Nikki Rathbone

APA titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist

Nikki has experience working in a variety of areas over the past 13 years including elite and recreational sport, women’s health, headache and migraine management, chronic pain and occupational health/ergonomics. She is passionate about uncovering the root cause of her patient’s problems and working with them to achieve a long-term solution.  

She has completed a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy through La Trobe University in 2018, and she is a Level 3 Watson Certified Practitioner in the Watson Headache Approach. She also assists with teaching dry needling and has provided clinical education and supervision for students through several universities.  

Nikki has been a volunteer on several committees for the Australian Physiotherapy Association for 8 years and is currently a part of their pilot program for providing mentorship for new graduate therapists.

Nikki Rathbone
Headache and Migraine

Sporting work: 

  • Current: 
    • Support physio for the QLD Firebirds 
  • Past
    • Physiotherapist with Brisbane Lions AFLW  
    • 2020 & 2021 Physiotherapist for QISSRL confraternity shield  
    • Head physiotherapist QLD Fire/Brisbane Heat WBBL  
    • Queensland Cricket U15 girls     
    • Volunteer physiotherapist (beach volleyball) 2018 Commonwealth Games 
    • Shooting Stars Australia A women’s cricket talent camp physio  
    • In-house physiotherapist Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym  


Nikki enjoys playing and watching sports of all types. She has played netball for over 20 years and also enjoys playing golf and walking her 2 beautiful Labradors. When she isn’t watching her kids play sport, she loves to go camping in the caravan with her family on weekends.  


Sam has been amazing in treating my unsolved running injuries. Appointments are very thorough and he's highly supportive of my desire to stay active and fit. Highly recommend!

Selena R.
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I've been in a few times now to see Mal and highly recommend his service for his clarity, patience and approachability. He is clearly highly skilled, and his great ability to support me towards improvement is the proof!

Jack H.
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In just a few visits Mal identified and fixed my back and shoulder pain. My posture is significantly improved and thanks to the exercises Mal gave me I’m confident of staying pain free. Thank you very much!

Michael Van L.
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