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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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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Why Do Cross Fit Injuries Occur? Written by Cassie Kennett

Written by Cassie Kennett, Sports & Spinal's Cross Fit Enthusiast and Physiotherapist. 

Why do CrossFit injuries occur??

Firstly, what is CrossFit?

For those of you that have not yet joined the CrossFit ‘cult’, CrossFit is a form of exercise that incorporates rapid and successive high-intensity ballistic movements from the likes of gymnastics, Olympic lifting and powerlifting, with just a few other functional movements incorporated. Due to the higher intensity and very technical movements, Crossfitters can be prone to injury. More specifically, injuries are believed to occur due to a few very common reasons.

Reason a) Advanced movements attempted by not so advanced athletes (i.e. technique, and more importantly, technique under load)

Reason b) Inconsistency of training

Reason c) Poor core strength and stability

Reason d) Spike in volume and load of training /weights

Now, this can affect anyone. I see it most commonly in newbies and in competitors.

Typically, people new to the sport represent the largest population of injury. However, they are generally of a larger body mass and do not have a background in gymnastics or Olympic lifting – which is a major component of the sport. These movements are very technical and can take weeks-months-years to master and perform in WOD, so don’t rush it. Take it slow and use only the bar/stick to the progressions until you and your coach are comfortable in moving up in weights and/or movements. Now, I’m not trying to scare off any potential new crossfitters reading this, so read on to find out how best to avoid injury when starting.

Inconsistent training is another risk factor for injury. The individuals that can only make 1-2 sessions a week/fortnight have less of a chance at mastering the movements and being able to RX the workouts. This, as well as the potential deconditioning that comes with inconsistent training, can make them more prone to injury. CrossFit workouts typically involve high reps, heavyweights all completed as fast as possible - not the best combination for sporadic training.

Core strength and stability is imperative for not only all lifts in CrossFit but in all positions under load. Think about it. Which of these two positions looks better? If you picked A, you’ve just saved yourself from a potential back injury. Knowledge of and use of core strength in all movements will not only improve technique, but it will also help prevent injury. This ‘rib flare’ is a common mistake that overextends/overarches the back which is a loss of core engagement and control, which ultimately protects the back.

Conversely, competitors, whose technique is usually on point, are more likely to become injured when there is a sudden increase in load and volume of training. – i.e. training for a comp, undertaking a new program or starting CompTrain (check it out, you won’t be disappointed). Weights increase, accessory work takes a step back, and hours at the gym increase.

There is a training continuum, if you will, that depicts a training: rest ratio that is optimal for the sport of CrossFit. Typically, gyms will program 6 days per weeks to cater for everyone’s schedule. This does not mean that to be ultimately fit, you have to train for 1-2hrs 6 days a week. No. This is put in purely to give people options. A training regime that allows one day off during the week – i.e. train Mon-Wed, rest Thurs and train Fri-Sat is an optimal training schedule as it allows recovery during the week which not only promotes rest for the body (trust me, you need it) but rests for the mind. However, other recommendations made by CFL1 courses state that a 5on, 2 off training roster is also beneficial. People that train above this recommendation risk injury.  While they may progress quickly at the beginning, eventually the volume catches up to them in the form of an injury.

Now don’t get me wrong, injuries in this sport is not a particularly common thing, and won’t happen to everyone. There are definitely ways to avoid injury, however, as in any sport, it still happens. The best way to avoid injuries is to:

  1. Start off slowly with VERY lightweight (if you’re a beginner)
  2. Focus on getting the technique right first (leave your ego at the door – there’s no need to lift heavy weight if you cannot do the movement)
  3. Have rest days and work on mobility. Yes, mobility.

The most common injuries seen are in the low back, shoulders, knees and wrists. Unless people have come from a gymnastics/weightlifting background, they can come across these when beginning CrossFit. These will be covered in the next couple of blog entries.

So what do we do about these injuries??

See your Physiotherapist!

At Coolum, Cass is a CrossFitter herself and is able to design a rehab program based around CrossFit movements and goals. She is also able to provide advice regarding technique and progressive loading to rehabilitate current and prevent future injury. 


Coolum Psychology

Psychology @ 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.

