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Redcliffe

Shop 18/9 Elizabeth AveClontarf QLD 4019

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Redcliffe Sports & Spinal is located on located at Clontarf Bayside Plaza, conveniently located near Rothwell, Kippa-Ring, MargateWoody Point and Scarborough.

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

The Redcliffe 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.

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

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 to get back to doing what you love most!

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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Daniel Leahy

Exercise Physiologist

Daniel graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Seeking a tropical change and a fresh start to begin his career as an EP, Daniel joins us from South Australia, where he has lived his entire life. Having always been involved in sports growing up, the opportunity to study and work in a field which allows him to use his passion for exercise to assist people to live better lives was a natural choice. Placement opportunities across Adelaide and Darwin have exposed him to a range of chronic conditions and presentations, and he has experience working with NDIS, Medicare, DVA and Work Cover clients.

Daniel strives to work with clients to set out individualised and meaningful goals, and assists them to achieve these goals through specific and evidence-based exercise programs. Daniel is particularly interested in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, helping people to correct movement patterns, reduce pain and recover from injury or surgery. As well as this, he also has a keen interest in neurological conditions, helping people improve their physical function and quality of life through exercise.

Outside of work, Daniel has a passion for many sports, including AFL, cricket and basketball. He also enjoys travel and spending time exploring our own backyard.

Daniel is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Redcliffe clinic.

Sarah Brown

Dietitian

Sarah is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, completing her Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Sarah enjoys meeting and working with new people and has a passion for supporting people achieve their goals through a client-centred approach, encouraging sustainable eating behaviours and using evidence-based practice. Sarah’s special interest areas include weight management, oncology, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal health.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys roller skating, spending time with family and friends and taking her two German Shepards for a walk.

Sarah is available for Dietitian appointments at our North Lakes and Redcliffe locations.

Cara Niven

Lymphedema/General Physiotherapist

Cara completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Since leaving university, she has gained experience in many areas of physiotherapy, including musculoskeletal, chronic pain, pilates, orthopaedics, cardiorespiratory and neurological rehabilitation.

Cara has also undergone further study for the treatment of Lymphoedema and is a qualified Australasian Lymphology Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner. She is qualified to treat Lymphoedema in the upper and lower limbs, breasts, genitals, trunk, abdomen, and paediatrics. Her treatment involves manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, exercise prescription and education. Cara can also treat and prescribe garments for other conditions such as chronic venous insufficiency and lipoedema. 

Cara decided she wanted a career in physiotherapy at a very young age. As an avid soccer player, her interest was sparked by the care and support she herself received from physiotherapists for injuries she sustained on the soccer field. Cara understands what it is like to have an injury and knows how it can affect an individual physically, socially and emotionally. Therefore, you can be reassured that she will have your best interests at the forefront of her care. Together you will smash goals and return to what you love doing.

Outside of work, you can find Cara playing soccer and drinking coffee.

You can find Cara at the Redcliffe clinic.

Thomas Abraham

General Care, Sports & Exercise Podiatrist

Podiatrist – Areas Treated: Foot, Ankle, Knee, Toenail Care

Tom completed a Bachelor of Podiatry with the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. Since leaving university, he has gained interest and extensive experience in podiatric sporting injuries, biomechanics, chronic lower limb pain, paediatrics and neurological conditions while always looking to learn more. Tom has a special interest in diabetic care and education which he is currently undertaking further study in. His treatment is always provided according to the most recent research and aims to provide each patient with the best possible care that he can. Tom employs several treatment modalities according to each individual patient and their goals including hands-on soft tissue work, dry needling, taping/strapping, exercise prescription and education to name a few.

During school and university, Tom spent some time working with running footwear, specifically ASICS and has been actively involved in playing soccer, tennis and completed athletics up to a state-level on multiple occasions. Tom is a keen traveller spending a year in Europe and some time in Nepal volunteering and completing the Everest base camp trek. Tom also enjoys snowboarding when he can.

 

Harris Johnston

Neck, Headache and Vestibular Physiotherapist

Harris completed his postgraduate Masters in Physiotherapy after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Harris’s passion & focus remains on helping patients maintaining an active lifestyle whilst managing their acute or chronic injuries to regain their optimal level of function. Whether that be getting them back onto the sporting field, returning to the gym, back to work or just returning to be able to perform their usual daily regime.

