Pilates @ Coolum Sports & Spinal

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Sports & Spinal’s clinical pilates-inspired classes are now named Core, Strength & Mobility Classes.

With an emphasis on core conditioning, breathing and body awareness, our Core, Strength & Mobility classes are a safe and highly effective way to stretch, strengthen and streamline your body without building bulk or stressing your joints.

Core, Strength & Mobility classes utilise various exercises that incorporate balance, power, strength and stability. The classes are inspired by Clinical Pilates movements and equipment, using levers and resistance to promote correct muscular activation patterns, postural awareness and core strength.

Mat Pilates classes utilise a variety of exercises that incorporate balance, power, strength, and stability. All performed on a Mat with the added benefit of being able to perform the activities at home.

Studio Pilates utilises specialised equipment to optimise resistance and leavers to promote dynamic control throughout the entire muscular control system. Exercises can be graded for those with minimal control and coordination all the way up to elite level control programs.

Both Mat and Studio Core, Strength & Mobility classes are a fitness regime for life. The perfect complement to cardiovascular exercise, sport, rehab and life, these classes will leave you looking toned, feeling revitalised and moving with ease.

Both Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists run our classes with Clinical Pilates Experience. Clinical Pilates refers to one-on-one Pilates that are often used for injury rehabilitation and used in conjunction with physiotherapy. Sports & Spinal offers both and can cater to your exact needs.

Our Core, Strength & Mobility Classes are beneficial for a wide range of problems, including back and neck pain, arthritis and injury rehabilitation, as well as easing the symptoms of several diseases and ailments. The best way to treat and rehabilitate pain and injuries is to book in for an assessment with one of our physiotherapists so they can develop a specific program for you to help your pain. For more information on our classes and our clinical assessments, please contact your local Sports & Spinal Centre location to arrange a consultation to see one of our qualified Pilates Instructors.

All patients are required to have an initial assessment with a Physiotherapist before beginning any of our classes. This is to familiarise patients with any equipment, positions, exercises and identify any injuries/restrictions that we may need to be aware of before attending a class.

Benefits 

✓ Toning & Weight Loss
Core, Strength & Mobility classes are perfect for toning and reshaping the body. It works on creating long, lean muscles, toning all of those hard to target areas such as the abdominals, inner thighs, buttocks, back of thighs, sides and backs of the arms. For toning, these classes are best performed 3 to 5 times a week through a combination of studio sessions, mat classes and home exercises.

✓ Increased Flexibility
Pilates exercises are performed through a wide range of movements and work on lengthening the muscles at the same time as strengthening them. To increase flexibility, stretching exercises need to be performed daily.

✓ Improved Posture
The Clinical Pilates exercises used in our Core, Strength & Mobility classes focus on strengthening the weakened postural muscles and stretching the tight muscles that pull the body into these poor postures. Studio sessions are the best way to improve posture, as our physiotherapists can develop a program to target your specific postural problems. Pilates can also be used for back pain as it relaxes and strengthens the muscles, easing the discomfort.

✓ Injury Rehab & Prevention
Our Core, Strength & Mobility classes use Clinical Pilates techniques which are fantastic for injury rehabilitation and prevention as it works on core stability, posture, flexibility, and correcting muscle imbalances and weaknesses via specific strengthening. It can be used for arthritis, neck pain, back pain and various injuries.

✓ Enhanced Athletic Performance
Pilates is the secret tool that many high level and recreational athletes use to enhance their performance, decrease the risk of injuries and provide much-needed cross-training. Each sport has specific strength and flexibility requirements. When you book in for an assessment, your physiotherapist will look at the things you need to work on to improve your performance and then proceed to design a Pilates program for you.

Core, Strength & Mobility classes are beneficial for a wide range of problems, including:

✓ Back pain
✓ Neck pain
✓ Shoulder problems
✓ Hip and knee pain
✓ Arthritis
✓ Rehabilitation from injuries
✓ Rehabilitation from orthopedic surgery
✓ Neurological problems, e.g. rehab from stroke or head injury, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease

Our Pilates classes are held within our Coolum Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy clinic which can be found at 19 Birtwill Street. Bookings are essential for our Core, Strength & Mobility classes.

