Opening hours

Mon:7:40am - 8:00pm

Tues:7:40am - 8:00pm

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 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

Quick-fixes or shortcuts are not something we strive for during your consultation. The swift management of your pain and symptoms is only the first step our team will take to help you achieve lasting results.

We believe in getting the right result the first time so you can get back to what you love without the threat of re-injury.

Our focus is not only on offering talented physiotherapists, but also delivering a great physiotherapy experience.

You will be surprised at all the physical health benefits that come with sticking to your personal treatment plan including improved flexibility, mobility and strength.

done Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal radial shockwave therapy is a noninvasive treatment for patients with tendon injuries that haven’t responded well to other treatments. Predominately used on plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis and calcific tendinitis of the shoulder, people with frozen shoulder, jumper’s knee (patella tendinitis), hip bursitis (greater trochanter pain syndrome), tennis and golfer’s elbow, Dupuytren’s contracture and shin splints (medial tibial stress syndrome) have also responded well to treatment. It is also beneficial in the treatment of painful muscular trigger points. The machine works using low-frequency, acoustic shockwaves that are sent through injured tissue via a handheld device and a conductive gel. The treatment accelerates the body’s natural healing response, reduces pain through reduction of pain causing chemicals, and increases blood flow via formation of new blood vessels into the treated tissue. Three to five treatments at one-week intervals are typically recommended; most people would see benefits in a little as two to three sessions.

done Clinical Pilates

We offer individual and small group clinical Pilates classes taught by qualified professionals and physiotherapists. Unlike group classes at a gym, our approach to Pilates is clinically proven and specifically tailored to your needs. These tailored exercises target problem areas ensuring greater results and minimising the risk of injury re-aggravation.

You will use a combination of specialised Pilates equipment including reformers and trapeze table complimented by floor-based exercises depending on your needs. This brings about better targeting and resistance as you progress in your Pilates program.

done Massage

When you get a massage from a physiotherapist you are benefiting from four plus years of dedicated university study on the human body. 

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.

A massage conducted by our physios will see a reduction in your aches and pains, whether caused by sport, injury or the stresses and strains of everyday life.

done Exercise and Rehab

Whether you’re looking to increase your fitness or get back into exercise after time off or injury, an exercise and rehabilitation session will get you off to a good start. 

Our physiotherapists can design programs to cater to your every need including weight loss, injury rehabilitation, fitness and endurance training as well as strengthening and toning.

Your physio knows your body and has the scientific and clinical knowledge to ensure your workout is both safe and caters to your abilities and previous injury history.

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 technology. You can experience results not only as treatment for an existing 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 suffer a range of issues from pelvic floor deficiency following prostate surgery and also lower back pain. Our physios can address these issues with appropriate assessment and exercise prescription.

done Dry needling

Treating musculoskeletal injuries with acupuncture needles can be an effective form of treatment helping to reduce muscle tension, decrease pain levels, and trigger a healing response in injured tissues when the body has ceased healing. As opposed to acupuncture, dry needling works directly on the injured body part, not meridian or energy flows.

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