Pilates is an exercise and strengthening method that focuses on improving whole body strength, co-ordination, balance and flexibility.
The aim of Pilates is to develop strong deep stabilising muscles (“core”) which helps to stabilise the spinal column. This helps to relieve loading through the lower back joints and discs, allowing the body to move freely and efficiently.
It was initially developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates intended to strengthen the human mind and body through six key principles. These include concentration, control, centre, flow, precision and breathing.
In recent years, there has been increasing medical research on the role of strengthening the core muscles in the rehabilitation and prevention of lower back pain.
Unlike Gym-based pilates Physiotherapy-based pilates is tailored specifically to treat your conditions and personal needs.
As health practitioners, we understand your body better and are thus able to cater a Pilates program that suits your individual needs. We also understand injuries and are able to modify your exercises in order to maximise your rehabilitation outcomes.
Unlike at a gym, we keep our classes to a maximum of 4 people, allowing individual attention to each participant. Your practitioner is then able to ensure you are completing the exercises correctly and safely.
Prior to participating in Pilates classes, an individualised assessment is conducted by one of our physiotherapists/chiropractors.
Our qualified practitioners will assess your standing posture, core strength and lumbopelvic stability. This is to ensure you have a personalised program to cater for your individual condition.
Our Pilates is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels and is beneficial for:
Real Time Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique which allows us to view the various layers of the stabilising muscles of the lumbar spine.
The correct function of the stabilising muscles is essential in maintaining spinal health and injury prevention.
Within the lumbar spine there are two main categories of muscle, strength and stabilising. The strength muscles are generally larger muscles which produce movement and power. These muscles are developed by performing strength exercises such as sit ups or crunches.
Stabilising muscles are smaller and deeper muscles, namely the multifidus and transverse abdominus which provide an essential girdle of protection around the trunk and pelvis during activity. Stabilising muscles need to be functioning correctly in order to maintain spinal health and hence, prevent any lower back related injuries.
Due to the deep nature of these muscles it is difficult to assess whether they are being activated correctly through plain sight with the use of Real Time Ultrasound it is possible to watch these muscles work.
Real Time Ultrasound is an essential tool for anyone who has a history of lower back pain. Recent research highlights that with any injury to the lumbar spine, comes significant inhibition of the stabilising muscles, which in turn can lead to chronic or recurrent lower back pain.
The stabilising muscles of the lumbar spine do not usually recover without specific exercises aimed at reactivating and strengthening them. At Spectrum Healthcare we have clinical Pilates trained practitioners who are equipped to prescribe a comprehensive exercise program to strengthen the stabilising muscles.
Our practitioners will work with you to develop a program specific to your condition and fitness level, whilst utilising the visual feedback from the Real Time Ultrasound machine to assess and monitor your progress.
Real Time Ultrasound is also utilised for a number of other conditions including:
Pilates classes are held daily and are one hour in duration, with a maximum of four participants. Smaller classes ensure that our instructors are providing you with personalised care.
All equipment is provided – all you need to bring is yourself!
Private health fund rebates may also apply to classes.