Pilates room aids recovery
A new facility boasting advanced Pilates rehabilitative equipment — the first of its kind in the Pilbara — opened in Karratha last week.
Pilbara Physiotherapy principal physiotherapist David Rigby said the space,the Pilbara’s first group clinical pilates room, had been a long-term project for the company.
“The rehab room is based around clinical Pilates on machines that allow for all levels of resistance exercises with minimal impact,” he said.
“Our clinic consists of five clinical reformers, one trapeze table, two Wunda chairs, spine correctors, foam rollers, wobble boards and other additional rehabilitation equipment.”
Mr Rigby said it would allow physiotherapists to help clients throughout the rehabilitation process as well as provide more general fitness opportunities for residents. “We have a lot of significant injuries after surgery . . . and we just don’t have the chance to follow it through,” he said.
“We give them a program, we do a couple of one-on-ones but really they’re on their own.
“So for us, it’s the ability for us to be there, all the time, and make sure they’re doing the right thing.”
Also at the launch was Jaiden Taylor, 7, who has cerebral palsy and has started using the clinical Pilates equipment.
Mother Caroline Taylor said it had already made a difference.
“It’s been six sessions so far and the difference has been amazing,” she said. “The Pilbara needs places that can help people with rehabilitation.”
Jaiden Taylor, 7, centre, in the new Pilbara Physiotherapy rehab room with staff Jacob Hill, Ellen Cowcill, Wendy Drew, David Rigby and Hayley Edwards.