Physica Active is a group physiotherapy class with an individualised exercise program tailored specifically to your requirements.
To rehabilitate your injury and strengthen your body, our exercise programs are diverse. They include Functional Strength and Conditioning; Clinical Pilates informed exercises and Redcord. Our Physiotherapists deliver these exercises within an evidenced-based and therapeutic framework.
We utilise Pilates specific equipment such as the reformer and trapeze table. We also have lots of other training tools such as RedCord, dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, and balance equipment for performing functional strength and conditioning. This type of training attempts to mimic the specific physiological demands of real-life activities. These type of exercises can help you become stronger, more flexible, and better equipped to handle day to day tasks.
The class is a combination of the most suitable and clinically justified exercises for you.
These are based on Functional Strength and Conditioning principles, Clinical Pilates, and body weight exercise prescription.
Exercise is especially helpful in the recovery process from injury. Our classes commonly have patients who are recovering from back pain, arthritis conditions, pre and post natal back and pelvic pain, joint replacement surgery, spinal or other joint surgery, and overuse injuries. If you are experiencing any Musculoskeletal injury, exercise can be of great benefit.
What to expect from our program?
We will safely prescribe exercises to assist in your condition. A detailed assessment is undertaken by our Class Physiotherapists, with regular reassessments to help you progress to your goal.
Your Physiotherapist will then supervise all aspects of your care.
What should I wear?
- comfortable gym clothing
- Please bring a towel and a bottle of water to your Physica Active session.
How is it different to Clinical Pilates?
Our Physica Active Classes take the best exercises from the Pilates concept and combine this with other exercises to bring you the latest in evidence-based exercise therapy. Originally Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates (1880 -1967) and has given his name to the form of low-impact exercise developed by him in Europe. Pilates was interested in the mind-body connection, blending aspects of Yoga, meditation and martial arts. ‘Clinical Pilates’ then on flowed from these ideas to the medical framework, assisting physiotherapists in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and their prevention. One of the issues in the Health profession is that “Pilates and or Clinical Pilates” was a term used very loosely. Thankfully in 2019 the Australian Government introduced new reforms to help distinguish between evidence-based treatment and those Natural Therapies which may not be clinically justified.
Is Physica Active covered under my private health insurance?
From 1st April 2019, the Private Health Insurance rules are changing, and Health Insurers will no longer be permitted to provide a rebate for ‘Pilates’ classes. These changes have been brought in as part of the Governments review into Natural Therapies and their subsequent removal from claimable items through Health insurance. The reform of Natural Therapies was designed to eliminate rebates for non-evidence-based therapies, and not intended to impact Physiotherapy.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has lobbied hard for Physiotherapy and has recently confirmed that “Pilates-informed exercises prescribed by a Physiotherapist as part of an individualised program will continue to receive rebates in one-on-one, group and class settings”.
Rest assured the service we offer at Physica is compliant with the new legislation; we currently provide individualised exercise programs to clients based on an assessment with a physiotherapist. Our programs utilise pilates based equipment in addition to RedCord and functional strength and conditioning.
Sessions eligible for rebates by private insurers cannot consist solely of “Pilates” and therefore cannot be called Pilates. Our group physio exercise classes are now known as “Physica Active.”
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