Clinical Exercise Therapy
Clinical Exercise Therapy is a form of physical exercise supervised and designed by a physiotherapist that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. Our clinic offers classes as a component of rehabilitation and pain relief for Aspley and wider Brisbane clients.
Exercise is an extremely important part of rehabilitation and management of chronic conditions. This is based on literature that demonstrates strong evidence to support the use of therapeutic exercise in the management of patients with injuries, particularly low back pain. Recent research advocates the retraining of the deep stabilizing muscles for patients with low back pain. Clinical Exercise Therapy focuses on the retraining and recruitment of these stabilising muscles (core stability) as well as improving posture, strength and flexibility.
Is it Pilates?
The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century in Germany. Although Pilates can be extremely beneficial for patients to help manage certain injuries, chronic conditions and for rehabilitation; it needs to be specific to the individual and not used as a generic tool for everyone. Clinical Exercise therapy run by a physiotherapist (as distinct to generic Pilates classes) uses elements drawn from pilates, combined with functional strength and conditioning and other rehabilitation principles. This ensures optimal gains whilst minimising the likelihood of injury aggravation. If you are interested in Clinical Exercise Therapy for your injury, it is essential to have a review with a physiotherapist to assess the suitability of a core stability program for you, and to examine how it can be incorporated as part of your overall pain relief physiotherapy plan.
There are 6 basic principles that need to be applied to all exercises to ensure maximal benefit.
- Concentration: Focus on correct performance of each exercise and the specific muscles involved.
- Centering: Focus on achieving neutral spine and activating the core stabilising muscles (pelvic floor and transversus abdominus) to support the lower back and pelvis.
- Control: Maintain optimal posture and control with all movements.
- Flowing Movement: Work smoothly and efficiently with all movements.
- Precision: Perform each exercise with attention to detail to ensure correct technique.
- Breathing: Maintain relaxed, normal breathing throughout all exercises. Do not hold your breath.
Benefits of Clinical Exercise Therapy
There are numerous benefits to be gained from exercise with a physiotherapist.
Some of these include:
- Improved posture and core stability
- Increased muscular strength and flexibility
- Prevention of injuries
- Aiding rehabilitation
- Restoration of normal movement patterns
- Enhanced breathing control
- Increased co-ordination and muscular control
- Firmer and flatter stomach muscles
- Improved overall body tone and fitness
- Improved balance
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