Coolum Dietitian

Dietitian @ Coolum Sports & Spinal

“Eat Well, Live Well”

Coolum Sports and Spinal Physio is located in beautiful Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. You can find us at 19 Birtwill Street, on the first floor of the building ‘Matlow Place’,  conveniently located near Peregian Beach, Yandina, and Mudjimba.

Sports & Spinal’s Dietitian team are dedicated to helping others achieve their health goals. Our fully qualified dietitians are dedicated to providing you with the best possible level of care. Our experts will get to the source of your symptoms working with you to address your goals and prescribe dietary treatments for many conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases and obesity. We will always keep you informed and involved in the management of your health journey.

Our Dietitian’s areas of expertise: Eating Disorders, Weight Loss/Gain, Bariatric Surgery, Type 1/2 Diabetes, ​Food Allergies/Intolerances, Digestive Issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac Disease, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, ​Women’s Health, Pregnancy + Lactation, Fatty Liver Disease, Anemia, PCOS and Heart Disease

Sports & Spinal Coolum clinic 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 Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, PsychologyHydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

Our Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APDs) are fully qualified, University-trained, food and nutrition experts.
Our Dietitian will help you achieve your health-focused goal and assist with helping you achieve optimal nutrition.
Our dietitians will explain the science behind food and nutrition, and provide a detailed nutrition plan that will assist you in your short or long term goals. Our Dietitian’s goal is to work with you to set your own goals and develop useful strategies to implement in everyday life; we can help to make real changes to each lifestyle. Whatever your food and nutrition concerns are, we are here to offer you support.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a relatively common condition that affects approximately 20% of Australian. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) refers to a collection of symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation as well as accompanying symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain. The cause of IBS is not known, but several factors appear to worsen symptoms. These can include some of the foods we eat, stress or an infection.

Our dietitians believe that many different food & lifestyle factors can trigger gut symptoms, our job is to work with you to help identify which strategies are right for you. Diet plays a significant role in managing IBS as we can modify the diet to identify any “trigger” foods which may make IBS symptoms worse. Our Dietitian will help you start eliminating foods, and you may be expected to follow the low FODMAP Dietitian as well as following lactose-free, wheat-free, gluten-free or dairy-free diets. The low FODMAP diet is used in the short term to establish which foods, if any, are triggers for your IBS symptoms. A strict elimination period of around 2-6 weeks is indicated for most IBS sufferers, at which point foods will be reintroduced to determine your triggers.

Our dietitians have a particular interest in the FODMAP diet and would love to help you to minimise your IBS symptoms to limit the impact they are having on your life! We also ensure that you are eating a healthy variety of foods and not missing out on any essential nutrients.

Losing weight is a confusing task in today’s world! There is so much information available on different food products, what we should & shouldn’t eat and what new diet is taking over as the latest craze. It is important not to put your body in harm’s way and to ensure you are only taking on advice which is evidence-based and accurate. Achieving a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk of many co-morbidities such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. It is also important to make sure you do so in a healthy way by making small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. Our dietitians can help you to set achievable goals and work with you to determine strategies which are going to work for you!

Our Dietitians can help by:

  • Ideas for meal and snack ideas
  • Meal planning and food preparation tips 
  • How to identify nutritional labels on foods
  • Identifying and reducing times when you eat for reasons other than hunger
  • Decreasing the frequency that you eat past fullness 
  • Learning to better listen to your hunger and fullness cues
  • Suggestions for balancing meals with foods that will nourish your body
  • Normalising your eating so you can still enjoy foods you love! 
  • Finding movement and activities, you enjoy for fun and to improve your fitness

Our Dietitians are able to help with monitoring and managing diabetes.  Diet is a major component which has a very big impact on your short- and long-term diabetes management. Knowing what type of diet and lifestyle can help in the prevention and management of diabetes is essential for those who are at risk of this condition.

