getback St Kilda

Physiotherapy for back pain relief

getback™ is a physiotherapy based program for back pain that focuses on relieving your pain in the short term, and building spinal mobility and strength for the long term. Book online today and put back pain behind you!

Get 50% off your Initial Consultation*

How to find us

getback for back pain relief

Relief in the short term

After an initial consultation to understand your condition, an individual treatment plan will be developed with you for your immediate needs and future goals. Your back pain treatment may begin with a combination of hands-on physiotherapy or osteopathy, movement-based therapy or exercise.

Resilience for the long term

Once your back pain has stabilised, you may complete an assessment to measure the mobility and strength of your spine’s supporting muscles.

These measurements are used to set mobility and strength targets as part of your overall treatment plan.

The ability to accurately measure spinal strength and mobility and track your progress sets getback apart from other back pain treatment programs.

Resilience in the long term

How is getback different from other back pain treatment?

getback Head of Exercise Physiology Adam Cabble explains how exercise based therapy is changing the way chronic back and neck pain is treated.

Book an appointment with a getback physiotherapist today

Get 50% off your Initial Consultation*

*Only available to new getback clients for an Initial Consultation. Half price Initial Consultation will be $37.50 (RRP $75)

The 6 Step getback Journey

1. Initial Physiotherapy Consultation

Your Physiotherapist will spend time understanding your condition, your needs and your goals.

2. Treatment Plan

Based on your needs, your treatment plan may begin with hands-on therapy, movement-based therapy, or a combination of both.

3. Strength and Mobility Assessment

Once your pain has stabilised, you will complete a strength and mobility assessment so we can advise the best recovery pathway for you.

4. Exercise Therapy

Exercise therapy will focus on improving the strength and mobility of the deep stabilising muscles supporting your spine.

5. Re-assessment and Discharge

You will be re-assessed after completing your treatment to ensure you have reached your goals and discharged with a plan to maintain your improvement.

6. Review

Six months after discharge we will invite you back to review the plan and your progress.

About getback St Kilda

Melbourne Physiotherapy Pilates + Fitness Group

The partnership behind MPPFG was formed over 30 years ago with the sole focus of achieving optimal and outstanding outcomes for patients within a friendly and caring environment.

Today our services are delivered by a team of talented, professional staff who continually adapt to advances in research, evidence based practice, technology and innovation.

Our physiotherapists and exercise practitioners are fully trained, qualified and accredited with years of practical experience. Your injury or condition will reap the benefits of experienced Sports and Musculoskeletal practitioners integrated with sophisticated treatment technologies.

Using exercise-based therapies and education, we set out to empower you to take control of your long-term health and fitness.

From your first consultation, whether you have an acute or chronic condition, MPPFG will guide you through the different phases of the recovery cycle, from relief of pain through to regaining optimal function and strategies to keep you that way.

MPPFG is located at St Kilda Junction, on the corner of Fitzroy St and St Kilda Rd. Ample parking is available on Pattison Street at the rear of the practice and Fitzroy Street at the front.

The practice is well served by public transport, with tram numbers 3, 3a, 5,16, 64 and 67 and bus numbers 246 and 250 all stopping in close proximity.

Light rail number 96 stops at St Kilda Light Rail station 400m from our practice, along with buses 600, 922 and 923.

Physiotherapist checking his patient

Our Team

Yuliya Mikulchyk

Position: Associate Physiotherapist
Location: St Kilda

Originally from Ireland, Yuliya earned a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from University College, Dublin. She honed her skills in a diverse range of musculoskeletal conditions while practising in Ireland, including manual therapy and dry needling. She also gained invaluable experience working at a hospital in post-operative and intensive care settings.

Special Interests:

  • Chronic pain  
  • Low back Pain  
  • Neck injuries  
  • Shoulder injuries 
  • Ankle injuries  
  • Bone health  
  • Balance and Falls 

Outside of her professional life, Yuliya can be found exploring new beaches and hiking trails. Her diverse interests include aerial silks, calisthenics, strength and conditioning and dancing. Whether gracefully soaring through the air or swimming with the sharks, Yuliya will always be found with a smile and a can-do attitude!

Yuliya Mikulchyk

Associate Physiotherapist

Originally from Ireland, Yuliya earned a Bachelor of Science in...

