Clinical Pilates Torquay Classes

equipment-based movement therapy.

Clinical Pilates Torquay with a trained physiotherapist

Pilates is a method of exercise that focuses on controlled and precise movements of the spine, pelvis and upper and lower extremities. It was first developed in the early 1920s by Joseph Pilates, who found that a combination of core strengthening, postural awareness and breathing principles, helped him to overcome his own physical ailments, including asthma, rickets disease (softening of bone) and rheumatic fever.

In the early 1990s, traditional pilates began an evolution into clinical pilates, when physiotherapists became aware of its basic merits and their impact as a rehabilitation tool for injury management and performance enhancement.

Clinical Pilates focuses on the “control” of movement through specific functional postures rather than pure physical strengthening. It involves retraining normal movement patterns that have been disrupted as a result of pain.

Research into a range of musculoskeletal injuries has shown that normal movement patterns can become disrupted resulting in ongoing disability, compensatory postures and even chronic pain syndromes. Clinical Pilates will help to re-train these normal movement patterns in order to prevent exacerbation of your pain, as well as future recurrences of your injury.

Clinical Pilates can benefit many conditions:

  • Neck and upper back injuries
  • Headaches
  • Acute and chronic low back pain
  • Lumbopelvic instability
  • Pre and post natal pain
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Recurrent sporting injuries
  • Postural dysfunctions
  • Current fitness levels and sports specific performance

Your physiotherapist will plan and design an individually prescribed exercise rehabilitation program using research based diagnostic and treatment techniques with your specific goals in mind.

Clinical Pilates is suitable for all ages and a range of conditions due to the gentle nature of the resistance springs, thus ensuring low impact during controlled movement sequences.

What to expect?

Initial consultation: 45mins

This type of consultation is required if

  • you are a new client to the clinic.
  • you are seeking pilates for a new injury not previously treated by the physiotherapist.
  • you have not had treatment for your current injury in the past 3 months.
  • you do not have an injury, but would like to include pilates classes as part of your fitness routine.

We ask that you arrive approximately 15-20 minutes prior to your consultation time so that you can fill out the appropriate paper work including general health information and a questionnaire related to your health history. At this time, the clinic manager will also give you a tour of the clinic and pilates studio, and will answer any questions you may have while awaiting your physiotherapist.

Once you meet your physiotherapist, you will be guided into one of our private treatment rooms. Your physiotherapist will take this opportunity to appreciate your full injury or health/fitness history by undertaking a detailed and comprehensive health interview and physical assessment to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your problem.

During the physical assessment, the physiotherapist may observe your posture, range of motion, joint movements, and muscular activity. Once a working diagnosis has been made, your physiotherapist will endeavour to ensure you fully understand your condition and prognosis. From here, you will collaborate on an appropriate treatment plan based on your specific goals, so that you can get back to feeling and living your best.

There may be time to provide some initial treatment at the end of this session, which may involve education about the pilates practice, postural alignment, and core activation.

Remember, you should leave this session with full understanding of

  • the basics of clinical pilates.
  • the process of integrating into supervised classes.
  • the specific goals of your pilates individualised program.
  • your therapeutic home exercise program.

If you are undertaking pilates as an adjunct to your regular fitness routine, the assessment will focus more on a general musculoskeletal examination, without the emphasis on a specific presenting injury or condition.

Standard consultation: 30mins

This type of consultation is required if

  • you had an initial clinical pilates consultation for the same injury/condition/purpose within the past 3 months.

We ask that you arrive on time, as we value your time and ours, and only wish to provide you with the most comprehensive treatment in the allocated time frame.

During the follow-up session, your physiotherapist will ask you a few questions about your current injury status, and will re-assess key points as noted in your previous session.

The clinical pilates standard consult will focus primarily on reviewing the therapeutic exercises taught on the previous day, with further education and orientation to appropriate mat-based and equipment-based exercises.  Your physiotherapist will also assess your core activation using the real time ultrasound during one of these sessions. You will be assessed following the performance of each new exercise to determine the effectiveness of the program.