We believe that a strong relationship between client and therapist is the foundation through which a client will progress towards their therapeutic and life goals.  Psychology @ Sports & Spinal offer a range of flexible service delivery options to suit your needs

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 Psychology as well as Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, Hydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage in the heart of Coolum.

Booking can be made online or contacting our clinic directly, we do not require a referral from your GP to get booked in however to see our clinical psychologist under the Mental Health Care Plan by Medicare you will need to see your GP, the process starts with your GP preparing a Mental Health Care Plan which you then bring to your first appointment. A Mental Health Care Plan is not required to receive a rebate from your private health fund.

Meet our Psychologist @ Coolum

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Domonique Doyle

Psychologist

Domonique is a performance psychologist who has received a Master of Psychology (Sport and Exercise) from the University of Queensland. Domonique has a diverse range of experience working in mental health including mental health case management, performance psychologist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and several sports academies, spinal cord injury, NDIS, work cover, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and general psychological counselling and services.

Domonique is passionate about helping clients improve their quality of life and achieve goals in a safe and heard environment through face-to-face, telehealth, and/or video platform.

Without restricting to any presenting issue, Domonique welcomes all enquiries for therapy with a special interest in depression and anxiety, athlete wellbeing, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support, work cover (including pain and injury support), substance use, LBTIQ+, and general counselling.

Domonique is available for Psychology appointments at Maroochydore and Coolum

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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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What is a Concussion?

Collaborated by Hayley Wilkinson, Briony McSwan Sports & Spinal Maroochydore and Sabrina Maynard Sports & Spinal Kawana.

What is a concussion?

A sports-related concussion can be defined as a traumatic brain injury induced by biomechanical forces (Berlin Consensus Guidelines, 2016). It is caused by either a direct blow to the head, face or neck. It’s important to note a blow to anywhere on the body, transmits an ‘impulsive’ force to the head can cause a concussion.

Only 6% of concussion results in loss of consciousness. Just because someone didn’t lose consciousness doesn’t mean they won’t have a concussion.

40% of concussions show up at the time of injury, however, 30% evolve over time showing the importance of monitor patients or people with a suspected concussion.

Some symptoms to look for with a concussion include:


• Headache
• Fogginess (cognition)
• Rapid and exaggerated changes in mood
• Irritability
• Loss of consciousness
• Memory loss
• Unsteady, unbalanced
• Slowed reaction time
• Drowsiness

Concussion should not be taken lightly in any case but take to the emergency department if people are presenting with:

• Neck pain
• Increasing confusion and irritability
• Repeated vomiting
• Seizure or convulsion
• Weakness or tingling/burning in arms or legs
• Deteriorating conscious state
• Severe or increasing headache
• Unusual behaviour change
• Double vision

'If in doubt sit them out'

We don’t want anyone having a second impact (second impact syndrome) where they suffer a second concussion before the symptoms of the earlier one have subsided.
A second impact can cause the brain to swell rapidly and catastrophically which will then lead to further neurometabolic changes and cell death

Most people are unaware that there is treatment available to help reduce symptoms and return to sport faster.
Initial rest from cognitive, physical and environmental factors as needed is indicated for the first 48 hours. Then as tolerated start graduated return to cognitive and physical activity – need to treat the individual.
Limit: screen time, physical activity, school, socializing, stressful activities
Allow: Increased sleep, hydration and nutrition
Integrate: 5minutes every hour of symptom-free activities (no headaches, dizziness, fatigue)
Alternate between types of activity = cognitive/physical/visual. Integrate screen time sooner on a structured basis.

All activities should be introduced slowly and gradually whilst monitoring symptoms. Some types of activities you could alternate between are listed below:

Rest:

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Listening tasks- audiobooks, quiet music
• Meditation or relaxation (sooner rather than later)
• Colouring
• Short walk indoors or out
• Brushing the pet

Cognitive:

• Reading
• Computer
• Memory tasks
• Problem-solving
• Cooking
• Planning activities

Cardiovascular/physical:

 

 

 

 

 

• Increased HR – walking, cycling, jogging
• Household tasks – cleaning, dishes
• Yoga

Environmental:

• Light exposure
• Noise exposure
• Busier places/events
• Talking in group

General rule:

The athlete needs to be symptoms free for the same amount of time they have had symptoms prior to returning to contact sport.
Successful return to school/work must come before return to sport (game). Especially, in youth and adolescents

The average length of return to sport/play :

• 14 days for girls
• 15 days for girls
• 2 days earlier if received treatment right away/report it right away.
Non-sport-related concussions take longer than sport related = whiplash, falls.
It is worth noting most sports will have specific return to play guidelines and protocols. Generally, you will need to be signed off by a qualified GP before getting back to your sport.

