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To achieve top sport performance, you must be able to transform every bit of energy into speed and power, accurately in a specific direction, consistently over time! And you must be able to stay injury free!
It is usually a combination of three groups of factors, some are amendable and others need to be considered as they remain relatively fixed and make us unique.
To be a top sportsman you need to stay injury free and this is often one of the greatest challenges. Our PILATES REHABILITATION PROGRAM connects with your deepest core to optimize your movement patterns to create a strong, functional body. True stability gives you freedom of motion.
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As early as 1240 AD, patients were lowered down through rock clefts at Pfafers to experience the healing effects of warm water. The same physical properties of water which give support to weak and physically disabled persons offers a challenge and resistance to elite sportsmen keeping them fit, while de-loading the joints and muscles.
One of the most amazing things about water rehabilitation is that it is beneficial for just about everyone. There are unfortunately a few important contra-indications that exclude a small group of people from doing Aquatic therapy.
Water offers benefits for a wide variety of acute or chronic musculoskeletal conditions, sport injuries, neurological conditions (adult and children), chronic pain syndromes, early rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, exercises during pregnancy, and for general strengthening and improved cardiovascular fitness.
Water is one of the safest places to start with early rehabilitation at around 3 weeks post-surgery. It is a protected environment that provides support to the injured area where graded loading can be safely applied in accordance with the phase of healing. Balance, proprioception and range of movement can be challenged under safe and controlled circumstances.
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Pilates is an exercise method that engages the body mentally and physically. The benefits include strengthening of the core postural muscles, developing proper alignment, increased flexibility and balance, and improved oxygenation through focused breathing techniques. However, the greatest benefit does not only lie in performing these exercises, but in the application of these new patterns in everyday tasks.
“Ideally, our muscles should obey our will. Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles.”–Joseph Pilates
Yes, Joseph Pilates developed the method during World War I, with non-ambulatory patients in hospital, using the hospital bed springs for support and resistance. The method and sequence of exercises has since expanded to include different levels of strength and competency to even challenge elite athletes and sportsmen, especially those who struggle with muscle dominance patterns.
Pilates integrates the whole body by focusing on activating and connecting the parts of the body that should be the strongest first, these areas are your CORE STABILISERS. These muscles are the key to provide an anchor from which the arms and legs can pull and push.
As Physiotherapists, coming from a medical background, our real focus is on correcting muscle activation patterns, restoring the balance between strength and flexibility, and controlling pain. We would like you to grasp the magic of your body and how you can take control of its movement patterns.
Our pilates studio has a wide variety of apparatus and instructors, including classes for different levels of competence to challenge the body through a safe and continuously progressive system.
We have a bio-psycho-social approach to physiotherapy. We treat patients with a holistic approach, looking medically at tissue damage, phsychosocial involvement, education and a focus on optimal movement and function. Our services are aimed at treating the root of the problem and not only treating the symptoms. We aim to return you to optimal functionality through a combination of hands-on treatment, education and rehabilitation.
We treat a wide variety of acute/chronic musculoskeletal conditions, sport injuries, chest conditions and sinusitis (children and adults), neurological conditions (adult and children), lymphedema therapy...
Because there are so many variables that must be taken into consideration, it is only possible to determine your specific treatment codes (tariff) and treatment duration after a consultation and evaluation. Our aim is to help you to help yourself. It is important to treat your immediate symptoms, but the education and rehabilitation exercises are the long term solution to keep you going, without our help!
As a group we are passionate about life and the way the body moves, adding quality to our lives. We truly believe in the miracle of the body, in its uniqueness and the ability to heal itself once you have a better understanding of how it functions. We can help you in this discovery process, to motivate and assist you to take control and responsibility for you own body and health on your way to independence.
“Pelvic flaws” refer to any dysfunction regarding the pelvic floor muscles and pelvic organs. The pelvic floor is made up out of layers of muscles and other tissues that form a muscular hammock at the bottom of the pelvis.
This may range from pain during sexual intercourse to poor vaginal grip.
