What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy helps to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or disability. It can also help to reduce your risk of injury or illness in the future. Our Physiotherapists take a hands on, holistic approach and involve the patient directly in their own care.

When is physiotherapy used?

Physiotherapy can be helpful for people of all ages, with a wide range of health conditions, including problems that may be affecting the bones, joints or soft tissue.  Physiotherapy can improve a person’s physical activity while helping to prevent further injuries.

Common conditions helped by Physiotherapy:

  • Back and neck problems, such as back pain, sciatica, neck pain, and whiplash
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint replacement rehabilitation
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Poor biomechanics leading to knee, shin, ankle and hip pain.
  • Sporting injuries such as sprains, strains and tendon injuries
  • Postural analysis, often from poor working conditions
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Tight/spasaming muscles

What physiotherapists do?

The physiotherapists at St Margarets Physiotherapy consider the body as a whole rather than just focusing on the individual aspects of an injury or illness.

Some of the main approaches used by our physiotherapists include:

  • Manual therapy – where the physiotherapist uses their hands to help relieve pain and stiffness, and encourages better movement of the body.
  • Movement, tailored exercise and physical activity advice – exercises may be recommended to improve your general health and mobility, and to strengthen specific parts of your body.
  • Education and advice – our physiotherapists can offer general advice about things that can affect your daily lives, such as posture and correct lifting or carrying techniques, to help prevent injuries.
  • Acupuncture – a complementary medical practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, most often with a needle penetrating the skin, to alleviate pain or to help treat various health. It is often form used un conjunction with any of the above approaches to help alleviate pain.

What is Physio-led Pilates?

Pilates is a form of low impact conditioning exercise that helps to strengthen the core and improves flexibility, restoring normal muscle balance in the body. It also improves postural awareness and breathing control to help you feel relaxed and refreshed after every class.

At St Margarets Physiotherapy we run specialist physio-led Pilates classes with qualified Physiotherapists who are APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) trained.

Physio-led Pilates is suitable for almost everyone, including those with postural, spinal, musculoskeletal or neurological conditions. We also work with clients, pre and post surgery, and routinely see clients who do Pilates as an adjunct to their sport, or to enhance weight loss programmes for toning.

What are core stability classes?

Core stability classes were designed by a physiotherapist to help people with back pain return to full function.

It is a circuit based class combining a mix of functional and Pilates exercises designed to get you moving again and banish fear of movement.

Why physio-led classes are beneficial

Physiotherapists have an in-depth understanding of the anatomy and pathologies, and therefore know what exercises are safe for clients to do.  This is preferable to being, ‘advised to do what you can,’ which is often the case in a generic class.

Our instructors have an excellent understanding of human movement and can advise on how to correct imbalances and movements during the classes – and for taking these forward into your everyday life (most exercises refer back to function).

We offer small class numbers and consequently our customers receive plenty of individual attention.

We can personalise exercises to suit our customers’ needs by modifying the exercises we teach, and provide alternatives to practice at home.

Classmates make an ongoing commitments to improving their imbalances and build a rapport with each other. This provides a good level of social interaction and understanding, thus improving the group dynamics.

We will ensure that your classmates have similar ability levels and similar pathologies, so you get lots of understanding from your peers.

Due to the small numbers in the groups, we know when to safely progress each of our clients, and as we have an understanding of movement and the method, we are able to recognise fatigue.

About our classes

  • Maximum of 8 people per class
  • All equipment is provided

We highly recommend a 30 minute one to one Pilates/Physio assessment with an instructor prior to undertaking the classes, especially if you are suffering from any health issues and/or mobility problems.

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