Here at Sports & Spinal, we are able to assist you and in getting back to your regular activities, we can provide physiotherapy that includes:

  • Neurological, Vestibular (balance/dizziness) and Musculoskeletal assessment

  • Neck and headache treatment

  • Safe implementation of a graded rehabilitation program to prepare for returning to sport/work

  • Providing specific exercises for reducing some symptoms

  • Assessing for return to school/work and return to sport

Recovering from a concussion can be a frustrating process. Each patient will require individualized care during their concussion management process. Some may recover quite quickly, while some may have a difficult time progressing.  If you need advice on concussion or you have symptoms lasting longer than one month contact our team and they will be happy to book you in an appointment with our wonderful team of Physiotherapist!

Meet two of our expert Physiotherapist that can assist with a concussion in our Maroochydore clinic: 

Hayley Wilkinson

Hayley has also completed further study in Concussion Management and is passionate about helping athletes return to their sport safely following a concussion particularly if they continue to experience persistent symptoms.

Hayley has been working for the Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club the past 4 years and has developed an interest in treating sporting and lower limb injuries.

Briony McSwan

Briony has been with Sports and Spinal since 1998. She has a wealth of experience in all areas of physiotherapy but for over a decade has focussed particularly on the treatment and management of head, neck and jaw pain, as well as dizziness and vestibular dysfunction.

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Five Benefits of Massage in the Winter

Massage in winter

For most of us, winter means hot drinks, extra layers of clothing, more hours spent indoors and less physical activity.
The good news is that a Remedial Massage can be a great tool to help you through the winter season!

The benefits of massage therapy during winter should not be overlooked, and may be exactly what you need to make it through to spring:

  1. Boost Your Immune System

Winter means colds & the flu spread like wildfire but massage can help your body fight these by boosting your immune system. This is through increasing the lymph flow which is loaded with lots of white blood cells which then go and fight infections around the body.

  1. Helps Dry Skin

As the humidity drops in winter the cold, dry air makes the water in your skin evaporate quicker, making your skin drier. The oils and lotions used in massage contain lots of vitamins to nourish & hydrate your skin – making you feel better on the inside & out!

  1. Improve Your Circulation

Your circulation may need a little help if your hands and feet are always chilly or if you’re having some aches and pains in the colder weather. Regular massage can help by enhancing blood flow and body warmth, which in turn increases the flow of oxygen around the body.

  1. Say Bye To Winter Blues

Massage encourages positive changes in the endocrine system where hormones are created. These changes decrease cortisol levels (a stress-related hormone) & increase oxytocin levels (the happy hormone) leading to the release of serotonin and endorphins, relieving the stress and enhancing your mood. Bye, bye winter blues!

  1. De-Stress

Waking up when it is dark and getting home from work when it is also dark can add extra stress into our lives. Some time out for a massage can really help boost your well-being & help to reset the balance in your life by aiding the release of stress.  It will also help to improve your sleep to give you more energy during the busy winter months.

Sports & Spinal have you covered this winter!

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Have you had an injury to your wrist? Written by Hand Therapist Bethany Butler

This week, we're giving a big shout out to our resident Hand Therapist - Bethany Butler -Bethany is Sports & Spinal’s physiotherapist with a special interest in the upper limb – shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand conditions. We'll be celebrating all things wrist & hand this week with special articles on how to best recover from an upper limb injury.

Hand Therapist work with a wide variety of people, including athletes, manual labourers, new mothers, elderly people, and children, basically, they're our hidden heroes getting people back to the things they love after significant trauma & loss.

