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Wed:7:40am - 8:00pm

Thurs:7:40am - 8:00pm

Fri:7:40am - 8:00pm

Sat:8:00am - 1:00pm

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Treatment following your assessment is charged at the cost of a standard consultation. See our T&Cs for more information.

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    Treatment following your assessment is charged at the cost of a standard consultation. See our T&Cs for more information.

Our Practice

Who we are

We provide physiotherapy, massage, clinical Pilates, and exercise and rehab to Hawthorn, Kew, Auburn and surrounding suburbs. We have one-on-one and semi-private classes and because our services are delivered by physiotherapists you can claim them on private health insurance with extras cover.

Why we're different

A "quick-fix" for your pain or injury might sound good, but over time is proven to be inconvenient, costly and ineffective in comparison to taking preventative measures. Our unique clinical approach, Results4Life, keeps you on track towards optimal lifelong physical health.

Our guarantee

We are committed to your satisfaction and delivering the very best in physiotherapy care, customer service and outcomes. If you are not 100% satisfied with your experience at Back In Motion, we will refund your money and deliver your next session free.

Our Service Offering

done Physiotherapy

Whether you have back pain, neck pain, flexibility or mobility issues, our physios at Back In Motion can help resolve your pain and improve the quality of your life. 

Find out why physiotherapy is a GP's most recommended health professional today.

What can Back In Motion physio do for me?

We'll use the latest clinical research and physio equipment to develop a personal treatment plan to help you recover for your specific condition.

You don’t need a GP's referral to see a physio, and often we'll work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for your specific condition or injury.

How will a Back In Motion physio assess my injury?

We'll assess your condition to diagnose the problem and focus on how to help you heal with tangible tools like Results4Life®

What sort of treatments do Back In Motion physios use?

Treatments include massage/soft tissue mobilisation, muscle re-education, exercises, acupuncture, dry needling and crutches/wheelchairs if necessary.

What else does Back In Motion offer? 

We’re a one-stop shop for allied health, and also offer related health services such as clinical/reformer Pilates, remedial massage, exercise rehab and more.

We work in partnership with you to identify how we can resolve your pain and condition, and then how to heal you and get you stronger to ensure it does not happen again. 

done Shockwave Therapy

Whether you have plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow or an injury that won’t heal, shockwave therapy can help.

Back In Motion offers a free initial assessment that is obligation free – so if you do not decide to go ahead, then there is no cost for that assessment.

Shockwave therapy – also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) – is a non-invasive therapy that uses low-frequency, acoustic shockwaves generated via a handheld device that kick starts the body’s natural healing response in tissue that may not have responded to medication, rest or other therapies.  

If you have tried rest, medications, other therapies or even steroid injections to overcome the  injury, and are now considering surgery, then Shockwave Therapy could be a good option for you.

Up to 92% of patients report significant improvement in their tendon pain after a course of shockwave therapy.

Find out more about Shockwave Therapy at Back In Motion

done Clinical Pilates

Whether you’re wanting to improve your flexibility, core strength or your posture, Back In Motion offers clinical Pilates and reformer Pilates taught by qualified physios.

Many gyms and exercise studios offer pilates these days, but few places offer personalised and tailored programs to help you recover, achieve your goals sooner and help stay injury-free.

Why should I do Clinical Pilates/Pilates Reformer at Back In Motion?

Our physios have completed formal Pilates training, and supervise you during class to offer you a safe and effective program.

When you do Pilates with us, you’re in a smaller class with an individual program designed just for you – so you’ll progress faster and are less likely to get injured.

What equipment is available at Back In Motion?

We offer a range of specialised Pilates equipment, including reformers, trapeze tables and floor-based exercises to help you progress and achieve your health and fitness goals.

Who will benefit the most out of Clinical Pilates/Pilates Reformer?

Pilates can benefit everyone – from the elite athlete wanting to improve their core strength, to a beginner seeking to improve their flexibility and muscle strength.

We recommend all of our Back In Motion clients try Pilates at least once. Once you see the results and feel the benefits, you'll be hooked!

What are the health benefits of Clinical Pilates/Pilates Reformer?

The health benefits of Pilates include improved flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, core stability, improved balance, spine stabilisation and improved posture.

done Remedial massage

Whether you’re wanting to loosen tight muscles, soothe your body or simply relax, Back In Motion offers a range of massage services including remedial massage, sports therapy massage, deep tissue massage and myotherapy.

