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SPORTS & SPINAL SIPPY DOWNS

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Sippy Downs

Level 1, Inside the Ochre Building9 Ochre Way, Sippy Downs QLD 4556

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Sippy Downs Sports & Spinal is located in Sippy Downs in the Ochre Building, conveniently located near Chancellor Park, Harmony Estate, Palmview and Glenview.

Sports & Spinal Physiotherapists use hands-on treatment and exercise therapy to manage a wide variety of injuries and complex pains.

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.

Sippy Downs 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 Physiotherapist’s may be able to assess and treat include:

  • Pregnancy & Postnatal Pelvic Girdle of 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 (in most cases, 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, 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!

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.

Pregnancy Exercise 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. The classes are run from our Sippy Downs practice and offer a supportive environment to keep you strong and active right up until delivery.

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 post-natal 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. We also offer specific postnatal ‘Active Mums’ strengthening classes which achieve all of the above in a supportive class environment, where little ones are welcome!

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.

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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Emily Abbott

Women's Health Physiotherapist

Emily graduated from Curtin University in Western Australia in 2018 with First Class Honours in Physiotherapy. She then spent several years in a public hospital in Tasmania, where she worked across a large variety of areas, including medical, surgical, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation, maternity, paediatrics, musculoskeletal and intensive care. She also has experience in the private hospital sector and aged care.

It was in her years in Tasmania that she developed a passion for Women’s and Men’s PelvicHealth after her work across maternity wards, outpatient pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pain and post urogynaecological and prostatectomy surgeries.

She has since gone on to complete several postgraduate courses in Pelvic Health and is soon to finish completing her postgraduate studies in Pelvic Health at the University of Melbourne.

Emily can treat and assist in pre and post-natal management, prolapse, urinary incontinence, bladder concerns and rehabilitation support for urogynaecological surgeries.

Emily’s passion is to partner with women to create and facilitate holistic health, well-being and empowerment.

Outside of work, you can find Emily spending time with friends, curled up in a sunny corner with a good book, exercising and playing a sport, and exploring the great outdoors – hiking, swimming, playing in waterfalls… discovering all that this WA girl can in her new home on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Emily is available for Women’s Health Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore, Sippy Downs, Buderim and Nambour locations.

WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF US

Beth was absolutely wonderful with her sports massage. She explained what she was doing and why. Beth also let me know how I would feel the next day & how to treat any discomfort I may experience. Beth took the time with me and didn't make me feel as though she had to rush to her next patient.Thanks again!
Very happy with all aspects of my visit to Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy - highly recommended.
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World Hygiene Day 🤝⁠
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Easter is somehow already here!? And that means we have some changes to our usual opening hours ⁠
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Meet Ash! 👋⁠
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Ash is one of our amazing Women's Health Physios based on the Sunshine Coast. Ash currently has the capacity for appointments at our Kawana clinic so if you require assistance with⁠
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Get in touch with the Kawana team today! ⁠
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☎️ 07 5438 8511⁠
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