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SPORTS & SPINAL HERVEY BAY

women's health services

Hervey Bay

9/13 Medical PlUrraween QLD 4655

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Bayside Physiotherapy team have joined the Sports & Spinal family to continue to provide the Highest Quality Patient Care.
We are located on the beautiful Fraser Coast in Urraween,
conveniently located near  Kawungan, Scarness, Pialba, Dundowran, Torquay, Urangan, Eli Waters, Point Vernon, Wondunna and Nikenbah.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy (also referred to as pelvic health or pelvic floor physiotherapy as men are also affected with pelvic concerns!) is the area of physiotherapy that deals with conditions relating to the bladder, bowel, pelvic floor, and pelvis, as well as pregnancy-related conditions including mastitis and lower back pain.

Our Physiotherapists are specially trained in pelvic floor assessment and treatment, and work closely with local specialists, surgeons, GPs and other health professionals to ensure that the treatment you are being provided is of the highest level and supported by current evidence.

Bayside Physiotherapy/ Hervey 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. 

Some of the areas and conditions that our Women’s Health Physiotherapists can assess and treat include:

  • Pregnancy & Postnatal Pelvic Girdle or Coccyx Pain
  • Pregnancy & Postnatal Lower or Mid Back Pain
  • Rectus Abdominis Diastasis (RAD or DRAM, Tummy Muscle Separation)
  • Postnatal Pelvic Floor Assessments (including post third and fourth-degree perineal tears)
  • Return to Exercise Assessments
  • Mastitis
  • Bladder Issues – Stress Incontinence, Urge Incontinence/ Overactive Bladder Syndromes, Bladder Pain Syndromes (including Interstitial Cystitis) and Retention
  • Bowel Concerns – Constipation, Faecal Urgency, and Incontinence
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Pessary fittings
  • Painful Intercourse (Dyspareunia)
  • Persistent Pelvic and Vaginal Pain (including Endometriosis driven pain)
  • Pre and Post Gynae Surgery Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Advice
  • Pre and Post Prostatectomy Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Advice

We like to allow 60 minutes for your initial appointment (this may vary in some circumstances) to ensure that there is enough time to take a detailed and thorough history and to allow plenty of time for discussion, education, treatment and questions.

Your initial appointment will involve some form of assessment, but this will depend on the condition you are seeking treatment for. Where appropriate, this may consist of an internal vaginal or rectal exam upon consent, but this will be discussed in more detail at your appointment where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the reasons behind the assessment. Other assessment methods may include real-time ultrasound, biofeedback and musculoskeletal screening.

After your assessment, your Physiotherapist will be able to discuss with you the diagnosis and the options for treatment. This may involve a variety of things including (but certainly not limited to): pelvic floor muscle re-training, bladder and bowel management strategies, and strength and exercise programs. You will always leave our rooms with a good understanding of your diagnosis and with a comprehensive plan in place to target an improvement in your symptoms.

What Do I Wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in! However, if you’re attending for a pain related condition, leggings or loose comfortable pants are recommended.

Do I need to bring anything?
Any relevant scans, letters or reports, as well as current medication lists. Sometimes we will also require a full bladder if we are planning on using the ultrasound machine for assessment, but the reception staff will let you know prior to your appointment.

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. Maintaining pelvic floor strength and function throughout your pregnancy and postnatally is essential.

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic Girdle Pain is very common during pregnancy due to the major changes that occur within your body both physically and hormonally. A combination of hands-on treatment, strength and conditioning and mobility work is used to treat these aches and pains throughout pregnancy.

Women’s Health Classes

Exercise in pregnancy has been shown to reduce complications such as gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia and is a great way to reduce and treat pelvic girdle pain. Our classes are specific to postnatal concerns and they achieve all of the above in a supportive class environment, where little ones are welcome! Our classes are run across several Sports & Spinal clinics.

Click here to find your nearest Women’s Health class.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy is a blessing and is a thrilling, special time in your life that should be cherished. However, it can also be a physical and emotional rollercoaster, which is why it is so important for mums-to-be to take some time out to relax, be pampered and ease the aches, pains, and tension that come with pregnancy.

At Sports & Spinal we have a special pregnancy massage cushion, enabling Mums-to-be to be massaged while laying on their stomach. Our massage therapists use a specialised massage oil blend to massage your entire body focusing on the areas that most need work.

Postnatal Follow-Up

A pelvic floor check is an essential part of your postnatal recovery and is highly recommended prior to returning to exercise to prevent any long term complications. Our Physiotherapists work closely with our Exercise Physiologists to ensure new mums are building their pelvic floor strength as well as their general strength and fitness to support their lifestyles and health and fitness goals.

