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Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals providing exercise and lifestyle therapies to prevent and manage chronic disease, injury, and disability.

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

Our Exercise Physiologists at Sports & Spinal can help your condition by working with you to formulate an appropriate treatment plan to assist in reaching your specific goals. Exercise Physiologist use movement and exercise in conjunction with specific education and motivational guidance to treat and manage your conditions.

Sports & Spinal’s accredited Exercise Physiologist can assist with Diabetes & Obesity, General Health & Wellbeing, Mental Health Issues, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Neurological Conditions, Strength & Conditioning, Women’s Health, Aging, Chronic Pain, Fatigue, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Paediatrics and Cancer.

Exercise facilitates changes within the body that increases its efficiency. This allows us to be able to manage conditions or diseases, that can cause our bodies to not function to the best ability.

You can expect our Exercise Physiologist to listen to your personal story and ask questions, so they can work with you to guide an appropriate treatment plan. Our Exercise Physiologist will complete a detailed, goal-focused, clinical, and functional assessment.

Treatment will vary and be specific to you but will likely involve modified movement and exercises to build your capacity and function through strength, fitness, balance, and more. Treatment will change and progress while working alongside your Exercise Physiologist. Our Exercise physiologists will provide education on health, conditions, injuries and what to do and what not to do may take place in different environments, including our onsite gym, your regular gym and pools, depending on your interests and goals. Our Exercise Physiologist believes in a multi-disciplinary approach and will work with other health professionals to help manage your condition.

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Chyanne Everingham

Exercise Physiologist

Chyanne completed a master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Southern Cross University, Gold Coast, in 2020. From a young age, Chyanne developed a special interest in neurological rehabilitation, which has led to her passion for exercise physiology and helping people reach their optimal function.

Chyanne likes to think outside of the box when prescribing exercise to provide a tailored exercise program that is specific to each individual’s goals, whether that is to increase mobility, function or overall health.

Outside of work, Chyanne likes to listen to live music, spend time with friends and family and chase sunsets.

Blair Austin

Exercise Physiologist

Blair is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), having completed his degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Tasmania in 2020. Blair has previous experience in Strength and Conditioning and as an Occupational Rehab Consultant. This has provided Blair with valuable experience in functional strength training and Work Cover. Blair has developed an interest in injury rehabilitation, athlete development and chronic disease management.

Blair provides client-focused care to assist you with reaching your goals through a holistic approach to exercise. Blair understands that everyone has unique needs and delivers tailored care, specific to each client. Blair is invested in providing his clients with the skills and knowledge needed to be independent in their health.

In his spare time, Blair is an avid mountain biker and enjoys making the most of the warm climate by spending weekends at the beach or bushwalking.

Blair is available for Exercise Physiology appointments in Maroochydore and Caloundra.

Kale Hoggins

Exercise Physiologist

Kale graduated from La Trobe University in Bendigo with a bachelor of exercise science and a master of exercise physiology. Placement opportunities took him to the country and metropolitan Melbourne, where he could sharpen his skills with a wide range of chronic conductions. Kale joins the team, having worked in private practice in Victoria’s surf coast before seeking the warmer weather and water of QLD.

Kale is respectful, empathetic and easy to get along with and believes that results and relationships are crucial factors as an exercise physiologist. He is particularly passionate about musculoskeletal rehabilitation, functional movement patterns and improving quality of life.

In his spare time, Kale enjoys AFL and cricket as a supporter and a player, trying his best to catch a wave and spending time outdoors.

Damien Kerley

Exercise Physiologist

Damien is a Sunshine Coast local. He has travelled extensively throughout Australia and overseas and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. He loves the beach, where he spends a great deal of time surfing or running with his dog Rolly.

Damien graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology and strives to stay up to date with the latest research to better assist individuals with a range of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiovascular, metabolic conditions and mental health conditions.

He has played numerous sports over the years and enjoyed the competition and camaraderie that comes with involvement. It is his hope to assist you in getting into or back into the activities that you love and achieve your lofty goals.

“If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” (Unknown).

Damien is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Buderim clinic.

