What is the MD Health Clinical Exercise and Pilates program?
Want to feel the confidence of a strong body, free of injury?
It’s not the exercise program that’s important, but what you really want out of the program. Clinical Exercise and Pilates, Tailored Strength and Fitness or hands-on treatment are all just tools to achieve your goals. Your goal might be to run a half marathon in 6 months. Or it might be able to travel to Europe for a family trip. Even as simple as being able to sit at your desk for 30 minutes and type without pain.
Your goals are absolutely individual and the way an exercise and treatment program should be structure is entirely dependent on you. When we design a program, we take into account:
- Your goals
- The findings of the assessment process
- Which looks at any injuries
- Your strengths and weaknesses
- The time frames in which you want to achieve your goals.
The skill is prioritizing these three aspects of your program to achieve a step by step outcome.
The Full Body Assessment
Our Full Body Assessment System aims to look at all the major body parts and determine:
- The injuries present
- Causes of these injuries
- Strengths and weaknesses that will need to be addressed in order to achieve your goals.
One area of the body rarely works alone and is impacted by the areas around them.
For example, a back injury usually switches off the muscles around the back as a normal protective mechanism. As a result, the load on the hips changes and they become a secondary area of irritation, that also needs to be addressed.
Finally, most people are not strong enough for what they expect their bodies to do. Addressing the balance between the strength of the stabilizing muscle groups of the body and the power muscles is a very important part of getting a great, long term outcome.
Clinical Exercise and Pilates and Hands-On Treatment
It’s usually not EITHER hands-on treatment to settle an injury OR exercise, but BOTH. For the most effective outcomes, strengthening the important parts of the body is the beginning. Hands-on treatments such as massage, joint mobilizations and stretches are a compliment to strengthening to prevent injury and achieve results.
The role of exercise, in particular Clinical Exercise and Pilates is to strengthen the stabilizing muscle groups that support the major joints of the body. For example, the multifidus muscle in the lower back, controls the degree of “glide” of one segment on the other and reduce the risk of injury to the lower back. Poor core stability does not “cause” lower back pain, but makes pain sensitive structures like the discs in the lower back more vulnerable to injury.
The role of hands-on treatment is to address the aspects that can’t be addressed with exercise alone. To help breakdown scar tissue so that the movement of the joint is as normal as possible.
Finally, it is not the Clinical Pilates exercises that solve these issues, but the choice of exercises that are tailored to the individual that makes it work. Clinical Pilates is a tool to achieve an outcome The selection of specific exercises and treatments, for the individual, that makes a difference.
Tailored Strength and Fitness
Clinical Exercise and Pilates is great to build up general strength and control, but has a limit. For higher level goals, such as running a half marathon, it is not enough. We need to introduce further levels of training such as classic strength and conditioning such as lifting (deadlifts, squats etc) to really achieve your goals.
In addition, if we really want to make a dent in osteoporosis, this loaded lifting is an essential part of a long term program.
It doesn’t mean we stop hands-on treatment or clinical exercise and pilates if needed, but the progression to tailored strength and fitness may be the next step to achieving these higher goals
Why do we recommend a minimum of 13 weeks, twice a week?
These are not random time and volume numbers, but very specific based on science and Musculo-skeletal medicine, understanding the way your body grows and changes with exercise.
There are 3 main reasons why these timeframes are so important:
- Changes in muscle tone and strength take 13 weeks to peak.
- We recommend Clinical Exercise & Pilates sessions twice a week as the minimum requirement for your body to adapt to a new exercise load.
- You need time to make a new habit. Allowing yourselves 13 weeks to get into a new healthy routine will be so worth it when you can feel the difference!
Don’t worry this is not a lock in contract but a suggested program to help you achieve the best results.
MD Health’s 13 week program
Getting started with MD Health is easy.
Just follow these steps and be on your way to feel the benefits!
1. Book an Assessment
Our Physiotherapists and Accredited Exercise Physiologists will talk to you about your short-term and long-term goals and write you a specialised treatment plan.
2. We'll write you up a treatment plan
Following your assessment our Physiotherapist or Accredited Exercise Physiologist will write you up a detailed and personalised treatment plan.
3. Clinical Exercise & Pilates twice a week
After your asessment we recommend coming in to complete Clinical Exercise & Pilates twice a week to get the most of our your program and see the best results.
4. Complete the 13 week program
Once you’ve completed your 13 Week Program at MD Health we;’ll conduct a 30 minute re-assessment to check in and see how you’re progressing towards achieving your goals. You’ll then automatically join our MD Health Club and receive the benefits of discounted Gold Membership Pricing and free sessions!
Take the first step to a healthier you!
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Alternatively please call us on
- 03 9857 0644 (Kew East),
- 03 9842 6696 (Templestowe),
- 03 8683 9442 (Carlton North)
- 07 3505 1494 (Paddington QLD)
*Please note only the Full Body Assessment is a FREE service. The Full Body Assessment is for new clients at MD Health or returning clients who haven't been in for 6 months or longer who intend to particpiate in our 13 Week Clinical Pilates Program**.
For all new clients who wish to come in for a one-off, casual or adhoc basis for Physiotherapy or Exercise Physiology the Initial Physiotherapy or Initial Exercise Physiology appointment is a paid service.
** The 13 Week Clinical Pilates Program at MD Health is not a lock in contract and you are not required to attend for the full 13 weeks if you do not wish.