Coolum Sports & Spinal

Coolum Sports and Spinal Physio is located in beautiful Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. You can find us at 19 Birtwill Street, on the first floor of the building ‘Matlow Place’,  conveniently located near Peregian Beach, Yandina, and Mudjimba.

Sports & Spinal Coolum clinic features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, PsychologyHydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

Sports & Spinal also have telehealth consultations available for Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Dietitian, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy and Psychology for clients Australia-wide. Our telehealth platform enables allied health Practitioners to use telehealth for secure video consultations and live exercise demonstrations. Our Telehealth consultations will continue to deliver the same outstanding level of care as our in-clinic services, where our experienced clinicians will provide a tailed treatment plan to help reach their health goals. To find out more about Telehealth click here.

“Your greatest wealth is health”

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals, providing exercise and lifestyle therapies for the prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability.

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

Here at Sports and Spinal our EP’s have a special interest in treating:

Injury Rehabilitation, Weight Loss, Women’s Health, Athletes, Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Depression, Anxiety, Pilates, Hydrotherapy, Gym Based Programs, Home Based Programs, Falls Prevention, Osteoporosis, and Arthritis.

✓ Assistance in positive lifestyle change

✓ Improvement in your heart health

✓ Control of diabetes

✓ Rehabilitation after a cardiac event

✓ Improvement in recovery post-cancer treatment

✓ Injury rehabilitation

Q. I just found out I’m pregnant, can I still exercise or will it harm the baby?

A. You can definitely still exercise when pregnant, even up to the final stages before birth under professional supervision. Regular exercise has shown multiple benefits in maintaining physical fitness, reducing the risk of gestational diabetes, reducing labour time and increased energy levels. A thorough assessment by one of our Exercise Physiologists enables us to identify your current fitness levels, any muscular imbalances and prescribe an appropriate program with modifications throughout each trimester of your pregnancy.

Q. I want to get back into exercise after having a baby. Where do I start?

A. It’s important to understand your body has experienced 9 months of physical and physiological changes, therefore your response to exercise may differ to before pregnancy. Following the medical clearance up to 6-8 weeks post-delivery, an assessment prior to commencing any exercise program is required. Readiness to return to exercise following the birth of your baby can be influenced by a number of factors including prenatal fitness, your wellbeing goals and the delivery. Seeing an Exercise Physiologist can assist you in designing a safe rehabilitation program, targeting pelvic floor and core strength, hip stability and increasing cardiovascular fitness.

Q. I have noticed my balance has decreased. Is this normal and can it get better?

A. Feeling unstable can be related to a number of factors such as previous falls, muscle weaknesses, medications and increasing age. Upon assessment with one of our Exercise Physiologists, we can use exercise to develop a program specific to balance training by improving confidence, muscular strength, co-ordination and thereby balance. Through consistent practice, we can increase the difficulty of balance tasks due to adaptations and improvements.

Accredited Exercise Physiologist develop individual rehabilitation programs for patients with chronic musculoskeletal conditions/injuries to ensure they return to sport/hobbies/daily activities faster and at the same level they were prior to the injury,
Conditions could include;

  • Ligament tears/sprains
  • Tendinopathies
  • Muscle tears/strains
  • Chronic back, hip, knee conditions
  • Poor core strength

At Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we take a collaborative approach to musculoskeletal rehabilitation and our Exercise Physiologists work very closely with our Physiotherapists to ensure an optimal rehabilitation program is obtained for the patient. This approach ensures an overall reduced number of treatment sessions with a better end result for patients.

I have Diabetes, will exercising reduce my blood sugar levels too much so I have a hypoglycaemic episode?

Everybody benefits from regular exercise. If you have diabetes or are at risk of diabetes it plays an important role in keeping you healthy. Exercise does reduce your blood sugar levels, but make sure you take a few easy steps will reduce your risk of having a hypoglycaemic episode. Few easy tips to get the most out of the exercise with Diabetes:

  • Have appropriate meals prior to exercise, e.g. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Monitor your blood glucose levels before, if possible during (if you are having any symptoms of low blood sugar), and after exercise to assess your requirements for extra food.
  • Drink extra fluid before, during and after exercise to avoid dehydration. The fluid may be water or a sweetened drink if extra carbohydrate is required. 250 ml every 15 minutes or one litre of fluid per hour is recommended.
  • Take extra carbohydrates before and during exercise to prevent hypoglycaemia. Extra carbohydrate is often needed after exercise. Discuss adjusting carbohydrate intake with your doctor or dietitian.
What are the benefits of exercise for people with type 2 Diabetes?

Exercise benefits people in many different ways, listed below are a few benefits specific to people with diabetes:

  • Improves your diabetes management through improving your blood glucose control
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Improves cholesterol
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improves blood flow
  • Boost energy and mood and helps tame stress
What should I do before I start an exercise program?

Before you start a physical activity program, you should:

  • Talk with your health care team e.g. Doctor, nurse, Diabetes educator prior to starting an exercise
  • Book in to see an Exercise Physiologist assess your starting point and build you a safe and specifically tailored exercise program
  • Plan ahead and set realistic goals
  • Find someone to exercise with or a group exercise program to help keep you motivated and keep exercise enjoyable
  • Decide how you’ll track your physical activity and blood glucose levels. It is important to track your BGL to avoid hypo/hyperglycaemic episodes. Keep a record of your physical activity to track your progress
  • Reward yourself with a non-food item or activity when you reach your goals. For example, treat yourself to a movie or buy a new plant for the garden

What makes an accredited “Exercise Physiologist” different from a “Personal Trainer”?

