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.

Lucy Taylor

Musculoskeletal & Women’s Health Physiotherapist

Lucy graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland, where she also conducted research alongside a world-renowned Physiotherapist. Lucy is passionate about delivering holistic patient-centred care and establishing individualised rehabilitation programs so that you can achieve your goals and return to the things you enjoy in life sooner. Lucy is devoted to continuously expanding her skill set and knowledge so that she can provide superior treatment to every patient.

Lucy can assist with questions and concerns related to pre and post-natal incontinence, pelvic floor muscle strengthening and relaxing, endometriosis, menopause, pelvic pain conditions and other bladder and bowel dysfunctions. She has also completed advanced training in pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, birth choices and pessary fitting. She is very passionate about delivering you the latest research-based treatment and empowering you with the knowledge and exercises to achieve your goals.

Lucy is available for Women’s Health Physiotherapy appointments at our Broadbeach and Runaway Bay clinics.

Men’s Health Week 🙋‍♂️

This week serves as opportunity to highlight the importance of men’s health and promote and support the health and wellbeing of men and boys in our communities. 

Sports & Spinal offers a range of allied health services that can help improve men’s health including: 
✅Physiotherapy 
✅Podiatry 
✅Massage 
✅Exercise Physiology 
✅Dietetics 
✅Psychology 
✅Pilates & Gym Classes 
+ More! 

Find your local Sports & Spinal clinic today to learn more - head to our bio!

Men’s Health Week 🙋‍♂️

This week serves as opportunity to highlight the importance of men’s health and promote and support the health and wellbeing of men and boys in our communities.

Sports & Spinal offers a range of allied health services that can help improve men’s health including:
✅Physiotherapy
✅Podiatry
✅Massage
✅Exercise Physiology
✅Dietetics
✅Psychology
✅Pilates & Gym Classes
+ More!

Find your local Sports & Spinal clinic today to learn more - head to our bio!
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Finally! Winter warming recipes will be making their way back into the kitchen. As it gets cooler, it can be tempting to overindulge ourselves with big warming meals. 
 
Here’s a healthier version of a winter favourite for you to try this season! 

Ingredients 
🥧30g butter 
🥧2 tbsp plain flour 
🥧1 1/2 cups curry sauce (red curry) 
🥧200g sweet potato, cut into 1cm pieces 
🥧1/2 bunch broccolini, trimmed 
🥧4 cooked chicken drumsticks 
🥧1 cup fresh coriander leaves 
🥧5 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry 
🥧1 egg, lightly whisked 
🥧sesame seeds 
 
Step1 
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in curry sauce. Return to heat and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sauce comes to the boil. Simmer for 1 minute. Set aside to cool. 

Step 2 
Cook sweet potato and broccolini in separate microwave-safe dishes on HIGH (100%) power for 2 to 3 minutes and 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, respectively, or until just tender. Chop broccolini into pieces. 

Step 3 
Preheat oven to 220°C. Remove chicken meat from bone and shred. Stir chicken, sweet potato, broccolini and coriander into cooled sauce. 

Step 4 
Use a 10.5cm cutter to cut 12 circles from 3 sheets of pastry and use to line 12 x 1/2-cup muffin pans. Divide filling among pastry. Use an 8.5cm cutter to cut out 12 circles from remaining pastry. Brush 1 side of circles with egg. Place, brushed-side down, on top of pies. Press edges to seal. With a sharp knife, cut 2 slits in the top of each pie. Brush with a egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. 

Bake in a 220°C oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden - then dig in!

Finally! Winter warming recipes will be making their way back into the kitchen. As it gets cooler, it can be tempting to overindulge ourselves with big warming meals.

Here’s a healthier version of a winter favourite for you to try this season!

Ingredients
🥧30g butter
🥧2 tbsp plain flour
🥧1 1/2 cups curry sauce (red curry)
🥧200g sweet potato, cut into 1cm pieces
🥧1/2 bunch broccolini, trimmed
🥧4 cooked chicken drumsticks
🥧1 cup fresh coriander leaves
🥧5 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry
🥧1 egg, lightly whisked
🥧sesame seeds

Step1
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in curry sauce. Return to heat and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until sauce comes to the boil. Simmer for 1 minute. Set aside to cool.

Step 2
Cook sweet potato and broccolini in separate microwave-safe dishes on HIGH (100%) power for 2 to 3 minutes and 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, respectively, or until just tender. Chop broccolini into pieces.

Step 3
Preheat oven to 220°C. Remove chicken meat from bone and shred. Stir chicken, sweet potato, broccolini and coriander into cooled sauce.

Step 4
Use a 10.5cm cutter to cut 12 circles from 3 sheets of pastry and use to line 12 x 1/2-cup muffin pans. Divide filling among pastry. Use an 8.5cm cutter to cut out 12 circles from remaining pastry. Brush 1 side of circles with egg. Place, brushed-side down, on top of pies. Press edges to seal. With a sharp knife, cut 2 slits in the top of each pie. Brush with a egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake in a 220°C oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until puffed and golden - then dig in!
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@sportsandspinalspringfield Testing out their strength with their VALD tech 💪🏻

The team took it upon themselves to have some friendly competition with their new VALD technology and we love to see it! 

In this video the team tested both the clinician and admin team members grip strength with the new VALD Dynometer! 

