Back pain can be a debilitating and common condition. Luckily, research shows that education, specific joint mobilisations and rehabilitation of good muscle control, are key to managing back pain and preventing further flare-ups. We can help with your Cairns back pain treatment.


Physiotherapists are trained in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of back pain and treatment doesn’t involve you attending forever! Our physiotherapists regularly attend professional development courses to upskill in treating back pain, including the Manual Concepts ‘Spinal Manual Therapy certificate’. Manual Concepts are well-known and respected in the physiotherapy field, due to the volume of research they publish and their role in changing the field of physiotherapy.


In assessment and treatment of back pain, we adopt a problem-solving approach. Once we’ve identified the key areas of dysfunction, we use modalities like joint mobilisations, massage, needling, tape and more to help with pain, while layering specific rehab and strength work on top, to help prevent future flare-ups. At Wellness Embodied, we also offer physiotherapist-led pilates, and other rehabilitative exercises, to help you maintain optimum physical condition. We provide a range of Cairns back pain treatments.


Our team are passionate about creating pain-free bodies, capable of performing at their optimum. We are highly qualified and experienced at helping ease and heal patients’ back pain. This starts with correctly diagnosing the cause of the pain and then preparing and delivering an integrated care and treatment program, which creates pathways of healing and rehabilitation. At Wellness Embodied, we don’t believe in endless appointments with no results, we do believe in helping our patients.

Back Pain & Its Causes

In our assessment of back pain, we adopt a problem-solving approach. A medical history will ascertain if further referral or imaging is needed. We’ll discuss lifestyle factors, such as your work and hobbies, to find out what caused the initial pain. In many cases, pain builds over a long period. Often, painkillers can provide partial relief.

Long periods of rest are widely discouraged in the medical literature and surgery is the last resort (and has been needed by very few of our clients!).

Relief: More than Manipulation

A manipulation is a high velocity mobilisation of a joint, typically causing a crack. But there’s more to management of back pain than manipulations. Our team of Allied Health professionals includes Cairns physiotherapists, occupational therapist, exercise physiologist and a naturopath. Our team provide patient specific treatment, that includes but is not limited to joint mobilisations and soft tissue release, dry needling, massage and exercises to help build your core strength. These days, all the research is coming out in favour of ‘motor control’, educating the right muscles to do the job for which they’re intended. At Wellness Embodied, we are here to help.


Speak to us about how we can help to manage your back pain and improve your quality of life. Referrals are not necessary. We treat clients of all ages: Private, DVA, WorkCover, CTP and other insurance claims, GP referrals. We offer health rebates on the spot for private clients, via the HiCaps system.

At Wellness Embodied, we also offer Cairns physiotherapy video consultations. These are available for our existing and new clients who are unable to physically attend an appointment in Cairns, whether that’s due to location, self-isolation or any other reason.

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Our Cairns Back Pain Treatment Team

Francesco De Vito - Physiotherapist

Francesco believes in an evidence-based approach and values building a trusting and collaborative relationship with his patients, providing support throughout their recovery and disease management journey. Francesco speaks English and Italian.

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Lea Samson - Physiotherapist

Lea is committed to helping her clients reach their full potential and get back to doing the activities that they love. Her treatment techniques include manual therapy, Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (level 2 practitioner) M2T blading, cupping and dry needling. Lea speaks Filipino and English.

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Nicolas Olguin - Physiotherapist

Nicolas is very interested in neurological and respiratory conditions. He provides support and treatment to patients with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis and more.

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Alyza Brown - Senior Physiotherapist

Alyza is one of our CCMI trained Concussion Management Practitioners and provides Physiotherapy services to local sporting teams, including the Wanderers Rugby Union. She is also our Running and Strength / Movement Assessment Physiotherapist.

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Catherine Lipsett-Moore - Senior Physiotherapist & Naturopath

Catherine has degrees in Biology, Naturopathy and Physiotherapy. She is a strong advocate of holistic treatment and endeavours to treat the cause of the problem, while also alleviating the symptoms. She offers physiotherapy and naturopathy appointments at Wellness Embodied and looks forward to meeting you.

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Leisa Lawson - Senior Physiotherapist

Leisa has a passion for helping women with all pregnancy niggles / pelvic girdle pain, prepare for birth (both vaginal and caesarean delivery) and helping them recover their pelvic floor, tummy and any discomfort after. She aims to treat the cause of the problem whilst relieving the symptoms.

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Ry Darcy - Senior Physiotherapist

Ry works and lives in Cooktown. Ry is a Rural Generalist and has developed his skills across multiple settings since completing his studies at James Cook University Townsville, in 2016.

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They have great physios, who get to know you as a person, not just your illness. They also do nice little personal touches, like sending you a birthday message or checking in via text to see you're ok after a treatment.


I presently visit 3 different staff members and I find what they are helping me with, always improves my situation. They really care for me as a person, and I appreciate that! The admin girls are like friends - laughing and talking with me. I feel like I'm coming to visit family when I walk through the door. I love your business' dedication to community also


I was impressed with the all-round service, not just physio, but also nutrition and exercise and breathing


I love the team and the space at Wellness Embodied and can't thank everyone enough for the amazing work they do


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