Our team of dietitians are passionate about using the latest research to develop innovative, effective approaches that actually work. There is a lot of information available about your diet which makes it crucial to ensure you are getting reliable and accurate information to enhance your health!

Meet the Dietitian team @ Coolum

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

Ricki-lee Driver

Dietitian

Ricki-lee is passionate about supporting and empowering clients to achieve their health-related goals. Since graduating with an Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Ricki-lee has obtained experience across a variety of sectors including private hospitals, aged care facilities, private practice, and specialist teams. Ricki-lee applies a patient-centred approach to enable clients to overcome health barriers and facilitate diet and lifestyle independence.  Ricki-lee has special interests in adult and childhood obesity, bariatrics and disability.

Outside of work, Ricki-lee enjoys rock climbing, spending time with family and friends and experimenting in the kitchen.

Ricki-Lee is available for Dietitian appointments at our Buderim, Nambour, Maroochydore and Coolum locations.

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Coolum Sports & Spinal can be found at Level 2, Matlow Place, 19 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

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Parking @ Coolum

Plenty of parking is available on Birtwill Street outside Sports and Spinal otherwise parking is available across the road in the Coles complex.

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Buderim Dietitian Page

Dietitian @ Buderim Sports & Spinal

Sports & Spinal Physio Buderim is located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. The practice is situated at 120 King Street on the corner of King Street & Bairnsdale East Street, conveniently located near Mountain Creek and Forest Glen.

Sports & Spinal’s Dietitian team are dedicated to helping others achieve their health goals. Our fully qualified dietitians are dedicated to providing you with the best possible level of care. Our experts will get to the source of your symptoms working with you to address your goals and prescribe dietary treatments for many conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases and obesity. We will always keep you informed and involved in the management of your health journey.

Our Dietitian’s areas of expertise: Eating Disorders, Weight Loss/Gain, Bariatric Surgery, Type 1/2 Diabetes, ​Food Allergies/Intolerances, Digestive Issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac Disease, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, ​Women’s Health, Pregnancy + Lactation, Fatty Liver Disease, Anemia, PCOS and Heart Disease.

Buderim Sports & Spinal 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 Buderim clinic is a popular choice for Sunshine Coast residents looking for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Exercise Physiology, Dietetics, Hydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

Buderim Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy has also been recognised for the quality and safety of their service with the award of accreditation by Quality Innovation Performance (QIP). QIP is Australia’s most comprehensive not-for-profit accreditation organisation, dedicated to delivering accreditation and support services to a diverse range of organisations including physiotherapy practices, diagnostic imaging services, dental practices and community services.

Our Accredited Practicing Dietitians (APDs) are fully qualified, University-trained, food and nutrition experts.
Our Dietitian will help you achieve your health-focused goal and assist with helping you achieve optimal nutrition.
Our dietitians will explain the science behind food and nutrition, and provide a detailed nutrition plan that will assist you in your short or long term goals. Our Dietitian’s goal is to work with you to set your own goals and develop useful strategies to implement in everyday life; we can help to make real changes to each lifestyle. Whatever your food and nutrition concerns are, we are here to offer you support.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a relatively common condition that affects approximately 20% of Australian. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) refers to a collection of symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation as well as accompanying symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain. The cause of IBS is not known, but several factors appear to worsen symptoms. These can include some of the foods we eat, stress or an infection.

Our dietitians believe that many different food & lifestyle factors can trigger gut symptoms, our job is to work with you to help identify which strategies are right for you. Diet plays a significant role in managing IBS as we can modify the diet to identify any “trigger” foods which may make IBS symptoms worse. Our Dietitian will help you start eliminating foods, and you may be expected to follow the low FODMAP Dietitian as well as following lactose-free, wheat-free, gluten-free or dairy-free diets. The low FODMAP diet is used in the short term to establish which foods, if any, are triggers for your IBS symptoms. A strict elimination period of around 2-6 weeks is indicated for most IBS sufferers, at which point foods will be reintroduced to determine your triggers.

