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Mon: 7.30am - 6.00pm | Tue: 7.30am - 4pm | Wed: 7.30am - 1.30pm | Thurs: 7.30am - 6.00pm | Fri: 8.00am – 4.00pm | Sat: 8.00am – 12.00pm | Sun: Closed
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SPORTS & SPINAL RUNAWAY BAY

Women's Health

Runaway Bay

Unit 3, 385 Oxley DriveRunaway Bay QLD 4216

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Runaway Bay Sports & Spinal is located on the northern end of the Gold Coast in the heart of Runaway Bay.

Conveniently located near: Biggera WatersLabradorSouthportParadise PointArundel and Helensvale.

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.

We provide holistic treatment plans and are with you every step of the way. To see how we can help you on your journey, click the book now link below.

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.

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

OUR TEAM

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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.

WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF US

I had a remedial massage by Kim whilst holidaying at Broadbeach. I was treated professionally from the time of booking to the time of walking out the door after the best massage I have ever had. Kim also gave me tips on how to manage my issues. If I lived on the Gold Coast -I would without a doubt be one of her loyal clients.Unfortunately I don't -but I would definitely highly recommend Kim and this practice.Thank you again for looking after me.Kind regardsMargaret D
I’ve had a really great experience at Raw Therapies. I saw Scott and feel he genuinely cares about my lower back issues. He’s now on a mission to help me overcome my pain issues and really is going above and beyond to assist me. My experience at Raw Therapies has been much more helpful than other physios or chiropractors I've seen in the past and would strongly recommend to anyone.
I had an initial appointment with physio Marina for sciatic pain, she was wonderful, figured out the cause of my pain, created a management plan for me, gave me treatment and answered all of my questions. Very efficient but I didn’t feel rushed, and she was very personable and easy to talk to. I also found the front desk staff friendly and booking process easy. Would highly recommend!
Thoroughly enjoyed my pregnancy massage with Adrian this week. Professional and knowledgeable. Best pregnancy massage I’ve had yet. The whole team were friendly from the moment I walked in the door! Thank You.
I have been seeing Adrian for my massage for the last 2 years. He is simply incredible. Not only does he work so well with understanding my body and its needs. He also has the most gentle healing energy that leaves me feeling like I’m floating through air afterwards. I’m so grateful to have found Adrian and would recommend him as a 10/10
This was my first visit here. I saw Alex, I highly recommend him as he has a lovely demeanor and makes you feel comfortable immediately.He educated me and the treatment he provided has had results only hours after.I will be back.Kim Ford
I have been visiting this clinic for a few years now and have never been disappointed, always accomodating and happy to help. The care and service by Nick and Marina is exceptional and I always leave feeling brand new!
I have been brilliantly treated for over 2 years by Adrian the best ever Masseur.Simply The Best, Better Than All The Rest,Better Than Anyone, Better Than Anyone my Body has ever met.Seriously as a mature age person, with some difficult medical & physical issues, having had Massages once a week even, for many years, Ado is so Caring, Experienced, Knowledgeable, In Tune with my Body & Mind's, needs & wants, & devotes himself to ensuring one gets the BEST Treatment ever, everytime. Thanks Adrian, you keep me going. B
Hands down the best therapist on the Gold Coast. I’ve been going to Adrian every week for 3 years. He understands the body in a way that will ruin you for other therapists.
Thanks to Alex I felt positive about everything he recommended me to do to improve my lower back.The results where due to my age better than I expected!.I’d recommend Alex to anyone who have lower back problems, because mine is on the mend.
This place is fantastic. Have only had 2 sessions with Anna but noticed such a big improvement after just the first. So glad I can across this place, I won’t got anywhere else for remedial massage.
Excellent massage with Adrian today. It was up there with the best ive ever had.
Nick and his team are fantastic.More than just effective treatment, they also guide you through your injury journey to recovery and maintenance.Definitely recommend 100%
The RAW team are hands down one of the most Impressive Physiologists on the GoldCoast & couldn't be more appreciative of the service that they provide,Highly Recommended 10/10
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✨GUT HEALTH MONTH ✨

One of the ways we can support a healthy gut is to increase our variety of plant-based foods high in fibre and antioxidants. Fibre is essential for gut health as it promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria which has been shown to support brain health, mood, nutrient absorption and digestion, reducing inflammation and also reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases.

In this reel our Dietician Georgia shares her top 5 gut-friendly snack options for when you’re on the go.

VEGIE STICKS + HUMMUS
Aim for a variety of coloured fruit and veg! Boost fibre by adding a side of carrots or baby cucumber to your usual snacks – this small change can reduce your risk of chronic disease development by 30%!

NUTS
Gut bacteria feed on the prebiotic fibre found in nuts resulting in the production of short chain fatty acid Butyrate- higher levels of Butyrate is associated with improved mood, gut motility and better appetite control.

TUNA & BARLEY
Barley is an essential wholegrain that can also help to reduce cholesterol levels. Mixed snacks containing tuna & wholegrains is a delicious and filling snack high in protein and fibre.

LEGUMES
1/3 cup cooked legumes (chickpeas, lentils, blackbeans) provide up to 10% daily fibre requirements! Munch on some roasted chickpeas or throw a can of lentils into your spaghetti bolognaise 

WHOLEGRAIN CRACKERS
Wholegrains provide important source of magnesium, iron, iodine, zinc, B vitamins and vitamin E. They also contain important source of insoluble fibre which can help manage constipation!