Matthew Kavanagh

Position: Associate Physiotherapist
Location: St Kilda

Originally from Ireland, Matty initially studied Health Science and Exercise Physiology and then graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Matty brings a unique blend of sports and healthcare knowledge to the team.

Special Interests:

  • Shoulder rehabilitation – Return to sport.  
  • Strength & Conditioning / Performance / Return
  • to sport criteria.  
  • Spinal pilates 
  • Patient empowerment.  
  • Post-operative rehabilitation.  
  • Acute Rehabilitation – shoulder / elbow / knee / ankle. 

Outside of work Matty is very active and highly competitive, playing GAA (Gaelic Football) and enjoying the gym, running and hiking. He will always be down for a challenge.

Matty enjoys chill time on the beach and going for walks in the botanic gardens.

Matthew Kavanagh

Associate Physiotherapist

Originally from Ireland, Matty initially studied Health Science and Exercise...

Conor Brennan

Position: Senior Physiotherapist
Location: St Kilda

Originally from County Tipperary in Ireland, Conor graduated from the University of Limerick in 2007. He joined the MPPFG team after working in private practices in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia for 14 years. 

Being a keen sportsman all his life made physiotherapy a natural career choice for Conor. His fascination with sports has led him to work with a wide range of athletes including PGA golfers and golf academies, All Blacks rugby, Queenstown Rovers Football team, Southern Stampede Ice Hockey, Ireland Basketball team and international skiers and snowboarders.

Conor enjoys treating clients from all walks of life and all exercise levels. His initial ‘hands on’ approach includes massage, joint mobilisation, dry needling and electrotherapy to reduce pain and restore movement. When this is achieved the focus turns to rehabilitation and strength to correct any underlying muscle imbalances and address the root cause of

His personal interests and knowledge expands to long distance running, golf, snowboarding and weight training.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Special Interests:

  • Acute traumatic sports injury – knees, shoulders, hips
  • Spinal injuries – Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar
  • Exercise Rehabilitation – Pilates
  • Strength and Condition, Performance
  • Biomechanical Screening – Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

Conor Brennan

Senior Physiotherapist

Originally from County Tipperary in Ireland, Conor graduated from the University...

Brooke Bakaric

Position: Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist
Location: St Kilda

Brooke graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2021, completing both a Doctor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Science. Her passion for competitive sports from a young age and interest in science and anatomy led her to pursue a career in Physiotherapy.

Brooke has worked with Williamstown FC (VFL) and the Yarraville-Seddon Eagles FC (WRFL) as a sport trainer, managing acute sporting injuries, and assisting athletes through their rehabilitation and return to sport. 

With a Black belt in Japanese Martial arts (Ju Jitsu), Brooke understands that hard work and commitment achieves results. She is passionate about leading an active lifestyle to and improving physical and mental health, and is eager to share her skills to help people achieve their goals and optimise their health.

In practice, Brooke recognises the benefits of both manual therapy and exercise in rehabilitation to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients.

Outside of the clinic, Brooke is a bit of a foodie, exploring the best of Melbourne’s restaurants and cafes. She enjoys road trips and hiking, and is a passionate AFL supporter (North Melbourne). In winter you’ll find her at the alps snowboarding, and come summer, at the beach on a Stand-up Paddle Board. Most importantly, Brooke loves spending time with friends and family, and her cheeky Cocker Spaniel dog Jessie.

Qualifications: Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Science – Anatomy

Special Interests: Sports injury, management, rehabilitation and injury prevention, Strength and conditioning, Post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation

Brooke Bakaric

Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist

Brooke graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2021, completing...

Luke Boykett

Position: Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist
Location: St Kilda

Luke graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2021 with a Doctor of Physiotherapy. Luke’s passion for fitness and healthcare spurs from a strong interest in sports and exercise which he has been involved in for several years. 

Working with the Old Melburnians Football Club in the VAFA since 2019, Luke has dealt with an array of acute and chronic sporting injuries to help athletes return to sport. In recent years he has expanded his interest in strength training and the use of tailored and structured training programs. This enables Luke to promote exercise rehabilitation in combination with manual therapy techniques. 

Outside of work, you will find Luke enjoying socialising with friends, exploring the restaurants and bars of Melbourne, spending time in the gym or following his favourite sports – AFL (Richmond) and the NBA (LA Lakers).

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Physiotherapy

Special Interests: Sports injury management and prevention, particularly field sports; Strength and conditioning; Shoulder pain and instability; Lower limb rehabilitation and return to sports

Luke Boykett

Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist

Luke graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2021 with...