Jarrod Herman

Exercise Physiologist

Jarrod graduated from QUT with a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology and with a strong passion for treating a wide range of conditions, especially musculoskeletal conditions. Jarrod’s passion is driven through the enjoyment of improving the lives of those living with comorbidities through personably tailored and evidence-based exercise prescriptions. Outside of work, Jarrod has a history of being an elite level swimmer and enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle through swimming and strength and conditioning. Jarrod also enjoys spending time outdoors with friends, watching sports such as the AFL and attending live music.

Jarrod is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Springfield clinic.

Daniel Leahy

Exercise Physiologist

Daniel graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Seeking a tropical change and a fresh start to begin his career as an EP, Daniel joins us from South Australia, where he has lived his entire life. Having always been involved in sports growing up, the opportunity to study and work in a field which allows him to use his passion for exercise to assist people to live better lives was a natural choice. Placement opportunities across Adelaide and Darwin have exposed him to a range of chronic conditions and presentations, and he has experience working with NDIS, Medicare, DVA and Work Cover clients.

Daniel strives to work with clients to set out individualised and meaningful goals, and assists them to achieve these goals through specific and evidence-based exercise programs. Daniel is particularly interested in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, helping people to correct movement patterns, reduce pain and recover from injury or surgery. As well as this, he also has a keen interest in neurological conditions, helping people improve their physical function and quality of life through exercise.

Outside of work, Daniel has a passion for many sports, including AFL, cricket and basketball. He also enjoys travel and spending time exploring our own backyard.

Daniel is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Redcliffe clinic.

Belinda Fribence

Exercise Physiologist

Belinda Fribence has Graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology on top of her degree in Bachelor of Exercise Science. As well as this, Belinda is a full member of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

Belinda’s passion in the field of Exercise Physiology is driven by her past as a competitive athlete in the world of Track and Field and sustaining carer changing injuries. As a result, she has become driven to provide holistic care with the aim of helping individuals regain their mobility and functionality as well as improving the methods of injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Working closely with surfers and martial art athletes as well as being one herself she has developed a key passion in improving the longevity and mobility of joints, particularly in the hips. Working with the body in a 360-degree approach is a personal goal of hers and is aiming to build upon her knowledge and expertise in this field.

Belinda is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Beenleigh clinic.

Bree Regan

Exercise Physiologist

Bree is a new graduate from the University of Southern Queensland and graduated with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise majoring in Exercise Science and a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Majoring in Clinical Exercise Physiology. 

Bree has always lived a busy and active lifestyle, mainly through gymnastics, swimming, athletics, dancing and cheerleading. Some of which she continues to enjoy to this day. She also enjoys a regular walk at the beach or in the bush and a good TV show or movie to watch. 

Bree loves that exercise can be a fun and social way to improve our health and wellbeing for the short and long term and enjoys watching her client’s confidence grow quickly over time. Exercise can also be something that we share with our friends and family and does not need to be hard or a chore to be rewarding. Bree enjoys getting to know my clients, which helps her assist them as an individual and as a whole person to give them exercise plans that are best suited for their individual needs. Bree’s aim as an Exercise Physiologist is to help her clients reach their health and fitness goals and beyond so that they can live long happy, healthy and active lives.

Bree is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Buderim clinic.

Ben Bowering

Exercise Physiologist

Combining a love for exercise and a desire to help people, Ben dove straight into the studies of Exercise Physiology and through his experience has further cultivated a passion for Musculoskeletal and Neurological rehabilitation. Graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology, he gained the skills and knowledge to guide people through their recovery, getting them back to what they love doing. Ben believes in a person-centred approach to rehabilitation, ensuring all individuals are listened to and involved in curating their treatment plan.

Ben is fortunate enough to be a lifelong local of the Sunshine Coast and has participated in most sports and activities the region has to offer. When he’s not working, you can find Ben out in the surf, on the golf course perfecting his swing, or in the kitchen testing new recipes.

Ben is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Kawana clinic.

Grace Lobegeier

Exercise Physiologist

Grace graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) degree. She has a developing interest in mental health and metabolic conditions whereby when completing her degree wrote a paper for her thesis on the benefits of exercise on mental health.

Grace is always looking for ways to further improve her knowledge and enhance her client-centred care approach. She works alongside patients wherever they are at on their health journey and applies evidence-based practice to ensure the best outcomes possible.
Outside of the clinic Grace enjoys going to the gym, travelling, playing sports and exploring with her dog.

Grace is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Springfield clinic.