There are many places that offer massage these days, but few offer highly-qualified and trained physios with extensive knowledge of the human body to help your body heal.

Why should I have a remedial massage at Back In Motion?

We take a tailored approach, targeting key areas of your body chosen by you and your physio and it’ll be completed in a safe and professional environment.

Our highly-experienced physios have spent more than four years at university learning about human anatomy and biomechanics. We know your body and can identify the causes of aches, pains and soreness, ensuring a better result every time.

What remedial massage services are offered at Back In Motion?

We offer a range of massage services including remedial massage, sports therapy massage, deep tissue massage and myotherapy, so you can benefit from qualified physios and their extensive knowledge of the human body.

What are the benefits of regular remedial massage?

Massage is beneficial to the body in many ways, both physically (tissue manipulation) and emotionally (relaxation). 

Sporting clubs, athletes, and massage devotees see our expert physios and therapists for a reason: because we know your body and can identify the causes of aches, pains, and soreness, ensuring a better result every time.

done Exercise and Rehab

Whether you have lower back pain, neck pain or a shoulder injury, exercise rehabilitation can help. Our exercise programs can help with increasing fitness, weight loss, injury rehabilitation, endurance training or strengthening, in a safe way that minimises risk of injury.

Our qualified staff use the latest clinical research and physio equipment to develop a personal exercise plan to help you improve flexibility, mobility, and strength.

done Custom Orthotics

When a small problem develops in your feet, a subtle change in the way you walk can cause a chain reaction that alters your posture and movement mechanics. The symptom of poor foot mechanics can include localised foot pain, bunions, arch or heel pain, leg or knee pain, hip or back pain – and even neck pain. Custom orthotics have been shown to correct these issues, giving you improved balance, posture, and general wellbeing.

done Vibration Therapy

We offer side-alternating, high frequency vibration therapy using a vibration platform. You can experience results not only as treatment for an existing health concern but as a preventative measure for a diverse range of health issues including back pain, falls prevention, core strength, and elite performance.

done Men’s Health

Men have pelvic floors and bladders too! Whilst they don’t carry and give birth to babies, men can also suffer a range of issues from pelvic floor deficiency following prostate surgery and also lower back pain.

Our qualified staff use the latest clinical research and physio equipment to develop a personal treatment plan to help you improve flexibility, mobility, and strength.

done Dry needling

Whether you have back pain, neck pain or other musculoskeletal injuries, dry needling with acupuncture needles can be an effective part of your treatment plan.

Dry needling can help reduce muscle tension and pain levels and trigger a healing response in injured tissues within the body. As opposed to acupuncture, dry needling works directly on the injured body part, not meridian or energy flows.

done Women’s Health

We provide effective, tailored programs to support women during all stages of their lives. Talk to us about pregnancy and post-natal care, fitness and exercise classes; pelvic floor physiotherapy, pain and incontinence; and musculoskeletal conditions.

Our qualified staff use the latest clinical research and physio equipment to help you improve the quality of your life, mobility and strength.

Meet the team

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Stephanie Vernon


Stephanie Vernon


Stephanie has worked with many amateur football teams in both Melbourne and Sydney and now spends her spare time working with the Richmond Tigers (although she is a passionate Brisbane Lions supporter).

After graduating from an Exercise and Sport Science degree, Stephanie completed her Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. Stephanie believes in promoting health and wellness through adopting a well-rounded and active lifestyle. This also shows in her holistic approach to physiotherapy and injury management and prevention. Her specific interests in physiotherapy include the following areas:

Neck pain and headaches

Post-surgical rehabilitation

Return to sport exercise programs

Dance specific injuries

Sports injuries

Dry needling

Outside of her professional life, Stephanie also loves surfing, dancing and gymnastics, yoga and spending time with her family and friends. 

