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Clinical Pilates - Program Management

Clients of all ages are raving about the benefits they are noticing with consistent Clinical Pilates work – from our senior clients improving their balance and walking distance, to adolescents overcoming hypermobility and postural problems, through to the elite athlete rehabilitating from injury or optimising performance in the lead up to an event!

Empower Physiotherapy offers a variety of Clinical Pilates program types so that there is a program that is suitable for all people, regardless of age or ability.

There are multiple options including 1:1 and 2:1 sessions for increased privacy, as well as our popular group sessions – but all programs involve in depth assessment and reassessment, and programs are individually tailored based on these assessments.

All of the physiotherapists at Empower Physiotherapy are trained in DMA Clinical Pilates -the next step forward in the evolution of traditional Pilates into a science and evidence based mode of low-impact exercise that optimises the brain-body connection to improve postural control, strength, balance, mobility and function.

If you want to function better in all aspects of life, Clinical Pilates at Empower Physiotherapy is the answer!

Clinical Pilates Plus – Program Management

In order to better cater to the specific needs of particular client groups, Empower Physiotherapy runs a variety of Clinical Pilates Plus programs.  The “Plus” in the title simply means that there is an additional element of focus in the sessions, or a specific client group that is catered for.  

The sessions still utilise the core DMA Clinical Pilates assessment and reassessment protocol, reasoning and exercises, but are tailored to address more specific areas of need.

Clinical Pilates Plus programs currently include sessions specifically tailored:

  • For adolescents and children
  • For chronic shoulder injury rehabilitation
  • To enhance sports performance
  • For ante and post natal women
  • To target the balance problems that come with age or with neurological injury

Hydrotherapy

Empower Physiotherapy’s hydrotherapy sessions continue to make an enormous contribution towards helping our clients optimise their physical wellbeing.   A wide variety of clients are able to perform exercises they would otherwise not be able to due to pain, immobility, weakness, or safety concerns by exercising in an environment of buoyancy.

These sessions are suitable for anyone who needs to:

  • commence active exercise in order to assist resolution of a soft tissue injury
  • participate in some pre-operative conditioning (called “Prehab”) to prepare for upcoming surgery (for example, prior to joint replacement surgery, or 
  • undertake a rehabilitation program to optomise recovery following surgery (such as after a rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, or joint replacement surgery).

Hydrotherapy is often utilised to enable clients to build the necessary base to progress to an appropriate program in the Rehabilitation Gym setting. In addition, some of our clients enjoy hydrotherapy as an excellent long term management tool they utilise regularly to maintain their physical health and fitness.

Exercise Rehabilitation

Our exercise rehab classes are suitable for anyone who wishes to:

  • Work towards specific weight loss or fitness goals in an evidence based and professional environment;
  • Complete active exercise in order to assist resolution of a soft tissue injury; 
  • Do some pre-operative conditioning (called “Prehab”) to prepare for upcoming surgery (for example, prior to joint replacement surgery)
  • Undertake a rehabilitation program to optimise recovery following surgery (such as after a rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, or joint replacement surgery).

All classes are supervised by a qualified physiotherapist, and each participant will be assessed and provided with an individualised program tailored to their specific needs.

The range and type of exercise is similarly varied in order to be able to address the needs of each individual client.  All aspects of our gym may be utilised – with commonly used activities including Clinical Pilates on our reformers or trapeeze, cardiovascular work, mobility and stretching, resistance training, balance and agility work and sports or function specific training.

Women’s Health and Fitness Program

Aimed at beginners through to those who have exercised regularly throughout their lives, our Women’s Health and Fitness Program is designed to make coming to the gym as much fun as it is beneficial.

This program is generally run as a circuit class utilising treadmills, stationary bikes, resistance training and balance and agility work, but there will always be some sort of new challenge or activity just around the corner!

So if you want to minimise your risk of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, lose some unhealthy extra weight, or just have some fun improving your fitness with other women – come on down!

All sessions are supervised by one of our friendly and highly trained physiotherapists, so you know you will be getting the very best advice to help you achieve your goals.

Men’s Health and Fitness Program

Suitable for men of all ages, this program is run as a circuit class incorporating all elements of the Empower Rehabilitation Gym – utilising our Pilates reformers and trapeeze, treadmills and stationary bikes, resistance training with free weights and cable machines, as well as agility and balance equipment for function or sports specific training.  

To make our sessions more fun, we also tap into the competitive drive in each of us, with regular skill or fitness challenges – either competing against others (including the supervising physio!) or against yourself!  With boxing equipment, footballs, tennis balls and racquets, the possibilities are endless.

So if you’re struggling to find the drive and motivation to get into the sort of exercise that will reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other lifestyle health issues – get along to the Empower Rehabilitation Gym, and we’ll set you on the right path!

Chronic Pain Rehabilitation

Born out of a desire to do the utmost to assist those patients most in need, Empower Physiotherapy’s Chronic Pain Rehabilitation program is based upon the most up to date evidence which recognises that chronic pain is an additional and distinct pathological process, with its own specific signs, symptoms and causes.

Rather than label clients or put such cases in the “too hard basket,” the physiotherapists at Empower Physiotherapy utilise this up to date knowledge to target the multi-faceted nature of chronic pain, and to empower those suffering with chronic pain to not simply manage their pain, but to learn strategies which can help reverse some of the changes that perpetuate this debilitating condition.

Each session is run in small groups (though some clients prefer to start their progression in a 1:1 capacity) which promotes both a social support network, and facilitates an improved understanding of how chronic pain has consistent features across all people combating it. In each session, clients will be guided through:

  • Education regarding the nature and behaviour of chronic pain
  • Relaxation and meditation techniques to calm the “noisy” chronic pain brain
  • “Competitive neuroplasticity” strategies to reverse dysfunctional neuroplastic changes
  • Active exercise tailored to the individual on any given day
  • Encouragement regarding pacing of daily activities and the importance of recognising some of the silent impacts of chronic pain

…and if you don’t understand some of the technical jargon there, don’t worry – teaching our clients’ all about all these things is probably the most important and most effective thing this program delivers!

If you are sick of the constant drain your chronic pain is having on your life, Empower Physiotherapy’s Chronic Pain Rehabilitation program will give you the tools you need to take back control.

Empower Yoga

In its traditional form, Yoga is a discipline combining physical, mental and philosophical practices with the aim of helping its adherents to live a good and healthy life.  

Led by our accredited Yoga instructors, Empower Yoga sessions will typically include guidance through breathing awareness and relaxation, progression through a variety of yoga postures to stretch, strengthen and optimise posture, and a focus on being mindful of both our thoughts and our body.

With wide ranging physical benefits being enjoyed by millions of practitioners around the world, accompanied by very strong evidence that the mindful approach in Yoga decreases stress, depression and anxiety; it was only a matter of time before the team at Empower physiotherapy  incorporated this service to assist our clients get more out of life!

Part of the beauty of Yoga practice is that it can be individually tailored to each participant, meaning that clients of all ages, and all ranges of abilities will be able to discover the difference that regular Yoga practice can make in your life.

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