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

Class Timetable

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Get in touch

If you wish to get in touch directly, we can be reached at hawthorn@backinmotion.com.au.

Book a consultation

To request a booking in one of our group classes please contact Back In Motion Hawthorn directly via hawthorn@backinmotion.com.au or (03) 9818 5454 to ensure you have completed the required pre-class assessments.
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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

Whether you have back pain, neck pain, flexibility or mobility issues, we can help. We work in partnership with you and take a holistic view of your health to help you achieve lasting results and help get you back to doing what you love.

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 Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy uses low-frequency, acoustic shockwaves through injured tissue via a handheld device to accelerate the body’s natural healing response, reduce pain, and increase blood flow into the treated tissue. Shockwave therapy can be used on plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, frozen shoulder, jumper’s knee (patella tendinitis), hip bursitis, tennis and golfer’s elbow, Dupuytren’s contracture, shin splints and painful muscular trigger points.

done Clinical Pilates

Our clinical pilates and reformer pilates classes are taught by qualified physiotherapists and tailored to your needs. This helps to ensure you achieve faster clinical results and minimise the risk of re-injury. We use a combination of pilates equipment, including reformers, trapeze tables and floor-based exercises.

Our qualified staff use the latest clinical research in the development of your personalised clinical pilates plan to help you improve flexibility, mobility, and strength.

done Massage

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.

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

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.

Meet the team

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Stephanie Vernon

Physiotherapist

Stephanie Vernon

Physiotherapist

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

Physiotherapist

Rob Blinkhorn

Physiotherapist

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

Physiotherapist

Emma Freemantle

Physiotherapist

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

Physiotherapist

Stefanie Gawlik

Physiotherapist

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

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