Classes are available Monday to Saturday. 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 Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, PsychologyExercise Physiology and Remedial Massage.

Meet the Instructors @ Coolum

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Louise Meek

Shoulder & Spinal Rehab

Louise has spent most of her career focusing on treating shoulder conditions working with both the Wynnum Manly Seagulls and high diving.  Louise continued to work with the shoulder team on the sunshine coast after moving to join the Sports and Spinal Team in 2010.  She was an Australian Institute of Sport athlete for 6 years in high diving and was a representative on the Australian team for 5 years, which is where her passion for physiotherapy originated.

Louise has been selected from thousands of the physiotherapists in Australia to be included in the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapist group (SEPA) This is a selected group of elite Shoulder & Elbow physiotherapists.

Over the last few years, Louise has loved working with the ‘Sunshine Coast Chronic Pain Team’ assisting people with persistent pain.  “This is defiantly an area I love working in and get a lot of fulfilment.  You can make a truly significant difference in someone’s daily life.”  She spends time working with the pain specialists on the coast who meet regularly to have the most optimal care and management of her patients.

She focused her post-graduate studies in these areas making sure all treatment and advice are up to date and evidence-based to provide the most optimal outcome for the client. Louise is very passionate about an educational, active and functional approach to treatment to allow the individual to learn and manage their injury to prevent a recurrence. “I feel this gives people the tools to be the driver of their recovery”. 

Louise is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Meredith Hill

Lower Limb Rehab

Meredith has extensive experience as a Sports Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor but has focused her practice in recent years on lower limb injuries. Meredith has a special interest in endurance sports, triathlon, and running-related injuries as a professional triathlete herself. Meredith completes running assessments in the clinic using video analysis to diagnose and manage chronic running injuries. Meredith also has years of experience in post-operative rehab and compliments her treatments with dry needling, Kinesio taping, and gym-based functional strength training.

Meredith is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Koren West

Low Back & Spinal Rehab

Koren graduated from Bond University in 2009 with a Doctor of Physiotherapy.  During that time, she worked closely with Tennis Australia in Brisbane and the junior elite tennis players in the prevention of lower back and spine injuries.

Since graduating Koren has been focusing on spinal rehabilitation and in particular, acute and chronic lower back pain and has continued her education along this path.  Koren has a particular interest in managing patients with a holistic approach to their active rehabilitation using a multidisciplinary team. Koren is passionate about ensuring that every patient she sees is provided with education and a plan regarding their specific condition to assure their goals are met, leading to a greater recovery.

Koren also runs weekly group classes incorporating Pilates type exercises along with functional/physiotherapy exercises for core strength and stability which fits in perfectly with her lower back interest.

Other area’s Koren enjoys working with is chronic complex musculoskeletal pain conditions and neurological conditions. In Koren’s spare time she enjoys kickboxing, the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Koren is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Shannan Goodman

Physiotherapist

Shannan was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast. After having moved to Brisbane to complete his Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy at ACU, he has since returned with a passion for improving the quality of life of his patients using the latest evidence-based research.

Shannan has gained valuable experience competing and working in various sports, representing his state in rugby and rugby 7s, and working with athletes from other sporting codes such as soccer, basketball, netball and athletics. As a result, Shannan has a thorough understanding of injury management and movement analysis. Shannan incorporates a holistic approach utilising hands-on physiotherapy, tailored exercise programs and condition education to maximise his clients function in their day-to-day life or physical activity ambitions.

Shannan Continues to lead an active lifestyle; when not on the training paddock, you can find him outdoors hiking up a trail, on the water in a kayak or hunting down the best wine vineyards!
Feel free to share any remarkable experiences of your own from the land, sea or dining table.

