Health Notes

CLINICAL PILATES TIMES AND COSTS

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Well the clinical pilates equipment arrives tommorrow… one day earlier than originally planned!!

Therefore initial assessments will commence from Mon the 2nd of July. Classes to commence Mon the 9th of July.

CLASS TIMES AS FOLLOWS

Fit for Two Circuit (antenatal) ….5 Clients per session  rebateable on private health insurance – 50 minute class (Tues 6- 6.50pm); (Thurs 6-6.50pm); and (Sat 10-10.50am).  The class will be a mixture of clinical pilates, strength, balance and postural exercise using fitballs, bands and slide board with an emphasis on efficient and safe movement.

 Mum and Bub circuit (postnatal)…. 5 clients per session – for women from 6 weeks post- natal to 9 months… (babies in prams) welcome. Tues 11-11.50. The class will be a mixture of clinical pilates, strength, balance and postural exercise using fitballs, bands and slide board with an emphasis on restoring the strength of the abdominals and pelvic floor muscles.  An essential “core” and overall strength preparation, for new mums to resume their usual exercise routines safely.

New mum’s “Time Out” (post-natal)….. 5 clients per session Sat 8-8.50, 9.00-9.50 …as above, but for those who want a little well deserved “time-out” from their bundles of joy….

Tell partners the class goes for 90 mins, and pop to the Turret for a coffee afterwards! 

Restore and Revive Pilates…. 5 Clients per session  – a 12-16 week program for women who are undergoing or have recently completed (in the last 12 months), breast cancer treatment – Mon and Thurs (12-12.50pm)

Women’s Inner strength.. 5 Clients per session  – a 12 week specially tailored class for women that have a history of gynaecological or abdominal surgery, and/or pelvic floor issues ($45).  A special emphasis will be placed on core, back and pelvic strength – MON 9-9.50am

COST

INITIAL ASSESSMENT ($80)……. COMPULSORY HALF HOUR 1:1 SESSION WITH THE PHYSIOTHERAPIST.  A SCREENING, ASSESSMENT AND INTRODUCTION TO THE PILATES EQUIPMENT FOR THOSE CLIENTS:

  • WHO ARE NEW TO CLINICAL OR REFORMER/TRAPEZE PILATES
  • HAVE A SPECIFIC/NEW INJURY OR COMPLAINT
  • HAVE NOT ATTENDED A CLINICAL PILATES CLASS WITH KRISTY IN THE LAST SIX MONTHS

(IF UNSURE RING THE CLINIC AND ASK TO SPEAK TO KRISTY)

REBATEABLE ON PHYSIOTHERAPY “EXTRAS COVER” IF YOU HAVE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE.

CLASS ($45) 50 min session with a MAXIMUM OF FIVE PARTICIPANTS (ie… I shall be keeping a close eye on you all)..

REBATEABLE ON PHYSIOTHERAPY “EXTRA COVER” IF YOU HAVE PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE.

ASSESSMENT AND CLASS BOOKINGS NOW OPEN….. CALL THE CLINIC…

On-line class bookings and a full timetable will be available soon

Plus more classes to be added in coming weeks….stay tuned

CLINICAL PILATES AT RESTORE ALLIED HEALTH

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I am so excited, as my clinical pilates equipment arrives at the end of this week!!  The point of difference at Restore Allied Health will be small targeted groups (4 participants); not “one size fits all”, and everyone in the group will have their own individual program, based on a thorough assessment of what they need to achieve their goals.  We will be working toward strengthening the insides to match the outsides (a crucial component of safe and balanced exercise), one that is often not adequately addressed in many “generic” exercise programs.  The targeted groups will be taken by myself, a qualified Women and Men’s Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and Lymphoedema Therapist, with some transitional groups to be taken by a fully trained pilates instructor.

The other good news is that during the weekday classes the post-natal mums will be able to bring their babies along, which will hopefully provide the opportunity for a lot more mums to explore this wonderful way of exercising safely after pregnancy and child birth.

