Pilates

Pilates

At St George Physiotherapy we balance our hands on approach to injury management with clever, individualised exercise prescription. Our aim is to not only rehabilitate the injury being treated, but also aim to prevent its recurrence.

At St George Physiotherapy, we have a fully equipped gym within the clinic as well as a specially designed Exercise and Pilates Studio.

Studio sessions are individually prescribed, constantly updated and supervised by a qualified physiotherapist. Before you begin any sessions in our studio, you must be assessed and screened. This enables us to adapt our programs to suit your needs.

Please see the FAQ below for more information and our current timetable.

What is Pilates?

Pilates in the true sense, is an exercise practice formulated by Joseph Pilates in the 1920′s. These days, “Pilates” is the general term used to cover a broad range of core control exercises that are performed not only on specialised apparatus but also on the floor. The aim is to improve mobility, flexibility and strength so the body can perform more efficiently. It is also used as a rehabilitation tool to treat many common injuries such as chronic low back pain and neck pain.


What are my "core" muscles?

“Pilates” or “Core Training” targets all areas of the body. More specifically, it focuses on the smaller and deeper muscles that sit around the spine and pelvis. The pelvic floor, deep abdominals (in particular transverse abdominus pictured below) and deep lumbar spine stabilisers form the basis of all “core” exercises, and could be considered your “core” muscles.


Can Pilates help me?

YES! Pilates is suitable for both men and women of all ages and all abilities.

If you choose to do a studio classes, the program is specifically designed to meet your needs and address your concerns and or injury/s. These programs also take into account any precautions that may need to be considered for you to safely exercise. So, no matter what your injuries are, there is always something you can do.

Remember that if you have health problems (especially heart problems), it is important to seek advise from your Doctor before beginning any exercise routine.


How do I know if I have poor "core stability"?

Some common symptoms of people who suffer from poor “core stability” include:

  • Recurrent, niggling injuries. Especially on the same side of the body
  • Recurrent low back pain
  • Pains that appear to come out of nowhere or after doing very little
  • Tightness and pain through the neck and upper back with prolonged sitting. Eg working long hours at a computer.
  • Injuries that appear with an increased training load.
  • Incontinence (poor bladder control)

If you are one of these people, it may be worth getting it checked out by a physiotherapist.


What sessions do you offer?

Because we believe in individualised care, we offer both private/one-on-one and semi-private studio sessions with a maximum of 4 people per Physiotherapist.

Workers compensation and CTP claims are welcome with a referral from your Nominated Treating Doctor (NTD).


What does a studio session involve?

A studio session involves the use of our studio equipment (trapeze table, reformer, combo chair, ladder barrel, fitballs and other small apparatus). Studio workouts involve a more structured, individualised workout that is designed specifically for you following your initial, hour long, assessment.

Before you begin studio sessions you need to be assessed by one of our physios. This takes an hour and includes injury screening and equipment familiarisation.

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How do I get started?

Before starting studio sessions you need to be assessed.

Studio assessments take an hour and include:

  • Injury history,
  • Musculoskeletal screening to determine flexibility, mobility or stability issues
  • Equipment familiarisation
  • Core muscle activation and breathing basics

This enables our highly strained physios to develop a program for you that will be ready to begin in your first session. This program is constantly modified as you begin to improve.

This ensures that you have the basics to begin the session safely and that you are aware of any exercises you may need to avoid to prevent injury.


What is real time ultrasound and what does it do?
Real Time Ultrasound

St George Physio has the same type of ultrasound scanner as the ones used in obstetrics. Using this device, we can image the muscles described under “what are my core muscles” section.

Real time ultrasound imaging allows the physiotherapist to view the stabilising muscles as the contraction occurs and provides an accurate assessment of the quality, timing and endurance of the stabilising muscle contraction. Since you may also view the image and see your muscle contract, real time ultrasound provides important feedback on how well you are performing the exercises. It is a powerful teaching tool.

Based on your initial assessment it may be appropriate to do more than one session to check on your progress.

Real Time Ultrasound


What do I need to bring?

Comfy clothes that allow movement, socks, towel, water bottle.


If I am injured can I still participate?

Yes. All our physios are trained in injury management and can therefore modify your exercises accordingly. Remember, there is always something you CAN do!


What times are the studio sessions run? (Timetable)

Current timetables are provided in the timetable link below

Click here to download Pilates Timetable

Pilates Combo Chair

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Pilates Reformer

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Pilates Trap Table

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