Pilates – Clinical
Complete Range Physiotherapy offers a range of Pilates services to Secret Harbour, Port Kennedy, Rockingham and the surrounding areas. Our experienced physio’s will design and tailor a clinical Pilates program specific to your goals and needs.
What Exactly Is Pilates?
Pilates, more specifically, clinical Pilates is a form of gentle resisted exercise that focuses on posture, balance, control, strength and flexibility. It can be practiced using simple floor exercises or by incorporating equipment such as fit balls, foam rollers, reformers and trapeze tables. Most programs will be a combination of a variety of equipment.
Clinical Pilates is commonly used in conjunction with physiotherapy as a means of treating a variety of injuries, particularly those of the neck and back. Due to its gentle, low-weight bearing nature your program can be adapted to suit your individual needs and goals simply by varying the exercise itself or the speed, resistance, or range of movement required to perform the task. As such Clinical Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels from the young to the old and the weekend warrior to the elite athlete.
How Does It Work?
Any pain in the body forces us to adopt different positions, postures and movement patterns, generally to find comfort, however this in turn affects muscular function and movement control. Whilst this process affects injuries to all joints it is especially common with those that affect the spine.
Clinical Pilates focuses on restoring range of movement to reduce pain whilst balancing the recruitment of the large superficial muscles (designed to create movement) with the small deep muscles (designed to provide stability) and in doing so improve posture, strength and flexibility.
It works by strengthening a variety of muscle groups including the deep abdominal, gluteal, pelvic floor and low back muscles which support our spine and pelvis and provide the platform for our upper body, neck and head to sit on. Weakness in these muscles is what leads to postural pain and injuries, which are becoming increasingly common with sedentary occupations requiring extended periods of sitting or standing.
Clinical Pilates also helps increase the endurance of these stabilising muscles, leading to more efficient recruitment, better spinal stability and less reliance on larger muscles which will reduce fatigue and injury risk.
What is Clinical Pilates Good for?
- Low back pain and injuries
- Neck pain and injuries
- Postural dysfunctions and pain
- Pregnancy related back and pelvic pain
- Pre and Postnatal lumbo-pelvic weakness.
- Post-operative Rehabilitation (low back, neck, hips, knees and shoulders)
- Sports injuries
- Improving core stabilisation and strength
- Improving balance and co-ordination
- Improving range of movement and flexibility
- Improving posture and strength of postural muscles
- Improving overall body tone and strength
- Improving cardiovascular fitness
- Preventing Injuries
What Is The Process?
Complete Range Physiotherapy Pilates sessions are run by qualified and experienced Physiotherapists, providing a safe and enjoyable environment for exercising and strengthening and giving you peace of mind that your program will be specifically tailored to your personal needs and goals.
Everyone starts with an initial package, which consists of two appointments:
1. Initial Assessment (Allow 60 minutes)
This appointment is divided into two parts:
a. Subjective assessment – during the subjective assessment your physiotherapist will discuss your medical history with a focus on any clinical pathology you may have. They will then discuss your personal goals and what you hope to achieve from your Pilates program.
b. Physical assessment – during the physical assessment your physiotherapist will take you through a range of flexibility, strength and cardiovascular fitness tests designed to identify areas of pain, movement restriction and weakness.
At the conclusion of your initial assessment your physiotherapist will use the information collected to design a clinical Pilates exercise program specific to your goals and individual needs.
2. Initial Pilates Session (Allow 60 minutes)
The initial Pilates session is a private 1 on 1 session with your physiotherapist, where they will introduce you to the Pilates equipment and take you step-by step through the program they have designed for you. They will explain, demonstrate and if needed alter each of the exercises so that you are comfortable in performing each exercise and understand how it is designed to help you.
After you have completed your initial package you physiotherapist will recommend how often you should participate in the Pilates sessions. This is based on findings from your initial assessment. Following this you can then purchase Pilates sessions on an individual basis or buy in bulk and save with our special discounts when you purchase packages of 5 or 10 sessions.
And because your Pilates is being run by a qualified physiotherapist Private Health Insurance Rebates may apply. We advise checking with your personal fund to assess your eligibility.
An Initial assessment and initial Pilates session are required prior to engaging in Pilates of any form
Once you’ve finished you initial package why not get some mates together and form a small group session of your own friends (3 max per class).
What Do I Need To Bring?
- Comfortable gym clothing
- Water bottle
- Private health card
I’ve Heard Enough! How Do I Get Started?
This is the simple part! Just call our friendly reception staff on (08) 9524 7002 and book an initial assessment package with one of our qualified and experienced Physiotherapists.
Alternatively you can contact us via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org and we will call you back.