Clinical Physio Pilates is a treatment system that combines the best manual Physiotherapy with our state-of-the-art movement and Pilates equipment. Our Chartered Physiotherapy team use this combined approach to treat a wide range of injuries, dysfunctions and conditions such as persistent or acute low back pain, postural dysfunctions, Osteoporosis, post-surgical rehabilitation, and hypermobility.
We chatted to Platinum Physio’s Clinical Physio Pilates expert, Sinead Watt about how effective this method of Physio is for treating her patients:
1 IF YOU ARE… TRANSITIONING FROM INJURY
“A lot of patients I see are transitioning from injury. They really want to be able to do normal exercise, but a niggling injury is stopping them from doing the things they love to do. I see a lot of people with low back pain issues, Sciatica or with post-pregnancy issues. But most of all, we see people who get caught in a cycle of chronic pain who are not motivated to do their own rehab, they get into a cycle of hands-on treatment after hands- on treatment. I take a different approach – we do the rehab exercises within the Physio session on the reformer machine, so the patient has one-to-one guidance while they are doing the exercises, so they are aware of how they move, where they are struggling and how to do the exercises in the right way.
During a session, I chat through a patients’ injuries, their injury history and lack of movement confidence. Then, I break that down, assess their movement by watching how they move through the exercises on the reformer. This means, I can pick up different issues like fear of movement and movement strategies they have developed, and most importantly, I can determine what is stopping them from the ability to recover.”
2. IF YOU ARE… IN A NEVER-ENDING CYCLE OF HANDS-ON PHYSIO TREATMENTS
Clinical Physio Pilates is a different approach to traditional hands-on Physio treatment. The idea is to get the patient to do various manoeuvres themselves and depending on the injury, some hands-on treatment can be added, but often, it’s not needed. The sessions happen on the reformer machine, not on the treatment bed. In the end, I get a complete picture of what is going on and get a firm idea of where the focus is needed. A plan is then put in place for subsequent sessions and ultimately, to get them into group classes, which is always the end-goal. At Platinum Physio, we have no interest in seeing patients on repeat long-term. Often, three or six sessions of intensive one-on-one treatments on the reformer machine are all that is needed for the patient to join group class or go out and enjoy their sport or exercise method of choice again, injury-free.”
3. IF YOU ARE… POST-OPERATIVE OR HAVE A MOVEMENT-LIMITING DISEASE OR CONDITION
“We treat a lot of post-operative patients after shoulder or spinal surgery or with diseases such as Parkinson’s. At the moment, I am treating a Parkinson’s patient who had been rejected from other exercise groups but has made massive progress with weekly Clinical Physio Pilates sessions. It’s incredible to see his range of movement radically improve week-by-week.
Whatever the condition or post-surgical condition, fundamental movements on the reformer will help to give me a picture of the patients’ whole body from head-to-toe. From that, I start to build the complexity of the movements, I’ll do a lot with breathing and determine how the patient links breath to movement too.
Many people who have never been diagnosed with a form of hypermobility can really benefit. I teach them how to work harder on their control, making the movements a bit more condensed rather than just going into exaggerated movements in a group class setting and over-stretching or over-doing the movements without realising.”
Book a Clinical Physio Pilates session today with our Chartered Physiotherapist, Sinead Watt at Leeson Street and Clonskeagh studios,
Or with one of the Physios at all four of our Physio clinics: Greystones, Leeson Street, Glenageary and Clonskeagh. And in Sandymount in March too!