SPORTS & SPINAL ST LUCIA

clinical pilates

St Lucia

Level 1, Building 21C UQU ComplexUnion RoadSt Lucia QLD 4067

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St Lucia Sports & Spinal is located at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, on the Ground Floor, Building 21C. Conveniently located near Taringa, Indooroopilly, Toowong, Chapel Hill, Kenmore, Springhill, Paddington, Auchenflower, Milton, Rosalie, Bardon and other surrounding suburbs.

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.  

This can be done either using the Pilates equipment (reformer, trapeze table, exercise ball etc.) in a CSM Studio class or the form of a Mat Class, utilising bodyweight and minimal equipment. From here, we build and progress your program as appropriate with continued advice and education throughout, so you left feeling a better version of YOU.  

Our Core, Strength & Mobility classes are a fitness regime for life, performed on a mat or with specialised equipment. 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.

All patients are required to have an initial assessment with a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist 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 prior to a patient attending a class.

St Lucia Sports & Spinal is NDIS registered and accepts Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

✓ 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 

✓ Rheumatological issues  

✓ General conditioning concerns palsy, Parkinson’s disease

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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Elise Wild-Smith

Exercise Physiologist

Elise graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Queensland University of Technology and has additional training in exercise oncology and Pilates. Elise also has experience working in paediatrics, focussing on neurological conditions. While Elise enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions, she has a keen interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Elise is very passionate about the positive impact of physical activity on health and well-being and understand that this will look different for everyone. Elise endeavours to facilitate holistic, individualised, and achievable interventions for the best possible patient outcomes.

Outside of her role as an Exercise Physiologist, Elise enjoys leading an active and balanced lifestyle, going to the beach and finding the best gluten-free eats.

Elise is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Chermside & St Lucia 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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Parking and Directions at St Lucia Sports & Spinal:

1. Enter UQ from the Sir Fred Schonell Drive entrance. Continue along the road and drive straight through the roundabout (an athletics field will be on your left).

2. Turn left into Blair Drive, then turn right into the 2nd street on the right – Union Rd.

3. Proceed along Union Rd and turn left at the top of the road  – at the “Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio” sign

4. Follow the road as it veers right. Our sign-posted car parking area will be on your right. The entrance to St Lucia Sports & Spinal is approx. 20 metres away, to your right.

Free Parking

  • There are 5 bays on either side of the parking area to choose from.

  • Please tell reception on arrival your car rego

  • On Saturdays, free parking is available everywhere on campus.

Public Transport

The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus has a very convenient public transport system, with frequent service available via both bus and City Cat.

City Cat

  • Take a City-Cat to the University of Queensland stop.
  • Exit the terminal and walk straight ahead, Walk out of the end of the terminal (heading west) along the path with the lake on your left.
  • Take the right-hand path when it splits, up the elevated walkway to the UQU Building. St Lucia Sports & Spinal is in front of you to the right, next to the Bike Shop

Bus

  • There are two bus stops at UQ, St Lucia campus.

  • The first stop is located at Chancellor’s Place near the J.D. Story building. There is a map of the campus located near this bus stop. Please refer to this map to locate the Union Complex building (look for the swimming pool image and Union Road).

  • The other bus station is located at UQ Lakes (photo at right). Buses travel across the ‘Green Bridge’ to access this terminal. Walk out of the end of the terminal (heading west) along the path with the lake on your left. Take the right hand path when it splits, up the hill to a carpark. BSSP is in front of you on your right as you cross the carpark.

  • For timetables and further information, try the TransLink Website or call TransLink on 13 12 30.