Physiotherapists are experts at treating spinal pain. Your physiotherapist will assess your injury and determine not only the optimal treatment for you but also teach you how to prevent the injury from recurring. A staggering 80% of all adults will suffer from lower back pain at some point in their lives. Many of us know the discomfort of back pain, back spasm and sciatica. At Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach Physiotherapy, we firmly believe that educating the patient on their injury, and on how to prevent it, is a vital part of their treatment.

Conditions Spinal Physiotherapy can help with

  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica or nerve pain “pinched nerve” in the leg(s) or foot (feet), +/- pins and needles and numbness in the leg(s) and foot (feet)
  • Headaches
  • Rib and chest pain (of musculoskeletal origin)
  • Neck pain
  • Nerve pain “pinched nerve” in the arm(s) or hand(s), +/- pins and needles and numbness in the arm(s) or hand(s)
  • Injury to the back or neck including sports injury, workplace injury, car accidents including whiplash injuries
  • Joint stiffness or restricted movement
  • Poor sporting performance
  • Poor bladder control

Causes of Spinal pain or dysfunction

  • Injury to the back or neck including sports injury or workplace injury
  • car accidents including whiplash injuries
  • genetic problems eg scoliosis, ankylosing spondylitis
  • poor muscle tone or weak postural muscles
  • poor ergonomics of your work station
  • Poor postural habits
  • Lifestyle choices

What to Expect

Your physiotherapist will perform a detailed assessment, including:

  • Postural assessment – this may be done in standing and sitting but also actively moving from position to position as posture is not static but constantly changing
  • Joint/muscular flexibility – movements of your spine will be assessed. Nearby joints may also be checked to assess if these are impacting your condition
  • Palpation of joints/soft tissues – the Physio will manually check how the joints are moving and the state of the soft tissues eg muscles and ligaments
  • Taking a detailed history – history of the presenting problem as well as any relevant medical history

Your physiotherapist may utilise a variety of techniques to help you improve, including:

  • Manual therapy  (including soft tissue massage, stretches, trigger point releases)
  • Joint mobilisations (joint mobilisations are techniques used to improve joint movement and pain. Mobilising joints can often achieve similar results to manipulation (”cracking joints”), but without using as much force, eliminating the risk that can be involved with spinal manipulation)
  • Prescription of exercises – these will be provided specifically for you and your condition
  • Advice and education – With a better understanding of your condition you can take positive steps on a daily basis to reduce symptoms and prevent future recurrences.

If your physiotherapist is concerned regarding your injury, they may refer you for investigations ie x-rays/MRI, or they may recommend you see your GP or a Specialist.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Any imaging and the reports that are relevant
  • Medications list

Our Spinal Physiotherapy Gurus

Ceridwen Way

Director & Principal Physiotherapist

Dan Turner

Director & Principal Physiotherapist

Natali Zantvoort

Senior Physiotherapist

Luke Skillington


Adeline Green


Stefanie Gawlik

Stefanie Gawlik


Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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