Harris has a strong passion for a hands-on approach to his treatment and utilises various treatment modalities to achieve a positive outcome for his patients. Harris also loves implementing a structured rehabilitation program and preventative strategies to reduce the risk of re-injury, along with tailored stretches and exercises to help reduce pain and flare-ups.

Harris has strong interests within the neck, jaw, headaches and vertigo/dizziness demographic of patients and rehabilitation. Harris has completed additional courses focusing on neck pain, with most recently completing his introductory and advanced course on Vestibular Rehabilitation to provide the best outcomes for his dizzy/vertigo patients. Harris plans to continue learning & developing within this aspect of physiotherapy with him due to complete additional courses on jaw pain & headaches in early 2022.

Outside of work, Harris has a keen interest in rugby league, supporting the Penrith Panthers, going to the beach & trail hikes with friends, along with being an amateur photographer of nature & enjoys chasing the milky-way for some astrophotography.

Harris is available for appointments at our Redcliffe clinic.

Sherry Latonero

Remedial Massage Therapist

Sherry graduated Diploma of Remedial Massage at Q Academy. Sherry decided to become a Remedial Massage Therapist as she is passionate and wanted to help patients increase their body movement. Sherry was drawn to remedial massage as she has always been fascinated by how the body works and how pain can affect people’s lives. Sherry does Dry Needling, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Cupping and Mobilisation.

When Sherry is not at work, you can find her Hiking and spending time with family. Sherry loves nature and being outdoors. Sherry has recently travelled to Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, China, and the USA. She can’t wait to do more travel in the future!

Sherry is available for Remedial Massage appointments at North Lakes and Redcliffe.

Cat Egan

Physiotherapist

Cat completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with James Cook University and holds a passion for injury rehabilitation and prevention. Cat enjoys assisting her patients to decrease their pain, improve their movement and return to their work, hobbies and sports. Cat aims to enhance the quality of life of all her patients and firmly believes that movement is medicine.

Cat has worked in the health industry for the past 12 years. Cat has a unique view of the broader medical system, having previously worked at Caboolture Hospital on the surgical and medical wards. Cat has also worked in metropolitan, rural and remote areas of Queensland.

Cat has a young family, which has further ignited her interest in women’s health. Cat has completed the Australian Physiotherapy Association Introductory Women’s Health Course (Level 1).

Cat leads an active lifestyle and has competed at state, national and international events in Athletics. She is a previous two-time Oceania Champion in the Open Women’s Long Jump. Because of her sporting background, Cat understands the demands of training and competing and knows what it’s like to experience an injury and go through the rehabilitation process.

Cat has previously worked on the sidelines of many sporting events providing acute injury management to both players and spectators. Over the years events, Cat has worked at the Townsville Triathlon Festival, Cowboys Rugby League matches, the NAB AFL Cup and International Cricket Matches. Other events have included various school sports, motocross and motorsport events, rodeos and horse racing.

As well as this, Cat has worked in the aged care sector for a short time. Cat enjoyed being able to improve her elderly patient’s quality of life by using her hands-on physiotherapy skills, providing individualised exercise programs and being a friendly face for her patients to chat to. Cat now enjoys treating older patients in the clinic and always gets a kick out of seeing how much improvement her patients get from physiotherapy treatment for conditions such as osteoarthritis.

Cat has strong military ties in her family. Because of this, Cat has a vested interest in assisting the defence community and enjoys helping both current and ex-serving military personnel and their families overcome their physical injuries and improve their quality of life.

On her days off, Cat enjoys walking and running to the local park with her daughter in her pram and spending time with her Husband and those nearest and dearest to her, including her seven-year-old cocker spaniel. Cat also enjoys taking her daughter to swimming lessons and riding her mountain and road bikes, especially along the Kedron Brook Bikeway. Cat’s long-term fitness goal is to put herself out of her comfort zone and compete in a sprint triathlon.

Cat is available on both weekdays and weekends for Physiotherapy appointments at our Northlakes clinic.

Montana Waddington

Musculoskeletal & Women's Health Physiotherapist

Born and raised in Australia, Montana graduated from the University of Queensland with 1st Class Honours. Having completed her Physiotherapy degree, she went on to work in private sports and musculoskeletal practice. It was there that she further developed her knowledge and application of manual therapy and soft tissue release techniques. She also completed courses in Dry Needling and Western Acupuncture and conducted regular Mat Pilates sessions.

