Safe Exercise

A TARGETED PILATES PROGRAM FOR LOW BACK PAIN

A TARGETED PILATES PROGRAM FOR LOW BACK PAIN

During my to Melbourne in 2015, I had the pleasure of observing Dr Lynn Bardin in the SPINE Pilates class. I thought it was a great time to reflect on what I have learnt this year about the Pilates method, discuss a few ways that my thinking and teaching has changed, and discuss how Lynn Bardin tailors a Pilates program to be specific and effective for the management of low back pain.  

Pre-natal exercises for the third trimester

Pre-natal exercises for the third trimester

I wanted to share this home-based exercise program with mums-to-be in that hope of inspiring a safe and achievable program. All you need is a fit ball/swiss ball, yoga mat and some weights. The program should take around 30 minutes to complete but you can adjust that length depending how many sets of each exercise are completed. 

Exercise reduces the risk of Post-natal depression

Exercise reduces the risk of Post-natal depression

Postnatal depression is a common mental health condition affecting between 13-20% of mothers following childbirth. Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of developing postnatal depression by up to 50%. This blog aims to discuss the signs and symptoms of PND and discuss the research around the efficacy of 'mums & babies' supervised group-exercise classes. To finish there are 10 exercises that can be done at home after pregnancy to strengthen your upper body, lower body, pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. 

Dead lift or Squat? Which is better for you?

Dead lift or Squat? Which is better for you?

I recently became a Functional Movement Systems (FMS) certified trainer. I was looking for additional tools to add to the current base of Physiotherapy-specific impairment tests. The FMS assessment tool provides a series of functional movements that highlight painful structures, deficits in mobility and deficits in motor control. 

What I'd like to share with you is some advice that Gray Cook (Physiotherapist & founder of FMS) shares about the safety of squatting compared to dead lifts and what reasoning we should apply to determine what movement pattern is best for our clients.