is very passionate about the positive impact of physical activity on health and well-being, which is evident in her love of leading an active and balanced lifestyle. Outside of her role as an Exercise Physiologist, Elise enjoys challenging herself with her gym training, going to the beach and finding the best gluten-free eats.

Elise understands that physical activity will look different for everyone and believes in the importance of facilitating holistic, individual and achievable interventions. Elise endeavours to provide the highest level of care, service, and safety to her clients to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Elise is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Chermside & St Lucia clinic.

Kirra Womersley

Exercise Physiologist

Kirra graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) at the University of Queensland.  Kirra is passionate about exercise physiology but has a special interest in neurological, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Since moving on from elite track and field in 2016, Kirra has continued her passion for physical activity.  She is committed to patient-centred care and finds it incredibly rewarding to work alongside clients to achieve goals that may never have seemed possible.  Kirra is passionate about the widespread benefits of exercise and is committed to finding an activity to suit everyone.

When Kirra is not at the clinic, you can find her bouldering or researching the latest running shoes.

Kirra is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Chermside clinic.

WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF US

Great clinic and wonderful practitioners
Highly recommend this great friendly team.
Very professional and courteous. I have been treated by Tim, who is an excellent physio.
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National NAIDOC Week 🟡⚫🔴⁠
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Celebrations are held across to celebrate and recognize the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. ⁠
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NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth. ⁠
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You can support and get to know your local Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities through activities and events held across the country.
Dry July, Are You In? 🍺⁠
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Dry July is a fundraiser that encourages you to go alcohol-free in July to raise funds for people affected by cancer. ⁠
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The funds you raise as part of your Dry July will provide invaluable services for cancer patients, their families and carers – whether it’s a lift to a life-saving appointment, guidance from a specialist nurse, connection to an informative voice, access to therapy programs or a bed close to treatment. ⁠
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Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits, such as sleeping better, having more energy and of course, no hangovers! So, you're not only helping others, you're helping yourself. It's a win-win! ⁠
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Use the link in our bio to learn how you can be dry this July 👍
Global MND Awareness Day 🧠⁠
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Last week marked MND day. MND or Motor Neuron Disease causes messages from the motor neurones to gradually stop reaching the muscles. This leads the muscles to weaken, stiffen and waste. MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. Some people also experience changes in their thinking and behaviour.⁠
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There is no cure for MND but regular treatment can help to retain function and quality of life and provide comfort.⁠
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Our allied health team can assist with MND and can help patients live fuller lives through a range of our services including Physiotherapy, OT, Dietetics and Exercise Physiology 🏃‍♂️⁠
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To learn more get in touch with your local team today.
$245,000 raised for SunnyKids! 💙⁠
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The annual Wine Makers lunch held last month had a record-breaking $245,000 raised for SunnyKids! ⁠
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The money raised will enable the not-for-profit organisation to expand its crucial social programs such as SunnyKids in School and Mentoring Through Sports.⁠
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Well done to our team members and local Doctors who attended the event. It was such an amazing achievement 🙌
World Continence Week 💗⁠
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🚻 Over 5 million Australians – 1 in 4 people aged 15 years or over – experience bladder or bowel control problems. This number is predicted to grow to 6.5 million by 2030.⁠
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🚻 80% of people with urinary incontinence are women.⁠
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🚻1 in 3 women who ever had a baby wet themselves.⁠
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🚻 Strong pelvic floor muscles are necessary for bladder and bowel control and good sexual function.⁠
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🚻 Pelvic floor muscle exercises have been shown to prevent and treat incontinence at any age.⁠
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🚻 Less than 2 out of 10 women (7.66%) do their pelvic floor exercises daily.⁠
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🚻 70% of incontinent people do not seek help.⁠
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🚻 Bladder and bowel control problems are not a natural part of ageing or having a baby.⁠
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🚻 Incontinence can have a long-term physical and emotional impact; affecting self-esteem, motivation and independence.⁠
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If you need help with your bladder or pelvic health get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal today and let us help you 🙌
World Continence Week 💗⁠
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WHAT IS INCONTINENCE?⁠
Incontinence describes any accidental or involuntary loss of:⁠
