Teen Pilates

The benefits of Pilates among adults has been praised for years.  However, the exercise program is also becoming increasingly popular for teens.   The teenage years are marked by change, including growth spurts, puberty and emotional development. It is also a time where more demand is placed on the body with sporting commitments, extra-curricular activities and more time sitting at a computer or study desk.

Pilates can be a great adjunct to other activities during this important time of physical and mental development, and provide the perfect balance of body awareness and coordination in which teens can learn to control their body in space.

At the start of their teenage years, both boys and girls are within their peak for neurological development. During this time, learning effective and functional movement can foster an improved perception of physical abilities (Marcus, 2003).

Joseph Pilates, creator of Pilates, had great insight into this many years ago.

 “In childhood, habits are easily formed – good and bad. Why not then concentrate on the formation of only good habits and thus avoid the necessity later on in life of attempting to correct bad habits and substituting them for good habits.” Joseph H. Pilates, 1934.

Unfortunately, current research suggests girls tend to decrease or stop their physical activity, during these formative years, between the ages of 11-14 (Liu, 2012).  Pilates can provide the ideal non-competitive environment, focusing on functional movement skills, which challenge and stimulate, while integrating the mind and body.

For those children fortunate enough to already be involved in sporting pursuits, Pilates can be used to enhance their sporting skills and reduce the potential for injury. Depending on the individual requirements, the training techniques of specificity and cross training can be implemented. This enables a focus on the development of specific skills required for the sport, as well as restoration of body balance, due to the one sided dominance many sports demand. The higher the level of competition and time spent training and competing, the more cross training required to prevent overuse injuries and postural deviations.

So if you find your teenager is hesitant to participate in structured sport or exercise, is an aspiring athlete that wants to enhance their performance, or is maybe spending too much time in front of a screen, Pilates may be just what the doctor (or Physio!) ordered.

If you are interested in getting your teen involved in Pilates call or email reception for more information

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.

Please call or email us if you have any questions regarding how Osteopathy can help you. To make an appointment you can book online, give us a call or send us an email.

Over 60’s Balance / Bone Health / Strength Classes

Join others in a group fitness class conducted by a Physiotherapist

Benefits include:

  • Improved overall strength, muscle mass and bone density
  • Improved balance and reduced falls risk
  • Better management of aches and pains

 

Safe and beneficial for those with;

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Post-operative joint replacements
  • Pelvic floor and continence conditions

 

*Private health insurance rebates available from most funds

Barre

Barre Classes are a full body, low impact, high intensity workout that fuses the best elements of Pilates, ballet and strength training for a truly unique and fun experience. Be prepared to feel like you’ve had a workout. Beginners are more than welcome.

Sessions are 60 minutes and are available throughout the week.

If you have Private Health Insurance with Physiotherapy extras, claims can be made with most Health Insurance funds for Group Exercise Classes.

*Please note: this class is not suitable for everyone. Please consult your GP or Physio if you have any health concerns prior to commencing classes.

 

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding Barre at Inform.

To make an appointment you can book and pay via the MINDBODY app, send us an email or give us a call.

Timetable for Barre

Meditation & Mindfulness

We warmly invite you to a blissful meditation experience combined with practical, inspiring methods for a better way of Being.

A chance to relax, connect, find your inner peace and create space for answers!

Through countless scientific studies meditation has been consistently proven to:

  • decrease mental worry and tension
  • improve sleep patterns
  • increase focus, memory and concentration
  • improve the bodies immune system

One on One Coaching

  • Sessions individually tailored for your specific healing needs
  • By appointment
  • 90 minute Initial session
  • 60 minute Follow up sessions

 

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding Meditation at Inform.

