Woolloongabba Sports & Spinal

Sports & Spinal Physio Woolloongabba is located just a short drive south of Brisbane’s central business district. You can find us on the ground floor of 48 Annerley Road, just up from Mater Health Services. We’re conveniently located south of the river, with car parking right out the front.

Woolloongabba Sports & Spinal covers the areas of AnnerleyHolland ParkWest EndGreenslopesFairfieldSouth BankCamp HillMoorookaCoorparooTarragindiYerongaKangaroo PointEast BrisbaneStones CornerTennysonCarindaleBulimbaHawthorneHighgate Hill, and other surrounding suburbs.

Sports & Spinal Woolloongabba features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Woolloongabba clinic is popular amongst locals looking for PhysiotherapyExercise PhysiologyPilates, Hydrotherapy, Remedial Massage, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry and Group Gym Classes.

Sports & Spinal also have telehealth consultations available for Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Dietitian, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy and Psychology for clients Australia-wide. Our telehealth platform enables allied health Practitioners to use telehealth for secure video consultations and live exercise demonstrations. Our Telehealth consultations will continue to deliver the same outstanding level of care as our in-clinic services, where our experienced clinicians will provide a tailed treatment plan to help reach their health goals. To find out more about Telehealth click here.

“Your greatest wealth is health”

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals, providing exercise and lifestyle therapies for the prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability.

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a 4 year, University-trained Allied Health professional who is an expert in exercise prescription. They will work with you to design a specific exercise program tailored to your injuries, health status and goals.

Here at Sports and Spinal our EP’s have a special interest in treating:

Injury Rehabilitation, Weight Loss, Women’s Health, Athletes, Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Depression, Anxiety, Pilates, Hydrotherapy, Gym Based Programs, Home Based Programs, Falls Prevention, Osteoporosis, and Arthritis.

✓ Assistance in positive lifestyle change

✓ Improvement in your heart health

✓ Control of diabetes

✓ Rehabilitation after a cardiac event

✓ Improvement in recovery post-cancer treatment

✓ Injury rehabilitation

Q. I just found out I’m pregnant, can I still exercise or will it harm the baby?

A. You can definitely still exercise when pregnant, even up to the final stages before birth under professional supervision. Regular exercise has shown multiple benefits in maintaining physical fitness, reducing the risk of gestational diabetes, reducing labour time and increased energy levels. A thorough assessment by one of our Exercise Physiologists enables us to identify your current fitness levels, any muscular imbalances and prescribe an appropriate program with modifications throughout each trimester of your pregnancy.

Q. I want to get back into exercise after having a baby. Where do I start?

A. It’s important to understand your body has experienced 9 months of physical and physiological changes, therefore your response to exercise may differ to before pregnancy. Following the medical clearance up to 6-8 weeks post-delivery, an assessment prior to commencing any exercise program is required. Readiness to return to exercise following the birth of your baby can be influenced by a number of factors including prenatal fitness, your wellbeing goals and the delivery. Seeing an Exercise Physiologist can assist you in designing a safe rehabilitation program, targeting pelvic floor and core strength, hip stability and increasing cardiovascular fitness.

Q. I have noticed my balance has decreased. Is this normal and can it get better?

A. Feeling unstable can be related to a number of factors such as previous falls, muscle weaknesses, medications and increasing age. Upon assessment with one of our Exercise Physiologists, we can use exercise to develop a program specific to balance training by improving confidence, muscular strength, co-ordination and thereby balance. Through consistent practice, we can increase the difficulty of balance tasks due to adaptations and improvements.

Accredited Exercise Physiologist develop individual rehabilitation programs for patients with chronic musculoskeletal conditions/injuries to ensure they return to sport/hobbies/daily activities faster and at the same level they were prior to the injury,
Conditions could include;

  • Ligament tears/sprains
  • Tendinopathies
  • Muscle tears/strains
  • Chronic back, hip, knee conditions
  • Poor core strength

At Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we take a collaborative approach to musculoskeletal rehabilitation and our Exercise Physiologists work very closely with our Physiotherapists to ensure an optimal rehabilitation program is obtained for the patient. This approach ensures an overall reduced number of treatment sessions with a better end result for patients.

