A highly qualified physiotherapist, Nitty provide a hands-on approach to rehabilitation. An initial assessment consultation is 45 minutes and Nitty will conduct a thorough assessment in order to gain insight into the cause of the symptoms. Follow up treatment sessions are 30 minutes and will address the cause of your issue, as well look at the longer term management. As a big believer in the effectiveness of exercise as a treatment modality, Nitty will often give you some exercises and stretches as part of your treatment and usually prescribe you with a home exercise program.
Clinical Pilates is a system of safe and effective exercises which meet your specific individual needs. It is used by physiotherapists in a clinical setting to treat a broad range of injuries and conditions. Clinical Pilates exercises can be performed on the mat/floor, standing, or on a variety of equipment which provide spring based resistance.
Rehab is a step by step process to help people recover and function as effectively as possible from a life changing event. Common conditions seen by physio for rehab are post-surgery such as hip/knee replacement, a fractured hip or ankle, sporting injuries, a severe back or neck injury, disc herniations, chronic pain, or falls in the elderly and decreasing confidence and mobility.
Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow & Rotator Cuff
Rehabilitation Post Joint Surgery (Joint Replacement, Fracture)
Declining Mobility & Balance
Back & Neck Pain
Headaches & Migraines
Arthritis & Joint Pain
RSI &Carpal Tunnel
Clinical Pilates continued...
More than simply pilates in a clinical setting, Nitty uses the clinical pilates methodology to assess and treat your problem. The result is an individualised exercise-based treatment program, specific to your needs.
The assessment process involves identifying the directions of movement that aggravate and alleviate the problem, and looking at the overall efficiency of how your body moves and how to produce more effective movement.
The treatment process then involves getting you to work through specific exercises to facilitate better movement quality, and treat your problem.
Pilates treatment will often be combined with hands on guidance through movement, as well as manual therapy as required. Nitty will continue to assess and reassess your response to the treatment and adjust your exercises to make sure you are progressing in the right direction.
The key difference between a generic group pilates class and clinical pilates is the individualisation of the program to the client’s needs, hence being another form of a physiotherapy treatment modality.
Equipment that may be used during your session at Nitty’s garage includes a clinical reformer, a half trapeze, and a variety of floor equipment such as foam rollers, freeform discs, fit balls, bosu, theraband and MOTr (FR with straps).
Your first clinical pilates assessment is usually a one hour assessment and commencement of supervised exercises on the pilates equipment.
After a few 1:1 sessions, you may progress to a session with one or two other people, while still always working at your own pace and to your own needs, with close supervision by Nitty at all times.
All treatment modalities are based on scientific evidence-based practice. Nitty regularly attends continuing education courses and maintains communication with many GPs and specialists. While you don’t have to have a referral to attend physio, Nitty accepts referrals from all doctors and healthcare providers.
Treatment modalities with Nitty may include:
Manual Therapy - hands on techniques drawn on the principles from Mullligans, Maitland and Mckenzie treatment methods. Soft and deep tissue massage, joint mobilisations, neuromuscular facilitation, mobilisation with movement, manual traction, neural mobilising.
Ultrasound - a form of electrotherapy which is effective in the reduction of inflammation and acute pain.
Dry needling - drawing on the methods of acupuncture, and using acupuncture needles, dry needling is an effective technique for the treatment of myofascial trigger points, pain, muscular tightness and cramping.
Exercise therapy - specific strengthening or mobilising exercises both with and without the use of weights and equipment.
Rehabilitation takes a hollistic approach to getting a person functioning at their optimum after such an event. Rehab often includes a combination of exercise therapy, manual therapy, a home exercise and management plan.
Prior to working in private practice, Nitty worked and gained many skills specifically in the area of rehabilitation specialising in neurological and orthopaedic rehab at numerous institutions in Melbourne and the UK.
These hospitals include Hampton Rehab Hospital, Kingston Centre, Hopetoun Rehab and Elsternwick Rehab hospitals.
Nitty draws on her experience to take a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach to your rehab journey, in her clinic or in your home.