Pilates

Pilates (PEE-LA_TEEZ) in a word is exercise. More accurately it is a body conditioning exercise program that focuses on developing a strong core to help with injury prevention, rehabilitation, and fitness. Pilates is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Benefits of Pilates include;

  • increased strength and flexibility
  • improved postural and body awareness
  • improved balance, co-ordination & circulation
  • improved performance in sports
  • injury prevention and rehabilitation

Everyone can benefit from Pilates. Our sessions can help and are suitable for;

  • pre and postnatal exercise
  • fibromyalgia
  • osteoporosis
  • postural related pain
  • scoliosis
  • back/neck pain
  • joint replacement rehabilitation
  • neurological disorders including MS, Parkinson’s

At Inform Physiotherapy and Pilates we offer individual and group Pilates and Mat Pilates in our fully equipped studio. Sessions are 45-60 minutes and are available as either individual (1:1), duo (2:1) or group (up to 4:1) formats.

Our Pilates is taught by highly qualified instructors  and Physiotherapists with Pilates certification. If you have Private Health Insurance with Physiotherapy extras claims can be made on all Pilates sessions.

In order to understand your needs and design an effective individual exercise program all new Pilates clients are required to attend an initial assessment with a Physiotherapist. This appointment will include a thorough assessment of current posture and movement patterns, as well as any previous or recurring injuries. If required real time ultrasound can be used to educate and teach correct core muscle activation. Students new to Pilates will require a further 1:1 session to allow us to teach you the fundamental Pilates principals in depth. Experienced Pilates students are required to attend the initial assessment then progress directly to their chosen class format.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding Pilates at Inform.

To make an appointment you can book and pay via the MINDBODY app, send us an email or give us a call.

Timetable for Pilates

Yoga

Yoga is an ideal exercise for everyone from the very fit to the older adult & pre or post natal woman. Yoga can be used to improve or maintain flexibility, correct poor posture, strengthen the spine & ease back pain. It can also improve digestion & elimination, facilitates circulation, improves breathing disorders & lift mood.

Yin Yoga

Restorative Yin Yoga for all ages and levels of experience
Restorative Yin is a slow paced Yoga class that provides time to relax into supported yoga postures, calming body and mind. It releases tension from muscles, joints and fascia, improves mobility and flexibility, prevents injury and reduces stress.

Restorative Yin is becoming very popular to balance an ‘always on’ busy demanding yang lifestyle by letting us slow down, nourish ourselves and replenish our energy. We can leave class feeling like we’ve just had a great massage!
Small classes of up to 10 are designed for all abilities

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding Yoga at Inform.

Bookings essential

To make an appointment you can book and pay via the MINDBODY app, send us an email or give us a call.

Timetable for Yoga

Physiotherapy & Osteopathy

Inform Physiotherapy has highly trained physiotherapists and osteopaths to assess and diagnose your condition. The therapist will then plan and administer treatment programs that will decrease your pain, improve your function and take you to the level of fitness and well-being you desire.

Inform physiotherapists and osteopaths take a multidisciplinary approach to recovery working together with Doctors and other health professionals to ensure best possible treatment and care.

Physiotherapy and Osteopathy is beneficial for conditions such as;

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder bursitis/impingement
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Post-operative joint rehabilitation
  • Tendon problems
  • Poor balance
  • Strength and bone density changes

Our therapists use a wide range of treatment approaches to achieve the best results including;

  • Joint mobilisation/manipulation
  • Massage
  • Exercise prescription
  • Dry needling
  • Electrotherapy
  • Postural/biomechanical correction
  • Taping
  • Education on lifestyle, fitness and worksite set up

Please call or email us if you have any questions regarding how we can help you. To make an appointment you can book online, give us a call or send us an email.

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Inform Physiotherapy offers comprehensive services for pelvic floor and continence problems. We understand that pelvic floor and continence issues can interrupt your ability to enjoy a full and active lifestyle. It can be difficult to talk about these sensitive problems but encourage you to seek treatment. Our physiotherapists ensure private and respectful management solutions for your individual needs to get you back to living a comfortable life.