Bethany would like to share her blog with you all:

Have you had an injury to your wrist and you now find it difficult to weight bear through your hand and wrist during activities such as Pilates, Boxing or Gym training? Or, do you experience pain when simply pushing up from a chair?

You may be experiencing pain localised to the side of your wrist (below your little finger – see image below) with twisting motions of your wrist such as: wringing out wet clothes; turning a doorknob; lifting or carrying an object with your palms turned upwards? These are all symptoms of an injury to the ulnar side of your wrist.

Specifically, you might have a TFCC ligament injury. The Triangular Fibro-Cartilage Complex (commonly called the TFCC) is one of the most commonly injured structures from a fall on an outstretched hand or with a heavy twisting motion of the wrist. An injury to the TFCC may also occur at the same time you break your wrist and is quite often missed by the emergency department if they’ve only done an x-ray to check the bone injury. The TFCC is the main ligament and support structure on the ulnar side of the wrist that stabilises the forearm against load and rotational forces (such as twisting and grasping objects) TFCC injuries are painful, especially when lifting, carrying objects and loading on your wrist to push/pull.

Consultation with a Hand Therapist is recommended to determine whether you have a TFCC injury, or pain on that side of your wrist to help diagnose the specific problem. Hand Therapists have the specialised skills required to examine a painful wrist and use their knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to prescribe appropriate treatment for each different wrist injury. They can also determine whether you need to see your GP for X-rays, ultrasound or MRI.

Hand Therapy for a TFCC injury may involve:

  • Assessment of your wrist to determine the appropriate treatment approaches specific to your injury
  • Educate you on the specific biomechanics and activities that will aggravate your symptoms – so you can adjust and reduce your pain & allow the injured structure to heal
  • Prescribe the correct splint/orthoses for your needs:
    Option 1: to provide a larger wrist splint to immobilise the wrist (for example a thermoplastic custom-made orthoses)
    Option 2: prescribe a Wrist Widget® splint which takes over for the TFCC and prevents the radius and ulna from spreading which provides pain relied & may allow you to continue training and using your wrist for daily activities while it heals
  • Prescription of graded postural and stabilising exercises at the right stage of your rehabilitation and in a graded-manner, which has been shown to improve pain, strength, stability, and coordination to help you regain normal use of your wrist after injury.
Meet Bethany:

Bethany has almost finished her post-graduate study to become an Accredited Hand Therapist (AHT) through the Australian Hand Therapy Association. Hand Therapists are best positioned to help people recover full hand and arm function back after injury.

After completing her physiotherapy degree in Brisbane at the Australian Catholic University, Bethany moved up to the Sunshine Coast and has always worked within the private physiotherapy clinic setting treating all areas of the body. She has since continued her study in predominately treating shoulder, wrist & hand conditions, but still integrates Clinical Pilates and gym-based rehabilitation into her treatment of the upper extremity.

Bethany loves to see people take control of their health in a holistic manner and loves treating complex injuries. She values building long-term relationships with patients, doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals; working cohesively together to achieve optimal results for her patients. In her downtime, Bethany loves to spend time writing music, surfing & living an active lifestyle outdoors – enjoying the best of the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

Bethany is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Sippy Downs location.

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Buderim Pilates

Clinical Pilates @ Buderim Sports & Spinal

Clinical Pilates is now referred to as Core, Strength and Mobility Classes Studio or Mat to keep in line with recent changes to Private Health Insurance.
Sports & Spinal’s Clinical Pilates classes are based on seven key principles: Breathing, Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Flow and Efficiency of Movement and Flexibility.

Benefits of our classes are Improved Core Strength & Posture, Increased Flexibility & Muscular Strength, Injury Prevention, Injury Rehabilitation, Restoring Regular Movement, Improved Breathing Control, Enhanced Muscular Control & Co-Ordination, Improved Fitness Levels & Balance, Pre & Post-Natal Exercises.

Safe, dynamic stability programs, with small group participants of 4 people in a session. The class runs for 60 minutes and is ran by University Qualified instructors (Either Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist). The intimate classes mean that you form a relationship with your Pilates Instructor who will know your body and what you need.

Our classes are ideal for injury rehabilitation and prevention, pre and postnatal recovery and are individually tailored rehab programs based on goals and initial assessment.