👉 Urine (wee) from the bladder – known as urinary incontinence⁠
👉 Faeces (poo) or flatus (wind) from the bowel – known as faecal incontinence.⁠
👉Incontinence can range in severity from a small leak to complete loss of bladder or bowel control.⁠
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Though Incontinence can impact a person's life quite dramatically, there are treatments and solutions to help manage it. ⁠
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Our Women's health team is one of those solutions! Our team can help both MEN and women with their pelvic health. ⁠
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To find out more head to our bio
World Continence Week 💗⁠
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World Continence Week (WCW) is a health campaign run by the World Federation For Incontinence and Pelvic Problems (WFIPP) to raise awareness of incontinence related issues.⁠
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This year it takes place from the 21 – to the 27 of June and during the week the WFIPP highlights the impact urinary incontinence can have on our lives and encourages those living with it to seek help so they no longer have to suffer in silence.⁠
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Our Women's Health team are highly trained to assist women with continence. Get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal and see how we can help today 🙌
Men's Health Week ♂️⁠
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Did you know that we have a range of services that can help you with your health? The Sports & Spinal team are here to assist you in getting back on track with your health, whether it be recovery, getting fitter or sorting out your diet-our team can do it all. ⁠
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Get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal and let us help you today👍
Men's Health Week 2022 ⁠
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There are five key barriers that prevent men from seeking support and information for their health. It's important that we break these barriers down and encourage men that their health is not worth hiding behind! ⁠
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Understanding the five barriers 👇⁠
1. Hoping it's not an issue?⁠
You might be experiencing denial⁠
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2. Taking too long to do something about your health?⁠
This is known as delayed information seeking⁠
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3. Worried that asking for help is perceived as being weak?⁠
This is called the social construct of masculinity and it can be a barrier to us looking after our health⁠
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4. Have trouble talking about your health?⁠
Feeling nervous or embarrassed about starting a conversation can be a barrier to getting the support you need.⁠
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5. Not sure what information to trust?⁠
Figuring out what health information you can trust can be a barrier to taking action on our health.⁠
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Need some help? Head to healthymale.com to learn more👍
Men's Health Week 2022 ♂️⁠
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Good health is essential for a good life. But there are barriers that get in the way of keeping our body and mind in good nick and sometimes we need help to break them down. ⁠
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It's important to understand what's stopping you so you can take proactive steps to overcome it. ⁠
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See our recent blog on the five factors that prevent men from seeking support for their health and how to overcome them. ⁠
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It’s getting a little chilly around here ❄️⁠
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So why not make a hearty and nutritious Minestrone soup for your next dinner? Adding a soup mix like this one is a great way to boost the fibre and plant protein content of your meals! 🌿🌱⁠
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Here’s the recipe:⁠
🍲 1 cup Italian Soup Mix⁠
🍲 3 cups water⁠
🍲 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil⁠
🍲 ½ brown onion, sliced⁠
🍲 1 tsp crushed garlic⁠
🍲 1 carrot, diced⁠
🍲 1 small potato, diced⁠
🍲 ½ zucchini, diced⁠
🍲 100g frozen spinach⁠
🍲 1 tbsp tomato paste⁠
🍲 1 stock cube⁠
🍲 ½ tsp oregano⁠
🍲 Pinch of basil⁠
🍲 Pinch of parmesan⁠
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1. Prepare the soup mix as per packet instructions.⁠
In a medium saucepan add the olive oil, garlic and onion. Once translucent, add the potato, carrot, tomato paste, stock and water. Cook for 10 minutes.⁠
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2. Add the spinach and zucchini and season with oregano. Cook for another 10-15 minutes.⁠
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3. Once ready to serve, dish into bowls and top with parmesan cheese and basil and Voilà!!⁠
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The best part about minestrone is that you can use almost any veggies you have that are looking a little sad in the crisper! ⁠
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What Matters To You Day? 💙⁠
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What matters to you day encourages meaningful conversations between patients, caregivers, families and their health care providers.⁠
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WMTYD is a great way and reason to advance person and family-centeredd care, which is something we are all about here at SSP. ⁠
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What matters to Sports & Spinal is that we inspire, engage & empower everyone on their journey of health & well-being. This is something that underpins everything we do 🙌⁠
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#whatmatterstoyouday2022 #WMTYD2022 #sportsandspinal
Account Update! 📣 
Our Springfield team have created a new Instagram account @sportsspinalspringfield 

Be sure to check them out and chuck them a follow for awesome health content 🙌🏻 

The Springfield team celebrated in style for this year's Biggest Morning Tea. 1 in 2 Australians are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85 and the BMT wants to change that. 