Montana returned from working in the UK at the end of 2019, where she gained invaluable experience in a private hospital and in private practice in central London. On the orthopaedic ward, Montana fostered her understanding of surgical procedures and protocols and developed key relationships with some of the world’s leading surgeons.

She also worked in the boutique health and fitness space combining hands-on treatment with Dynamic Reformer Pilates. She taught group classes and quickly established herself a leading Pilates Clinician in the heart of London. Montana helped her previous company develop pre and postnatal care pathways and is always looking to extend her knowledge in this space. Her exercise prescription skills are a testament to the quality of training she received overseas. Most recently Montana completed her Level 1 Women’s Pelvic Health course and is on track to complete Level 2 in 2022. She is enjoying seeing Women’s Health patients in the clinic and takes a weekly Pre/Postnatal Pilates class.

Most recently, Montana completed her Level 1 Women’s Pelvic Health course and is on track to complete Level 2 in 2022. She is enjoying seeing Women’s Health patients in the clinic and takes a weekly Pre/Postnatal Pilates class. She has also recently completed NOI group explain pain course enabling her to work with more complex pain conditions.

Being a keen runner, gym-goer, and cook, Montana loves promoting a healthy (but balanced) lifestyle. She enjoys working with patients from all walks of life, and utilising the talented team here at Sports and Spinal to help her clients achieve their goals.

Montana is one of our lead Physiotherapists and is an Associate Partner. She is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our North Lakes and Redcliffe clinics.

Julia Camporeale

Psychologist

Julia has many years of experience as both a psychologist and physiotherapist making her perfectly positioned to have a great understanding of both professions, particularly the impact of pain and its underpinnings and complexities for clients. With her physiotherapy and psychology background, Julia has an excellent understanding of disability. She also has a passion for counselling and working with clients to understand situations and make forward plans for the future.

Julia is available for Psychology appointments at our Redcliffe clinic.

Zachary Howard

Exercise Physiologist

With a passion for helping others, Zac graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology). Since then, he has had extensive experience in private practice delivering Exercise Physiology services to patients for metabolic, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, post-operative rehabilitation, performance enhancement, neurological conditions, department of veteran’s affairs, Work Cover and NDIS. He strives to deliver enjoyable exercise programs that consider each patient’s goals and previous experiences to help them live a healthy and active lifestyle.

He now has a special interest in NDIS, Work Cover and CTP insurance rehabilitation, working closely with patients to deliver cutting edge exercise programs to maximise his patient’s rehabilitation. From acute injuries to chronic pain, he thrives on seeing patients through their entire journey to health and wellness.

Before transitioning into the clinical world, Zac worked as the head strength and conditioning coach for the biggest Tennis Centre on the Sunshine Coast after completing his Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (minor – performance enhancement). Outside of work, he likes to spend his time rock climbing, playing tennis, or riding his motorbike.

Zac is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Redcliffe and North Lakes locations.

WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF US

Reception friendly & well organised, consultation was professional & treatment plan & options were thoroughly explained. The exercise program was ready to go & delivered electronically before I arrived home. Exercise app is easy to use, has both written & video instructions plus it tracks progress. Overall, I'm very happy with the service delivered.
Very professional, very friendly and extremely knowledgable and very helpful. Theae guys go the extra mile to ensure you are looked after now and beyond. I highly recommend Sport and Spinal Redcliffe and North Lakes.
Friendly but professional.Highly recommended.
I've had back pain for over a year from a work injury, which was really affecting me. Luckily, I found Sports & Spinal and was treated by the wonderful Physiotherapist Harris. He was so polite, had such a wealth of knowledge, very approachable to ask any questions, streamlined treatment and he helped me return to my regular gym sessions as well as return to my work pain-free. Thank you very much, very lovely team all round as well. I know where I will go in the future if I have an injury.
Love this place, they have helped so much with my pain. Very friendly receptionist (10/10), physios are amazing and they have everything you ever need to get better.
I have been seeing Cara for a while now to rehabilitate my back injury, and she is an excellent physio, friendly and very professional with genuine compassion. always goes above and beyond to help me. highly recommend
Very friendly place
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For all of 2022, we are celebrating 30 years of Sports & Spinal! ⁠
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Over this time we have helped thousands of patients, engaged with local communities, developed long-lasting allied health relationships and more. ⁠
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We are very proud of the achievements and milestones we have made and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for us and our teams 💙⁠
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Watch this space as we have a heap of plans installed to celebrate our 30th anniversary!
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 💪
Exercise Right Week 🏃‍♂️⁠
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Exercise Right Week is aimed at encouraging all Australians to be more active and to know where to get the *right* advice when it comes to moving more.⁠
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This year’s theme is Exercise for the Right Reasons. Why?⁠
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Because a lot of the dialogue in the health and fitness industry turns exercise into a chore or punishment. It pushes exercise as merely a weight-loss tool or a way to create an “ideal” body. This can create a negative relationship between our minds and movement. We want to change that.⁠
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This Exercise Right Week, we want to highlight some of the incredible physical, mental, and social health benefits of exercise (that have NOTHING to do with the number on the scale!)
Meet Our Sunshine Coast  Women's Health Team 🤍⁠
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Emily Abbott, Ashley Vincent, Lauren Cameron and Holly Ryan 👋⁠
Left -> Right⁠
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We have some of the most dedicated and passionate Women's Health Physios on the Coast! Our team can see you for all of your pelvic health concerns. ⁠
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To find out more head to our bio 💗
World IBD Day 💜⁠
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#IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) are two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide. ⁠
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There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering with which IBD patients courageously cope every day of their lives.⁠
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The Sports & SPinal Dietitian team can assist in managing IBD through nutrition and education. Get in touch with your nearest nutrition team today 💜⁠
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#worldIBDday ⁠
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Working through the planking pain together all to raise awareness for breast cancer. Go team 🤍

