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What is Clinical Pilates and Physio Directed Exercise? How can it help you?

The Pilates method (known more commonly as just Pilates or Physio Directed Exercise) is a fitness system developed by the eponymous Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s.

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880, and after immigrating to the US in the 1920’s, he set up a studio in New York where he taught his program for decades, principally to help ballet dancers improve their core strength and balance.

The Pilates and exercise programs centre around the use of spring loaded equipment. Whilst working as an orderly in a hospital, Joseph Pilates used springs from old hospital beds to make exercise equipment which lead to the development of the modern Pilates machines, the reformer and the trapeze.

This form of exercise is very specific, and works to develop the core postural muscles which help keep the body balanced, and which are essential to provide support to the spine. In particular, directed exercise teaches awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso muscles, which are important to help alleviate and prevent back pain.

Physio directed exercise is very effective in the rehabilitation and management of back injuries and chronic back pain because it focuses on strengthening the muscles around the spine, which promote good posture and alignment as well as being a good way to maintain general fitness.

It is crucial that any core strengthening program is set up and overseen by a trained instructor, as improper use of this method can promote poor patterns of movement, and may potentially lead to (further) injury.

Our Geelong clinic has a purpose-built, fully equipped gym and physiotherapists who are accredited to teach exercise and rehabilitation. Our physiotherapists provide a thorough assessment and subsequent programme.

Access to our gym can be obtained by booking in with one of our qualified physiotherapists. You can then decide whether to pursue a one, two, or three month membership, or to partake in subsequent classes (up to three other people per class).

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