Pilates for Rehabilitation

Pilates, Dynamic Core Stability Adelaide and Therapeutic Rehab Exercise

There is a lot of confusion out there as to where to turn for safe and effective therapeutic exercise. Our physiotherapists have the qualifications, expertise, and knowledge to help you with your recovery. This is especially true when it comes to injury or dysfunctional movement patterns that create pain. Our physiotherapists can lead you through a Pilates-based therapeutic exercise programme to assist your rehabilitation.

There has been a big change of what you can claim an exercises class for under your private health insurance cover. Pilates for maintenance & any classes not supervised by physiotherapists are unfortunately no longer being covered by any health insurance provider.

The good news is that at City Physiotherapy we consider your exercise programme as a part of your rehabilitation from injury or movement dysfunction. Therefore, we offer supervised therapeutic exercise classes.

Dynamic core stability exercises and therapeutic exercise is a safe & effective way to perform rehabilitation exercises under physiotherapy supervision. It’s suitable for both men and women and is good for all age groups.

At City Physio, your physiotherapist will provide an individual and personalised approach to your physio rehab including dynamic core stability exercise. No matter what your fitness level or injury history is, we will design an individualised exercise program tailored to your needs.


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Clinical Pilates Classes



Clinical Pilates is essentially about you learning to control your body, its position and its movement patterns.

Why is that important? If your movement patterns are not controlled, you end up overusing some muscles and underusing other muscles – creating an imbalance. This can, over time, place excess stress and tension on your body’s neuromusculoskeletal system. This stress can lead to injury, wear and tear, and dysfunctional movement patterns becoming your new normal; usually, you will notice this as feeling aches and pains, tight, sore muscles, stiff joints, loss of range of movement and flexibility.

Pilates teaches us to break the pattern of dysfunctional movement and awaken areas of your body that have essentially become dormant. In other words, we wake up muscles that need to be used to support you.

Our physio’s will help you switch on your dormant muscles and improve their strength and endurance. You’ll see improvements in your body’s overall fitness, strength, flexibility and a reduction in pain. Our clinical Pilates physiotherapists are motivated to get your body back to its optimum performance.

Therapeutic exercise classes with pilates

Your physiotherapist may recommend exercise-based treatment as a part of your overall treatment plan. This may include exercises to restore functional core strength and stability to support your spine. Your physiotherapist will work with you in our gym until they feel that you are ready to enter our supervised classes. At this point, you can use the equipment independently and attend therapeutic exercise classes or independent Pilates sessions in our gym.

New to therapeutic exercise or dynamic core stability? That’s okay! That is why at City Physiotherapy you will only perform specific exercises as a part of your overall treatment strategy.

Our physiotherapists will look after you and will guide you. From your initial appointment all the way through into a supervised exercise class, you’re in safe hands at City Physio.

Our therapeutic exercise classes may use a combination of:

  • Gym equipment
  • Reformers
  • Mat work
  • Trapeze table
  • Wunda chair
  • Gym/swiss balls
  • Chi balls
  • Magi circle
  • Theraband
  • Free weights
  • Stretching bands

Our physiotherapists are there to guide you with the correct technique as you perform your exercise programme in a group setting.

Our Posture Plus+ classes use the principles of dynamic core stability. However, we also incorporate breathing work, gluteal and postural muscle toning and whole-body flexibility/stretching.

The back pain and core exercise class work on the principles of strengthening your core muscles. The class walks you through functional movement exercises, gluteal engagement and squatting as well as spinal and hip flexibility.

Our pregnancy exercise class offers the support women need throughout many phases of pregnancy. Our class is beneficial for not only pregnant but also postnatal, perimenopausal and menopausal women. Remember that each class is supervised by our physiotherapists keeping in mind your specific issues. You will work only on exercises that the physiotherapist targets as a treatment for you.


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Pilates for therapeutic exercise in pregnancy

Common issues that can occur during and post-pregnancy include:

  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Pelvic floor weakness
  • Incontinence
  • Diastasis recti (separation of the superficial abdominal muscles)

Our therapeutic individualised exercise programmes for antenatal and postnatal women can assist with these problems through the following:

  • Strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Soft tissue techniques
  • Improving your mobility
  • Improving your flexibility
  • Strengthening your core
  • Providing education on movement patterns and support braces

Participation in gentle physical activity can also have positive benefits through pregnancy. Our physiotherapists can teach you safe pregnancy exercises that you can practice under supervision in our exercise studio.

The exercises are focused on activating your dynamic core stability muscles to provide stability to your pelvis and spine. Low impact strength and flexibility exercises help to develop a strong core that will aid you through your maternal journey.

You will work with our physiotherapist 1:1 whilst they assess and then devise a specific exercise programme for you. Once you are safe performing your therapeutic exercises, you may progress into a class for supervision. Your physiotherapist will need to routinely reassess you to ensure your programme remains safe during your pregnancy and postnatal period.


Dynamic core stability classes with pilates

Dynamic core stability is a method of exercise and movement re-education. The basis of dynamic core stability is about control of your body, its position, and its movement. physiotherapists use this method for therapeutic rehabilitation. We use a variety of equipment here at City Physiotherapy. Some are spring loaded to help support and guide your movements during the therapeutic exercise classes.

The main focus is to reactivate and strengthen your dormant deep abdominal – your core, trunk, neck and back muscles. The core muscles stabilise your spine. Having a strong core in Physio terms means that you have the foundation for good posture and controlled active movements.

In the long term, the aim is to reduce your back pain or neck pain and improve your quality of life. Our Adelaide physios may use the latest technology real-time ultrasound imaging to assist with your learning.

Your physiotherapist will reassess your exercise programme from time to time and this may be upgraded or downgraded for varying reasons. Your physiotherapist will work with you to adjust your therapeutic exercise so you are getting the best possible outcome for you.

Call us or book online for a same day appointment with one of our highly experienced and qualified physiotherapists!


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