I have Diabetes, will exercising reduce my blood sugar levels too much so I have a hypoglycaemic episode?

Everybody benefits from regular exercise. If you have diabetes or are at risk of diabetes it plays an important role in keeping you healthy. Exercise does reduce your blood sugar levels, but make sure you take a few easy steps will reduce your risk of having a hypoglycaemic episode. Few easy tips to get the most out of the exercise with Diabetes:

  • Have appropriate meals prior to exercise, e.g. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
  • Monitor your blood glucose levels before, if possible during (if you are having any symptoms of low blood sugar), and after exercise to assess your requirements for extra food.
  • Drink extra fluid before, during and after exercise to avoid dehydration. The fluid may be water or a sweetened drink if extra carbohydrate is required. 250 ml every 15 minutes or one litre of fluid per hour is recommended.
  • Take extra carbohydrates before and during exercise to prevent hypoglycaemia. Extra carbohydrate is often needed after exercise. Discuss adjusting carbohydrate intake with your doctor or dietitian.
What are the benefits of exercise for people with type 2 Diabetes?

Exercise benefits people in many different ways, listed below are a few benefits specific to people with diabetes:

  • Improves your diabetes management through improving your blood glucose control
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Improves cholesterol
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improves blood flow
  • Boost energy and mood and helps tame stress
What should I do before I start an exercise program?

Before you start a physical activity program, you should:

  • Talk with your health care team e.g. Doctor, nurse, Diabetes educator prior to starting an exercise
  • Book in to see an Exercise Physiologist assess your starting point and build you a safe and specifically tailored exercise program
  • Plan ahead and set realistic goals
  • Find someone to exercise with or a group exercise program to help keep you motivated and keep exercise enjoyable
  • Decide how you’ll track your physical activity and blood glucose levels. It is important to track your BGL to avoid hypo/hyperglycaemic episodes. Keep a record of your physical activity to track your progress
  • Reward yourself with a non-food item or activity when you reach your goals. For example, treat yourself to a movie or buy a new plant for the garden

What makes an accredited “Exercise Physiologist” different from a “Personal Trainer”?

Although there are similarities to personal trainers, our Exercise Physiologists are able to offer more.  An Exercise Physiologist must have completed a Bachelor or Master’s degree over a number of years in the area, offering specialist advice and guidance and are recognised as health professionals. They approach their work in an evidence-based, scientific way, with a strong understanding of anatomy and human physiology and pathophysiology.  Their work is also covered by health care rebates, so you can get money back on your time with them.

What is the difference between a personal trainer (PT) and an Exercise Physiologist (EP)?

Exercise Physiologist  Personal Trainer
4 Year University Trained.  Accredited though Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Less formal training
Qualified and insured to design and deliver exercise therapy and lifestyle programs for a healthy life style Qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only
Medicare and Private Health rebates available NO rebates available
Can design and implement periodised training programs for elite athletes.  Provide assistance in enhancing sports performance Personal trainers are not qualified to work with elite athletes or sports groups without further qualifications/courses
Can do EVERYTHING a Personal Trainer can do plus MORE, and SAFER

Q. Am I too old for strength exercises?

A. No, you are never too old. Actually, maintaining strength is more important the older you are. Leg strength, in particular, becomes an important factor in maintaining your independence and being able to live independently in your own home. Simple things like getting up and down from a chair or toilet, walking upstairs and balance all require good leg strength. Pop in to see one of our Exercise Physiologists to get a simple yet effective home exercise to keep you strong, confident and mobile.

Q. How can exercise help my high blood pressure?

A. Exercise is a very useful tool in helping to lower blood pressure. After you exercise your blood pressure will come down a little bit and stay down for between 4-10hrs. If you go out every day and exercise you will get a lasting lower blood pressure.

If you are unsure or feeling worried, book an appointment to see one of our Exercise Physiologists to have your Blood Pressure and Heart rate monitored during exercise, and a tailored exercise program to suit your level of fitness.