Anita Seymour

Exercise Physiologist

Anita is a new graduate exercise physiologist from the local University of the Sunshine Coast. Anita studied exercise physiology to combine her two passions of exercise and helping people.

If not at work Anita can usually be found out with her dog at the beach, camping or chasing waterfalls on hiking trails. She is also heavily involved in local touch rugby league competitions.

Anita has a huge interest in living a healthy well-rounded lifestyle both physically and mentally, which she tries to recognise within each client’s session. Anita is motivated to help others achieve their goals in an individualised manner.

Anita is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Sippy Downs clinic.

Elise Wild-Smith

Exercise Physiologist

Elise graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Queensland University of Technology. During her final semester of university, Elise started working as a therapist within paediatrics focusing on neurological conditions. Additionally, Elise has completed training in mat work pilates and exercise oncology.

Elise is very passionate about the positive impact of physical activity on health and well-being, which is evident in her love of leading an active and balanced lifestyle. Outside of her role as an Exercise Physiologist, Elise enjoys challenging herself with her gym training, going to the beach and finding the best gluten-free eats.

Elise understands that physical activity will look different for everyone and believes in the importance of facilitating holistic, individual and achievable interventions. Elise endeavours to provide the highest level of care, service, and safety to her clients to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Elise is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Chermside & St Lucia clinic.

Dylan Prescott

Exercise Physiologist

Dylan graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of the Sunshine Coast and was excited to return to his hometown of the Fraser Coast to further his career. With experience working as an athletic development coach with a Level 1 ASCA Strength and Conditioning qualification, Dylan has a keen interest in sports rehabilitation and musculoskeletal injuries and is passionate about providing a high level of patient-centred care through using exercise as medicine.

On his days off, Dylan enjoys playing a wide variety of sports, as well as camping and four-wheel driving with his family and friends.

Dylan is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

Olivia Quinn

Exercise Physiologist

Olivia studied a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Queensland.

Olivia grew up in Cairns and moved to Brisbane to attend Uni and has now moved to the Sunshine Coast.

Olivia is interested in a wide variety of patients with the sole purpose to help improve their overall wellbeing and health. Olivia believes she provides a holistic approach to aid patients in achieving their goals and improving their health through activity and exercise.

Olivia is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Maroochydore clinic.

Kurt Kidman

Exercise Physiologist

Kurt completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 at the Australian Catholic University. Since this time, Kurt has been working in injury prevention, Kurt has developed a passion for treating injuries whilst helping prevent them and improve the client’s quality of life. From this passion, Kurt gained entry into a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Australian Catholic University, which he has since completed.

During Kurt’s placement, he worked with a wide variety of clinical conditions and from this, Kurt has developed further interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and metabolic conditions. Outside of work, Kurt plays Beach Volleyball and has played numerous sports in the past, including A.F.L, Rugby Union and Indoor Netball.

Kurt is available for appointments at our North Lakes clinic.

Bianca Mazoletti

Exercise Physiologist

Bianca graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology after completing her studies at the Queensland University of Technology. Bianca has a developing clinical interest in women’s health and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Alongside completing university, Bianca received certificates for both Pilates reformer and matt work courses. Bianca wishes to combine her Pilates experience and resistance training into her exercise prescription to help musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Bianca is motivated to help improve the quality of life for her patients and is passionate about assisting them through their exercise journey.

Outside of the clinic, Bianca has a passion for a healthy lifestyle herself. However, she does love her coffee and Sunday brunches.

Bianca is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Woolloongabba clinic.

Kirra Womersley

Exercise Physiologist

Kirra graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) at the University of Queensland.  Kirra is passionate about exercise physiology but has a special interest in neurological, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Since moving on from elite track and field in 2016, Kirra has continued her passion for physical activity.  She is committed to patient-centred care and finds it incredibly rewarding to work alongside clients to achieve goals that may never have seemed possible.  Kirra is passionate about the widespread benefits of exercise and is committed to finding an activity to suit everyone.

When Kirra is not at the clinic, you can find her bouldering or researching the latest running shoes.

Kirra is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Chermside clinic.

Faith Cochrane

Exercise Physiologist

Faith is an Exercise Physiologist from Tasmania, graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast, who now considers the Sunshine Coast home.
Faith is motivated to optimise the quality of life for all that come to see her, ensuring sessions and programs address personal goals, current ability and lifestyles.
She has a passion for Women’s Health and movement analysis, looking at how to you’re moving daily that has an impact on your musculoskeletal aches and pains.