The targeted classes will include ante-natal, post-natal, oncology rehabilitation, gynaecological surgery/pelvic floor groups and Men’s post- prostatectomy.  There will also be over 60’s, and classes for mothers with school aged children.

Check this website and my Facebook page (Lifestages Physiotherapy), next week for further updates, including commencement dates and session times……

Hope to see you soon, cheers Kristy

PS. It just so happens the lovely “Turret” cafe is a stone throw away… so why not reward yourself with a really good coffee after the session.. (and if you work really hard…throw in the Macadamia and Lemon Crumb Cake for good measure)…lol (now you know my true weakness)!!

 

 

BODY AWARENESS

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As suggested, a comment on body awareness.  Body awareness is the knowledge of where your body or body parts are in space.  Most of us take this for granted, but for people that have been injured or have undergone postural changes (for a variety of reasons, including pregnancy) the awareness or perception of where our body is in space may be altered or distorted.  For example: you may feel that you are sitting up straight until someone points out to you in the mirror that you are slouching or leaning more to one side….you may think you are standing with even weight on both legs until someone puts a set of scales under each foot and shows you that not.  This altered perception of how your body moves in space, over time can become your “normal”, and may result in you not moving in the most efficient way, leading to muscle fatigue and ultimately pain.

This is where a physiotherapist can help.  We can make you become more aware of your posture and how you are moving and give you some tips to readjust your “normal”.  This may involve strengthening certain muscles, it may involve exercises in front of a mirror, it may be giving you hands on feedback…

Body and spacial awareness results from quite a complex set of processes and skills, including a combination of good proprioception, balance, muscular control and posture.  Physio’s spend their entire working life (and not just at work), looking at how people move and thus can help you to recognise your imbalances and start to correct them…..

And yes, when physios are out shopping and doing our normal day activities,  we are watching how you walk and move and trying to analyse why… its been ingrained, its in our nature and we can’t help it!! Sorry..lol

That is my last blog for the week.  Hope ,everyone did a few extra pelvic floor exercises this week!! Have a wonderful weekend…..

Cheers Kristy

 

PROLAPSE

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Did you know that it is estimated that up to 70 percent of women who have delivered vaginally will have a degree of vaginal prolapse in the first few months postnatally??  Most women are not aware of this as it is not causing them any symptoms.  For those that are aware however, the realisation that something is there in the vaginal that shouldn’t be can be confronting and quite distressing.

The good news is that in the vast majority of cases this will resolve given time for the pelvic ligaments to tighten up and the pelvic floor muscles to strengthen.  Also important, is not stressing the pelvic floor doing high impact/intensity exercise until this has resolved.  For those girls who are continuing to experience symptoms, there are conservative measures to relieve the symptoms such as vaginal support devices and an intensive pelvic floor exercise program.  It may be necessary for you to modify your exercise program for a whilst to allow the pelvic floor to strengthen.  Later in the year I will be trained in the fitting of vaginal support devices….stay tuned….

HEALTHY BOWEL HABITS HELP THE BLADDER

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Sorry I was a little tired last night and didn’t get around to Wednesdays tip…so I’ll give you two today……

Now I agree, the bowels are not a sexy topic to talk about…but in terms of curing stress urinary incontinence we must.  One of the first principles in the world of Continence Physiotherapy is that if you don’t address issues with the bowel first, you are not going to get very far with the bladder.  Mainly what we are talking about here is constipation.  Now most people think constipation is when you need to strain to pass a bowel motion…. and yes that is one aspect of it, however, constipation is an “umbrella” term, under which sit a variety of other symptoms, including: irregular passage of stool, passing hard stool, development of haemorrhoids and a feeling of incomplete bowel emptying.

If we are not emptying the bowel properly it pushes on, and can irritate the bladder.  If we are straining to pass stool we are pushing down on our pelvic floor muscles and weakening them.  Thus constipation is one of the main reasons that women who have not had babies can have urinary incontinence……

A continence physiotherapist or specialist can help with constipation, and therefore help you to “NOT LAUGH WHEN YOU LEAK”….

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