What are Clinical Physiotherapy Group Classes?
Clinical Physiotherapy Group Classes are a specialised form of exercise devised by physiotherapists using spring-loaded equipment to improve body control, strength and balance. These sessions focus on strengthening the patients “core stability” muscles, such as the deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, that act as the support system for our spine and pelvis. Increases in core strength can help reduce low back and neck pain and improve body posture, movement and function.
Improve postural control, optimise motor patterning and address areas of weakness, tightness and instability
Why choose Clinical Physiotherapy Group Classes?
Physiotherapist-run programs are individually designed after a full musculoskeletal assessment has taken place with the physiotherapist. Other types of classes are often generic and do not result in specific goals being met. Physiotherapist-run exercise programs aim to improve patients posture, core stability, strength, flexibility, balance and breathing with a specific focus on motor control issues that may be contributing to pain or reduced function.
Physiotherapists are highly trained in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and are able to develop exercise programs that best address the patients specific needs. The exercises are chosen by our physiotherapists to incorporate findings of the most recent research to enable the best possible outcome for the patient.
Research by physiotherapists has shown that injury and pain can affect the activation and timing of certain muscle groups and that without specific re-training muscles may not return to normal function. Physiotherapists are best trained to educate people on the correct timing of muscles so that they can reduce pain and improve function. All of our physiotherapists are experienced in the use of real-time ultrasound which is used in their initial assessment and treatment to ensure optimal activation of core muscles.
Poor posture is also linked to pain and muscle imbalances and is addressed in our physiotherapy assessment and classes. Our physiotherapists are skilled in identifying postural problems and are aware of both muscle and skeletal contributing factors that may need to be addressed. We can select the most beneficial exercises to improve posture and advise patients on helpful strategies at work and at home.
Who would benefit
- Clients requiring specific and individualised programs
- Pregnant and post-partum women
- Post surgical clients
- Athletes and dancers needing sport-specific conditioning
What is the class format
Classes are run by our experienced physiotherapists for up to six clients, each following their own individual program. Prior to joining the group classes, clients undertake a full musculoskeletal assessment with the physiotherapist (60 minutes) including a real-time ultrasound assessment of core abdominal muscles.
The physiotherapist uses the findings of the assessment to develop an individualised, fully-tailored program to address the client’s specific needs. The therapist and client have further 1:1 appointments (30 minutes) to learn the exercises.
Benefits of Clinical Physiotherapy Group Classes
- Improved deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscle tone
- Help to prevent and reduce low back and neck pain
- Overall body toning
- Improved posture and core stability
- Firmer and flatter stomach muscles
- Improved flexibility and balance
- Exercise can help to reduce stress
- Improves sporting performance
- Safe form of exercise during and after pregnancy
- Improves bone density (reduces the risk of osteoporosis)