Our physiotherapists may use exercises or techniques drawn from Pilates as part of their patient’s treatment. Our Physio Exercise Classes emphasise ‘control’ of muscles rather than strength, and begins with gentle exercise with body weight supported on various pieces of equipment. Sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, chronic pain states, arthritis, as well as people recovering from back injuries and rehabilitation from surgery may find the program very beneficial. As you progress and improve you will find exercises that will challenge even highly conditioned individuals or athletes.

What can Physio Exercise Classes do for me? 
The aim of Physio Exercise Classes is to progress from static stability into dynamic control. Physio Exercise Classes are appropriate for all our valued clients including Private, Work Cover and Department of Veteran Affairs.

Benefits of Physio Exercise Classes include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Better posture and body awareness
  • Increased core stability
  • Injury prevention
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Lowered stress levels
  • Customised exercises for all levels of clients.
  • No impact
  • Improved balance, coordination and circulation
  • Identifying the cause of injury
  • Research based approach

Physio Exercise Classes

An individual assessment is essential so that we can assess posture and confirm any relevant past medical and health history. A detailed screening is then conducted that will look at general flexibility, core control and any previous injuries that may have an impact during a Physio Exercise Class. This is done to ensure that exercises are client specific and focus on your goals. You will also learn some basic principles so that you can practice before your group session.

If required, your physiotherapist can also show you the effect of Physio Exercise Classes on your ‘core stability’ muscles with the use of real-time ultrasound. We recommend two individual sessions to have a thorough assessment and to ensure exercises are done correctly and safely.

Once you and your physiotherapist are confident with your programme, small group classes consisting of 3 – 5 participants are recommended and last 60 minutes. Clients will be rotated from the ‘Reformer’, ‘Trapeze Table’ and mat-based exercises. If you desire, a Home Exercise component can be given to you to reinforce what you are doing during a session.

Studio Pilates

Studio Pilates classes at Optima Sports Medicine are instructed by an experienced therapist with a sports science background. These classes are designed to reform, re-balance and revive your whole-body connection and help activate and strengthen the weak and tight muscles all in the one class. Reformer machines are used in our classes which allow you to work against resistance that can be adjusted to suit your individual level of fitness, this means anyone can do Studio Pilates.

Our instructor Jenni is a Remedial Soft Tissue Therapist with 25 years experience. She has had experience with a diverse range of elites, Olympic and children athletes. Pilates enhances performance, prevents injuries reoccurring and helps maintain stability and strength, while athletes are growing in different ways including confidence and maturity. This is all part of performing at there best and achieving there short and long-term goals.

If you are looking at improving your fitness for marathons, triathlon’s, trekking or just general fitness this class is for you. Pregnant women are welcome. Please let reception know if you are pregnant or have any injuries when booking your class.

Benefits of Pilates:

  • Hip, neck, shoulder and core stability
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Rehabilitation post injury/operation
  • Improved fitness and flexibility
  • Stress relief

We would recommend that you wear something comfortable that you are able to move freely in. Socks are recommended on our reformers for hygiene reasons.

Please bring your own towel and water bottle. Bottles of water can be purchased in clinic. We ask that you wear socks on the reformer for hygiene reasons. Grip socks can be purchased in clinic.

GLA:D to help Osteoarthritis

GLA:D® (Good Life with Osteoarthritis) is now available at Optima Sports Medicine.

What is GLA:D Australia?

GLA:D® Australia (Good Life with OsteoArthritis) is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

Research from the GLA:D® program in Australia shows an average pain reduction of 36%, reduced analgesic consumption, reduction in perceived need for surgery, and clinically meaningful improvement in joint confidence.

Education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities, ensuring participants develop skills to self-manage their osteoarthritis. By strengthening and improving confidence with exercise, participants develop better capacity to become or stay active, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.

GLA:D sessions are conducted by our APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, Chari Stewart and include:

  • an initial appointment explaining the program
  • two education sessions which teach about osteoArthritis and how the GLA:D program improves and retains joint stability
  • group neuromuscular training sessions twice a week to improve muscle control of the joint, leading to reduced symptoms and increased quality of life

Sessions can be partially covered by Chronic Disease Management (formerly Enhanced Primary Care or EPC) set by your GP.

For more information or to book a class please contact us.

Class Times

For information about our Physio Exercise Class timetable, please call 3354 8666.

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