Although there are similarities to personal trainers, our Exercise Physiologists are able to offer more.  An Exercise Physiologist must have completed a Bachelor or Master’s degree over a number of years in the area, offering specialist advice and guidance and are recognised as health professionals. They approach their work in an evidence-based, scientific way, with a strong understanding of anatomy and human physiology and pathophysiology.  Their work is also covered by health care rebates, so you can get money back on your time with them.

What is the difference between a personal trainer (PT) and an Exercise Physiologist (EP)?

Exercise Physiologist  Personal Trainer
4 Year University Trained.  Accredited though Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Less formal training
Qualified and insured to design and deliver exercise therapy and lifestyle programs for a healthy life style Qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only
Medicare and Private Health rebates available NO rebates available
Can design and implement periodised training programs for elite athletes.  Provide assistance in enhancing sports performance Personal trainers are not qualified to work with elite athletes or sports groups without further qualifications/courses
Can do EVERYTHING a Personal Trainer can do plus MORE, and SAFER

Q. Am I too old for strength exercises?

A. No, you are never too old. Actually, maintaining strength is more important the older you are. Leg strength, in particular, becomes an important factor in maintaining your independence and being able to live independently in your own home. Simple things like getting up and down from a chair or toilet, walking upstairs and balance all require good leg strength. Pop in to see one of our Exercise Physiologists to get a simple yet effective home exercise to keep you strong, confident and mobile.

Q. How can exercise help my high blood pressure?

A. Exercise is a very useful tool in helping to lower blood pressure. After you exercise your blood pressure will come down a little bit and stay down for between 4-10hrs. If you go out every day and exercise you will get a lasting lower blood pressure.

If you are unsure or feeling worried, book an appointment to see one of our Exercise Physiologists to have your Blood Pressure and Heart rate monitored during exercise, and a tailored exercise program to suit your level of fitness.

Q. What is the best way to lose weight?

A. A combination of diet and exercise has been proven to be the best method of weight loss. More than 250 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (Huffed and puffed, but still able to carry a conversation) per week is required. Weight-bearing exercise- walking/jogging has been proven to be more effective in losing weight than non-weight-bearing- e.g. cycling, aqua aerobics and swimming.

The addition of strength training, 2-3 days a week, will assist with slowing down the muscle loss process and helping to speed up your metabolism.

The saying is correct that you can’t out-train a poor diet!

Working closely with our Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist will give you best-indiviualised results.

Q. Is High-Intensity Interval Training or normal walking better for weight loss?

A. Neither one is significantly better than the other. When combined with a good diet, they yield similar results. It comes down to personal preference, level of fitness and time availability.  If you haven’t exercised lately, it is better to start with a continuous moderate-paced exercise to build your foundation of fitness before embarking on HIIT training.

HIIT CONTINUOUS MODERATE
Can be completed in less than 20 minutes. Need to build up to 60 minutes’ continuous moderate exercise
Intervals of MAXIMAL effort followed by periods of rest.  E.g. 20 sec Hard/ 40 sec easy Can include walking, cycling, swimming, rowing.
Hard on the body to get to your maximal intensity.  Need a good base of fitness before beginning. Gentle on the body.
Generally done on a stationary bike (safest), running intervals, hill climb intervals
Patients with cardiac issues and injuries will need to be monitored closely.

Q. How do I stop excessive skin after weight loss?

A. This can be minimized through gradual weight loss, with the aim of up to a 1% body mass loss per week (E.g 100kg should aim for 1kg mass loss per week). Adding strength training into your program 2-3 days per week will also assist in preserving the lean muscle mass that gives you tone that can be lost during weight loss.

Meet the Exercise Physiologists @ Coolum

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Gemma Egan

Exercise Physiologist

Gemma has a strong belief that living an active healthy lifestyle improves both longevity and quality of life. She has completed a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science and has gained accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

Gemma has developed a passion for spinal rehabilitation and improving quality of life for those suffering from lower back pain. She has also worked with a wide range of conditions including but not limited to musculoskeletal injuries, obesity, diabetes, heart conditions and osteoarthritis.

Gemma has a strong focus on prescribing programs that are individually tailored and that can be self-managed for future health and fitness.

Gemma is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum and Sippy Downs location.

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Brad Jobson

Exercise Physiologist

Brad has extensive experience in chronic disease management including cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes management and specific exercise prescription for Osteoporosis . He also specialises in Musculoskeletal conditions including back pain and upper and lower limb pain. Assessments and exercise rehab are conducted in the clinic’s own gym which is purpose built for rehabilitation. Brad’s hobbies include  surfing and running.

Brad is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum location.

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Tarin Cowley

Exercise Physiologist

Tarin has been practising as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist since 2013 and recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney. Tarin finds great reward in being able to provide exercise interventions and education that assist people with chronic conditions to lead a better life, whether it be by improving their confidence and daily functioning, pain management, feeling ‘fitter’ or for athletes, competing at their optimum capacity. Tarin has experience in a range of clinical settings, which allows her to constantly challenge herself to develop innovative exercises and lifestyle modification interventions for people seeking advice for the management of their conditions.
Tarin has also recently taken up studying again, this time in medicine.

Tarin is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Sophie Lewis

Exercise Physiologist

Sophie is passionate about all things Womens Health! This includes Pre- and Post-natal exercise, as well as specific exercise prescription for Osteoporosis, Menopause and Pelvic Health. Sophie strives to be a positive role model and believes that exercise has the potential to improve all aspects of health including physical, mental and social health. Sophie will help you achieve your goals with an individualised treatment plan and exercise prescription. She believes that exercise should be a fun and enjoyable part of everyday life so she will take time to educate you on the multiple benefits of a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

Sophie is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Maroochydore and Coolum location.

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Coolum Sports & Spinal can be found at Level 2, Matlow Place, 19 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

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Parking @ Coolum

Plenty of parking is available on Birtwill Street outside Sports and Spinal otherwise parking is available across the road in the Coles complex.

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