Aim Physiotherapy’s ‘Back pain rehab’ or ‘Physio Mat exercise’ program is a specialised exercise and lifestyle program with the goal of delivering cost-effective, quality care to individuals who:
- are recovering from recent back injury
- suffer from chronic back pain and want to improve self-management and daily function
- enjoy fun, mat or floor-based exercise in a small group environment [max. 2-4 people]
- would benefit from Pilates-informed exercise prescribed by physiotherapists as part of a treatment program
- have difficulty with home-based exercise program performance
It is a program of guided mat or floor exercises, focussed on restoring spinal mobility, control and stabilisation.
Programs are run by our experienced team of Physiotherapists (PTs) and Exercise Physiologists (EPs) who have developed an evidence-based exercise program to suit your individual needs, taking into account pain or injury severity and rehabilitation stage. There is evidence that mat Pilates improves dynamic balance, lower limb strength, hip and lower back flexibility and cardiovascular endurance (DeSouza et al. 2018). Equipment-based and mat Pilates modalities are both eﬀective in the improvement of Transversus Abdominus activation in patients with chronic low back pain, with associated improvement on pain, function and kinesiophobia. (Cruz-Diaz et al. 2018).
Where appropriate, performance progress and outcome measures are reported to medical specialists and General Practitioners (GPs). Depending on individual needs and treatment plan, exercise can be performed at home, under PT/EP supervision at either of our exercise studios, or a combination of both options – see PDF below
Download more information on Aim Physio BACK PAIN REHAB – Physio MAT EXERCISE program – 2019
Physio Led Group Exercise
Pilates incorporates the use of specialised apparatus and equipment into movement routines designed to enhance flexibility, strength, coordination, proprioception and balance. Pilates exercises used in physiotherapy and exercise physiology exercise programs to rehabilitate injuries and recondition muscles and was previously referred to as ‘Clinical Pilates’.
Pilates exercise has been shown to improve core stability, enhance biomechanical efficiency of movement, reduce acute and chronic pain (such as lower back pain) and increase strength, flexibility and balance. The nature of the Pilates method and apparatus is such that exercise routines can be tailored to suit all fitness levels and abilities and as a result, is suitable for almost everyone.
Pilates, as originally developed by Joseph Pilates, and following the principles of centrology, focuses on improving movement, strength, control and core stability. Joseph Pilates designed apparatus and exercise that specifically involved:
- muscles of the trunk or torso to provide central or ‘core’ stability
- a mind-body connection for improved movement control, flexibility, proprioception and balance
- task orientation – your brain learns tasks, not specific movements when it forms new patterns.
- resistance with repetition to train and develop muscle strength, without compromising movement control.
Clinical Pilates adds that additional element of clinical knowledge to the Pilates exercises. Clinical Pilates, using physiotherapy and exercise physiology knowledge and training, is able to adjust, modify and specifically choose Pilates exercises that meet your individual needs, based on clinical assessment, taking into account an individual’s injuries, pathologies and specific physical needs. Registered and trained physiotherapists are skilled in the identification and correction of poor postural habits, faulty movement patterns and muscular imbalances. The specific choice of Pilates exercises that you do is the difference between a routine that works and one that doesn’t.
At Aim Physiotherapy, we offer both one-on-one and group options for Group Execise Sessions that incorporate Clinical Pilates. Clients wishing to begin Physio Led Group Exercise classes require up to three one-on-one consultations prior to commencing group classes. This is due to the nature of our clinical Pilates programs being tailored to each individual’s fitness level, rehabilitation requirements and capabilities.
Clinical Pilates can be used in the remedial treatment of a host of injuries and conditions. It is also used as a preventative approach for conditioning, cross-training and technique modification for sports and dance.
Our Adelaide physiotherapy clinics in Oakden and Toorak Gardens are staffed by Physiotherapists and certified Pilates instructors who can help you regain strength and fitness using the clinical Pilates method. Both locations are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment including the full range of Pilates Apparatus – Pilates reformers, Trapeze Tables, Ladder Barrel and Wunda Chair.
Clinical Pilates exercise programs can be used to treat conditions including:
- Lower back pain
- Joint replacements
- Arthritic conditions
- Neck pain
- Chronic pain
- Poor abdominal strength
- Proximal (core) instability
- Pelvic floor conditions
Download more information on Aim Physio group exercise (‘clinical Pilates’) program – July 2019 information sheet here.
See Our Group Class Timetable:
Toorak Gardens Pilates Timetable 04.08.18 CK
Oakden Group Class Timetable 2019
If you feel as though you and your body could benefit from Pilates, call our clinics in Adelaide today on 8331 1557, or contact us online and discuss your needs with our friendly staff.