To begin our classes, you will need to have an initial assessment, with one of our Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist, the clinician will conduct an initial assessment and design a program specific to your needs. After the initial assessment, the first 2 weeks are FREE! (Unlimited classes). Once the 2-week trial ends, Sports & Spinal have the flexibility to book sessions individually, in a pack of 10 or within a membership (3, 6 or 12 months & direct debit options available, speak to reception to find out more)

Our Core, Strength & Mobility classes sessions are claimable on Private Health Insurance.

Our Pilates classes are held within our Buderim Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy clinic which can be found at 120 King St. Bookings are essential for our Core, Strength & Mobility Classes.

Classes are available Monday to Saturday. Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Buderim clinic is a popular choice for Sunshine Coast residents looking for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Exercise Physiology, Dietetics and Remedial Massage in Buderim.

Meet the Instructors @ Buderim

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Jana Rydwanski

Lower Limb & Acupuncture

Jana studied in New Zealand and graduated with a Bachelors in Health Science majoring in Physiotherapy in 2006 from AUT, completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2010 and a Master of Health Practice in 2011. She worked in New Zealand for five years before coming to Australia, during which time she has been the physiotherapist for Rugby teams and also ran gym-based rehabilitation programs. She has the honour of having an article published in the international physiotherapy journal, Physical Therapy Reviews. Jana believes in a holistic approach to injury and management, is highly dedicated to exercise, and regularly attends further training to ensure that her clinical skills and knowledge are kept up-to-date.

Jana is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim location.

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Danielle Keogh

Low Back & Hip/Pelvic Pain

Danielle has developed expertise in accurate diagnosis and treatment of low back and hip pain and regularly attends national and international conferences dedicated to these areas to stay up to date with research and current evidence for optimal patient care and positive outcomes.

Danielle is very passionate about exercise rehabilitation and helping people return to their optimal physical and mental health through the use of Pilates. Danielle is experienced in identifying biomechanical dysfunction and using exercise specific techniques ensuring great outcomes. In her spare time, Danielle is an avid horse rider, competing in dressage competitions with her two horses.

Danielle is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim location.

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Julia Wilson

Musculoskeletal Physio

After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Monash University, Julia was able to gain experience in Melbourne, Wales, and England before moving up to the Sunshine Coast. Through this time, Julia has developed a passion for treating Women’s Health conditions and has completed a range of courses in this area. In particular, Julia enjoys empowering women to better understand their bodies and teaching them how to do everything they love. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions including pre and postnatal conditions, prolapse, incontinence, constipation, and pelvic pain.

In her spare time, Julia loves traveling, eating good food & learning to surf.

Julie is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim location.

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Montana Morrison

General Physiotherapy

Montana has recently completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at James Cook University in her home town of Townsville, before relocating to the Sunshine Coast. Driven by a passion for enhancing movement and kicking goals, Montana believes every individual requires a unique and holistic approach to ensure successful outcomes. Montana aims to optimise self-management to enhance the quality of life.

Montana enjoys an active lifestyle, often participating in hikes and treks, and enjoys time at the gym. Overall, the beach is the place you will find her when she is not in the clinic, attempting to master surfing.

Montana is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Nambour and Buderim clinic.

 

 

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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 & Kawana clinics.

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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

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About Us

About Sports & Spinal:

With locations throughout the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast, you are in good hands with Sports and Spinal Physio.

From humble beginnings in a small office in Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore, with just one Physiotherapist, the Maroochydore Sports and Spinal Physio Practice has grown from it’s original office to now include 8 locations on the Sunshine Coast, 5 in Brisbane and 2 on the Gold Coast with practices at:

  • Maroochydore
  • Buderim
  • Kawana
  • Nambour
  • Coolum Beach
  • Caloundra
  • Sippy Downs
  • Redcliffe
  • North Lakes
  • Woolloongabba
  • Chermside
  • Springfield
  • Robina
  • Broadbeach
  • Beenleigh
  • Murrumba Downs

Simon Burley began the original Maroochydore practice in 1992 and is now joined by Practice Partners Sean Campbell, Andrew Duff and Danielle Keogh with Associate Partners Louise Meek in Coolum, Mike Davis in Chermside, Sophie Stewart in Nambour, Laura Perry Maroochydore, Dion Wallace in Kawana, Nathan Craig in Woolloongabba and Beenleigh, Bethany Butler in Sippy Downs, Siliva Tufuga in North Lakes, Redcliffe and Murrumba Downs, Cielo Kelley in Springfield, Bruno Rebello in Robina and Nick Hurrell in Broadbeach.

