An Albury osteopathy business has opened a clinic in Wodonga, offering services such as reformer Pilates, concussion management, exercise physiology and osteopathy.
Sports and Spinal Albury Wodonga has transformed the former Wodonga Historical Society building in South St which now boasts three osteo treatment rooms, an exercise rehab space and five Pilates reformers.
Sports and Spinal Wodonga Director Vaughan Saunders saw the need for a second clinic in Wodonga when the twin cities were separated during the COVID-enforced border closures.
The business rented a room at Complete Care Chiropractic on Beechworth Rd for almost 18 months.
“Early on in there we realised we needed a presence here in Wodonga,” he said.
“We just needed a large space to call our own.
“Wodonga is where half of our clients come from so it was only fair on them to come back across.
“Our clients love the new space and can’t believe how we have transformed this old building.”
Mr Saunders said the move to Wodonga had exceeded his team’s expectations.
“We were kind of testing the waters to begin with but there is demand for our services,” he said.
“We currently have seven osteopaths and an exercise physiologist who work across both clinics.
“Wodonga clients love it and we are even getting Albury clients who are happy to come over here for our reformer pilates, easier access and more parking spaces.”
Mr Saunders said one thing he wanted to offer at the Albury clinic in Young St was reformer pilates but didn’t have the space.
“We thought this was a great opportunity to get involved in reformer pilates as it works well with what we do, we encourage people to move and function and Pilates is adding some strength base to that, they complement each other really well,” he said.
Mr Saunders said his business saw a rise in clients with neck and back pain as a result of working from home and not moving or exercising enough during the pandemic.
“So to move forward and get them stronger, the reformer Pilates works incredibly well with what we encourage people to do, it’s nice and gentle but can also be tough as well if need be,” he said.
“It’s a great platform to have and everyone can benefit from pilates, it can be adapted to those who are athletic and to those we need to start moving and function again.”
Mr Saunders said the business was on the lookout for a second exercise physiologist and another osteopath to add to the team.
“We have three amazing Pilates instructors and as the classes keep building, depending on what our instructors can fill, we may need more instructors,” he said.
Osteopathy appointments are available Tuesdays 8am to 6pm, Wednesdays 9am to 6pm, Thursdays 8am to 5pm and Fridays 8am to 1pm
Pilates classes run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm.
Pilates classes are also held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6am, 7am and 9.30am and classes on Friday at 9.30am and 12.30pm.
The goal is to open the Wodonga clinic full-time.
To make an appointment in Wodonga, phone (02) 6021 1975.