Our dietitians have a particular interest in the FODMAP diet and would love to help you to minimise your IBS symptoms to limit the impact they are having on your life! We also ensure that you are eating a healthy variety of foods and not missing out on any essential nutrients.

Losing weight is a confusing task in today’s world! There is so much information available on different food products, what we should & shouldn’t eat and what new diet is taking over as the latest craze. It is important not to put your body in harm’s way and to ensure you are only taking on advice which is evidence-based and accurate. Achieving a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk of many co-morbidities such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. It is also important to make sure you do so in a healthy way by making small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. Our dietitians can help you to set achievable goals and work with you to determine strategies which are going to work for you!

Our Dietitians can help by:

  • Ideas for meal and snack ideas
  • Meal planning and food preparation tips 
  • How to identify nutritional labels on foods
  • Identifying and reducing times when you eat for reasons other than hunger
  • Decreasing the frequency that you eat past fullness 
  • Learning to better listen to your hunger and fullness cues
  • Suggestions for balancing meals with foods that will nourish your body
  • Normalising your eating so you can still enjoy foods you love! 
  • Finding movement and activities, you enjoy for fun and to improve your fitness

Our Dietitians are able to help with monitoring and managing diabetes.  Diet is a major component which has a very big impact on your short- and long-term diabetes management. Knowing what type of diet and lifestyle can help in the prevention and management of diabetes is essential for those who are at risk of this condition.

Our team of dietitians are passionate about using the latest research to develop innovative, effective approaches that actually work. There is a lot of information available about your diet which makes it crucial to ensure you are getting reliable and accurate information to enhance your health!

Meet the Dietitian team @ Buderim

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

Tarni Sanewski

Dietitian

Tarni is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about improving health, promoting recovery and preventing disease by inspiring healthy diet and lifestyle choices using a patient-centred approach. Graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics, Tarni has since had clinical experience working with acute cardiac and respiratory patients in hospital. Special interest areas include rehabilitation, weight management, cardiovascular disease, and gut health.

Outside of work, Tarni enjoys hiking, climbing mountains, exploring new places, drawing and photography. She is always experimenting with new foods, recipes and keeping up to date with the latest research in nutrition and dietetics.

Tarni is available for Dietetic appointments at our Buderim, Kawana, Redcliffe, Chermside and North Lakes locations

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Buderim Sports & Spinal can be found at: 120 King Street Buderim 4556

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Parking @ Buderim

Buderim Sports & Spinal has 11 car parks located on site. Turn into Bairnsdale East St behind the building. If these parks are full there is overflow street parking nearby.

Servicing Areas

Forest Glen

Mountain Creek

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Coolum Exercise Physiology

Coolum Sports & Spinal

Coolum Sports and Spinal Physio is located in beautiful Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. You can find us at 19 Birtwill Street, on the first floor of the building ‘Matlow Place’,  conveniently located near Peregian Beach, Yandina, and Mudjimba.

Sports & Spinal Coolum clinic 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 Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, PsychologyHydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

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 @ Coolum

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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 being able to provide 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 for the management of 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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Sophie Lewis

Exercise Physiologist

Sophie is passionate about all things Womens Health! This includes Pre- and Post-natal exercise, as well as specific exercise prescription for Osteoporosis, Menopause and Pelvic Health. Sophie strives to be a positive role model and believes that exercise has the potential to 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 is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Maroochydore and Coolum location.

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Coolum Sports & Spinal can be found at Level 2, Matlow Place, 19 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

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Parking @ Coolum

Plenty of parking is available on Birtwill Street outside Sports and Spinal otherwise parking is available across the road in the Coles complex.

Latest Education

Are you suffering from headaches & migraines? Find out how our Physiotherapists can help!