Your physiotherapist will help to guide you as to how many follow-up appointments are needed based on your comfort and progress.

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Exit consultation: 45mins

This type of consult is recommended, but not required if

  • you have completed all of your clinical pilates standard consultations, but would like a final review of your full program prior to integrating into the supervised classes.

It is similar in process to the clinical pilates standard consultations, with an added 15 minutes to review your full pilates program and to address any questions or concerns about your progress.

Remember, YOU determine when you feel ready, confident and comfortable to join the supervised classes.  You can continue with the extended consult for as long as you wish until you want to join the supervised classes.

Remember, you should leave this session with full understanding of

1:1 extended review consultation: 45mins

This type of consult is ideal if:

  • you have been participating in the supervised classes and are ready for your physiotherapist to progress your program or re-assess your condition; or
  • a new injury or another concern has arisen and you need your physiotherapist to revamp your current program accordingly.

The extended review session is similar in process to the review consultation, except allots for a further 15 minutes of 1:1 time with your physiotherapist. May be especially appropriate if a more complex scenario has arisen requiring further analysis or discussion.

Supervised classes: 60mins

maximum four clients per class

This type of service is suitable for you if

  • you have undergone a clinical pilates assessment and subsequent pilates standard consultations.
  • you feel comfortable and confident with your current pilates program.

Please check in at the front desk approximately 5-10 minutes prior to your designated class time.

You should wear comfortable clothing for ease of movement, and socks must be worn at all times due to health regulations. You can purchase pilates grip socks from the clinic, or we have freshly washed socks available for loan if you have forgotten your own.

It is important to remain in the reception area until your physiotherapist calls you into the studio one by one.

Your physiotherapist will quickly assess your key physical findings and ask you how you’ve been feeling since your last session prior to setting you up on your first exercise and examining your form.

As there are three other clients also in the class, please be patient.

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9:00am-10:00am   9:00am-10:00am   9:00am-10:00am
 10:00am-11:00am        
  11:00am-12:00pm     11:00am-12:00pm
  12:00pm-1:00pm 12:00pm-1:00pm 12:00pm-1:00pm 12:00pm-1:00pm
1:00pm-2:00pm     1:00pm-2:00pm  
2:00pm-3:00pm 2:15pm-3:15pm      
         
  5:15pm-6:15pm 5:30pm-6:30pm    
6:00pm-7:00pm   6:30pm-7:30pm 6:30pm-7:30pm  
7:00pm-8:00pm        

Helpful tips while in a supervised session

  • If you are having pain or are feeling fatigued and have lost the proper posture of the exercise, stop and perform some gentle stretching exercises while you wait for your physiotherapist.
  • If you have finished the required number of repetitions of your exercise, and are confident with your execution of another exercise, you may begin before your physiotherapist returns to you.
  • Please let your physiotherapist know if any specific exercise or posture seems to aggravate your symptoms.
  • Try to maximise your time in the class by continuing with your program if your physiotherapist is busy with another client, as you will also be provided with the same detail of quality care.
  • It is best not to eat or drink a large volume of fluid one hour prior to your session.
  • Water is available throughout the class.

1 on 1 review consultation: 30mins

This type of service is suitable for you if

  • you have been participating in the supervised classes and are ready for your physiotherapist to progress your program or re-assess your condition.
  • a new injury or another concern has arisen and you need your physiotherapist to revamp your current program accordingly.

During this review session, your physiotherapist will once again ask you a few questions about your current injury status, and will re-assess key points as noted from your previous supervised class.

Your physiotherapist will proceed to alter your current program in accordance with your new presentation, and will demonstrate and get you to perform the new exercises.  You may need a couple of 1:1 sessions to feel comfortable with your new program prior to returning to the supervised classes.

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