Did you know that being in pain is NOT a normal part of getting older?
While it is true that many people report more aches and pains as they grow older, the aging process itself isn’t the cause of the aches and pains.
Sure, as you get older your bones and muscles aren’t as strong as they used to be. The body gets better at breaking down your muscles and bone, a process called sarcopenia (muscle breakdown) and osteoporosis (bone breakdown).
But the other factor that causes more pain is a reduction in physical activity, especially weight-bearing strength exercises.
The world health organisation recommends all adults and children, including older adults, participate in strength exercises for the arms and legs twice a week. But most older adults aren’t doing any strength exercises and are getting weaker, having poorer balance and experiencing more pain. This is where we can help you.
Miami Physiotherapy has a dedicated rehabilitation gym area in our purpose-built facility. We have a selection of specific gym and weights equipment to allow you to complete your personally designed and health targeted exercise program individually or within our small group gym class.
We also have a range of Pilates studio equipment that can be utilised to gain maximum health benefits as part of your program. In addition, we use our group exercise area for small group physio rehab classes, pilates classes and Tai Chi Classes.
To access our gym and pilates equipment you will first require an appointment in our clinic so that we can assess and diagnose your health issue so that your gym-based exercise program can be tailored to your individual needs.
We will provide you with a written program, and teach you the correct technique with the gym machines and weights. A gym program can be aimed at improving the strength or endurance of a specific region, (such as your shoulder after an injury or surgery), or may be a generalised program for health improvement (for example weight-loss, diabetes management, return to work programs) or prevention of health conditions (such as weight maintenance, prevention of osteoporosis, prevention of re-injury).
If you feel confident with your program after the initial set-up, you may continue independently, but we are happy to attend the gym with you as many times as you require to supervise and progress your program. Alternatively, you can join one of our small group gym classes to complete your program under the supervision of a physiotherapist. We expect you to complete your gym-based exercise program at least twice per week, as guided by your physiotherapist for the best possible outcome and expect results in as little as 12 weeks.
Our small group gym classes are lead by a physiotherapist and are designed to work on strength, balance, and function. Within these classes the physiotherapist will teach you gym exercises specific to your needs and ensure that you perform these exercises to your best, minimising your chance of injury and maximising the positive impact of your gym time on your health. These classes are suitable to people of all fitness levels. You may require an individualised assessment if have not recently seen one of our physios and if you would like to claim on your private health insurance.
We also have a timetable of reformer classes lead by our experienced pilates instructor/personal trainer or physiotherapist. These classes have a maximum of 3 people enabling close supervision and correction of your exercises and technique. This really increases the effectiveness of your training making sure you get the most out of your exercise session. You will need an individual assessment to get started to assess your current health and fitness, determine your goals and to teach you the basics to ensure you are using your muscles correctly. We have packages available. For more information on whether these exercise programs may benefit you, for class timetables and prices please contact us.