  Have you ever woken up with a splitting headache that does not seem to shift? Feeling hopeless and unable to think clearly? You are not alone. 50% of people will suffer from headaches in a…

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Should I exercise If I’m Sick? Advice From Our Exercise Physiologist

With winter being well and truly upon us, as an exercise physiologist, I regularly get asked If you should still exercise if you feel yourself getting sick or if you're just not feeling great.…

Read More

Healthy Recipe From A Dietitian: Gut-Loving Minestrone Soup

Want an easy to make winter warmer? Look no further. 🥰👩🏼‍🍳 It’s getting a little chilly and I have jumped at the opportunity to make my favourite, gut-loving soup, Minestrone! These bowls have 16…

Read More


Buderim Exercise Physiology

Buderim Sports & Spinal

Sports & Spinal Physio Buderim is located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. The practice is situated at 120 King Street on the corner of King Street & Bairnsdale East Street, conveniently located near Mountain Creek and Forest Glen.

Buderim Sports & Spinal 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 Buderim clinic is a popular choice for Sunshine Coast residents looking for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Exercise Physiology, Dietetics, Hydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

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.

Buderim Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy has also been recognised for the quality and safety of their service with the award of accreditation by Quality Innovation Performance (QIP). QIP is Australia’s most comprehensive not-for-profit accreditation organisation, dedicated to delivering accreditation and support services to a diverse range of organisations including physiotherapy practices, diagnostic imaging services, dental practices and community services.

“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 @ Buderim

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

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.

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Cheyne Lee

Exercise Physiologist

Cheyne completed a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she discovered how exercise can truly be medicine. She finds joy in helping people improve their independence and lead happier, healthier lives with their loved ones. With her warm and bubbly personality, she will ensure you feel supported and empowered to achieve your health goals through a holistic, evidence-based approach.

Cheyne has experience in the prevention and management of osteoporosis/osteopenia and has special interests in individualised exercise prescription for chronic health conditions such as cardiac and metabolic diseases as well as neurological conditions such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Additionally, Cheyne runs hydrotherapy sessions and is also a qualified Pilates instructor, delivering Core Strength Mobility (CSM) classes.

Cheyne is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Buderim, Caloundra & Kawana clinics.

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Buderim Sports & Spinal can be found at: 120 King Street Buderim 4556

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Parking @ Buderim

Buderim Sports & Spinal has 11 car parks located on site. Turn into Bairnsdale East St behind the building. If these parks are full there is overflow street parking nearby.

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Are you suffering from headaches & migraines? Find out how our Physiotherapists can help!

 

Have you ever woken up with a splitting headache that does not seem to shift? Feeling hopeless and unable to think clearly? You are not alone. 50% of people will suffer from headaches in a given year and 90% will suffer headaches in their lifetime.

They can affect everyone very differently with some only experiencing a mild ache at the back of the head and some suffering debilitating pain with associated symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Nearly all of those with migraines and about 60% of those with tension type headaches will experience reductions in social activity and work capacity.

Headaches and migraines can have many triggers or driving factors. One thing they all have in common is, when you are having an episode there is increased nervous system activity in the brainstem (specifically the Trigemino-Cervical Complex or TCC). Understanding this is key to understanding the various management strategies of headaches and migraines.

The TCC has nerve fibres connecting to it that come from the upper three joints of the neck, the TMJ (Jaw Joint), the head and face. Due to this amazing convergence of nerves, a stimulus in one or more of these areas can contribute to sensitivity amongst all of them.

You can think of your headache or migraine-like a bucket of water and when that bucket overflows you get a headache. If there is pain, stiffness or dysfunction coming from the upper neck joints, the jaw, the head, or face this will start to fill the bucket up. So when there is increased tension or stiffness in the neck, you are more likely to overflow the bucket and get a headache. If you have jaw joint stiffness, pain, or even have had recent dental work performed, this can also lead to increased information heading toward the TCC, further filling up the bucket.