During her time off Faith likes to mountain climb, mountain bike, play soccer and be down on the beach with her dog. Faith believes that motion is lotion so let’s get moving!

Faith is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Nambour clinic.

Shannon Darlington

Exercise Physiologist

Shannon completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Graduate Diploma of Exercise Physiology at Griffith University, Gold Coast, in 2015. Since graduating, Shannon has worked in private practice and has experience working with chronic conditions, musculoskeletal injuries, occupational rehabilitation and injury prevention and management.

Shannon has developed a special interest in neuromuscular conditions, pre and post-operative rehabilitation, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic disease management and weight loss.

Shannon also provides Pilates-based rehabilitation for a wide array of chronic conditions and injury rehabilitation.

Shannon provides a tailored exercise program/class targeted to your individual level of strength, fitness, injuries and goals. Shannon loves helping patients achieve their goals, no matter how big or small they are.

Shannon is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Broadbeach clinic.

Tarin Cowley

Chronic Conditions & Pain Management 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’s interest is in Chronic Conditions & Pain Management 

Tarin is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

Sophie Wilkins

Women's Health Interest, Strength & Conditioning & Rehabilitation Exercise Physiologist

Sophie is passionate about all things Women’s Health! This includes Pre- and Post-natal exercise and specific exercise prescriptions for Osteoporosis, Menopause and Pelvic Health. Sophie strives to be a positive role model and believes that exercise can improve all aspects of health, including physical, mental and social health. Sophie will help you achieve your goals with an individualised treatment plan and exercise prescription. She believes that exercise should be a fun and enjoyable part of everyday life, so she will take time to educate you on the multiple benefits of a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

Sophie’s interests are in Women’s Health. Strength & Conditioning & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

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

Tenikka Mogno

Exercise Physiologist

Tenikka completed her Clinical Exercise Science Degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast with a passion to help people manage their chronic disease or injury through evidence-based exercise prescription and education. Tenikka has a special interest in working with people with Type 2 Diabetes, osteoporosis, and low back pain. Her positive and welcoming attitude makes you feel at ease through your journey of recovery and a healthier lifestyle.

Tenikka has gained experience running cardiac, diabetes and hydrotherapy group classes and throughout her final year of study worked closely with paraplegics, neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Tenikka is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Kawana location.

Zachary Howard

Exercise Physiologist

With a passion for helping others, Zac graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology). Since then, he has had extensive experience in private practice delivering Exercise Physiology services to patients for metabolic, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, post-operative rehabilitation, performance enhancement, neurological conditions, department of veteran’s affairs, Work Cover and NDIS. He strives to deliver enjoyable exercise programs that consider each patient’s goals and previous experiences to help them live a healthy and active lifestyle.

He now has a special interest in NDIS, Work Cover and CTP insurance rehabilitation, working closely with patients to deliver cutting edge exercise programs to maximise his patient’s rehabilitation. From acute injuries to chronic pain, he thrives on seeing patients through their entire journey to health and wellness.

Before transitioning into the clinical world, Zac worked as the head strength and conditioning coach for the biggest Tennis Centre on the Sunshine Coast after completing his Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (minor – performance enhancement). Outside of work, he likes to spend his time rock climbing, playing tennis, or riding his motorbike.

Zac is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Redcliffe and North Lakes locations.

Gemma Egan

Lower Back Pain, Diabetes, Chronic Disease & Osteoarthritis 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 the 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’s interest is in Lower Back Pain, Diabetes, Chronic Disease & Osteoarthritis Exercise Physiologist

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

 