Today Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy Centres employ over 100 staff, including professional Physiotherapists, Dietitians, Podiatrists, Exercise Physiologists, Psychology, Occupational Therapist, Allied Health Assistants and Remedial Massage Therapists as well as an outstanding Admin team.

Simon feels the key to its success has been the high professionalism of the staff combined with the friendly family atmosphere.

“Many of our physios and staff have been with us over 20 years and our families have grown up together” says Simon. Heidi Wills has been in the office from the beginning (straight from high school at Immanuel College) and physiotherapist Briony McSwan has been with us for 21 years. Many staff for 10+ years.

“Our senior staff have all developed expertise in their area of interest, to create their own specialised programs unique to our patients.”

Our point of difference from other practices is that our senior staff have all developed expertise in their area of interest, doing postgraduate studies to enhance their knowledge and skills. This ensures that you receive the most up-to-date evidence and experienced based care. In a small practice you have to be a “jack of all trades” but in larger clinics, we can specialise and become experts in certain conditions. Our staff will book you with an expert every time.

Sports & Spinal are a business inspired by Vision, driven by Mission and underpinned by Values. We have put our Vision, Mission, and Values here for you to see:

Helping you reach your full potential

Act with integrity

Respect all, their beliefs and values 

Challenge the status quo 

Relentlessly pursue high-quality care 

Collaborate and learn together 

Embrace every day with a passion for what we do

Sports & Spinal’s Social Responsibility

Sports & Spinal value the community we are a part of and as such we like to give back whenever possible from supporting grassroots netball to working with local athletes who perform on the world stage.

Sports & Spinal are proud to be working with the Sporting Chance Foundation, Wishlist & Sunny Kids.

The Sporting Chance Foundation aims to help aspiring athletes from the Indigenous community to realise their full potential following a sporting injury. For more information please click here.

Wishlist is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fundraising for the needs of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. Wishlist is committed to improving local public health services. For more information please click here.

SunnyKids believe everyone deserves a fair go; therefore they work tirelessly to break intergenerational cycles of poverty and disadvantage. The Sunshine Coast community alone identifies 5,000 at-risk children every year. In response SunnyKids provides thousands of nights of emergency accommodation, and they partner with health, education and child protection agencies to keep these kids safe. For more information please click here.

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Sports & Spinal are proud to be working with the Local Medical Community

Many of our physiotherapists are leaders in their fields and are involved with medical specialist clinics such as:

– Sunshine Coast Shoulder Clinic with Dr Mark Welsh

Sports & Spinal Practice Partner, Simon Burley runs the Sunshine Coast Shoulder Clinic with some of the Coast’s leading orthopaedic surgeons.

“The shoulder is a complex and challenging joint that is very reliant on the surrounding musculature working properly. Hence a joint particularly suited to physiotherapy treatment when injured or painful.”

– Sunshine Coast Spine Clinic with Dr Scott Masters & Dr Peter Georgius 

Dr Peter Georgius, Dr Scott Masters and Sports & Spinal’s Sean Campbell run the Sunshine Spine Multidisciplinary Clinic. Sunshine Spine is a pioneering Multidisciplinary Clinic where patients with spinal disorders and pain will be thoroughly assessed by a Musculoskeletal Physician and Spinal Rehabilitation Physiotherapist. Sunshine Spine is a “one stop shop” to implement the optimal management plan for complex spinal pain patients.

– Chronic Pain Team with Dr Peter Georgius & Dr Paul Frank

Louise Meek and Sophie Stewart are proud to work within the Chronic pain MD team headed by Dr Paul Frank and Dr Peter Georgius alongside psychologist, psychiatrist, podiatrist and OT with their Physiotherapy role to supply evidence based pain education, GMI, functional rehabilitation and development of self-management strategies. This is to work within the MD team goals of which are set within our regular case conferences.