Q. What is the best way to lose weight?

A. A combination of diet and exercise has been proven to be the best method of weight loss. More than 250 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (Huffed and puffed, but still able to carry a conversation) per week is required. Weight-bearing exercise- walking/jogging has been proven to be more effective in losing weight than non-weight-bearing- e.g. cycling, aqua aerobics and swimming.

The addition of strength training, 2-3 days a week, will assist with slowing down the muscle loss process and helping to speed up your metabolism.

The saying is correct that you can’t out-train a poor diet!

Working closely with our Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist will give you best-indiviualised results.

Q. Is High-Intensity Interval Training or normal walking better for weight loss?

A. Neither one is significantly better than the other. When combined with a good diet, they yield similar results. It comes down to personal preference, level of fitness and time availability.  If you haven’t exercised lately, it is better to start with a continuous moderate-paced exercise to build your foundation of fitness before embarking on HIIT training.

HIIT CONTINUOUS MODERATE
Can be completed in less than 20 minutes. Need to build up to 60 minutes’ continuous moderate exercise
Intervals of MAXIMAL effort followed by periods of rest.  E.g. 20 sec Hard/ 40 sec easy Can include walking, cycling, swimming, rowing.
Hard on the body to get to your maximal intensity.  Need a good base of fitness before beginning. Gentle on the body.
Generally done on a stationary bike (safest), running intervals, hill climb intervals
Patients with cardiac issues and injuries will need to be monitored closely.

Q. How do I stop excessive skin after weight loss?

A. This can be minimized through gradual weight loss, with the aim of up to a 1% body mass loss per week (E.g 100kg should aim for 1kg mass loss per week). Adding strength training into your program 2-3 days per week will also assist in preserving the lean muscle mass that gives you tone that can be lost during weight loss.

Meet the Exercise Physiologists @ Woolloongabba

Scroll through the list and click the faces to find out more information about our team.

Lauren Sexton

Exercise Physiologist

Lauren graduated from the University Of The Sunshine Coast completing a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science. Predominately working in private practice since graduating, Lauren has developed a clinical interest in geriatrics, weight loss/chronic disease management and injury prevention/rehabilitation.

As well as working in clinical settings, Lauren has also had experience in education (Certificate III and IV in fitness), clinical Pilates, sports performance enhancement (soccer) and sports training.

Lauren is driven by patients achieving their personal goals, returning to enjoyable activities and modifying the risk of morbidity to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Lauren is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Woolloongabba location.

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Georgia White

Exercise Physiologist

Georgia graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Distinction) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Although Georgia is passionate in all fields of exercise physiology, she has a special interest for neurological and oncology conditions, especially in the paediatric age bracket. She finds it immensely rewarding to help people manage their overall health, see her clients achieve their goals and ultimately reach a stage of independence.

Outside of the clinic, Georgia loves to have a boogie at her favourite bands’ concerts, socialise with her family and friends, play the piano, keep fit and healthy at the gym and most importantly Netflix and chill.

Georgia is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Springfield and Woolloongabba locations.

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Wooloongabba Sports & Spinal can be found at 48 Annerley Rd, Woolloongabba QLD 4102

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Parking @ Woolloongabba

We are located at 48 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba. There are 5 parking spaces located on site in front of the clinic which is reserved for clients between 7.30am and 6 pm. If these parks are full there is overflow street parking nearby. As Woolloongabba is considered a metered parking zone, all streets are subject to metered parking.

The main streets we recommend are Heaslop, Crown and Catherine streets. Heaslop street, the street adjacent to us, has 30-minute, 2 hour and 4-hour parking. Crown Street, the street opposite us, has 2-hour and 8-hour parking available whilst Catherine street, which is on the other side of our block, has 4-hour parking only.  With the new Woolloongabba bikeway being constructed, there are no available parking spaces on Annerley Road.  Parking costs $2.70 per hour – for more information, please find the relevant link to the Brisbane City Council website.

Please note we do recognise that you have a choice of therapists and as such, we would like to thank you for choosing us by reimbursing any parking costs which may be incurred by visiting us. Please bring in your receipt at the time of your consultation. Finally, please do not park in the vacant parking lot located off Heaslop Street, opposite the bike shop, as hefty fines will be incurred.

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