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Unlocking the key to living well

Wednesday, 13th March, 2019 4:36pm

Health, wellbeing and our body's capabilities are part of an everyday discussion that is becoming more and more prevalent throughout the world.

Part of that wellbeing is ensuring that your body is in its best state by exercising properly and by overcoming and prevent injury or deterioration to the best of our capabilities.

Patient-centered care and optimising your quality of life and your potential to live well are the principles by which Pilates Physiotherapy Cork is centered around.

The clinic is owned and run by chartered physiotherapist Jo Chapple, where she and her team specialise in back and neck pain, joint and muscle pain, sports injuries, osteopenia and osteoporosis, arthritis, age-related physical concerns, pelvic health and pre and post natal related pain and dysfunction.

Along with clinic-based practice, Pilates Physiotherapy Cork sets itself apart thanks to its weekly rota of classes which serve to bridge the gap between physio treatment and returning to full exercise.

The impressive and modern facilities at the clinic include a number of treatment rooms as well as the spacious area where classes take place – the warm and friendly atmosphere at the top-class clinic makes it easy to understand why the team has a such a steady stream of satisfied patients.

Speaking about the clinic to the Cork Independent, Jo says: “It was really important that any place I work in is about a few basic values. And that is evidence-based and delivering the best patient care, that sets the standard in the type of work that you do. Wherever I worked, I wanted it to be about empowering people, sharing knowledge, giving them the correct up-to-date messages and information, and having the space then to encourage exercise, activity and performance and be hands-on then when it's needed.”

What's particularly impressive about the team, is that the chartered physiotherapists each have an area of interest, while Jo is particularly knowledgeable on musculoskeletal issues, another member of the team, Sinead Curran, is an expert in healthy ageing, for example.

The clinic has a focus on health, but in the wider sense. It's not just about getting rid of a pain that a patient presents with, but helping people to be healthy and reach their full potential and not letting that be a barrier to achieving being their best selves. That's where the classes at the clinic really come in to play.

Speaking about the classes, Sinead says: “One of the main aims of the classes here is to be that bridge; if confidence still isn't great, then we can show clients in the classes that their bodies are not going to break if they exercise. Follow a few simple rules, we can help them with prescriptions for exercises, we can be very specific or we can be quite general and classes are quite small so we can pay attention to patients' issues.”

Although the name may suggest it, Pilates Physiotherapy Cork does not just cater in pilates classes. “Our pilates is physio-led and evidence based,” says Jo, “but beyond that we've got strength and conditioning classes going on, we've got healthy ageing sessions, bone health classes, we've got individual gym sessions also. We have people who come in and who love the gym, spinning, crossfit, whatever it may be, and it's about enabling the patient to going back to that exercise that they love, that's patient-centered care.

“If someone is interested in exercise and activity, we have a responsibility to keep them active but help them to do it in a safe way. One of the biggest issues for me is that there's way too many ideas that you have to go to someone to get fixed, we give a patient as many tools as we possibly can and as much information as we can and we empower them, get them confident again and build up their strength and not let fear of the pain stop them from doing the thing that a) they love doing and b) that they probably need to be doing to stay healthy.”

The majority of the patients that approach the clinic will have a back story, and from there the physiotherapist will asses the patient, identify the problem and come up with a game plan.

The classes are simply a stepping stone to getting back in to the real world. Such is their passion for ensuring that people are being given the right information about certain subjects, Jo and Sinead are running two information sessions in their clinic at Unit 3 in the South Ring Business Park on the Kinsale Road.

The first is on 21 March when Sinead will give a talk on osteopoenia and osteoporosis and the importance of bone health at 10am which will be followed at 11.15am by Jo's talk on pelvic health where she will discuss both men and women's need to understand how pelvic health can directly impact our overall health.

Then on 30 March, Jo will talk about pregnancy, exercise and pelvic health at 10am and Sinead will follow at 11.15am with a talk on exercise for those over 50 and what happens to our bodies as they age.

“Whether your goal is to participate in a marathon or your goal is to pick your grandchild off the floor – we get all kinds of patients here - but both of those people need strength, fitness, and support, but they still need full assessments and the correct information from us so that they can achieve their goal. That's exactly what we're trying to do here,” concludes Jo.

Each talk costs €20, two cost €35, you can buy a package of three for €50 or all four for €65.

Places are limited so call 021-42352504 or 086-7261212 to book your place or email info@pilatesphysiocork.ie.

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