– Physiotherapists for Olympic & Paralympic Athletes

Sports and Spinal Physiotherapist Andrew Duff has a keen interest in working with the Weekend Warrior through to Olympic and Paralympic Athletes as they prepare for performance and rehabilitate from injury. Having worked with the NZ Winter Olympic Program over the last decade, Andrew has attended Youth Olympic Festivals, multiple World Champs for both able bodied and adaptive athletes, as well as the 2010 and 2014 Winter Paralympics.
Andrew will be heading off again in 2017 with athletes from the NZ Winter Olympic Program continuing his involvement in high end sport.

– Queensland Rehabilitation Specialist 

The Queensland Rehabilitation Specialists (previously Rehab+Fitness) have been supporting patient’s rehabilitation needs since 2001. The practice has grown to include multiple specialists in Rehabilitation Medicine, Paediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Pain Medicine and Neurology. Sports & Spinal clinics work closely with the Queensland Rehabilitation Specialist team. 

The team at Sports & Spinal work with the Coast’s and Brisbane’s top specialised surgeons and are actively involved with Spinal and Shoulder pain research.

Sports & Spinal delivers only the very best evidence based treatments and rehabilitation.

Educational Newsletters

Sports & Spinal staff write up educational research newsletters to share with the greater medical community. These newsletters focus on our clinical staffs special interest.

Please click on the titles below to read the relevant newsletter.

Physiotherapy Newsletters:

Dietetics @ Sports & Spinal Newsletters:

Podiatry @ Sports & Spinal Newsletters:

Exercise Physiology @ Sports & Spinal Newsletters:

FAQ For Referrers

Sports & Spinal value our referrers and appreciate each and every referral sent our way.

We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions from our key referrers below:

 

Do Sports & Spinal accept care plans?

Yes, we accept care plans for the following modalities: Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Exercise Physiology, and Dietetics.

What is the out of pocket expense for patients? 

As we offer a premium physiotherapy service with most of our physios having a special interest area, we charge a private fee, we then rebate the client the full Medicare rebate on the spot. This can be anywhere from a minimum of $52.95 up to $102.60 depending on the patients Medicare threshold (In most cases it is $52.95) To find out the exact out of pocket expense please contact your local clinic.

Please see below for modalities we do fully bulk bill for:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Dietetics

Do we bulk bill any modalities? 

Exercise Physiology and Dietetics services are fully bulk billed through our clinics and there is no need to request for these modalities.

What is the best number to fax referral?

Broadbeach Fax: 5531 6609

Buderim Fax: 5445 3012

Caloundra Fax: 5491 1253

Chermside Fax: 3708 1285

Coolum Fax: 5351 1866

Kawana Fax: 5322 5640

Landsborough Fax: 5322 5645

Maroochydore Fax: 5479 1242

Nambour Fax: 5441 2844

North Lakes Fax: 3152 7181

Redcliffe Fax: 3152 7181

Robina Fax: 5689 4139

Sippy Downs Fax: 5322 5645

Springfield Fax: 3085 0177

Woolloongabba Fax: 3137 1199

How do I know who is best for a particular issue?

All our staff’s special interests are listed on their bios. Please read through the bios and find the staff perfect for the specified condition. If you have any questions, contact your local clinic directly and they’ll happily point you in the right direction.

Are any services excluded?

Our classes can’t be used under a care plan however we do have many different memberships and bulk packs available for our classes to make them affordable. Please contact your local clinic to find out more on their membership options.


Coolum

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.

Meet the team @ Coolum

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Louise Meek

Shoulder & Spinal Rehab

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

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

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

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

Louise is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Meredith Hill

Lower Limb Rehab

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

Meredith is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Koren West

Low Back & Spinal Rehab

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

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

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

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

Koren is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Cassandra Kennett

Shoulder Rehabilitation

Cassie one of our recent additions to the team. She is a physiotherapist and new to the Sunshine Coast, having moved here just this year from Townsville. Cassie grew up in Townsville and completed her degree at James Cook University. Throughout university, she worked as a disability support worker, a job quite close to her heart as she was surrounded by the industry throughout her life as both of her parents were closely linked.