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Dry July, Are You In? 🍺⁠
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Dry July is a fundraiser that encourages you to go alcohol-free in July to raise funds for people affected by cancer. ⁠
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Global MND Awareness Day 🧠⁠
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Last week marked MND day. MND or Motor Neuron Disease causes messages from the motor neurones to gradually stop reaching the muscles. This leads the muscles to weaken, stiffen and waste. MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. Some people also experience changes in their thinking and behaviour.⁠
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There is no cure for MND but regular treatment can help to retain function and quality of life and provide comfort.⁠
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Our allied health team can assist with MND and can help patients live fuller lives through a range of our services including Physiotherapy, OT, Dietetics and Exercise Physiology 🏃‍♂️⁠
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$245,000 raised for SunnyKids! 💙⁠
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The annual Wine Makers lunch held last month had a record-breaking $245,000 raised for SunnyKids! ⁠
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The money raised will enable the not-for-profit organisation to expand its crucial social programs such as SunnyKids in School and Mentoring Through Sports.⁠
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Well done to our team members and local Doctors who attended the event. It was such an amazing achievement 🙌
World Continence Week 💗⁠
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🚻 Over 5 million Australians – 1 in 4 people aged 15 years or over – experience bladder or bowel control problems. This number is predicted to grow to 6.5 million by 2030.⁠
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🚻 80% of people with urinary incontinence are women.⁠
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🚻1 in 3 women who ever had a baby wet themselves.⁠
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🚻 Strong pelvic floor muscles are necessary for bladder and bowel control and good sexual function.⁠
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🚻 Pelvic floor muscle exercises have been shown to prevent and treat incontinence at any age.⁠
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🚻 Less than 2 out of 10 women (7.66%) do their pelvic floor exercises daily.⁠
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🚻 70% of incontinent people do not seek help.⁠
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🚻 Bladder and bowel control problems are not a natural part of ageing or having a baby.⁠
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🚻 Incontinence can have a long-term physical and emotional impact; affecting self-esteem, motivation and independence.⁠
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World Continence Week 💗⁠
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WHAT IS INCONTINENCE?⁠
Incontinence describes any accidental or involuntary loss of:⁠
👉 Urine (wee) from the bladder – known as urinary incontinence⁠
👉 Faeces (poo) or flatus (wind) from the bowel – known as faecal incontinence.⁠
👉Incontinence can range in severity from a small leak to complete loss of bladder or bowel control.⁠
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Though Incontinence can impact a person's life quite dramatically, there are treatments and solutions to help manage it. ⁠
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Our Women's health team is one of those solutions! Our team can help both MEN and women with their pelvic health. ⁠
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To find out more head to our bio
World Continence Week 💗⁠
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World Continence Week (WCW) is a health campaign run by the World Federation For Incontinence and Pelvic Problems (WFIPP) to raise awareness of incontinence related issues.⁠
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This year it takes place from the 21 – to the 27 of June and during the week the WFIPP highlights the impact urinary incontinence can have on our lives and encourages those living with it to seek help so they no longer have to suffer in silence.⁠
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Our Women's Health team are highly trained to assist women with continence. Get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal and see how we can help today 🙌
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Did you know that we have a range of services that can help you with your health? The Sports & Spinal team are here to assist you in getting back on track with your health, whether it be recovery, getting fitter or sorting out your diet-our team can do it all. ⁠
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Men's Health Week 2022 ⁠
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There are five key barriers that prevent men from seeking support and information for their health. It's important that we break these barriers down and encourage men that their health is not worth hiding behind! ⁠
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Understanding the five barriers 👇⁠
1. Hoping it's not an issue?⁠
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2. Taking too long to do something about your health?⁠
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3. Worried that asking for help is perceived as being weak?⁠
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4. Have trouble talking about your health?⁠
Feeling nervous or embarrassed about starting a conversation can be a barrier to getting the support you need.⁠
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Good health is essential for a good life. But there are barriers that get in the way of keeping our body and mind in good nick and sometimes we need help to break them down. ⁠
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It's important to understand what's stopping you so you can take proactive steps to overcome it. ⁠
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See our recent blog on the five factors that prevent men from seeking support for their health and how to overcome them. ⁠
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It’s getting a little chilly around here ❄️⁠
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So why not make a hearty and nutritious Minestrone soup for your next dinner? Adding a soup mix like this one is a great way to boost the fibre and plant protein content of your meals! 🌿🌱⁠