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Nathan Rickard

Principal Physiotherapist

Nathan Rickard

Principal Physiotherapist

Nathan is a Physiotherapist who believes in physical rehabilitation to optimize the mechanics of the body.  This is what gets great results, not just a quick fix.  He is also focused on holistic health and fitness, which not only cures injuries, but prevents future injuries and poor health that is a symptom of our modern “sit down” lives.  More specifically, he has a special interest in:

  • Shockwave treatment for tendon injuries and knee osteoarthritis
  • Tennis injuries and Screening for Performance Optimization 
  • Lower back pain
  • Knee and ankle injuries
  • Running and exercise related injuries
  • Running and Sports-Specific Movement Analysis

Nathan opened Back In Motion Aspendale Gardens in 2007, and then Back In Motion Hawthorn in 2012. As Principal Physiotherapist, all individual sessions with Nathan attract a $25 Principal Physiotherapist surcharge. 

Nathan has a young family and enjoys coaching at his son’s U9 football team (where he employs his understanding of Sports-Specific Movement Analysis – although crowd control is a more important skill at this age!).  He also plays hockey for Old East Malvern, surfs, and tries to snatch the odd game of tennis and golf when able.  Skiing with his family is now a priority once a year, and he practices what he preaches with a balanced gym, running and pilates program.

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Rob Blinkhorn


Rob Blinkhorn


Rob is a physiotherapist who strongly believes in optimizing physical performance to enhance outcomes in every walk of life. Improving a person’s capacity to undertake any physical challenge thrown at them is key in Rob’s training and rehabilitation philosophy.

Prior to completing his Masters in Physiotherapy from Canberra University, Rob graduated with both a Bachelors and Masters of Exercise Science from Deakin and Edith Cowan University respectively. With a background in Strength and Conditioning and performance enhancement, Rob has developed a strong performance based focus to his rehabilitation practice. Rob has experience with both junior and senior elite basketball, having played, coached and trained at the representative, state and national reserve level.

Rob has also worked with several other sports including AFL, Soccer, Rugby, Olympic Lifting, Powerlifting, Swimming and Running.  

Rob’s specific interests include:

  • Sporting injuries - particularly lower limb traumatic and overuse injuries
  • Return to sport / function rehabilitation
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Performance and rehabilitation based exercise prescription 
  • Adolescent specific injuries
  • Neck pain and headaches


You will often find Rob frequenting various Melbourne café’s over the weekends or hear him screaming at the TV when his beloved Hawthorn Hawks are playing.

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Melissa Manuelpillai

Physiotherapist, Continence and Pelvic Floor Specialist

Melissa Manuelpillai

Physiotherapist, Continence and Pelvic Floor Specialist

Melissa completed her postgraduate degree, Doctor of Physiotherapy, at the University of Melbourne. She has also gone on to further her study, completing a postgraduate certificate in Pelvic Floor and Continence Rehabilitaiton. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Sydney. Melissa has worked with local AFL and netball clubs, as well as community and women’s health centres across both Sydney and Melbourne.

Melissa’s special interests include:

  • Continence and Women's Health Physiotherapy
  • Running Analysis and foot biomechanics
  • Gym Rehabilitation and Clinical Pilates
  • Dry Needling
  • Diagnostic ultrasound (Transabdominal and Transperineal ultrasound)
  • Chronic and acute low back pain
  • Postural dysfunction
  • SIJ/Pelvic Instability

Outside of work, Melissa enjoys fitness, travel, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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Emma Freemantle


Emma Freemantle


Emma completed her Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne and has studied clinical pilates at the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. She has experience sports training for local football and soccer teams, and, as an athlete, won a bid to the world championships for all-star competitive cheerleading. Emma aspires to motivate her patients to get the most out of their rehabilitation and to lead active, healthy lives.

Her interests in physiotherapy include back pain, neck pain, sports injuries and clinical pilates.

When she’s not at the clinic, Emma enjoys long walks on the beach, spending time with her family and friends, going to the gym and cooking.

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Stefanie Gawlik


Stefanie Gawlik


Prior to Stefanie completing her Masters of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University, Stefanie graduated with a Bachelor of Food and Nutrition from Deakin University. Stef is a passionate Physiotherapist who enjoys rehabilitating clients using Clinical Pilates. She has completed full Pilates training through APPI and utilizes her knowledge to not just rid clients of pain, but help them become fitter, healthier and happier. Her specific interests in physiotherapy include the following areas:

Back pain

Sports injuries

Clinical Pilates

Outside of her professional life, Stef also loves running, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

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Vanessa Jansson

Practice Manager

Vanessa Jansson

Practice Manager