On the other hand, some systemic factors can reduce the size of the bucket. For example, if you are stressed, anxious, experiencing poor sleep, smoke or have a poor diet, these can all increase your nervous system sensitivity, therefore reducing the size of the bucket. This means it does not take as much to fill up the bucket and you may find yourself more prone to experiencing migraines and headaches. There are other rare medical conditions that could be the primary cause of the migraine or headache and your GP, a Neurologist and your health care team should be able to identify these if that is the case.

The positive aspect of having so many contributing factors is that this means there is a range of treatments that could be utilised. These health practitioners could all have something to add:

  • Physiotherapist: Can treat the cervical spine, the jaw or other contributing musculoskeletal issues
  • Dentist: Can treat the jaw and bite (if you clench or grind the teeth)
  • Dietitian: Can help you optimise your diet which can help with sleep, weight management, inflammation, and wellbeing
  • Psychologist: Can help you if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed
  • Neurologist: If you experience persistent or severe headaches, a Neurologist can help diagnose more complex causes or suggest a range of treatments such as medication or botox injections to reduce the tone in the muscles and block chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry signals from your brain that are perceived as pain.

If you would like more information and guidance, talk to our Physiotherapists or Dietitians for advice about how to best plan the management of your headaches or migraines.

 

Written by Shoulder, Neck and Headache Physiotherapist Adam Horwitz

Adam graduated from The University of Sydney with an applied science degree in Exercise and Sports Science followed by a Masters of Physiotherapy. He has undergone further training in Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling as well as attended a range of courses for the management of shoulder pain, headaches, TMJ Disorders (Jaw Joint) and spinal pathologies.

Adam developed a keen interest in Physiotherapy and injury management through competing in Football, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Squash over the years. He uses a variety of techniques to help diagnose and treat his client’s injuries. His effective treatment planning includes easy to understand advice and education, soft tissue therapy, joint mobilisations and exercise prescription.

His inpatient hospital training gave him an in-depth knowledge of medical management of a variety of conditions and the effect hospitalisation can have on the body after discharge. Adam is fortunate to have worked with some of the leading hip, knee, shoulder and spinal specialists in the country. He is well experienced rehabilitating patients following joint replacements, including; Total Knee Replacements, Total Hip Replacements and Total Shoulder Replacements.

Through further training in Pilates and his involvement with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Adam has a deep understanding of human movement, biomechanics and how to use exercise to stimulate adaptation and recovery.

Adam is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside location.


COVID-19

Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy Covid-19 Coronavirus Management Plan

At Sports & Spinal we are taking all precautions recommended by the Department of Health & Australian Government to ensure we can continue to provide you & our teams with a safe environment.

We want you to know that we are keeping up to date with all recommendations made from the World Health Organisation, Australia’s Department of Health, Queensland Health Department, and the APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association) . We will continue to review and update our procedures over this time to ensure we are providing you with a safe place to be able to continue your health journey. It is important to maintain your rehabilitation through this time. Sports & Spinal are here to support you and your families in these uncertain times!

Information from The Department of Health

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert

What we are doing in our clinics 

  • Rigorous routine cleaning throughout the entire clinic (treatment rooms, waiting areas, gyms, bathrooms)
  • Hand sanitizer – we encourage you to use this as soon as you arrive and when you leave
  • All patients are screened for signs/symptoms
  • SMS reminders to patients regarding signs and symptoms
  • Signage around the clinic relating to appropriate hygiene/precautions
  • Cashless
  • No magazines/toys in waiting areas
  • Water towers removed from waiting areas
  • Disposable coverings on treatment surfaces

Telehealth Appointments 

  • Your consultation will include a thorough assessment, advice, exercises and treatment plan to manage your injury independently at home
  • Telehealth options – no out of pocket cost for Medicare plans, available for DVA/Workcover/Third party insured (Private Health announcement expected on 14th April)