Shannan is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Madison Simmons

Physiotherapist

Madison graduated from UQ Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours in 2017 and has thoroughly enjoyed working as a private practice physiotherapist since. With his experience working in a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals, Madison thrives on working with the Sports and Spinal team to work toward the individual goals of his patients.
Madison has extensive experience in helping people overcome chronic pain obstacles on their way to improving their quality of life and is a firm believer that with the right approach, anything is possible when you put your mind to it. As a result, treating chronic pain and injuries that won’t go away is Madison’s particular interest.
Madison has also developed a strong passion for treating sporting injuries after competing as an elite tennis player in Australia. Outside of the clinic, he has a passion for road cycling, hiking, and after relocating to the Sunshine Coast, surfing will be next on the list.
Overall, Madison utilises a holistic approach of hands-on therapy, dry needling, individual exercise programs and education to work with patients to achieve their personal goals.

Madison is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum clinic.

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Zoe Divall

Physiotherapist

Zoe is a new graduate physiotherapist joining the Sports & Spinal team. Zoe studied at Griffith University and has graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy.

Zoe studied physiotherapy to follow her passion for improving peoples lives through effective treatment modalities as well as creating great client relationships.

Zoe has always lived a very active lifestyle; being heavily involved with the local Surf Life Saving Club, enjoys yoga, touch football and tennis. Zoe’s interest in a healthy lifestyle and general well-being will provide clients with a holistic treatment approach.

Zoe creates treatment plans that aim to have you back to doing the things you love in a way that is realistic and has your goals at the core. Given her love for people and bubbly personality, she will be running classes as well as taking private appointments.

Zoe is available for appointments at our Coolum clinic.

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Gemma Egan

Exercise Physiologist

Gemma has a strong belief that living an active healthy lifestyle improves both longevity and quality of life. She has completed a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science and has gained accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

Gemma has developed a passion for spinal rehabilitation and improving quality of life for those suffering from lower back pain. She has also worked with a wide range of conditions including but not limited to musculoskeletal injuries, obesity, diabetes, heart conditions and osteoarthritis.

Gemma has a strong focus on prescribing programs that are individually tailored and that can be self-managed for future health and fitness.

Gemma is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum and Sippy Downs location.

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Brad Jobson

Exercise Physiologist

Brad has extensive experience in chronic disease management, including cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes management and specific exercise prescription for Osteoporosis. He also specialises in Musculoskeletal conditions, including back pain and upper and lower limb pain. Assessments and exercise rehab are conducted in the clinic’s own gym, which is purpose-built for rehabilitation. Brad’s hobbies include surfing and running.

Brad is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum location.

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Tarin Cowley

Exercise Physiologist

Tarin has been practising as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist since 2013 and recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney. Tarin finds great reward in providing exercise interventions and education that assist people with chronic conditions to lead a better life, whether it be by improving their confidence and daily functioning, pain management, feeling ‘fitter’ or for athletes, competing at their optimum capacity. Tarin has experience in a range of clinical settings, which allows her to constantly challenge herself to develop innovative exercises and lifestyle modification interventions for people seeking advice to manage their conditions.
Tarin has also recently taken up studying again, this time in medicine.

Tarin is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Shannon Chilman

Exercise Physiologist

Shannon is an exercise physiologist with a special interest in women’s health and adolescent athletics. Originally from the USA, she has completed her Bachelor’s in Athletic Training and Master’s in Exercise and Sports Medicine where she spent 2 years working with collegiate sports rehabilitation. Most recently, she has received her Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Australian Catholic University in Brisbane.

Shannon has cultivated a holistic approach to helping others achieve their goals. She understands enjoying a healthy lifestyle means you have to acknowledge the whole person: body, mind and spirit. She also believes exercise should not be boring and strives to make each session fun and engaging.

Shannon has been on the Sunshine Coast for the last 6 years and enjoys spending her time cooking as well as hiking the local trails.

Shannon is available for exercise physiology appointments at Sippy Downs and Coolum.

 

 

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