Did you know that Grip Strength can be used to assess general overall upper limb strength and assess for asymmetries? This can be a very useful monitoring tool for those with upper limb injurious or concerns. Additionally, higher scores are also associated with:

- increased longevity,
- decrease risk of cognitive decline and dementia,
- decreased falls risk and,
- may also be a reliable predictor for stroke and heart disease.

Our VALD technology can be used for so much more and provide you with a great amount of information to assist you in your rehabilitation and health journey 🫶

Looking to make an appointment? Head to our bio or give your local @sports.and.spinal clinic a call today 📲

@sportsandspinalspringfield Testing out their strength with their VALD tech 💪🏻

The team took it upon themselves to have some friendly competition with their new VALD technology and we love to see it!

In this video the team tested both the clinician and admin team members grip strength with the new VALD Dynometer!

Did you know that Grip Strength can be used to assess general overall upper limb strength and assess for asymmetries? This can be a very useful monitoring tool for those with upper limb injurious or concerns. Additionally, higher scores are also associated with:

- increased longevity,
- decrease risk of cognitive decline and dementia,
- decreased falls risk and,
- may also be a reliable predictor for stroke and heart disease.

Our VALD technology can be used for so much more and provide you with a great amount of information to assist you in your rehabilitation and health journey 🫶

Looking to make an appointment? Head to our bio or give your local @sports.and.spinal clinic a call today 📲
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Winter Wellbeing – What does it look like? 

As the days become shorter, cooler and possibly more gloomy our wellness and wellbeing can shift into feelings of being ‘low’ or ‘flat’. So, how can we avoid the winter blues? 🤷‍♂️

💤 Prioritise good sleep patterns 
🏃 Keep active 
🥗 Eat well 
☀️ Boost your vitamin D 
🙌 Practice healthy habits 

If you need help dodging the winter blues and keeping your health it’s best then get in touch with the Sports & Spinal team today! Our allied health team can help you stay on track whether it be through nutrition, exercise or all of the above. 

Get in touch with our team today to learn more - head to our bio

Winter Wellbeing – What does it look like?

As the days become shorter, cooler and possibly more gloomy our wellness and wellbeing can shift into feelings of being ‘low’ or ‘flat’. So, how can we avoid the winter blues? 🤷‍♂️

💤 Prioritise good sleep patterns
🏃 Keep active
🥗 Eat well
☀️ Boost your vitamin D
🙌 Practice healthy habits

If you need help dodging the winter blues and keeping your health it’s best then get in touch with the Sports & Spinal team today! Our allied health team can help you stay on track whether it be through nutrition, exercise or all of the above.

Get in touch with our team today to learn more - head to our bio
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Do you have a food allergy or suspected food intolerance? 

A Sports & Spinal dietitian will conduct a detailed assessment of your medical history, diet and lifestyle to determine the likely cause of your symptoms. You will then be provided with the knowledge and personalised resources to confidently manage your health independently. 

Get in touch with our team today to see how they can help you!

Do you have a food allergy or suspected food intolerance?

A Sports & Spinal dietitian will conduct a detailed assessment of your medical history, diet and lifestyle to determine the likely cause of your symptoms. You will then be provided with the knowledge and personalised resources to confidently manage your health independently.

Get in touch with our team today to see how they can help you!
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Food Allergy Week 🥜

Food Allergy Week aims to raise awareness of food allergy including potentially fatal food allergies. 

During Food Allergy Week, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is calling on all Australians to unite to help increase awareness and share information on what we can do to improve safety for people who live with food allergies. 

So, what can you do to improve food allergy safety in your day to day?

Food Allergy Week 🥜

Food Allergy Week aims to raise awareness of food allergy including potentially fatal food allergies.

During Food Allergy Week, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AA) is calling on all Australians to unite to help increase awareness and share information on what we can do to improve safety for people who live with food allergies.

So, what can you do to improve food allergy safety in your day to day?
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What’s an Exercise Physiologist did you ask? 

EPs are University-qualified allied health professionals. They specialise in designing and delivering safe and effective exercise interventions. They ensure that exercises are tailored to your individual health goals, needs and motivations. 

There is no better time to see a Sports & Spinal EP and get your very own exercise program and start kicking your health goals! Get in touch with our team today! 

👉 https://www.sportsandspinalphysio.com.au/services/exercise-physiology/

What’s an Exercise Physiologist did you ask?

EPs are University-qualified allied health professionals. They specialise in designing and delivering safe and effective exercise interventions. They ensure that exercises are tailored to your individual health goals, needs and motivations.

There is no better time to see a Sports & Spinal EP and get your very own exercise program and start kicking your health goals! Get in touch with our team today!

👉 https://www.sportsandspinalphysio.com.au/services/exercise-physiology/
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Not sure how to exercise right? 🤷‍♂️

It might sound silly but it’s so important to exercise right to avoid injury and ensure that you’re doing exercises that suit your individual health goals and needs. 

The Sports & Spinal Exercise Physiology team can help make sure your exercising right! Get in touch with our team today to learn more or to make an appointment!

Not sure how to exercise right? 🤷‍♂️

It might sound silly but it’s so important to exercise right to avoid injury and ensure that you’re doing exercises that suit your individual health goals and needs.

The Sports & Spinal Exercise Physiology team can help make sure your exercising right! Get in touch with our team today to learn more or to make an appointment!
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