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Here’s the recipe:⁠
🍲 1 cup Italian Soup Mix⁠
🍲 3 cups water⁠
🍲 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil⁠
🍲 ½ brown onion, sliced⁠
🍲 1 tsp crushed garlic⁠
🍲 1 carrot, diced⁠
🍲 1 small potato, diced⁠
🍲 ½ zucchini, diced⁠
🍲 100g frozen spinach⁠
🍲 1 tbsp tomato paste⁠
🍲 1 stock cube⁠
🍲 ½ tsp oregano⁠
🍲 Pinch of basil⁠
🍲 Pinch of parmesan⁠
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1. Prepare the soup mix as per packet instructions.⁠
In a medium saucepan add the olive oil, garlic and onion. Once translucent, add the potato, carrot, tomato paste, stock and water. Cook for 10 minutes.⁠
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2. Add the spinach and zucchini and season with oregano. Cook for another 10-15 minutes.⁠
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3. Once ready to serve, dish into bowls and top with parmesan cheese and basil and Voilà!!⁠
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The best part about minestrone is that you can use almost any veggies you have that are looking a little sad in the crisper! ⁠
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What Matters To You Day? 💙⁠
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What matters to you day encourages meaningful conversations between patients, caregivers, families and their health care providers.⁠
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WMTYD is a great way and reason to advance person and family-centeredd care, which is something we are all about here at SSP. ⁠
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What matters to Sports & Spinal is that we inspire, engage & empower everyone on their journey of health & well-being. This is something that underpins everything we do 🙌⁠
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Saturday marked National Cheese Day! 🧀⁠
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We all love a little bit (or a lot!) of cheese in our diets but sometimes cheese can come with the stigma that it's not good for us. To help clear that myth up, Sports & Spinal Dietitian Caitlin has weighed in on what she thinks about cheese in our diets 👇⁠
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Cheese Pros:⁠
 🧀 Good source of protein and calcium⁠
 🧀 Lots of different types that can be used for different things⁠
 🧀 Hard cheeses are low in lactose so are still suitable for people with lactose intolerance⁠
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Things to be mindful of:⁠
 🧀 Can be more energy-dense, so you may like to choose lite options depending on your nutrition goals⁠
 🧀 Need to be mindful of food safety when including them in sandwiches/salads/other dishes⁠
🧀 Need to keep cold with an ice brick in a cool bag when at school or work if you don't have access to a fridge⁠
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If you need help with their cheese intake or diet get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal team today!
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🧠 Multiple sclerosis (MS) is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Today, 2.8 million people around the world have MS.⁠
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🧠 MS is an inflammatory demyelinating condition. It is caused by damage to myelin – a fatty material that insulates nerves. In MS, the loss of myelin affects the way nerves conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain. Symptoms can include blurred vision, weak limbs, tingling sensations, unsteadiness, memory problems, and fatigue.⁠
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🧠 Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is two to three times more common in women than in men. There is no drug that can cure MS, but treatments are available which can modify the course of the disease.⁠
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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. ⁠
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Maintaining pelvic floor strength and function throughout your pregnancy and postnatally is essential.⁠
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Our Women's Health team can assist with all your pre-natal needs whether it be⁠
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💗 Pregnancy massage ⁠
💗 Pregnancy Exercise Classes ⁠
💗 Pelvic Pain ⁠
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We're also here to help during the post-natal stages too! Get in touch with your nearest clinic to find out more
World MS Day 🤍⁠
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World MS Day is officially marked on May 30. It brings the global MS community together to share stories, raise awareness and campaign with everyone affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). ⁠
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The Sports & Spinal Team are qualified to help people with MS through a range of therapies whether it is Physio, EP, Dietetics, Podiatry or Remedial Massage #wearehereforyou⁠
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Get in touch with the Sports & Spinal Team today and see how we can help 💚⁠
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#worldMSday #MS #sportsandspinal #msconnections
Exercise Right Week 🏃‍♂️⁠
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Exercise is vital for women across all stages of life.⁠
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Not only is being active important for your physical and mental health, but it can also play a crucial role when dealing with a range of women’s health conditions. ⁠
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Our women's health and exercise physiology team can assist with exercise prescription and education. Needing some help? ⁠
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Contact our team today 💻
Exercise Right Week 🏃‍♂️⁠
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How does exercise help with mental health? ⁠
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There is ample evidence that suggests exercise is an effective treatment method for people suffering from acute and chronic mental illness.⁠
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Exercise can make a big difference in mood and needs to be a fundamental part of mental health treatment. Even one workout a week is known to have great benefits.⁠
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Exercise can also counteract the side effects of some medications such as reducing the risk of falling by strengthening muscles and helping control body weight and blood pressure.⁠
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If you need help with getting more exercise into your life contact your nearest SSP exercise physiologist 💪