Pi­lates room aids re­cov­ery

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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.”

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Jaiden Tay­lor, 7, cen­tre, in the new Pil­bara Phys­io­ther­apy re­hab room with staff Ja­cob Hill, Ellen Cow­cill, Wendy Drew, David Rigby and Hay­ley Ed­wards.

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