Michael Ridgway

Ridgway Method Certified Practitioner

Michael Ridgway Brisbane's Leading Physiotherapist

B.Phty, M.Phty (Musculoskeletal)

Principal Physiotherapist

 "I love what I do!

It's an amazing experience to have a client look at me in surprise and say;

'How did you do that?!' or,

'I've had that pain for years and in only a few sessions it's now gone'


Specialty Masters Qualified Physiotherapist 

Founder of the Ridgway Institute International -Educating Physiotherapists throughout Australia and overseas


Michael Ridgway is the Baroona Physiotherapy practice principal and the winner of the 2007 APA Professional Excellence Award for contribution to the promotion of the profession.

He graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor degree in 1995 and completed his master's degree in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2000. Michael specialises in spinal related conditions.

Michael's Lecture history includes:

  • University of Queensland Physiotherapy Sports Masters Course - Rowing Biomechanics
  • University of Queensland Human Movement Studies Course - Optimal Collaboration Between Health Professionals
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia - Vertebral Artery Safety within Manual Therapy

Michael’s Special Interests

Leading the Physiotherapy industry with new and advanced methods for injury treatment, prevention and education. 

With a special interest in the areas of:

  • Innovating the standardised musculoskeletal problem solving system> Taught to physiotherapists throughout Australia
  • Rowing>  Athletes and coaches and
  • The Fitness Industry> Therapists and their clients

Michael thrives on solving complex spinal related conditions, including many clients that have been to multiple practitioners and had been told there was no solution to their problem. It is not commonly known that dysfunction in the spine can lead to movement problems in other body parts that lead to pain and injury. Also, the spine can refer pain to other body parts even when there is no apparent problem in the spine. It is Michael’s forte to solve these tricky and not-so-obvious types of conditions.

Michael is also developer and presenter of rowing biomechanics lectures for the sports physio masters at UQ (2005 & 2006) and lectures for other professionals such as GP registrars (at CSQTC), UQ Human Movements course and Southbank/Sunshine Tafes Diploma of Fitness courses.    


The BRace - and co-founder of Rowergo International.  This device prevents back pain and improves performance in rowing machine users.  As seen on The New Inventors. To learn more click here.


 The Ridgway Method - is a highly successful system designed to find the underlying cause of musculoskeletal conditions. Diagnosing a problem is a good start, however, finding the underlying cause that led to the diagnosis is the secret to a rapid and long-lasting recovery.  Michael has created and improved the formula for the Ridgway Method over many years, proving its great success on many hundreds of clients.  The Ridgway Method is now taught to select physiotherapists throughout Australia and New Zealand.  All Baroona Physiotherapists are Ridgway Method Certified Practitioners.      

Michael’s Background

Michael is an ex-elite rower and double gold medalist at the Australian National University Championships, in 1992 and 1993, in the University of Queensland’s 1st VIII and trained with the Queensland’s 1st VIII State Squad with Olympic rowers.  Michael’s combined passion for rowing and his speciality in spinal physiotherapy has allowed Michael to thrive at developing advanced techniques and methods to rapidly solve even the most stubborn problems that rowers face. His focus on performance enhancement has delighted many rowers and coaches from novice to international levels.

Presently Michael competes in cycling criterion events and enjoys road riding as a recreational sport.

Michael’s master’s research included proving that deep neck stability muscle activation decreases tenderness in neck-headache joints. This has contributed to a large body of research that has helped the musculoskeletal world provide evidence-based muscle activation exercises for neck pain clients:

2001 Congram, M. A., Jull, G. A., Vicenzino, B.G.T., Vegter, N. L., Ridgway, M. and Fleming, H. M. (2001). Initial mechanical hypoalgesic effect in cervicogenic headache patients following therapeutic exercises. In: , Integrating Approaches. 1st International Conference on Movement Disorders, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh, (). 21-23 September 2001.


Most wild holiday destination: the top of a 5500m Himalayan mountain.


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