At Bluff Road Physiotherapy, we are proud to offer a Clinical Pilates program tailored specifically for new and expectant mums.

A great way of being active during and after pregnancy, Pilates helps to prepare your body for childbirth, as well as the physical challenges of early motherhood through assisting strength, coordination, and flexibility.

 

Benefits Include

  • Improved posture and core stability
  • Increased muscular strength and flexibility
  • Prevention of injuries
  • Restoration of normal movement patterns
  • Enhanced breathing control
  • Increased co-ordination and muscular control
  • Improved balance

Beyond these physical benefits, our Pilates classes offer mums the opportunity to relax in a supportive and social environment, offering the chance for you to share your journey with other women.

 

Common Concerns for Pre and Postnatal Women

Clinical Pilates can assist mums who experience the following issues during and after pregnancy:

  • Low Back Pain: As a result of the growing baby, spinal posture is often altered resulting in pain. Pilates can gently condition your core to support these postures more comfortably
  • Thoracic Pain: Pain and stiffness around the upper to mid-back and through the ribs area which can begin during pregnancy and continue into the postnatal period due to increased demands on these areas. This is particularly the case during breastfeeding and looking after a newborn. Pilates can help to strength back muscles that support our posture and reduce the stress put through out thoracic spine. Exercises can also help improve thoracic spine mobility to allow more comfort through the spine and rib cage.
  • Pubic Symphysis Pain: Pubic region pain, which is often felt worse in single-leg standing or with excessive walking. Pilates can help strengthen pelvic muscles to offload the pubic symphysis and offer some pain relief.
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain: Pilates can help strengthen pelvic muscles to help support sore and fatigues sacroiliac joints.
  • Diatasis Rectus Abdominus: The separation of the rectus abdominus (six-pack) muscle and a stretching of the linea alba (connective tissue) due to the growing tummy. Often this is noticed as a vertical bulge in this area. During pregnancy, Pilates exercises will be carefully selected to avoid any additional load on the linea alba whilst keeping your core conditioned. Postnatally, specific abdominal exercises are introduced to try and encourage the reapproximation of any separation that might have occurred during pregnancy.

 

Treating Practitioner

Qianer Thomas

Qianer completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University in 2009 and has practised in both private clinic and orthopaedic hospital settings. She has had postgraduate training in Dry Needling and extensive experience using Clinical Pilates for the management of musculoskeletal & spinal conditions. Qianer also has a special interest in physio for pre/post natal care and has experience in providing post operative rehabilitation and treatment for a variety of chronic and sports related injuries.

Qianer has three young children and enjoys movies, food, and spending time with her family.

Areas of Specialisation

  • Pre/Post Natal Conditions
  • Women’s Health
  • Sports Injuries
  • Chronic Conditions
  • Pilates
  • Dry Needling

 

Program Structure

 

Bluff Road Physiotherapy provides an intimate, supervised environment incorporating floor, reformer and trapeze table exercises. Our Pre and Post Natal Pilates Program includes –

1:1 sessions:

During your initial consultations, Qianer will design a program specifically around your injury history, current physical circumstances, and goals to ensure you receive the highest, personalised care. The goals of these sessions are to build confidence, technique, and strength, ensuring you are ready to progress into our group classes.

4:1 Group Classes:

Under Qianer’s supervision, these classes offer our patients the chance to implement their personalised program in a safe and supportive environment. Classes run for approximately 45 minutes.

Unsupervised Pilates:

Members of our Pilates program are offered the ability to utilise our Pilates area outside of a class setting when the room is available. Best results are achieved through completion of multiple sessions each week, and so we encourage our patients to use their program at home and/or take advantage of our facilities outside of class sessions.