The term ‘pelvic floor’ refers to the group of muscles that sit at the base of the pelvis. Their job is to provide support to the pelvic organs; bladder, vagina, uterus and rectum, as well as maintain continence.

The pelvic floor muscles can become weakened during pregnancy and childbirth, but they are can also be affected by constipation, a chronic cough and repetitive heavy lifting. Menopause can also influence how these muscles work.

Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine. There are several different types of incontinence.

Stress Urinary Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine with exercise, coughing, sneezing or movement such as rolling in bed or standing from a chair.

Urge Urinary Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine with the urge to go to the toilet. People often describe this as ‘not quite making it in time!’

Fecal Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of stool; liquid or formed.

The term prolapse refers to any movement of the pelvic organs from their original position. Prolapse is commonly seen in women following childbirth but can happen at any stage during a woman’s life. Common symptoms include feelings of bulging or heaviness in the vagina or anus, difficulty emptying the bladder and/or bowel and difficulty keeping a tampon in.

Our Women’s Health classes are designed for your specific needs in exercise and rehabilitation through all phases of life.

Benefits of joining our Women’s Health Classes include:

  • Tailored and specific training to suit your needs
  • Ran by qualified Women’s Health trained practitioners
  • Pelvic floor strength, advice, and education
  • Core strength, advice, and education
  • Pregnancy and postpartum safe
  • Prolapse and incontinence safe
  • All over global and postural strengthening
  • Socialisation

Whether you are pregnant, postpartum, recovering from pelvic surgery, or have generalized pelvic floor concerns, these classes are safe, targeted, and specialised to suit your needs. PLUS babies aged under 1 year are more than welcome to come! 

How to join our Women’s Health classes:

You will need to attend a screening assessment with one of our Women’s Health Physiotherapists before commencing classes to ensure it is safe for you to start and to ensure that you gain the most from the classes by developing individualised programs and setting personal goals.
Antenatally, this can be done any time after 12 weeks. Postnatally, this will be done after your 6-week check-up with your obstetrician.

Sports & Spinal also offer Women’s Health Physiotherapy for pelvic girdle pain, lower back pain, incontinence, prolapse, bowel function, and pelvic and sexual pain.

Our Women’s Health Package is your one-stop shop for all things Women’s Health!

The package is designed to ensure that you get the most out of your Women’s Health journey. Whether you are pregnant, postpartum, recovering from pelvic surgery, or have generalised pelvic floor concerns, our Women’s Health team can assist you.

What is in the package?

By joining our Women’s Health Package you will receive:

  • 3x Women’s Health Classes 
  • 3x Women’s Health Consults 
  • 1x Annabelle Trends water bottle 
  • 1x Pair of Move Active Pilates socks

How do I book in and use my package?

  1. Contact your local Sports & Spinal Women’s Health Physio/ Clinic
  2. Purchase the package and book an initial or standard (standard if you are a returning Women’s Health client) consult
  3. Start your Women’s Health journey!

Not sure how to use your package to its fullest potential? Don’t worry, your local Women’s Health Physio will guide you on how best to use your consults and classes.

Where are the packages available?

You can purchase your Women’s Health Package from Broadbeach, Buderim, Caloundra, Chermside, Hervey Bay, Kawana, Maroochydore, Nambour, North Lakes, Redcliffe, Sippy Downs, Springfield and Wynnum Sports & Spinal clinics.

services & FACILITIES

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

OUR TEAM

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Karis Moffatt

Musculoskeletal and Women's Health Physiotherapist

Karis graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from James Cook University, Townsville. Karis grew up in Cairns before making the move to the Fraser Coast to see what it has to offer. Karis is a passionate Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who has also completed further post-graduate training in Women’s Health Physiotherapy. Karis has a positive and enthusiastic approach to working collaboratively with her clients to optimize outcomes and achieve rehabilitation goals.

Karis is specifically trained to treat antenatal and postnatal conditions, constipation, faecal incontinence, urinary urgency, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain conditions.”