At Inform Physiotherapy we treat continence and pelvic floor issues for;

Women

Men

Children

Women

Our Pelvic floor and Continence physiotherapists have postgraduate qualifications and exceptional knowledge in the treatment of women. We provide assessment and individualised treatment for a variety of conditions including;

  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Bladder urgency and frequency
  • Urge urinary incontinence
  • Bowel incontinence
  • Constipation/obstructed defaecation
  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation after having a baby
  • Prolapse
  • Preparations for and recovery after surgery(urogenital, gynaecological, colo-rectal)
  • Sexual, vaginal & vulval painassociated with sexual intimacy, birth, after surgery or other causes such as endometriosis or irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Coccyx pain
  • Bladder pain

Some of the management strategies our Women’s Health physiotherapists use include;

  • Teach you how to use your pelvic floor muscles correctly
  • Give individualised pelvic floor muscle exercise programs
  • A clinical pilates program to help bridge the gap between pelvic floor exercises and day to day pelvic floor function
  • Discuss lifestyle changes to help you manage the problem
  • Look at how diet and fluid intake may be influencing your problem
  • Adjunctive therapies such as electrical stimulation and biofeedback for optimization of pelvic floor muscle exercise programs
  • Pessary fittings and prescription for prolapse
  • Bladder retraining for overactive bladder
  • Biopsychosocial approach to pelvic pain

Benefits of treatment include;

  • Improved continence
  • More choice of lifestyle options eg. Running
  • Pain free sex
  • Improved bladder/bowel function
  • Better quality of life

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding how Women’s Health Physiotherapy can help you.  To make an appointment you can book online, give us a call or send us an email.

Men

At Inform Physiotherapy we see many men with a variety of pelvic floor and continence concerns.  Our Pelvic Floor and Continence Physiotherapists have post-graduate qualifications and exceptional knowledge in the treatment of men to help improve your quality of life.

We assist men with a variety of conditions such as;

  • Pre and post prostatectomy management
  • Bladder urgency and frequency
  • Bladder and bowel incontinence
  • Constipation/obstructed defaecation
  • Pelvic and sexual pain
  • Erectile dysfunction

Management will involve a thorough assessment and then a plan developed to help you achieve your goals and get you back to all the things you love to do.  Some of the management strategies our Men’s Health physiotherapists use include;

  • Ensuring you are doing your pelvic floor muscle exercises with the correct technique
  • A personalised pelvic floor muscle exercise program
  • Looking at how your diet and fluid intake may be influencing your bladder/bowel function
  • Advice and guidance for general exercise to return to good physical health

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding how Men’s Health Physiotherapy can help you. To make an appointment you can book online, give us a call or send us an email.

Children

At Inform Physiotherapy we treat children with bladder and bowel disorders. Our highly qualified and experienced Pelvic Floor and Continence Physiotherapists can help with;

  • Urinary incontinence including daytime and night time wetting
  • Faecal incontinence (encopresis)
  • Constipation
  • Overactive bladder

A child is generally considered incontinent when regular episodes of leakage are experienced after the age of 5 years. Most children can become continent without the use of drugs.

Discussing any issues with your G.P. can commence a management plan for your child. Assessment with a pelvic floor physiotherapist can also assist in behavioural modification, advice regarding continence aids, electrotherapeutic modalities and other suitable strategies. Medical and physiotherapy management often go hand in hand to achieve the best outcome. A dietician may also become involved to assist in dietary management. It is very important a family based approach is adopted in the management of childhood incontinence and pelvic floor issues.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding Children’s Health Physiotherapy at Inform. To make an appointment you can book online, give us a call or send us an email.

Mastitis and Lactation Physiotherapy

Breastfeeding should be a joyful experience but mastitis, engorgement, and blocked ducts can be painful, debilitating and stressful.

Physiotherapists use therapeutic ultrasound as part of a holistic treatment that is effective in relieving inflammatory symptoms such as redness, swelling and tenderness, giving women the relief they need in order to continue breastfeeding their baby.

Inform Physiotherapy is the leading physiotherapy practice in Victoria for providing evidence based assessment and treatment for these very painful and very treatable conditions.