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✨GUT HEALTH MONTH ✨

One of the ways we can support a healthy gut is to increase our variety of plant-based foods high in fibre and antioxidants. Fibre is essential for gut health as it promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria which has been shown to support brain health, mood, nutrient absorption and digestion, reducing inflammation and also reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases.

In this reel our Dietician Georgia shares her top 5 gut-friendly snack options for when you’re on the go.

VEGIE STICKS + HUMMUS
Aim for a variety of coloured fruit and veg! Boost fibre by adding a side of carrots or baby cucumber to your usual snacks – this small change can reduce your risk of chronic disease development by 30%!

NUTS
Gut bacteria feed on the prebiotic fibre found in nuts resulting in the production of short chain fatty acid Butyrate- higher levels of Butyrate is associated with improved mood, gut motility and better appetite control.

TUNA & BARLEY
Barley is an essential wholegrain that can also help to reduce cholesterol levels. Mixed snacks containing tuna & wholegrains is a delicious and filling snack high in protein and fibre.

LEGUMES
1/3 cup cooked legumes (chickpeas, lentils, blackbeans) provide up to 10% daily fibre requirements! Munch on some roasted chickpeas or throw a can of lentils into your spaghetti bolognaise

WHOLEGRAIN CRACKERS
Wholegrains provide important source of magnesium, iron, iodine, zinc, B vitamins and vitamin E. They also contain important source of insoluble fibre which can help manage constipation!

#sportsandspinalphysio #sportsandspinal #alliedhealthprofessionals #alliedhealthprofessionals #diet #dietician #dietetics #guthealth #guthealthmatters #guthealthmonth #health #wellbeing #education
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Last Roll Call! 📢

This is your last chance to book your child in for a 50% OFF school shoe assessment!

Are the kid`s shoes looking worse for wear?
Are they complaining that their shoes hurt their feet?
Are you not sure if their current shoes are going to cut it?

Book in with our expert Podiatry team today and get you kids in shoes that are just right for them 👉 Head to our bio
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It’s Gut Health Month and we have some gut friendly recipes that you can easily implement into your weekly diet that will improve your Gut Health! 

You would be surprised how just a few small changes can have a big impact on your overall health. 

Head to our to get cooking your Gut Health recipes 🍽

It’s Gut Health Month and we have some gut friendly recipes that you can easily implement into your weekly diet that will improve your Gut Health!

You would be surprised how just a few small changes can have a big impact on your overall health.

Head to our to get cooking your Gut Health recipes 🍽
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Now is the time⏱️

Book with the Runaway Bay team today and start kicking your 2024 health goals! With a range of services available our team can get you back to feeling your best 💪

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Now is the time⏱️

Book with the Runaway Bay team today and start kicking your 2024 health goals! With a range of services available our team can get you back to feeling your best 💪

Head to our bio to book with our team today!
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Book your child in with our Podiatry Team today and they’ll receive 50% OFF their initial school shoe assessment 👟

Our school shoe assessment includes a Foot Assessment, Walking Assessment, Assessment of last year's footwear and Recommendations for best shoes. 

Book in with the experts and get your kids the right shoe fit this year. 
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#FITFEET #FITKIDS #BackToSchool

Book your child in with our Podiatry Team today and they’ll receive 50% OFF their initial school shoe assessment 👟

Our school shoe assessment includes a Foot Assessment, Walking Assessment, Assessment of last year`s footwear and Recommendations for best shoes.

Book in with the experts and get your kids the right shoe fit this year.
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For the month of Feb we celebrate our wonderful guts! That’s right, we will be shining a light on the amazing work that our guts do to keep us healthy 💪
 
Plus, we’ll provide some tips on how we can look after our gut so that it can keep doing what it does best. 

Did you know that our Dietitian team can assist with gut health? Head to our bio to learn more about how our Dietitian team can help you 🙌

For the month of Feb we celebrate our wonderful guts! That’s right, we will be shining a light on the amazing work that our guts do to keep us healthy 💪

Plus, we’ll provide some tips on how we can look after our gut so that it can keep doing what it does best.

Did you know that our Dietitian team can assist with gut health? Head to our bio to learn more about how our Dietitian team can help you 🙌
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Today is World Cancer Day 

This year the theme is “Close the Care Gap’ which is all about acknowledging how the allied health community can work together to provide holistic cancer care 🙌

The Sports & Spinal team can assist with cancer care and recovery. Our multidisciplinary team work together to provide the highest level of care. Whether it be our Physios, Exercise Physiologists, Massage Therapists or Dietitians – the Sports & Spinal team are here to help.

Today is World Cancer Day

This year the theme is “Close the Care Gap’ which is all about acknowledging how the allied health community can work together to provide holistic cancer care 🙌

The Sports & Spinal team can assist with cancer care and recovery. Our multidisciplinary team work together to provide the highest level of care. Whether it be our Physios, Exercise Physiologists, Massage Therapists or Dietitians – the Sports & Spinal team are here to help.
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Today is the day! 🎉

We are proud and excited to announce that Runaway Bay Sports and Spinal is open! With a range of quality allied health services on offer and a dedicated team that is here to help you, there is now better time to kick start your health! 

👉 Head to our bio to book in today 👈

Today is the day! 🎉

We are proud and excited to announce that Runaway Bay Sports and Spinal is open! With a range of quality allied health services on offer and a dedicated team that is here to help you, there is now better time to kick start your health!

👉 Head to our bio to book in today 👈
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