Whether you are recovering from a sports injury, following surgery or after a fall, Flex physiotherapists can tailor a rehabilitation program specific to your needs. Various rehabilitation classes are run in our open gym space including Clinical Pilates, Mums and Bumps, Fab 50s +, GLA:D program classes. In addition, the Altitude Training room at Norwood and conditioning equipment allows for a unique training experience to help you get back to your active lifestyle.
Based on the original work of Joseph Pilates and further developed by physiotherapists, Clinical Pilates is a low impact, dynamic method of exercise focusing on breathing, control and core stability.
Regular Pilates exercise has been shown to:
- improve core stability
- improve balance
- improve sport performance
- lessen back pain and enhance a stronger, more flexible spine
- increase overall tone, endurance and fitness
- assist with relaxation and breathing efficiency
- improve concentration, coordination and posture
- provide rehabilitation and prevention from injury
- aid in the recovery of muscles following pregnancy assist in developing flatter and firmer abdominal muscles
To begin, an initial one-on-one assessment is required which may include real time ultrasound imaging of the deep trunk muscles. This assessment allows us to tailor a very specific and individualised program, specific to your needs.
Led only by trained, experienced physiotherapists, our Pilates classes are small and personalised to ensure individual attention during each session. Individual sessions are also available.
Class duration is 45 minutes. Bookings are essential. Pilates classes are held at Flex Norwood, Stirling and Kadina. Timetables can be downloaded in the Class Times section.
Classes are generally covered by private health insurance. Pilates is suitable for people of all ages, fitness levels and body types.
Mums and Bumps Pilates
Pre and Post Natal Pilates are small group, physiotherapist supervised classes performed on a range of equipment including the reformer, trapeze table, Swiss ball and weighted pulley systems.
Physiotherapist led Pilates exercises are a safe and fun way to improve your posture and strengthen your abdominal, back and pelvic muscles. Pilates during Pregnancy can also help to relieve and prevent back and pelvic pain, improve fitness and prepare your body for childbirth.
Before you commence classes, a Physiotherapy consult is required to ensure you contract your muscles correctly and that your program is tailored and safe for your individual needs. Please note, babies are welcome to attend!
Mum and Bumps Pilates classes are held at Flex Norwood.
Dance Medicine Pilates
Pilates offers a unique opportunity for dancers to improve their core, alignment and technique whilst strengthening muscles used specifically by dancers.
Depending upon your needs, we offer a variety of class structures:
- Individualised programs designed to address your individual needs. Dancers will need to undertake a dance assessment in order for a program to be specifically designed.
- Pre-Pointe and Pointe classes for dancers aiming to improve the strength in their core and legs specifically for pointe work
- Turnout classes for dancers aiming to improve the strength and control around their hips and spine.
Dance Medicine Pilates classes are held at Flex Norwood.
Fab 50s +
Fab 50s + are small, personalised fitness classes where participants over 50s engage in exercise under the supervision of Flex Physiotherapists.
- Muscle strength can be regained and maintained no matter what age and physical condition
- Supervised exercise is not just for the ‘young people’ and it is not a high risk activity for the over 50s
- Small classes of up to 5 people
- Accessible and safe environment at Flex Rehabilitation Clinic Norwood
- Individualized programs based on participants ability and goals
- Strength training with resistance bands, free weights and pulley weights to assist with activities of daily living
- Low to moderate aerobic training on treadmill, stationary bike and rowing machine
- Balance and falls prevention Stretching to maintain range of motion throughout the body
Research has shown that regular exercise can decrease and manage the effects of chronic conditions such as Arthritis, Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Depression and Heart Disease.
It has also been shown to:
- Enhance well-being, raise self-esteem and self confidence
- Decrease blood pressure and improve cholesterol
- Improve body composition and manage weight
- Improve sleep
- Reduce lower back pain
- Improve balance and reduce the risk of falling
- Improve joint range of motion Enhance ability to undertake activities of daily living and maintain an independent lifestyle.
Fab 50s + classes are held at Flex Norwood.
GLA:D Australia Osteoarthritis Program
Best first treatment for hip and knee Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common lifestyle disease in individuals 65 years and older, and also affects individuals as young as 30 years of age.
Current national and international clinical guidelines recommend patient education, exercise and weight loss as first line treatment for Osteoarthritis.
While these guidelines are in place, Osteoarthritis treatment in Australia still usually focuses on surgery, pain relief or manual treatment before exercise and lifestyle modifications are carried out. The GLA:D Australia program offers a more effective and safer alternative.
GLA:D, or Good Life with osteoArthritis: Denmark, is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.
This 6 week education and exercise program had over 30,000 enrolled participants in Denmark, before it was translated and implemented in Canada in 2016 and Australia in 2017. Results have been outstanding with a significant reduction in pain, and an increase in physical activity for those with Osteoarthritis.
12 months after the completion of the GLA:D program participants generally experience:
- less pain
- improved quality of life
- reduced use of joint related pain killers
- increased physical activity
GLA:D Australia training consists of:
- An initial appointment assessing your eligibility for the course, explaining what’s involved and measuring your current functional abilities
- Two education sessions which teach you about OA, how the GLA:D Australia exercises improve joint stability, and how to retain this improved joint stability outside of the program
- 12 Group neuromuscular training sessions (twice a week for six weeks) to improve muscle control of the joint, which leads to reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life
Flex GLA:D trained physiotherapists
Luke Hamood, Sarah Clarke, Anita Bruce and Dan Sheehy
You don’t need a referral to participate, as you’ll undergo a thorough assessment with one of our Physiotherapists to ensure its appropriate and suitable for you.
This assessment and training sessions are held at Flex Norwood and Stirling and education sessions at Flex Norwood.
GLA:D is unique in that the education and exercises provided can be applied to everyday activities. By strengthening and correcting daily movement patterns, participants will train their bodies to move properly, prevent symptom progression and reduce pain.
Can I Participate in GLA:D Australia?
GLA:D Australia is a program for all individuals who experience any hip and/or knee osteoarthritis symptoms, regardless of severity.
You may participate in the program if you have a hip or knee joint problem that resulted in visiting a health care provider.
You may not be able to participate in the GLA:D if:
- There are other reasons for your hip and/or knee pain, including; tumor, inflammatory joint disease, result of hip fracture, soft tissue or connective tissue problems
- You have other symptoms that are more pronounced than the osteoarthritis problems (for example chronic generalized pain or fibromyalgia)
Want to join?
If you would like to participate in the GLA:D Australia program at Flex, you will need to start by booking your 40 minute Assessment with one of the Flex GLA:D trained physiotherapists.
Want to find out more?
- Visit the official GLA:D Australia website here
- Contact Flex on 8361 3355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GLA:D assessment and training sessions are held at Flex Norwood and Flex Stirling
GLA:D education sessions are held at Flex Norwood
Flex Rehab Classes are small group classes for post operative total hip and knee joint replacements or injury rehabilitation.
Classes are led by an experienced Flex physiotherapist with a focus on your individual goals using your own program. Class sizes are small with a maximum of 4 people in the class. Exercises are aimed at regaining optimum function, flexibility and strength through a specific but holistic approach. Class duration is 45 minutes. Bookings are essential. Classes are generally covered by private health insurance.
Rehab Classes are held at EFM, 35 Golflinks Road Stirling. Phone 8361 3355 to make a booking.