What you will be asked by our friendly reception team

  • Screening questions health/illness
  • Bring your towel and drink bottle
  • If you are new to Sports & Spinal, you will be sent a link to complete new patient paperwork remotely
  • When you attend your appointment, you may be asked to wait outside or in your car depending on the space allowed in each clinic for appropriate social distancing

What’s different about you consultations

  • The clinician will ensure they’re not within 1.5 metres of you for any more than 15 minutes. The remainder of the time utilised for;
    • Subjective examination time – getting to know what is happening and how we can help you
    • Explanation and demonstration of exercises + the development of your home exercise program
    • Time may also be spent setting you up on our telehealth platform

What our staff are doing

  • Screening of staff prior to shifts
  • Thorough hygiene processes
  • Cleaning clothing/not wearing the same items of clothing between shifts
  • Recommended social distancing between staff where appliable
  • Working from one treatment room
  • No longer using shared spaces as a team e.g. lunch room
  • Working from home where appropriate
  • Have all understand COVID-19 Infection Control training

As we all adapt to the new ‘normal’ we remain OPEN & committed to supporting you and your loved ones. Due to the current climate, things might be a little difference such as, skyping Nana for a dinner date, zooming friends for a coffee catch up, or a Facetime family dinner. Whatever you do, you’re likely getting used to technology playing a bigger part in how we communicate. We’re doing it too with online consultations, classes & meetings! If you have any questions about managing your injuries, keeping healthy and moving, we’re here for you.

From the entire Sports & Spinal team, we appreciate your understanding during this time!

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Online Classes

Practice Pilates & Many Other Classes, From The Comfort Of Your Own Home!

Sports & Spinal’s Pilates & Exercise cclasses are so easy for you to do in the comfort of your own home!

  • Access a range of classes such as Mat Pilates, Equipment Pilates, Group Gym Classes, HIIT Classes, Mums & Bubs Classes & Relax and Restore Classes
  • Tailored online classes workout programs based on your needs

Sports & Spinal online class workout videos are suitable for anyone, any age and all abilities and can be accessed on either your smart phone or laptop/desktop. Our online classes are designed by accredited Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist. Whether you are recovering from an injury, trying to prevent one or looking to improve your health, fitness or wellbeing our expert Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiolgoist have the expertise to guide you every step of the way.

Are you wanting to join our online classes? Fill out our contact us form by clicking here

Are you already attending our classes? Contact your local clinic

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

CSM classes utilise a variety of exercises that incorporate balance, power, strength and stability. The classes are inspired by Clinical Pilates movements and equipment, utilising levers and resistance to promote correct muscular activation patterns, postural awareness and core strength.

Performed on a mat or with specialised equipment, our CSM 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.

Our classes are run by both Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists with Clinical Pilates Experience. Clinical Pilates (also called Studio Pilates) refers to one-on-one Pilates that is often used for injury rehabilitation, used in conjunction with physiotherapy. Sports & Spinal offers both and can cater to your exact needs.

Incredible personalised health and wellness classes developed by the expertise of the Sports & Spinal Exercise Physiologist and Dietitian team. These classes are all about taking small steps to create big, lasting lifestyle changes for THE NEW YOU! Our Exercise Physiologists are trained in wellness coaching to help you lose weight, stay motivated with your rehab classes and self manage your condition with expert guidance.

The Sports and Spinal team are highly skilled in developing exercise programs to suit everyone individual needs as we age, particularly in relation to people who have conditions which limit them physically and affect their quality of life e.g. arthritis, stroke, a fracture, osteoporosis or heart disease.

Sports & Spinal’s Group Gym Classes provide an enjoyable and social environment under close supervision.

Medical evidence shows that if you keep fit by exercising regularly, you will increase your chances of living a healthier life – feeling well, looking well and maintaining your lifestyle of choice.

All patients are thoroughly assessed prior to commencing classes to tailor a program to suit your specific needs. We aim to optimise your physical function and improve or maintain your mobility. Balance, strength, flexibility, and fitness are all important factors in helping to prevent falls which are a common cause of injury.

