What is Clinical Rehab?
Clinical Rehab classes involve the use of specialised pilates equipment including reformers, trapeze tables, and multi chair. Your physiotherapist may also add exercises with the fit ball, mats and band to your equipment program. This big difference between Clinical Rehab and Fitness based Pilates classes is that everyone participating has their own specially tailored program. Everyone is working towards individual goals.
So, just why is Clinical Rehab so good for you?
1. Lotion is motion
We human beings were designed to move! Our joints, muscles and bones require ‘gliding and sliding’ for lubrication and flexibility and optimal, daily load for strength building. Just like the proverbial goldilocks and the porridge, this load placed on the tissue can’t be too much, nor too little, but must be just right. It can be tricky at times to work out how much load a joint, or muscle group needs, especially if it has been injured. This is where working with an expertly-trained physiotherapist can help you to add the right amount of load to aid your recovery. We have a blog on this here.
2. Being in your body
The Clinical Rehab studio space is light and welcoming after a busy morning of school drop offs, or at the end of a big work day. We teach you to perform the exercises slowly which helps you to be present in your body, focus on your breath and build body awareness over time. The great thing about Clinical Rehab is that once you learn how to sit, stand and move more efficiently you have trained your brain and you literally won’t be able to tolerate crummy postures anymore! You will learn to better hear your body’s subtle whispers to stand and stretch at work, (rather than waiting for it to scream at you.)
3. Just for you
Our physiotherapists work with you one-on-one before you start a group class to make sure you can exercise safely, and have an individually-tailored program. This means that everyone in the small classes (max 5 people) has their own exercise plan to follow, with prompts and hands-on support throughout each session. The best thing is, you can start where you are, even if you feel really ‘unfit’or have an injury – what a relief! (Speak to your physiotherapist to confirm that it’s going to be the right fit for you, a thorough assessment needs to be conducted before you can commence your one-to-one sessions.)
4. Complementary to other sports and exercise
For most clients, Clinical Rehab is just one part of their weekly exercise regime. They may also be attending another class, walking, running, playing competitive or social sport, or be an avid gardener. What you learn in Clinical Rehab can help your form and awareness and improve your performance across the board! Because we have so many classes on offer throughout the week, most people can find a time that fits around work, family and sporting commitments.
Here are Physio’s Liz and Olivia chatting more about Clinical Rehab at Vital Core. For more information please call the clinic on 83310552.