Life is best lived strong. The risk of injury is lower, recovery from injury is often maximized and people just generally feel good when they are stronger. It is this philosophy, and piles of scientific evidence backing up this simple fact, which saw Group Physiotherapy classes running at OHL since day one! Yet, have you ever wondered why we call the room a Strength Lab and not a gym? Or a clinical pilates studio? Or rehab room?
Clinical Pilates is a method of strengthening loved by the educated medical world and it has such amazing success in rehabilitating a patient’s strength safely. Clinical Pilates equipment, like reformers and trapeze tables, are versatile for practitioners to use and fun for patients to exercise on. OHL boosts a talented physiotherapy team to teach our Clinical Pilates program and you can be transitioned into this program after an individualized an assessment and goal-setting session.
We challenge the stigma of Clinical Pilates being a feminine method of strengthening, and we promise any men considering joining that our program that it is fun, it is a hard workout and it has fairly equal gender participation statistics. Men do really do Pilates! Clever men keep strong safely and they don’t lose time being injured!
Our program also boasts an inclusive family-friendly feel with certain classes being open to parents and grandparents bringing their little loved ones along. While the kids quietly play on the mat, their parents get the opportunity to work out safely with our physiotherapy and exercise team. No excuses for accessibility if you want to keep strong here at OHL.
Although there is plentiful evidence for Clinical Pilates, today’s evidence-based sports and rehabilitate medicine continues to teach and remind us about the importance of functional movement training. Squatting, lunging, lifting, jumping, hopping and deadlifting are all integral movements for day-to-day life, and often need to be practiced when returning from injury. For example, squatting with a barbell is not a risky movement when taught and performed well. Squatting is an awesome exercise for optimizing the slings of muscle wrapping around our body, just like deadlifts, thoracic rotation work and pull ups, and so they are incorporated into our programming.
Keeping the functionality factor in mind, OHL created a ‘Strength Lab’ incorporating both Clinical Pilates and functional resistance training equipment in one room. This on-site room houses reformers, leg press, non-motorised treadmill, squat racks, spin bikes, trapeze table, free weights, TRX, leg bench, agility ladders, plyometric toys and even more equipment for our physiotherapy expert to use our classes. Can you imagine the variety of classes that will run in this room!? Our physiotherapy team are always open to new clients joining our Group Physio class schedule by booking with a Group Physio class assessment. We also highly recommend current clients engage in a Group Physio reassessment every 6months to ensure we are truly individualising to each client’s needs, goals and likes!
If you want to know more, or simply want to check out our expansive Group Physio timetable, please check out our website (where you can also book online) or you can contact our reception team to book your initial assessment on 9431 5955.
It's no secret that flu season is well and truly here - and with three years of protecting ourselves from COVID, our immune systems are a little out of practice when it comes to fighting off the cold and flu. On top of that, many of us have come across COVID by now, with some still feeling its effects months after an initial diagnosis.
After COVID or the flu, it pays to remember the old adage - slow and steady wins the race. Returning to activities at a gradual pace before building back into daily routines is paramount - and what you can do will be dependent on any lingering symptoms.
Here are some tips and tricks for how to keep moving after a bout of illness that might have you performing below your peak -
Did you know that what you leave out of your diet is often as important as what you include?
A great example of this is dietary fat. While there can be an overwhelming amount of ‘low fat’ and ‘no fat’ products on supermarket shelves, they aren’t always the best options for a healthy diet.
Dietary fat is an important part of a healthy diet, and is particularly important for our eyes, skin and brain. Cutting fat out of our diet completely also deprives our system of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K.
Back in late 2016, on the way to a family birthday, siblings Lauren McLinden and Andrew Campbell devised their concept for OHL- a hub for healthcare experts, where clients could connect with the ideal person to get the right diagnosis and optimal management plan for their concerns. They were excited to see how they could work to maximise the health of the local community they grew up in.
Today, they are so proud to be delivering this initial vision, and more!