Brendan Duncan

Position: Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist
Location: St Kilda

Brendan completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University and a Masters in Physiotherapy (Sports) at the University of Queensland. He has worked within private practice and across a number of professional and amateur sporting clubs/associations, including:

  • The Australian College of Sport
  • Essendon, Williamstown and Victoria Country (U/19 & senior representative) AFL teams
  • A-League referees, Altona Magic, Melbourne Victory Women, Victorian boys and girls U14-16 NTC Representative teams, Essendon Royals Soccer Club
  • Melbourne Aces Baseball Club.

Brendan likes to combine manual therapy, patient education, exercise prescription and a range of other modalities, such as dry needling and taping, to obtain optimal patient health outcomes. 

Brendan represented Western Jets, Victoria Metro U/19, Essendon FC, Werribee FC, Williamstown FC and Coburg FC during his Aussie rules playing days. Cricket is Brendan’s other love and he recently racked up 35 years as an all-rounder and achieved Life Membership of Aberfeldie Park Cricket Club. 

Outside of working hours, Brendan enjoys spending time with family, hitting the gym, great food and drink, the odd punt (especially during the Spring Carnival!) and relaxing in front of a good movie or TV series.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Physiotherapy, La Trobe University; Masters of Physiotherapy (Sport), UQ; ASCA Level 1 Strength & Conditioning coach; DMA Level 1 Pilates

Special Interests: Sports injury, management and prevention; Shoulder dysfunction

Brendan Duncan

Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist

Brendan completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University...

Covers and Claims

  • Medicare Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) patients, Workcover, TAC
    • Gap payment to match fee schedule
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) patients
    • No Gap charged for patients on a self-managed package
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) patients
    • No Gap charged

Services Provided

MPPFG is committed to incorporating the latest treatment trends and technologies as directed by scientific research. MPPFG practitioners have a busy Professional Development program which updates them in evidence-based practice trends.

Our suite of services ranges from highly skilled manual techniques, the latest technologies, exercise programs and treatment plans through to specialised exercise-based therapies.

At MPPFG, we know that achieving optimal treatment outcomes requires an understanding of which services to refer patients to and at what time during the recovery cycle.

  • Physiotherapy
  • Post-Graduate trained APA Titled Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapists
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Clinical Exercise
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Electrotherapy;
    • Ultrasound
    • Interferential Electrical Stimulation
    • Electrical Muscle Stimulation
    • Short Wave Diathermy
    • EMG Biofeedback
  • Mechanical Traction for neck and lower back conditions
  • Running Assessments
  • Podiatry, Foot Orthotics
  • Prosthetic and Orthotic Services
  • Sport and Musculoskeletal Screening Services
  • Massage
  • Dietetics
  • Myotherapy
  • Dry Needling
  • Hydrotherapy
  • ESWT/Shockwave Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you can make an appointment directly with the clinic for an Initial Consultation with our Therapists. 

Based on your Initial Consultation, hands-on treatments may be required before moving into the getback program.

getback™ treatments go for an average of 30 minutes. getback recommends two treatments per week. Depending on results of the Initial Consultation, an individual program ranges from 12 to 24 treatments.

To get the best results, getback recommends two treatments per week. Depending on the Initial Consultation, individual programs range from 12 to 24 treatments.

Yes. Our qualified Therapists supervise each session to ensure all exercises are carried out safely and correctly and to monitor your progress.

getback™ devices are designed by biomechanical specialists and Exercise Physiologists to a medical rehabilitation standard. The devices are registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia as Medical Grade One Measuring Devices.

getback™ devices are designed for isoinertial exercise (meaning resistance matches the muscle’s capacity thorough the total movement) to ensure that exercises are performed in the pain-free range, and find the right target in the lumbar spine. The multi-movement planes of the devices allow controlled movements in lumbar/thoracic flexion, extension, rotation and lateral flexion.

No, many of our patients use the devices either before or after work without changing clothes. You won’t break out in a sweat or need to shower afterwards.

No, getback is a planned rehabilitation program with a defined end point, usually between 12 to 24 treatments.

Book an appointment with a getback physiotherapist today

Get 50% off your Initial Consultation*

*Only available to new getback clients for an Initial Consultation. Half price Initial Consultation will be $37.50 (RRP $75)

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