Morning teas across the country will help raise vital funds to bring us closer to a cancer-free future.
Saturday marked National Cheese Day! 🧀⁠
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We all love a little bit (or a lot!) of cheese in our diets but sometimes cheese can come with the stigma that it's not good for us. To help clear that myth up, Sports & Spinal Dietitian Caitlin has weighed in on what she thinks about cheese in our diets 👇⁠
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Cheese Pros:⁠
 🧀 Good source of protein and calcium⁠
 🧀 Lots of different types that can be used for different things⁠
 🧀 Hard cheeses are low in lactose so are still suitable for people with lactose intolerance⁠
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Things to be mindful of:⁠
 🧀 Can be more energy-dense, so you may like to choose lite options depending on your nutrition goals⁠
 🧀 Need to be mindful of food safety when including them in sandwiches/salads/other dishes⁠
🧀 Need to keep cold with an ice brick in a cool bag when at school or work if you don't have access to a fridge⁠
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If you need help with their cheese intake or diet get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal team today!
Do you know what MS is? How does it affect the human body? Can it be treated? Let us explain 👇⁠
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🧠 Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Today, 2.8 million people around the world have MS.⁠
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🧠 MS is an inflammatory demyelinating condition. It is caused by damage to myelin – a fatty material that insulates nerves. In MS, the loss of myelin affects the way nerves conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain. Symptoms can include blurred vision, weak limbs, tingling sensations, unsteadiness, memory problems, and fatigue.⁠
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🧠 Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is two to three times more common in women than in men. There is no drug that can cure MS, but treatments are available which can modify the course of the disease.⁠
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The Sports & Spinal team can help those with MS. Get in touch with our team today to learn more ⁠
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#ms #worldMSday #sportsandspinal #wearehereforyou
No other stage of life stresses the pelvic floor more than pregnancy and childbirth. Even caesarian births affect the pelvic floor as it still stretches and bears the weight of the pregnant uterus for nine months. ⁠
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Maintaining pelvic floor strength and function throughout your pregnancy and postnatally is essential.⁠
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Our Women's Health team can assist with all your pre-natal needs whether it be⁠
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💗 Pregnancy massage ⁠
💗 Pregnancy Exercise Classes ⁠
💗 Pelvic Pain ⁠
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We're also here to help during the post-natal stages too! Get in touch with your nearest clinic to find out more
World MS Day 🤍⁠
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World MS Day is officially marked on May 30. It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with everyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). ⁠
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The Sports & Spinal Team are qualified to help people with MS through a range of therapies whether it is Physio, EP, Dietetics, Podiatry or Remedial Massage #wearehereforyou⁠
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Get in touch with the Sports & Spinal Team today and see how we can help 💚⁠
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#worldMSday #MS #sportsandspinal #msconnections
Exercise Right Week 🏃‍♂️⁠
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Exercise is vital for women across all stages of life.⁠
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Not only is being active important for your physical and mental health, but it can also play a crucial role when dealing with a range of women’s health conditions. ⁠
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Our women's health and exercise physiology team can assist with exercise prescription and education. Needing some help? ⁠
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Contact our team today 💻
Exercise Right Week 🏃‍♂️⁠
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How does exercise help with mental health? ⁠
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There is ample evidence that suggests exercise is an effective treatment method for people suffering from acute and chronic mental illness.⁠
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Exercise can make a big difference in mood and needs to be a fundamental part of mental health treatment. Even one workout a week is known to have great benefits.⁠
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Exercise can also counteract the side effects of some medications such as reducing the risk of falling by strengthening muscles and helping control body weight and blood pressure.⁠
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If you need help with getting more exercise into your life contact your nearest SSP exercise physiologist 💪