What is a Clinical Equipment Program?
A Clinical Equipment Program (formerly known as Clinical Pilates) is a method of body conditioning that incorporates muscle control, flexibility, strength and body awareness. It focuses on activating the deep postural muscles, in particular the abdominals and pelvic floor and integrating this into whole body movements. It is a safe, efficient and clinically proven form of rehabilitation and is a great form of exercise for general fitness and conditioning.
Clinical Equipment Program’s utilises specialised equipment such as reformers and trapeze tables that allows for improved isolation and recruitment of muscles and movement patterns to achieve better rehabilitation outcomes. Best of all, the exercises are all are low impact so it’s suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
At Flex Out Physiotherapy, Clinical Equipment Program’s involve one of our experienced physiotherapists designing a program individually tailored to your specific rehabilitation or fitness goals/needs.
Individual one-on-one Clinical Equipment Program
Individual one-on-one sessions can be booked at any time. Participants are required to have a minimum of three individual sessions prior to joining group sessions. Your physiotherapist will discuss if/when you are ready to move into a group session.
Group Clinical Equipment Programs
During group sessions participant’s work through their individually tailored programs under the supervision of an experienced physiotherapist. The sessions are available Monday to Friday with options available for early morning, mid-morning, afternoon and evening. Class sizes are capped at six (five throughout the COVID-19 period).
Pre- and postnatal programs
Flex Out Physiotherapy offer specific programs for pre- and postnatal mums designed for the unique needs of the body during this special time. For prenatal mums the focus is on strength of your core and pelvic floor, keeping your entire body strong for the demands of pregnancy and labour, and to help prevent or reduce back and pelvic pain.
Postnatally, the classes assist with recovery from labour, management of abdominal separation, strengthening of pelvic floor and assist mums with physical demands of caring for a baby. Your pre/postnatal program will be designed by one our women’s health physiotherapists.
Teen Clinical Equipment Programs
This class is for high school aged children. This is a one hour session and is run as a circuit of equipment and mat based exercises. Children are required to have had one session with a physiotherapist prior to commencing this class to obtain outcome measures and set goals.
Kids Clinical Equipment Programs
This class is for primary school age children. This is a 45 minute session and is run in as a circuit of equipment and mat based exercises. Children are required to have had one session with a physiotherapist prior to commencing this class to set outcome measures and set goals. This class usually ends with a fun game after all the pilates workout is done.
This is a group class for any age targeting clients that want to work on balance, strength and co-ordination. Clinical conditions that present with these issues in particular include osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathy and neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Clients attending this class are required to have had a minimum of three one on one assessments with a pilates trained physiotherapist prior to attending to enable them to have an individualised program designed.
What are the benefits of a Clinical Equipment Program?
- Alleviate pain
- Tone and strengthen muscles
- Improve posture and balance
- Enhance sporting performance
- Assist in injury recovery and rehabilitation
- General wellbeing
What conditions can Clinical Equipment Programs help with?
- Low back and pelvic pain
- Neck, upper back and shoulder pain
- Work-related conditioning
- Pregnancy and postnatal recovery
- Specific sports injuries and technique enhancement
- Pre-season sports conditioning
- Arthritis and general joint stiffness
- Chronic pain
- Reduced balance and confidence
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
In Australia, physiotherapists are first contact practitioners, so a referral is not required to attend for treatment. There are however, a few exceptions (worker’s compensation claims, Department of Veteran Affairs, motor vehicle third party claims and Medicare claims) where you will need to see your doctor prior to attending.
Is there a cancellation policy?
At Flex Out Physiotherapy we understand people get busy and from time to time, emergencies come up and things change. If you cannot keep your appointment, please call us as soon as possible so we can reschedule your appointment. We ask for eight hours notice for cancellations. This allows others on a waiting list to fill spots and keeps the groups running smoothly. A $15 cancellation fee for ‘fail to attend’ or reschedules made less than eight hours before the scheduled class time applies. This applies to both private and workcover/TAC clients.
Are Flex Out Physiotherapy preferred providers to any private health funds?
Yes. Flex Out Physiotherapy are a preferred provider for both Medibank and BUPA which provides members with additional discounts and maximum rebates on services.
How often should I attend for a Clinical Equipment Program?
Like any exercise regime, the more you do, the quicker you see results. We generally recommend that you attend twice a week for six weeks to get the full benefit that Clinical Equipment Programs are renowned for.
What do I need to bring?
Wear comfortable, loose clothing that is easy to move in. Participants are required to wear socks during the sessions. Socks with additional grip are recommended, these sock are available for purchase from reception.
Is a Clinical Equipment Program right for me?
Due to its low impact nature, clinical pilates can be beneficial for people of all ages and fitness levels. If you are in good general health and looking for a generalised program, you may undertake a Spinal Fitness Classes (SFC). However, if you are suffering from an injury, pregnant or certain other conditions such as osteoporosis, then SFC may not be suitable. In this case we would recommend a Clinical Equipment Program.
How do I get started?
Anyone wishing to commence a Clinical Equipment Programs for the first time you are required to book in for an assessment to determine suitability. During the initial assessment your physiotherapist will undertake a detailed history and assessment before commencing your program.
They will design your personalised program based upon your needs, goals and injuries. After your pilates assessment you will generally require two further one-on-one sessions. In these sessions you will learn the basics before entering the group classes.
Monday 7:00am, 9:30am, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am, 9:30am, 12:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 5:00pm, 6:00pm
Thursday 9:30pm, 11:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm
Friday 7:00am, 9:30am, 10:30am, 4:30pm
Saturday 8:00am, 9:00am