TThe pelvic floor forms the bottom (like a hammock) of the inner cylinder (deepest core). Ideally it should function as one system, controlling intra-abdominal pressure and controlling shear forces on the spine and pelvis (giving stability). When there is an increase in intra-abdominal pressure (bulging of the stomach), more load is put on the pelvic floor, which may on the long run lead to pelvic floor dysfunction.
Both females and males have a pelvic floor. Men are usually not aware of their pelvic floor muscles, and may also develop problems in this area.
The advantages of exercising before and during pregnancy include a decrease in muscle and joint pain, increased endurance during labour and accelerated recovery post-partum. Both Pilates and Aquatic therapy meet the criteria for safe regimes during this time. We need strong abdominal muscles to protect the spine as your baby and belly grow.
We treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal and pelvic joint pains caused by postural changes and hormonal influences, as well as any dysfunction of the pelvic floor.
There is a misconception that strong abdominal muscles will help you during labour, when in fact uterine contractions and pelvic floor relaxation is responsible for the normal delivery process. It is therefore important to learn how to relax the pelvic floor muscles. Diaphragmatic breathing is taught to assist this process.
Musculoskeletal pain is normal when taking care of a new born and can occur as a result of postural and ergonomic changes. A range of treatments are available for this as well as for breast issues that accompany breast feeding and also for pelvic floor pain, trauma or dysfunction that may be the result of normal delivery.
During and after a delivery the deep core muscles (inner cylinder) loses some of its integrity, this needs to be strengthened and it is necessary to regain control of intra-abdominal pressure before embarking on strengthening the outside muscles and getting back to cardiovascular fitness. Both Pilates and Aquatic therapy meet the criteria for safe regimes for this process.
The International classification of function, disability and health (ICF), has put a great deal of emphasis on restoring the client’s ability to function independently and this is also our main aim.
Posture is easily misunderstood as only an upright rigid line which is not applicable during movement. The spine has 37 vertebrae with small gliding joints between each vertebra, which are designed for movement. Good postural habits are therefore also important as soon as you start moving to perform daily tasks and enjoy an active lifestyle.
The body is a mechanical structure that must be able to move and handle load. When we move & pick things up, we have to adhere to the same "movement & load" guidelines that are applicable in the engineering world to prevent overstraining and collapse.
We have a variety of treatment modalities including physiotherapy, aquatic therapy and pilates. The long term solution includes rehabilitation and strengthening to improve stability and protection of the joints
A holistic approach is important for the treatment and management of chronic pain:
An informative lecture about basic anatomy and biomechanics, focussing on how the body moves and functions. The lecture will give you a better knowledge and understanding to help you to take responsibility for your spine. The lecture will be adapted according to the specific audience to incorporate information about work and home environments.
An educational talk about the correlation between injury prevention and top sport performance. It encompasses basic anatomy and biomechanics to improve understanding and application in daily life, sport and the gym. Sound knowledge regarding immediate care of acute injuries, training methods and recovery will form part of this lecture.
An interactive lecture about the anatomy and function of the pelvic floor. The different symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction and the pelvic floor as part of the deepest core cylinder will be explained. The importance of correct breathing techniques and the handling of intra-abdominal pressure whilst exercising are discussed.
The difference between acute and chronic pain is explained and the influence of the nervous system and our brains on our experience of pain is discussed. Activities and changes that need to be made for improvement and recovery are elaborated on.
The aim of outcome based Workability is explained. The main focus is to restore an injured employee to full functionality for a safe return to work as soon as possible. This benefits both the client and employer. This lecture also gives insight to doctors and employers working with injured employees.
Workability is a RTW (return to work) Case Management Company that is committed to streamlining the Return to Work process and reducing the risk of absenteeism, injury and disability in the workplace. Workability first began to revolutionise the RTW industry when it established its first RTW Rehab Unit in the Western Cape in 2003.
Workability RTW Rehab Unit differs from traditional physiotherapy and occupational therapy units in that they work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to streamline the process of getting the patient back to work as fast and safely as possible.
Workability has a national network of rehabilitation units which share a common vision.
For further information, go to www.workability.co.za