#teamwork #physio #sport #exerciseright #plank #corestrength
We have an amazing program that is less about 'dieting' and more about the psychological reasons behind why YOU eat and what YOU eat and how we can make positive changes to improve your diet, health and lifestyle. ⁠
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Curated by our expert Dietitians the Diet, Behaviour & Beyond program is tailored to your health and wellbeing goals 🤍⁠
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Head to our bio to find out more
Early last month we were lucky enough to have run a photoshoot with the talented @occhilism.moments, our women's health team and some beautiful Sunshine Coast mumma's 🤍⁠
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 It was an amazing afternoon spent with some incredible women! ⁠
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If you or someone you know needs help with their women's health needs, get in touch with our team today 💗
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!
World Hygiene Day 🤝⁠
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This year's theme for World Hand Hygiene Day is focused on recognizing that we can add to a facility's safety culture and quality through cleaning our hands but also that a strong quality and safety culture will encourage people to clean their hands at the right times and with the right products.⁠
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Sports & Spinal prides itself on instilling high hygiene standards across all our practices and services. We take hygiene seriously 🧼⁠
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Unite, talk and work together on hand hygiene for high quality safer care everywhere.⁠
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#worldhygieneday #sportsandspinal #washyourhads #sanitiser
Chronic pain can be worsened by underlying inflammation. There are a few key nutrients that can help to reduce inflammation and help to manage chronic pain.⁠
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Head to our bio to read more!
The Sports & Spinal website is being updated! 💚⁠
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Due to the launch occurring today the site may be down throughout today and tomorrow. We do apologise for any inconvenience but if you do run into any trouble with accessing the site or making a booking, please check back soon ⁠
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We are so excited to officially launch our new site to you!
Say G'Day to Sam👋⁠
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Sam is one of our Sports & Spinal Dietitians practising out of our Buderim, Maroochydore & Sippy Downs clinics.⁠
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Samantha studied a Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. Samantha provides a warm and understanding environment in which she supports clients on their journey to improved wellbeing and quality of life. ⁠
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With her knowledge of food and medical nutrition therapy, she encourages sustainable eating behaviours and provides dietary advice that is guided by a client-centred approach, tailoring to the individual needs and unique background of each person. ⁠
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Samantha believes that food doesn’t have to be complicated in order to lead a healthy lifestyle and is meant to be enjoyed.⁠
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Samantha has special interests in sports nutrition, bariatric surgery (pre & post), gastrointestinal issues and elderly nutrition.⁠
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Head to our bio to learn more about Sam and how she can help you with your diet and nutrition needs 💚
In honour of March being Endometriosis Awareness month, we wanted to give a shoutout to an amazing foundation called the Pelvic Pain Foundation. ⁠
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PPFA brings medically responsible, positive, and interactive education to schools in Australia. ⁠
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PPFA is committed to supporting teenagers who suffer severe period pain, pelvic pain, and endometriosis to allow them to fulfil their potential and live the best life possible.⁠
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We applaud the PPFA team and all of their work! 🙌