Pilates equipment at MOSIC

No two things are alike, even if they may look the same…and Pilates equipment is no exception. Melbourne Osteopathy Sports Injury Centre utilises a wide range of premium Pilates equipment from reputable brands to provide our clients with a great experience that goes beyond what many average studios can offer.

We use equipment from Balanced Body, Pilates Equip and Peak Pilates at our studios. Our Collins Street studio even has a ‘classical’ reformer from Brooklyn, New York!

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Treating bursitis

Bursitis is the inflammation of the small sacs of synovial fluid that help muscles and tendons slide easily across bone. It can occur in various parts of the body, most commonly the shoulder, knee & hip.

Did you know that Osteopaths are trained to treat all kinds of mechanical issues that cause bursitis? Combined with Pilates and/or other exercise classes, Osteopathy offers a great longer term solution to the underlying biomechanical issues. Rather than simply treating the symptoms with steroid injections, a targeted approach like this can have a much longer-lasting effect.

You can find out more about bursitis here.


Dr Jeff Harris is an experienced Osteopath with a keen interest in lower limb injuries and gait analysis. If you would like to speak to Jeff or one of our other practitioners about bursitis or any other issue, please feel free to ask a questioncontact us or email us at:

info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au

Pilates at home

One of the best aspects of the Pilates method is its portability. You don’t even have to be doing a Pilates workout to move in a ‘Pilates way’. Although the best results are generally gained from working in a studio under the watchful eye of a trained and experienced teacher, home-based workouts are a wonderful adjunct to studio sessions. They help reiterate the subject matter learnt in class and, if done regularly, provide the perfect combination of movements to iron out many of the kinks that modern living creates.

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Pilates for beginners

For a new Pilates student, there is a lot to learn in the first 20 sessions. Setting up strong foundations is incredibly important to help advance along the Pilates journey.

There are six key principles that make up the foundations of the Pilates method. Their application is what makes Pilates such a unique and effective modality. It is vitally important that these are taught well for all new students:

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Pilates for lower back pain

Lower back pain has become so common these days, that often it is not even diagnosed. The primary cause is poor standing – but more commonly sitting – posture. Prolonged periods spent seated in front of a computer, as well as slouching forward, have become normal. It is also very common to have a dominant side of the body – a side that we naturally use more than the other. This can lead to a strength or tension imbalance between the left or right sides, another big cause of lower back pain.

Pilates may help to correct these sorts of problems.

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Dry needling for headaches

Many factors in our day-to-day lives cause tension in the body. Whether it’s poor posture from slouching, carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder or sitting for long periods in a car or at an incorrectly set-up desk.

Headaches can often result from this tension, due to the tightness of muscles in the shoulders, neck and base of your skull. Within tight muscles, we find knots, often referred to as trigger points. Trigger points are ball-like areas of tightness found within tight muscles that can refer pain into your head, causing what we then experience as a headache.

Dry needling is a fantastic technique that may help reduce headache pain and also improve range of movement inhibited by tight muscles.

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Free community event: Understanding your pain

Join MOSIC Pilates Instructor  Hannah Donaldson and the MOSIC team for an evening of education about pain. Understanding your pain will help improve your perception of pain – its importance as well as the reasons our brain sends us pain signals.

This event is open to the entire community including all MOSIC clients, friends and family. If you know of somebody who might find this useful, then please feel free to invite them along.

In addition to education, this event will also involve workshopping some useful techniques to further your understanding of pain.

Cost: Free

When: Tuesday 22 August @ 7pm

Where: MOSIC Collins Street – 546 Collins St Melbourne

While this a free event, places are strictly limited. To book your place, please email us at:

info@melbourneosteopathycentre.com.au

Please provide the name and email address of all attendees so we can send out a reminder leading up to the event.

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Pilates versus Yoga

Although completely different in intent, there are many cross-overs and benefits between Pilates and Yoga. Each lifestyle (or method) has proponents eager to tell you why their method is better than the other.

However, as with many things, deciding which will provide the most benefit is a complex combination of factors including: the particular body and personality in question; the various barriers to practice; and what the subject currently needs to help them get better, stronger, pain-free or simply find an improved sense of well-being.

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