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  • 1. What equipment do you have?

    We have 3 studios, each is equiped with reformers, trapeze tables, barrels and arcs, plus a range of smaller equipment such as foam rollers, swiss balls, weights and resistance bands.

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  • 2. Can I claim a rebate on my Physio Rehab class?

    It’s very likely that you can claim a rebate from your private health fund, depending on your type and level of insurance cover. These classes may be rebatable under your extras cover (through physiotherapy) and its best that you discuss this with your health insurance once you have spoken to us.

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  • 3. Can I have a permanent booking each week?

    Yes, it is better that way because you can plan your week to include pilates. We run the classes for a 10 week block (following the school holiday terms) with additional classes throughout the year. Class times are available before and after work, during the day and on Saturday mornings You will have the same time, and same physio for you classes. This ensures we gain a thorough understanding of your condition and helps us progress you safely as your knowledge, strength and flexibility improve.

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  • 4. How often should I come to sessions?

    With any form of exercise consistency is the key. In the beginning your body is learning a lot of new information and your mind and body connection is being established. The optimal recommendation is 2-3 times per week. However, once a week on a very regular basis can also be beneficial combining it with other exercise.

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  • 5. What do I wear?

    When you are doing classes it’s advisable to wear loose and comfortable exercise clothing. Non slip socks are useful and they are available for purchase at reception.

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  • 6. What if I'm injured or in pain?

    Pilates and supervised rehab sessions can be a great way to manage pain and rehabillitate from injury. Our physios are very experienced working with injuries. We will be to help you manage a suitable program pre or post surgery, and can help keep you moving through any flare-ups of a condition you may have. Most of our clients that come to us do so with a history of injury or pain. Other come to improve strength and flexibility and to address other conditions such as osteoporosis, and balance issues.

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  • 7. How long are the sessions?

    All sessions are one hour in duration.

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  • 8. Who teaches / lead the sessions?

    All our physiotherapists are fully qualified and registered with the Australian Physiotherapy Registration Board. They have ‘hands on’ clinical experience treating musculoskeletal problems, and are trained in clinical Pilates. Manual techniques are used within the session to assist exercises and small groups provide ample time for specific individual advice.

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  • 9. What if I'm pregnant?

    Pilates is recognised as a safe means of exercising during pregnancy. It can also help regain your pre baby body. Although most women will benefit greatly from practicing Pilates throughout pregnancy, it is important to get the okay from your health care provider prior to starting with us.
    We have specific antenatal classes just for you or you can join in on our semi private classes.

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  • 10. Can children do Pilates?

    Yes. Children are increasingly being impacted by issues or conditions related to weight, posture, injuries, motor coordination, low tone or musculoskeletal development. We know what pilates can do for our adult clients and pilates for kids can also offer a range of benefits. For example: improved posture and spinal alignment; increased strength and flexibility; balanced musculature; pain relief and reduced potential for injury.

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  • 11. How do I get started?

    Firstly, it is necessary that you attend an initial consultation with one of our physiotherapists. The physiotherapist will take your history, complete an objective examination and test the activation of your stabilising muscles.   From the information gathered at this consultation the physiotherapist can select the most appropriate Pilates exercises and stabilising muscle recruitment cues for you. An assessment  must be completed before you attend the pilates session/

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  • 12. Is Pilates suitable for men?

    Absolutely. A growing number of our clients are men. Pilates is fantastic for men in that it encourages longer muscle tone, assisting with back and leg tightness, which we see is typical in men especially those in office jobs.

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  • 13. Can I come casually, like I do at the gym?

    Physio supervised classes deliver a progressive graded exercise program that gradually intensifies and changes each week depending on your condition, injury and progress. To deliver the safest and most effective service, our physiotherapists need to understand the individual’s specific needs and to be able to reassess your condition to provide the most appropriate intervention. This is very different to a casual exercise class, where class sizes are large and your individual issues or contraindications are not taken into account during the delivery of the class.

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  • 14. What should I do at home between my sessions each week?

    You will be given a small home program specific to your needs. This should be done at least daily, and can be revised within the  session and will also give you strategies and ideas that you will be able to practice at home in your everyday life. Our aim is to change your everyday habits, so frequent correction of poor postural habits throughout the day is the most successful way of achieving a long-term change. The more you do at home – the quicker you will see results.

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  • 15. Do I need a referral?

    No. You do not need a referral to see us or to claim from your private health insurance. We are always happy to receive a referral from your GP or treating health professional regarding your condition.

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  • 16. Do I need to bring X-rays or medical notes with me?

    Yes. Any relevant investigations or scans will help us understand your condition better. Even if you just have the reports from scans they will be very helpful. Likewise any notes from other therapists or doctors would be great.

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  • 17. Do I get a health fund rebate?

    Yes. A statement will be issued to reflect your sessions and you can claim this through your health fund. Refunds vary between levels of cover and health funds.

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  • 18. Whats the difference between sessions?

    1 : 1 Physiotherapy / rehabilitation (private) 30 minutes
    This is aimed at those beginning with little exercise experience or more complex musculoskeletal problems. It aims to help establish basic principles and develop a home-exercise program.

    1 : 3 Physiotherapy / supervised exercise  60 minutes
    All sessions have individualised programs tailored to your level of ability and specific focus areas. We will work you as hard as you can within your specific restrictions to maximise your strength, flexibility and function.

    1 : 6 Physiotherapy / Supervised group class -  60 minutes
    Based at a higher level of stability and strength training for those with stable conditions or some experience in pilates.  Variations are made to the exercises, however those with considerable pain or functional problems are better suited to smaller supervised exercise sessions. All clients need to have started in the 1:3 classes if there is no previous pilates experience.

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  • 1. What is Physiotherapy?

    Physiotherapy aims to address and manage any musculoskeletal issue that you may have. We do this via taking  a thorough history and appropriate physical assessment of your problem. We then use  a combination of treatment techniques including mobilisation, massage, exercise advice, footwear/orthotic advice and dry needling where appropriate.

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  • 2. What can Physiotherapy help?

    Physiotherapy can help manage any musculoskeletal issue including spinal pain, headaches, joint sprains, sporting injuries, rehabilitation post surgery, postural problems and workplace/car accident injuries.

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  • 3. What happens at an appointment?

    Your physiotherapist will take a thorough history and physical examination before deciding on an appropriate treatment strategy taking into account your personal circumstances, exercise patterns and goals. Your appointment will last approximately 30 minutes and will, in most cases, include a range of exercises for you to do in your own time.

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  • 4. What do I bring to an appointment?

    Please bring any referral letter, X Ray or scan results you may have. Wear suitable clothing or bring a pair of shorts if necessary. If it is a running type injury, bring in your running shoes.

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  • 5. Medicare and Physiotherapy

    If eligible, your GP may complete an EPC referral which entitles you to up to 5 physiotherapy treatments per calendar year. We charge a flat, reduced rate of $68 per session if you are Medicare eligible and you are able to claim $52.95 back from Medicare. Please speak to your GP for further details.

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  • 6. Workcover / TAC / Department of Veterans Affairs

    Ashburton Physiotherapy and Pilates accepts referrals for any patients managed under these programs.

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  • 7. Consultation Fees

    Consulation Fees are payable on the day of treatment. We accept credit cards/cash/EFT/cheque and we also have HICAPS facility so you can claim back from your health insurance provider immediately.

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