Clinical Pilates (Reformer)

What is Clinical Pilates?

Clinical Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on breathing, posture, core stability, balance and control. It is used in conjunction with physiotherapy as a means of treating various injuries which can include back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle pain as well as core and pelvic floor issues. It focuses on the retraining and recruitment of the stabilising muscles, improving core stability as well as overall posture, strength and flexibility. Clinical Pilates is also widely recommended for pre- and post-natal women due to its vast amount of benefits.

How is Clinical Pilates different to regular Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is patient-specific, unlike the regular Pilates class where participants perform the same general program. This means that in a Clinical Pilates class, each patient will receive an exercise programme that is specifically catered for their physical needs and injury. These classes will also be run by a qualified health professional with extensive knowledge of various injuries, allowing suitable, safe exercises to be prescribed accordingly.
Benefits of Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates offers a great amount of benefits for the pre and post-natal women, as well as the general population. These benefits include:

  • improved posture and core stability
  • improved pelvic floor control
  • improved balance and coordination
  • improved muscle activation and strength
  • improved flexibility
  • improved overall physical and mental wellbeing
  • improved preparation for labour and childbirth
  • prevention of recurrent work and sports-related injuries
Is Clinical Pilates safe during pregnancy?
Yes, Clinical Pilates is a safe and effective way to exercise whilst pregnant. Recent studies have shown positive effects on the baby’s brain growth and developments as a result of regular exercise throughout the pre-natal period. It also helps prepare mums for labour and childbirth, which can allow for better coping of the emotional ups and downs that many experiences during pregnancy. Exercises completed on the back will be limited after the first trimester. Instead, side-lying, seated or standing exercises are opted. Clinical Pilates allows you to continue exercising throughout your pregnancy by avoiding exercises that would risk or cause harm to you or your baby.
Is Clinical Pilates beneficial of post-natal women?
Yes, Clinical Pilates can help strengthen your pelvic floor through specific exercises over a period of time. This is important after pregnancy to prevent unnecessary pelvic floor issues such as a prolapse, bladder or bowel incontinence and pelvic pain. Excessive separation of the abdominal muscles, which is common in postpartum women, can also be addressed with Clinical Pilates. Lastly, Clinical Pilates can help accelerate the recovery process, making you feel calmer.
Can I Claim Private Health rebates?
Yes In most Cases, as the classes are run by Physiotherapist, depending on your level of cover Health Fund Rebates are accessible.
How are Clinical Pilates classes run at Enrich Physio?
Firstly, a 1:1 Clinical Pilates assessment will be conducted with one of our physiotherapists to ascertain the type of exercise which suits you and your body’s needs. Our physiotherapist will then determine if you are fit for a group session or if 1 on 1 sessions are required beforehand.

Our classes are run by physiotherapists trained in Clinical Pilates, in the evenings and mornings for 45 minutes and will have a maximum of 4 participants. The classes will see participants completing exercises that are mat based, reformer based, and trapeze based.

If you are interested in how our Clinical Pilates sessions are run and would like to have a chat with us, please call us on (03) 9123 6373.