Karis is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF US

Would highly recommend these guys, very friendly and professional.
Professional, understanding, caring and precise on assisting me to recover after breaking my arm and wrist. Well done team. :)
They are sensational. Great customer service helpful where they can be and Karis is a great physio.
The physio was very good . They are not really hands on . She did give me a massage but $140.00 normal fee is a bit expensive for a talk shown exercise and a massage.
I'm currently seeing a lady here & she has been phenomenal and very knowledgeable of my injury. She shows compassion and empathy but also very honest. The reception staff are lovely and easy to deal with.
All my injuries were dealt with totally experienced physiotherapy (Liam) and controlled my pain.
Thank you Jacob for the explanation and teach me the treatmentHighly recommend
Mark and team are the best physio's in the Bay!
Very experienced and explains why and what they are going to do to you
I have very complex physical medical conditions and saw Alanah today. She was positive, supportive, listened extremely well and responded perfectly to the severe pain I was in. Her massage skills and interest in what worked best for me were second to none. Well worth the time and money and I can't wait to work with her again. Thank you Alanah....I haven't needed to take the strong pain relief this evening I have had to take usually :)
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Disability Action Week! 👩‍🦽

All this week we celebrate Queenslanders with disability and acknowledge the contributions they make to their families, workplaces, and communities. 

Sports & Spinal is proud to be able to work with and treat Queenslanders with disability!

Disability Action Week! 👩‍🦽

All this week we celebrate Queenslanders with disability and acknowledge the contributions they make to their families, workplaces, and communities.

Sports & Spinal is proud to be able to work with and treat Queenslanders with disability!
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Last month Maroochydore Exercise Physiologist, Blair Austin graduated to local celebrity status!

Blair took part in an interview on ABC radio 🎙discussing ‘bungalow legs’ - a term referring to muscle wastage in the legs as a result of not regularly using stairs🦵It is often experienced by elderly people who move into a single story dwelling. 🏠

Maintaining leg strength is important as we age, to ensure mobility and independence is maintained.🕺 A lack of leg strength can greatly increase the risk of falls and injury. 

If you, or someone you know is experiencing weakness in the legs, causing difficulty standing up or with general mobility, contact your local Sports & Spinal clinic and see how one of our Exercise Physiologists can help!

Last month Maroochydore Exercise Physiologist, Blair Austin graduated to local celebrity status!

Blair took part in an interview on ABC radio 🎙discussing ‘bungalow legs’ - a term referring to muscle wastage in the legs as a result of not regularly using stairs🦵It is often experienced by elderly people who move into a single story dwelling. 🏠

Maintaining leg strength is important as we age, to ensure mobility and independence is maintained.🕺 A lack of leg strength can greatly increase the risk of falls and injury.

If you, or someone you know is experiencing weakness in the legs, causing difficulty standing up or with general mobility, contact your local Sports & Spinal clinic and see how one of our Exercise Physiologists can help!
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✨PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2023 ✨

THE THEME FOR 2023 IS CONNECTION THROUGH CONVERSATION 👯‍♀️

At Sports and Spinal we offer Women’s Health classes which allows you to connect and relate with other mums and build a supportive community around you 💕 

“Honest and compassionate conversations about perinatal mental health are life changing 💥 Whether you’re experiencing mental health challenges yourself, or if you’re concerned about a loved one we know that reaching out and talking about the way you’re feeling can be really hard ‼️It can feel tricky to find the right words. You might be worried about the way the person you’re talking to will react, and there’s a lot of fear around getting it wrong 🤦🏼‍♀️

That’s why this Perinatal Mental Health Week, we want you to know that everyone needs help at some point in their lives, and everyone deserves compassion and support 🙋🏾‍♀️ 

Reaching out, truly listening and making a connection is more important than getting the words completely perfect. 

The PANDA Helpline provides counselling, referral and peer support from parents who have been through similar challenges. When someone calls, they will speak with a counsellor who understands the challenges of being a new or expecting parent. PANDA counsellors and peer workers listen with kindness and compassion, help callers explore support options, and can also provide information about appropriate specialist services” @pandanational 

PANDA National Helpline 1300 726 306 | Mon - Sat 9am — 7.30pm AEST/AEDT

#sportsandspinal #PMHWEEK #pmhweek2023 #activemums

✨PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2023 ✨

THE THEME FOR 2023 IS CONNECTION THROUGH CONVERSATION 👯‍♀️

At Sports and Spinal we offer Women’s Health classes which allows you to connect and relate with other mums and build a supportive community around you 💕

“Honest and compassionate conversations about perinatal mental health are life changing 💥 Whether you’re experiencing mental health challenges yourself, or if you’re concerned about a loved one we know that reaching out and talking about the way you’re feeling can be really hard ‼️It can feel tricky to find the right words. You might be worried about the way the person you’re talking to will react, and there’s a lot of fear around getting it wrong 🤦🏼‍♀️

That’s why this Perinatal Mental Health Week, we want you to know that everyone needs help at some point in their lives, and everyone deserves compassion and support 🙋🏾‍♀️

Reaching out, truly listening and making a connection is more important than getting the words completely perfect. 