For best outcomes, our physiotherapists work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with doctors, midwives and lactation consultants to help women get the best possible outcomes.

It can be difficult to attend appointments while you are adjusting to having a newborn and have mastitis symptoms. Every effort is made to facilitate home visits and professional advice and self-management techniques are taught to help women actively manage ongoing symptoms themselves.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding how our Mastitis and Lactation services can help you.

Please contact us directly on 9481 6312 for Mastitis & Lactation concerns, as we prioritise these appointments as required.

(Please note: Online bookings are unavailable for Mastitis & Lactation concerns, please contact Reception) 

Over 50’s

Keeping your body strong and healthy in your 50’s and beyond is the best way to ensure you continue to lead a healthy and active lifestyle both now and in your later years.

For women with injuries or conditions that make it difficult to exercise, we offer specialised programs designed to treat symptoms and help you get active.

If you are over 50 and have the following conditions Inform Physiotherapy can help you.

  • Osteoporosis (bone density changes)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Poor balance and mobility
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Menopausal issues
  • Pelvic floor and continence conditions

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding how our over 50’s Women’s Health Physiotherapy can help you. To make an appointment you can book online, give us a call or send us an email.

Pre and Postnatal

Pregnancy and motherhood can be a challenging time for a woman’s body. If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby physiotherapy can help with a variety of symptoms including;

  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Back/neck/rib pain
  • Wrist/thumb pain
  • Abdominal muscle recovery (Diastasis of the Rectus Abdominus Muscle DRAM)
  • Coccyx pain
  • Pelvic floor and continence conditions

Throughout the year we offer pre and postnatal exercise classes several times weekly. These Physio led classes are designed to help you exercise safely during pregnancy and get you back into shape after the birth of your baby. The exercises given are centered around pelvic floor, strength and mobility.

Childbirth education and instruction on the use of TENS (drug free pain relief option for birthing mothers) are also offered at Inform Physiotherapy.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding how Pre and Postnatal Women’s Health Physiotherapy can help you. To make an appointment you can book online, give us a call or send us an email.

Group Exercise & Wellbeing

At Inform Physiotherapy and Pilates we offer:

- Pilates (Group & Individual)

- Barre

- Yoga (Yin & Mindful Moves for Children)

- Meditation & Mindfulness

- Over 60’s Balance & Strength Classes

- Pre & Postnatal Exercise Classes

For more information or to make a booking regarding Group Exercise & Wellbeing classes at Inform, please give us a call on 03 9481 6312, send us an email or book classes online at Mind Body online.

Timetable for Group Exercise & Wellbeing

Myotherapy & Massage

Massage aims to improve mobility, restore function and reduce pain. Massage is applied in the preventative, corrective and rehabilitative phases of therapy. It aims to restore and maintain the normal integrity of muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Benefits of massage include;

  • Increases muscle flexibility and mobility by reducing abnormal muscle tightness
  • Improves healing time of an injured muscle by increasing the blood flow and improving tissue alignment
  • Reduces the strain, discomfort and stiffness sometimes associated with physical exercise
  • Enhances movement and muscular strength by increasing the efficiency of muscles
  • Helps to reduce recurrent or chronic pain

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding massage at Inform Physiotherapy.

Pre and Postnatal massage

Renee offers pre and postnatal massage at Inform Physiotherapy. Renee draws on a wide range of skills, knowledge and experiences; including time spent in some of Melbourne’s leading maternity hospitals. A supportive pregnancy mat is used on our tables enabling you to lay on your belly- a true luxury.

Pre and post-natal massage has many positive aspects for you and your baby including;

  • Emotional relief to help relax the mothers body and in turn the baby
  • Physical improvement for muscular pain and imbalance
  • Maintain circulation, preventing swelling both pre and post-natally
  • Induction of labour (after your due date) through the use of specific acupressure points, aromatherapy, and the release of the sacrum and pelvic area creating space for the birth of the baby.

Rebates are available under Myotherapy & Remedial massage with your Private Health Insurance.