Clinical Pilates

'Balance is beautiful'

Pilates floor work

Clinical Pilates is an amazing treatment method that basically trains the muscles in the area where you have your injury. This will stabilise and balance your body and therefore support the movement and avoid your pain from returning.

We are different to other physiotherapy clinics, because we strive towards making our clients well with treatments targeted at long term results.

We will prescribe exercises that will stabilise and correct muscle dysfunction, so you can live your life painfree.

What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is one-on-one or small group Pilates with a therapist, training the core muscles around your spine.

The focus is solely on you and we will make sure that you are maintaining the best technique possible, so you can recover from your condition as soon as possible. The Pilates exercises are aimed at the appropriate level for you and your pain and are progressed as tolerated.


The core muscles are the deep abdominal muscles that insert into the spine and are not visible.

The core muscles are the closest muscles to the skeleton and it is difficult for a person to know if they are activating this group of muscles.

Functional movements are highly dependent on the core, and lack of development can result in a predisposition to injury.

A patient after physiotherapy and remedial massage

Poor activation of your core will cause a loss of mobility and stiffness as the outer muscles of the back and abdomen brace to overcompensate, which may result in spinal stiffness as well as muscle fatigue. Research suggests people with chronic low back pain do not have a correctly functioning core and improved muscle stability of the spine is crucial for treatment of this condition.

Having a developed rectus abdominis or 'six pack' does nothing to strengthen your back and does not mean you have a strong core. Sit-ups are commonly thought to assist in the strengthening of your core but this is NOT true and in fact may actually lead to an increase in back pain. Having a strong and stable core gives greater support and efficiency for most athletic endeavours, therefore, athletes and the general public alike can benefit from core strengthening exercises. A strong core assists with people's posture especially those who work in a role that has a static posture such as an office job which can be a large cause of neck and back pain.

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  • Melanie Roberts


    Principal Physio – Melanie is the Principal physiotherapist with 21 years physiotherapy experience in private practice. Melanie started Gold Coast Sports & Spinal Physio in February 2003.  She graduated from the University of South Australia in 1996 with a Bachelor of...

  • Dean Corpuz

    Physio – Dean joined Gold Coast Sports and Spinal Physio, having moved up from Sydney where he completed his Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.  Originally he migrated to Australia from Vancouver, Canada where he worked as an...

  • Jeff Bridges

    Physio – Jeff completed his physiotherapy studies from the University of Otago in 2009. Jeff has been heavily involved with Rugby Union during his time in New Zealand and NSW at a club and representative level. He has also completed...

  • Renee Jacques

    Physio – Renee has joined the team at Gold Coast Sports & Spinal Physio having moved up from Canberra where she worked for the past 11 years in a busy sports practice.  Renee completed her studies in Physiotherapy in 2006...

  • John Olsen

    Physio – John has recently moved to the GC bringing over 22 years of clinical experience with him.  He graduated from Otago University in 1995 and completing a Diploma of Manipulation in 2001.  He remains a passionate physio after all...

  • Lara Lopert

    Physio – Lara has been a physio in private practice for the past 10 years with a wealth of experience and excellent manual handling skills.  She loves the biomechanics of the body.  To correct the underlying dysfunction a good knowledge and...

  • Dave Cross

    Physio – Dave comes to us with a wealth of experience in private practice over the past 10 years both in NZ and Australia.  Dave graduated from AUT in 2007 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy and since then...

  • Tomoya Tawara

    Remedial Massage Therapist - Tomoya is a very experience massage therapist, having completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage and a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy.  Tomoya has also completed a Dry Needling Course through Q Academy Gold Coast.  Tomoya also uses a technique...

  • Deb Crawford


    Massage Therapist/Group Pilates Instructor - Deb studied to be a Fitness Leader and attained her accreditation in 1992. In 1994 she became a “Fat loss Counselor”, studying under nutritionalist Matt O’Neill of “Sunrise” fame.  In 1995 she attained her Certificate...

  • Jodie

    Receptionist – Jodie is our receptionist working job-share 3 days a week.  Jodie is in our office Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays....

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