It is never too late to start an exercise program and you may be surprised at how much you improve!

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) incorporates repeated bouts of short high-intensity exercise intervals, intersected by small periods of active recovery.  It is one of the most effective methods to achieve fat loss, improve endurance, increase sports specific explosiveness and strengthen core muscles.

Our HIIT classes have been shown to be an effective tool in:

  • Increasing cardiovascular fitness
  • Increasing endurance
  • Burning abdominal fat
  • Building muscle
  • Reducing blood pressure

These classes are specifically tailored to the needs of women during their pregnancies and up to one year following birth.
The classes will comprise of:

  • Pelvic floor safe strength training
  • Hip complex strengthening
  • Functional lifting
  • Upper back/ postural strengthening
  • Pelvic floor education

Benefits of Exercising During Pregnancy and Postnatally

  • Classes specifically tailored to pregnancy and postnatal issues
  • Strength, flexibility, conditioning in varied formats
  • Small class sizes allowing for plenty of one on one time and specific programming
  • Pelvic floor safe exercise 
  • Post Natal women welcome to bring babies
  • Holistic exercise session to enhance emotional and physical well-being through the release of endorphins
  • Ideally we recommend 2x classes per week for best results

About the classes

Blooming Bellies to Active Mums are two classes designed for your specific needs during the antenatal and postnatal period. The changes your body undergoes during the child bearing years require specific, targeted exercises by trained professionals to ensure that you safely remain strong and active.
Classes will have a large focus on core and pelvic floor muscle activation and strength through a range of functional lifts and movements, education and stretching.
These classes are the perfect transition back to pre-pregnancy fitness and sports, or future physical aspirations. Babies are more than welcome at our post natal sessions.

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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I already have a class memebership, can I use this?

A. Yes, absolutely! please get in touch with our friendly reception and they will let you know more details

Q. Can I trial the class first? 

A. Yes, your first class is FREE

Q. Do I need an initial assessment? Can I do this online?

A. Yes, contact us via our email [email protected] and we will be able to book you in for a consultation, alternatively, you can use our online booking platform and book in with our Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist, this can be done by telehealth or in our clinic. 

Q. Do I need equipment? 

A. If you choose the equipment class you will need equipment but we have equipment packages you can purchase and we can ship to you or you can pick up from our local clinic 

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Telehealth

Online Health Consults are covered by Medicare, DVA, Work Cover & Private Health Insurance.

To book an online consult via telehealth, click the service you are after and it will take you straight to the online booking platform.

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Podiatry

Lower Limb Podiatry

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Musculoskeletal Podiatry

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Exercise Physiology

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Diabetes Exercise Physiology

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Occupational Therapy

Neurological Conditions

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Risk Management

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Dietitian

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From the comfort of your own home.

Online video consultations are available for all of our services such as: Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Dietitian, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy and Psychology for clients Australia-wide.

Our online 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.

In the current climate, clients may not be able to attend our clinics due to an illness, or simply may be self-isolating during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

Online consults are also a great alternative for those who may find it difficult to access high-quality physiotherapy services:

  • People in rural areas
  • Those with very busy work or family lives

Sports & Spinal use a secure platform for their telehealth this works well on any Apple or Android device including smartphones and tablets, as well as laptop and desktop computers with an internet connection.

How do Sports & Spinal’s online consults work?

  • Our allied health team can assess, diagnose and treat online
  • Instant messaging to your Practitioner, troubleshoot any questions about your treatment plan.
  • We will safely guide you through a series of tests and movements
  • Review your exercises and develop your personalised exercise program
  • A professional and bespoke service developed to deliver results for you on your rehab journey

Prior to your online consult

Please go here to find out how our telehealth works: https://www.gensolve.com/telehealth-help/

Make sure you have a reasonable space around you if you have a physiotherapy, exercise physiology or podiatry appointment if you need to perform some movement tests, and also some privacy in case you are concerned about relaying personal information.

