About Matt

Rather than focus on any particular style of Chiropractic or manual therapy technique, Matt draws upon decades of work and study to achieve outcomes for his patients with a best practice approach. He is more than capable in many technique styles common to Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Physiotherapy. Diagnostic protocols are key to what treatment an individual patient might respond to.

Matt and his wife Robyn started Currumbin Beach Chiropractic in 1997. The clinic space was previously a surf shop, an art gallery, swimwear shop and real estate among other incarnations. Ironically, it was the same shop where Matt bought his first fibreglass surfboard in the early 1980’s. It was an amazing place to spend a lot of time for over 20 years as a place to work, to raise a family and be part of a wonderful community.

In 2021 we moved to a new beachfront address at Kirra with a collective of health practitioners. It’s a great spot comprising much of the lovely feel that Currumbin had with the added bonus of more space and better parking.

We are located at 2/1 Douglas Street (actually on Musgrave Street facing the beach at Kirra), Coolangatta.

Interview with Martin Dunn, one of Australia’s best and most experienced surf coaches.

More about Matt: The beach life was always an attraction. Aside from the calling to work within physical therapy, one of the attractions to private practice was being able to set up beachside. If it weren’t for the lure of study and a career change, Matt may have remained a Gold Coast City lifeguard, a role he enjoyed from school age and throughout university studies. .

A Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Physiology from the University of Queensland was completed in 1990. A two year Masters in Chiropractic clinical science from Macquarie University and the Sydney College of Chiropractic completed the requirements for professional qualification.

Matt has a qualification in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS) from the Prague School of Rehabilitation. DNS is the gold standard in motor control therapy for injury and postural rehabilitation. Positional relief and active exercises are heavily influenced by the knowledge of infant developmental milestones (ontogenesis) and how it relates to children and adults alike.

Private practice from 1993 began in a multidisciplinary clinic (Bayside Physical Therapies) where a close working relationship existed with other practitioners such as physiotherapists and doctors. Time spent in this practice and the development of skills required to perform an expanded role with professional athletes has strongly influenced the way Matt approaches his patients. Often described ‘not like other Chiropractors’, Matt has continued to expand his skill set throughout his career to include many treatment approaches rather than trying to apply the same model for every patient. Manipulation and mobilisation of the spine and extremities is often a part of patient care although in many cases stabilisation through strapping, bracing and postural correction is a more appropriate course of action. Some people will respond to dry needling where others may have a better result from a release technique. It’s all about working out the best course of action for a given situation and it’s this sense of problem solving that inspires Matt. 

An introduction to event care began in 1992 at the Coke Classic, Narrabeen while compiling data for a university thesis. In his early years of practice Matt worked at various sporting events. In 1994 he worked at the Billabong Kirra Pro and has continued each year to be a member of the medical team for that event which became the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro in 2000. He was also part of medical teams onsite at the Billabong Pro, Tahiti (2001-2005), Quiksilver and Roxy Pro events in Fiji (03, 04, 06 and 2015 respectively), Oakley Pro in Bali (2013), Bells Beach (2015), Margaret River (2016) and Jeffreys Bay South Africa (2017).

In 2004 Matt became the national team practitioner for Surfing Australia. He has accompanied open teams to the world surfing games in Ecuador (04), California (06), Portugal (08) and Costa Rica (09). Junior world team title campaigns include events in Tahiti, California, Brasil, Portugal, France, Ecuador, Peru and Panama (04-2012). In 2011, Matt also worked in China on the inaugural Women’s world longboard tour event.

As a consultant for Surfing Australia, Matt has created material for and lectured in coaching programs, participated in numerous development and elite programs for junior surfers including the provision of functional screenings for the assessment of desired normal and advanced outcomes.

Matt is involved with numerous sporting clubs and continues to work with teams and event care.

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