What to Expect at Clinical Pilates
How does Clinical Pilates work?
How does Clinical Pilates work?
There’s a large range of reasons a person may come to Clinical Pilates, from wanting to get back into exercise in a more supported environment, prenatal care, postnatal recovery, recovery from surgery or major injury! It provides a supported environment where you can work on an individualised Program tailored to your specific needs and goals.
Starting on time
We do our very best to keep everything running to schedule for you. To help us with this, please ensure you arrive with enough time to check in with our lovely front desk staff, fill out some paperwork on your first visit, change clothes if necessary, and help yourself to a tea and snack in the lobby if you please!
Your Clinical Pilates journey will start with a one-on-one assessment with one of our Physiotherapists. Initially, you’ll have a chat to discuss what brings you to Clinical Pilates and what your goals are for your journey. Your Physio will listen to what you have to say and prompt you with questions if needed. You will discuss any history of injury or surgery, any activities/tasks you may be having difficulty with and any pain that you are experiencing, as well as your general health and any other factors that may influence this.
We’ll then have a look at how you’re moving and take you through a variety of physical tests to assess for injury and gauge your strength, flexibility and sensation. This may involve looking at your gait (walking), assessing the range of motion in your joints, testing the integrity of your ligaments and assessing muscle strength and proprioception(balance/control). If appropriate in the session your Physio will then introduce you to the Pilates equipment and trial a few exercises. Findings from your initial discussion and the physical examination will guide your initial treatment plan.
A chance to ask questions
Our physiotherapists are here for you, and feel the more you know about your health, the better you can manage it. Feel free to use your time with your physio to ask any questions you might have (there’s no such thing as a stupid question!)
What happens next will depend on a variety of factors! Depending on your presentation, your pain levels, your goals, your previous Pilates experience and your current ability your physio may suggest returning for a 1:1 session, or even a couple. This is to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident on the equipment, as well as being able to run you through a few more exercises to fine-tune your programme and make sure that everything is suitable for you and your ability and not aggravating any injuries. In these sessions your Physio wants to see how you are responding to the increase in movement and continue to tailor your program to be at the appropriate level for you.
Your physio may also suggest continuing with some hands-on physiotherapy treatment, or provide you with some home exercises to supplement your Clinical Pilates classes. All with the goal of helping you achieve your goals sooner! They may also refer you to other health care practitioners where appropriate that can help assist you along your journey.
Once you’ve got the all clear and feel confident and ready you will then start Clinical Pilates classes. Clinical Pilates classes are small group classes run by our physios, with a maximum of 4 people in a class. It allows our Physios to provide you with tailored exercises and to provide you with more personalized care than what can be provided in a larger group setting. Depending on how you’re feeling on the day our physios can make adjustments to your plan to progress or adjust exercises as required.
How many classes per week?
This can differ depending on the reason you are doing Clinical Pilates, your goals and your presentation however most of the time twice a week is enough to get a good start towards your goals. Research shows that to get a good strengthening effect 2-3 a week of strengthening exercises is ideal.
Depending on your goals and your treatment plan, you may require a 1:1 physio follow-up to assess your progress and make any changes to your programme. This also includes if you gain any new injuries, so we can add or adjust exercises into your programme to help you feel 100%!
Predicting your pathway through Clinical Pilates can be very difficult as it can look a bit different for everybody particularly in predicting timeframes however once we assess you we are able to give much more specific information.
Once you have achieved your goals in Clinical Pilates your Physiotherapist will work with you to make a plan to keep and maintain all the results you have achieved, this could be by moving on to Studio classes at All for One or keeping active, strong and healthy in another way.
Clinical Pilates at All for One is for everyone, and our Physios are highly qualified to help people with chronic pain, acute injuries, pre/post-operative rehabilitation, antenatal/postnatal women, and those looking to improve their health and fitness.