Pregnancy & Exercise

Why Clinical Pilates & Group Physiotherapy classes are among the best forms of exercise to do during pregnancy. The current recommendation for exercise during pregnancy according to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), is to aim for a total of at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on most, …

Pilates After Back Surgery

GUEST BLOGGER: Marty Smith. As a student about to sit exams in my final semester of university in 2007, I found myself in a serious physical predicament – debilitating sciatic pain. If you have experienced sciatica then you know exactly what kind of searing pain I’m talking about. The sensation is commonly described as “walking …

Strong Bones, Osteoporosis & Pilates

WHAT IS OSTEOPOROSIS? Osteoporosis is a condition where bones lose important minerals such as calcium quicker than they can be replaced by the body, resulting in a decrease in the thickness or density of bones. This can lead to them becoming fragile and brittle, and at a higher risk of fractures than normal bone. Often called …

Are Your “Lazy Glutes” Holding You Back?

Due to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles and length of time spent sitting, many of us have forgotten how to use our Gluteus (Glute) or buttocks muscles. Add to this poor postural habits and the result is weakness and disuse of some of the most important muscles in our bodies. What specifically are your Glutes? Why …

Are you Ski Fit?

The ski season is finally upon us! How well prepared are you to get the most out of your holiday on the slopes? Muscle fatigue & lack of strength and flexibility can lead to poor skiing technique, especially towards the end of the day. This can result in a significantly greater injury risk along with …

Pregnancy and Pilates

As discussed in the last blog (http://fixandflex.com.au/pregnancy-and-the-pelvic-floor/), pregnancy & labour can place a large amount of strain on your Pelvic Floor muscles, which can cause weakness and lead to problems such as incontinence &/or an increased risk of prolapse. Like any muscle, the pelvic floor muscles often do not return back to their full strength …

Pregnancy and the Pelvic Floor

What is the Pelvic Floor? The Pelvic Floor is a group of muscles & ligaments that support the bladder, uterus and bowel, wrapping under like a supportive hammock from your pubic bone to your tail bone and base of the pelvis.  The pelvic floor muscles help you to control bladder & bowel function, such as …

The Core, Back Pain & Pilates

You may have heard the word “core” used by a trainer at the gym, your physiotherapist after you’ve had a back injury, in an antenatal class or in a magazine claiming to have the latest miracle “core blaster” exercise. But what exactly is your core? Let’s look at the basic definition of “core”: within seeded …

Don’t Just Sit There…

Many of us spend as much as 80% of our working day sedentary, and according to research, more than half of the average person’s waking hours are spent sitting, whether it is working at a computer, commuting, or watching television. As part of an Australian Diabetes, Obesity, and Lifestyle Study published in the European Heart …