A former PM is one of the patients on the books at this state-of-the-art spinal clinic in the eastern suburbs, which looks more like an exclusive health resort than your typical physiotherapist’s office.
The clinic, Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates, has just reopened in its original location – a penthouse suite in Bondi Junction – with a new fit-out by award-winning architect Tom Mark Henry, who also designed CBD restaurant Bistecca and Surry Hills bar Dead Ringer.
“We launched four years ago with half the floor, however we quickly outgrew that space, and have now taken over the whole level,” says co-founder and director, Elisha Renton.
The team has also grown from just Renton and her business partner Brigitte Seelin to eight physiotherapists, a pain specialist physician and a clinical psychologist.
The new space includes eight private treatment rooms, each with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the city skyline. The interiors, which are soft and cocoon-like, pair woollen carpets with clean-lined oak furniture, white linens and lush ferns to create an immaculate day-spa aesthetic.
The clinic also includes three Pilates studios equipped with handmade timber-clad trapeze tables, spine correctors and ladder barrels for stretching out in style.
As the name suggests, the clinic specialises in spinal injuries and conditions, from disc bulges to sciatica and scoliosis, as well as general neck and back pain. Renton was inspired to pursue spinal physiotherapy after she injured her neck and pelvis in a car accident. “I noticed a big difference between the general physiotherapists and those that focused solely on one area of the body,” she says.
The clinic also treats headaches and migraines caused by spinal dysfunction. “The upper three cervical vertebrae refer pain signals upwards to the head, similar to how someone suffering from sciatica in the lower back will experience pain down to the leg,” says Renton. “The best way to manage and resolve these kinds of headaches [known as cervicogenic headaches] is to restore function in the spine and upper three cervical vertebrae using hands-on manual therapy,” she says.
As well as personalised treatments, the clinic also offers clinical Pilates sessions, with all exercises personally tailored to the individual. Each session is taught by a physiotherapist (rather than a fitness instructor), and there are over 50 classes on the timetable to choose from. Patients can come in for a private session or book into a semi-private class of four.
Elite Spinal Physiotherapy and Pilates
6/360 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction
02 9387 3310
Mon to Fri 7am–8pm