The PANDA Helpline provides counselling, referral and peer support from parents who have been through similar challenges. When someone calls, they will speak with a counsellor who understands the challenges of being a new or expecting parent. PANDA counsellors and peer workers listen with kindness and compassion, help callers explore support options, and can also provide information about appropriate specialist services” @pandanational

PANDA National Helpline 1300 726 306 | Mon - Sat 9am — 7.30pm AEST/AEDT

#sportsandspinal #PMHWEEK #pmhweek2023 #activemums
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National Diabetes Day 🍎

It’s time to know your risk and know your response. 
1 in 10 adults worldwide have diabetes with 90% having type 2 diabetes. In many cases, diabetes can be delayed or prevented by implementing healthy habits. 

It’s important to know your risk and what to do to support the prevention, early diagnosis ana timely treatment. 

The multidisciplinary team at Sports & Spinal can help! 
Our exercise physiology and dietitian team can help manage and assist with Diabetes. Get in touch with your local clinic today to learn more 👇
https://www.sportsandspinalphysio.com.au/locations/

National Diabetes Day 🍎

It’s time to know your risk and know your response.
1 in 10 adults worldwide have diabetes with 90% having type 2 diabetes. In many cases, diabetes can be delayed or prevented by implementing healthy habits.

It’s important to know your risk and what to do to support the prevention, early diagnosis ana timely treatment.

The multidisciplinary team at Sports & Spinal can help!
Our exercise physiology and dietitian team can help manage and assist with Diabetes. Get in touch with your local clinic today to learn more 👇
https://www.sportsandspinalphysio.com.au/locations/
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10 BENEFITS OF EXERCISE YOU MAY NOT KNOW✨

Exercise is much more than just building muscles and losing weight! In this video, our Springfield EP Jarrod goes through 10 benefits of exercise you may not know! 😱🏃

Exercise can help:

- Boost your immune system
- improve insulin sensitivity
- reduce risk for cardiovascular and metabolic conditions
- reduce risk of colon, breast, uterine and lung cancer
- reduce risk of falling
- enhance bone strength
- improve quality of sleep
- reduce pain
- improve combination and decrease risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s 
- reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression

Book in with Exercise physiology team today to learn more on how exercise may benefit you!

#sportsandspinalphysio #sportsandspinal #physiotherapy #exercise #exercisephysiology #health #alliedhealthprofessionals #physicaltherapy #healthcare #rehabilitation #rehab

10 BENEFITS OF EXERCISE YOU MAY NOT KNOW✨

Exercise is much more than just building muscles and losing weight! In this video, our Springfield EP Jarrod goes through 10 benefits of exercise you may not know! 😱🏃

Exercise can help:

- Boost your immune system
- improve insulin sensitivity
- reduce risk for cardiovascular and metabolic conditions
- reduce risk of colon, breast, uterine and lung cancer
- reduce risk of falling
- enhance bone strength
- improve quality of sleep
- reduce pain
- improve combination and decrease risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s
- reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression

Book in with Exercise physiology team today to learn more on how exercise may benefit you!

#sportsandspinalphysio #sportsandspinal #physiotherapy #exercise #exercisephysiology #health #alliedhealthprofessionals #physicaltherapy #healthcare #rehabilitation #rehab
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3 SHOULDER RANGE OF MOTION EXERCISES POST MASTECTOMY

These exercises should be started 1-2 days post mastectomy and be performed 2-3 times per day for 5-10 repetitions to help improve shoulder mobility 💪🏾 Perform the exercises slow and controlled 🧘🏻‍♀️they can be completed standing or seated 🪑 

Post operative fatigue is normal, it is important to pace yourself 🌷

Thanks to @sportsandspinalkawana for this great post!

#sportsandspinal #breastcancerawarenessmonth #breastcancerawareness #breastcancersupport #mastectomy #mastectomyrecovery #womenshealth #alliedhealth #physiotherapy #exercisephysiology #exercise

3 SHOULDER RANGE OF MOTION EXERCISES POST MASTECTOMY

These exercises should be started 1-2 days post mastectomy and be performed 2-3 times per day for 5-10 repetitions to help improve shoulder mobility 💪🏾 Perform the exercises slow and controlled 🧘🏻‍♀️they can be completed standing or seated 🪑

Post operative fatigue is normal, it is important to pace yourself 🌷

Thanks to @sportsandspinalkawana for this great post!

#sportsandspinal #breastcancerawarenessmonth #breastcancerawareness #breastcancersupport #mastectomy #mastectomyrecovery #womenshealth #alliedhealth #physiotherapy #exercisephysiology #exercise
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