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Womens Health @ Sports & Spinal Coolum

Womens Health @ Coolum Sports & Spinal

Coolum Sports and Spinal Physio is located in beautiful Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. You can find us at 19 Birtwill Street, on the first floor of the building ‘Matlow Place’,  conveniently located near Peregian Beach, Yandina, and Mudjimba.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy is available at our Coolum clinic. Our Women’s Health Physiotherapists have completed post-graduate training in this specialised field and have experience with a broad range of issues that may present during the different stages of a woman’s life including pregnancy, birth, menopause and everything in between. Our team is committed to learning everything they can about conditions that affect women (and sometimes men!), and are constantly attending conferences, courses, and seminars to ensure they stay up to date with the most current research.

Some of the conditions they commonly treat include:

– Incontinence (leakage from the bladder and bowel)

– Prolapse

– Constipation

– Mastitis

– Pregnancy-related back and pelvic pain

– Cancer Rehabilitation

– Pelvic pain and pain with intercourse

– Return to exercise after pregnancy

Sports & Spinal Coolum clinic 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 Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, PsychologyHydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

Meet the team @ Coolum

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Sophie Zykus

Womens Health & General Physiotherapy

Sophie graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Notre Dame in Western Australia. Sophie found her passion for helping women early in her career and since graduating, has completed further study in the field of Women’s health. Sophie is passionate about educating and empowering women at all stages of life so they can better manage their conditions and achieve their personal and physical goals. In conjunction with women’s health, Sophie also enjoys treating low back, hip and pelvic pain. She strives to provide her patients with the most recent evidence-based practice and give them the self-management tools they need to get on top of their pain and feel in control again.

Sophie is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Please see below for more information on the type of conditions our therapists can help with:

Pelvic Health & Continence (also referred to as Women’s Health Physiotherapy or Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy) is the area of Physiotherapy that deals with conditions relating to the bladder, bowel, pelvic floor, and pelvis, as well 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.

Some of the areas and conditions that they are able to assess and treat include:

  • Pregnancy & Post Natal
    • Pelvic Girdle Pain
    • Rectus Abdominis Diastasis (RAD or DRAM, Tummy Muscle Separation)
    • Post Natal Pelvic Floor Checks and Return to Exercise Assessment
  • Incontinence (Stress Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, and Fecal Incontinence)
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Painful Intercourse (Dyspareunia)
  • Mastitis (Maroochydore only)
  • Constipation
  • Pre and Post Prostatectomy Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Advice
  • Pre and Post Gynae Surgery Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Advice
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Rectus Abdominis Diastasis (Tummy Muscle Separation, RAD, DRAM)

We like to allow 60mins 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 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 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 training, bladder and bowel management 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 improve 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.

All initial massages are charged at 50% off – contact your local clinic to book in otday!

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 Physiologist 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 post natal ‘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 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.

If you are in need of  Women's Health Physiotherapy services, contact us and see how we can help today!

Coolum Sports & Spinal can be found at Level 2, Matlow Place, 19 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

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Plenty of parking is available on Birtwill Street outside Sports and Spinal otherwise parking is available across the road in the Coles complex.

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Pilates

Clinical Pilates Inspired Classes @ Sports & Spinal

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 a variety of exercises that incorporate balance, power, strength and stability. The classes are inspired by Clinical Pilates movements and equipment, utilising levers and resistance to promote correct muscular activation patterns, postural awareness and core strength.

Performed on a mat or with specialised equipment, our 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.

Our classes are run by both Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists with Clinical Pilates Experience. Clinical Pilates refers to one-on-one Pilates that is often used for injury rehabilitation, 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 a number of 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 and injuries/restrictions we need to be aware of prior to attending a class.

Contact your local Sports and Spinal location to arrange a consultation. After this assessment, your first two weeks of classes is FREE!

✓ 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

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