Pilates & Other Classes
Pilates is a dynamic, effective and safe low-load form of exercise and rehabilitation that focuses on motor control, core stability and breathing. It promotes strength, flexibility and correct postural alignment leading to improved movement and reduced pain and injury.
Through Pilates, you will get to know how your body works and moves, and get a good work-out. There are no age limits and the exercises can be progressed or regressed to any level of fitness or stage of injury. You will be personally assessed so a program can be designed to meet your specific needs.
Pilates at Unley Physiotherapy lasts for 60 minutes. It is facilitated by a qualified physiotherapist and restricted to a maximum of 6 participants.
Regular exercising using the Pilates Method has been proven to benefit:
- Hip pain
- Shoulder pain
- Low back pain
- Work-related injuries
- Neck pain/headaches
Our Neuro-Pilates class incorporates the method and principles of Pilates to get you exercising safely, while acknowledging the limitations of your neurological condition.
uFIT classes offer all the benefits of exercise for your cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and mental health in a safe, comfortable, friendly and fun outdoor/indoor environment. You will experience improved strength, mobility, posture and overall quality of life.
Classes are 60 minutes in duration and involve resistance training, stretching techniques, agility drills, stability exercises and cardiovascular training. We provide specialised fitness measurement devices, agility and balance equipment, exercise bands, weights, kettle bells and boxing equipment.
All classes are instructed by qualified Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists who are trained to understand and show you how to exercise safely and effectively in order to gain the best results without risks to your health.
Each participant will require an initial assessment from a Physiotherapist to create goals, take a medical history, assess your current condition and measure basic fitness components. It is then recommended to have continuous, shorter re-assessments to re-visit your goals, measure your improvements and keep you on track!
Training techniques in uFIT classes have been proven to help with:
- Painful joints
- Work-related aches and pains
- Mental health
- Heart health
- Sports performance
- General well-being
Aquatic Therapy Class
This is a form of physiotherapy treatment in a heated pool. Patients are assessed and given a specific water-based exercise program to assist in their rehabilitation and physical well-being. A progressive, individualised program is offered under the supervision of a qualified physiotherapist with experience in rehabilitation for all movement disorders.
Both the heat and buoyancy of the water help to induce relaxation and relieve pain. Water offers an environment to exercise with freedom of movement or increased resistance, assisting with many rehabilitation programs. Combined with with regular physiotherapy, aquatic physiotherapy can improve the rate of recovery.
Aquatic physiotherapy benefits the following conditions:
- Back and neck pain
- Work-related injuries
- Recovery from orthopaedic surgery
- Sports injuries
- Arthritic problems
- Hip & knee conditions
Class duration: 30 minutes
Falls and fall-related injuries are a major cause of mortality and morbidity as we age. Currently, a serious fall related injury is the leading predictor of loss of independence. Staying active in your twilight years is extremely important. Physical activity focussing on strength and flexibility can enhance balance and mobility, reduce the risk of falling and help to manage a fear of falling.
Unley Physiotherapy has developed strength and balance classes to support active ageing and reduce the risks of falls and fall related injuries, enabling you to remain as mobile and independent as possible.
Prior to attending classes, you will benefit from a personal assessment to ascertain your current level of functioning. This enables your physiotherapist to adapt exercises to your needs and ability, and to ensure you are exercising in a safe and effective manner.
Classes run for 60 minutes, focussing on strength and balance exercises and some education.
Visit our calendar for class times.
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disorder which is manifested by tremor (trembling), stiffness, slowness of movement, changes in posture, difficulty with walking and other mobility.
Our Parkinson’s Exercise class ‘PD Proud’ is based on exercises that are part of the LSVT BIG Programme.
LSVT originally stood for ‘Lee Silverman Voice Therapy’, but is now using ‘BIG movements’. The BIG Programme has evolved from the LSVT Loud – voice therapy. LSVT BIG is now in over 50 countries and is a well researched new approach to Parkinson’s Disease.
LSVT BIG is an intensive, amplitude-based exercise programme for the limb motor system. It involves re-education of the sensory/motor system and helps to recalibrate the brain to create larger movements.
New members will need an assessment and a one-month trial before joining.
As we are great supporters of the community, we are proud to offer these classes at a low cost. All health funds suggested a higher rate than what we are offering. Health rebates may apply.
For more information on LSVT BIG Programme please visit www.LSVTglobal.com.
Class duration: 60 minutes
Visit our calendar for class times.
Join our FREE walking groups today. We offer the option to join us for a fast or moderate walk. The fast walking group walk for one hour.
The moderate walking group can walk for one hour but if you’d prefer to stop after 30 minutes that’s fine.
Note: Please call reception for booking and schedules confirmation.
Come and enjoy all the benefits a walking group can bring:
- General well-being
Afterwards join us for a tea/coffee at a local cafe in Unley. We also have regular input from our staff members on topics like posture, stretching and other well-being ideas to help you get the most out of our group.
Visit our calendar for walking times.
Too fit to fracture
When we talk about unhealthy bones we use two words, osteoporosis (OP) and osteopenia. Both refer to the loss of bone mineral density with osteoporosis referring to a more significant loss.
Osteoporosis affects men and women differently with women four times more likely to develop the condition. OP is one of the most prevalent chronic conditions in Australia yet it receives little attention. In South Australia, 67% of people over the age of 50 have poor bone health, which is expected to increase to 69% by 2022 as our population ages. Fractures often a secondary affect from OP. In the 10 years from 2012 to 2022, it is expected that the occurrence of osteoporotic fractures will increase by 31%, which equals 42 fractures every single day. The most alarming statistic is that 1 in 6 of these fractures will be to the hip. Hip fractures are one of the most concerning osteoporotic fractures, often requiring surgery and a long rehabilitation.
The cost of osteoporosis and its secondary affects to South Australia is a staggering $255 million.
In 2017 the Royal Australian College of GPs got together and produced their new Osteoporosis Clinical Practice Guideline. It is a document that summarises the best available evidence for treating and managing people with osteoporosis.
The recommendations that have come from that document:
- For people over 50 years of age, resistance exercise 2-3 per week
- Resistance exercises should be varied, vigorous and progressive
- High-intensity resistance and balance training for the elderly helps prevent further bone loss, improves activities of daily living, decreases muscle loss and decreases falls/fracture risk.
A common myth is that if you walk you’re working on your bone density. Whilst walking is a great form of exercise it is not an effective exercise in preventing bone loss.
At Unley Physio we provide physiotherapist supervised exercise classes (known as uFit) and for patients with Osteoporosis we create specific osteoporosis preventative exercise programs based on the most recent available evidence. If you or someone you know would benefit from such a class please give us a call.