Cassie comes from a background of CrossFit and Olympic lifting and is crazy about all things gym and fitness. She trains at CrossFit the Stables and is starting up an Olympic lifting club and sessions at World Gym. She has been training and competing for the last two years with comps all over Queensland, and aims to do more at the end of the year. When she’s not in the gym, you can find her at Mooloolaba beach with her dog, Maia, having too many coffees.

Cassandra is available for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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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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Shannan Goodman

General Physiotherapy

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

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

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

Shannan is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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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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Dan Ford

Remedial Massage Therapist

Dan has been a practising remedial massage therapist for 9 years and loves seeing the difference that himself and massage can make to the health and well-being of others. Dan’s background is as a health & fitness educator at TAFE, so he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as an educator and therapist.

As well as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and various other traditional massage techniques, Dan has a special interest in chronic pain. structural alignment and lymphatic massage. He incorporates gentle stretching within massage treatments to balance posture and functional alignment. This approach aids in a speedy recovery from injury and feels fantastic.

Dan tailors treatments specifically to each client’s individual needs. He is a caring therapist and aims to ensure a safe, effective and positive outcome for each and every treatment.

Dan is available for Remedial Massage appointments at our Coolum location.

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Mish Thurlow

Remedial Massage Therapist

Mish believes in creating a safe space to facilitate healing, strength, balance, and serenity in the body and mind through a variety of Remedial Massage techniques. Her background includes a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, Yoga Teaching and a Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness and completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at DEMI International on the Sunshine Coast. Mish is committed to personal development and is continuously improving her skill set in order to better serve her clients. She has always had a passion for uplifting the lives of others through movement, health, and wellbeing. Mish loves providing high-quality service and works with you to create the most optimal and individualized treatment plan to help meet your specific goals.

Mish is available for Remedial Massage appointments at the Coolum location

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Jaryd Cowley

Remedial Massage Therapist

Jarryd has over 10 years of experience as a Remedial Massage Therapist and during that time, Jarryd has worked with a range of clients, from world-class and Olympic athletes to the weekend warriors. As an ex-track and field athlete and coach, Jarryd has a passion for encouraging people to be the best they can be.

Jarryd enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks (the boys), bush walks, beach runs and camping.

 

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Tim Boyle

Podiatrist

Tim graduated from the Queensland University of Technology as a Podiatrist in 2006. He has gained valuable experience over the last eight years working in a multidisciplinary sports medicine clinic. Within this setting, Tim had the pleasure of working alongside medical & allied health professionals including Sports Doctors, Physiotherapists, and Massage Therapists.

Tim enjoys a broad scope of podiatry including sports injuries of the lower limb, biomechanical assessments, gait analysis, orthotic therapy, footwear assessments and recommendations, diabetic foot assessments and treatment of conditions of the toenails and skin.  Tim is particularly passionate about running biomechanics and footwear advice/prescription, a special interest that commenced through his strong interest in athletics and involvement in the footwear industry.

Over the years Tim has treated a number of senior and junior athletes from a range of different sports, including 2 years treating both the Brisbane Roar and Brisbane Roar youth teams.

Tim is a sports enthusiast himself having been involved in a number of sports from a young age competing at a state level in Athletics and Basketball.

“I see that working in a strong multi-disciplinary team ensure the best treatment and outcome for my patients”

Tim is available for Podiatry appointments at our Buderim, Maroochydore, Nambour and Sippy Downs locations.

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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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Domonique Doyle

Psychologist

Domonique is a performance psychologist who has received a Master of Psychology (Sport and Exercise) from the University of Queensland. Domonique has a diverse range of experience working in mental health including mental health case management, performance psychologist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and several sports academies, spinal cord injury, NDIS, work cover, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and general psychological counselling and services.

Domonique is passionate about helping clients improve their quality of life and achieve goals in a safe and heard environment through face-to-face, telehealth, and/or video platform.

Without restricting to any presenting issue, Domonique welcomes all enquiries for therapy with a special interest in depression and anxiety, athlete wellbeing, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support, work cover (including pain and injury support), substance use, LBTIQ+, and general counselling.

Domonique is available for Psychology appointments at Maroochydore and Coolum

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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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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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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…

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