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Is there parking available?
Yes we have plenty of onsite parking accessible from Darook Street.
Are there stairs?
Reception is on the ground floor which is accessible from the carpark. We have Clinical Pilates studios upstairs which are accessible via the stairs or the disabled access ramp.
Do I need a doctors referral?
You do not require a doctors referral to see a physiotherapist or myotherapist but bring any information you do have like X-rays and scans to your appointment.
Do you have HICAPS?
We have HICAPS which allows you to claim your rebate directly from your health insurer and you only pay the gap fee.
Do you accept WorkSafe, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plans or Transport Accident Commission (TAC) patients?
We accept all of these patient types but we require additional information to process these.
- DVA – You require a current doctors referral to attend.
- EPC – You require a current EPC plan from your GP prior to the date of consultation. You are required to pay your account on the day of consultation and we can process your EPC claim with Medicare. Medicare usually process the claim overnight and the rebate is in your account the next day, there is a small out of pocket expense.
- TAC – We require a letter from TAC that your claim has been accepted. Some of our physiotherapists charge a gap fee.
- WorkSafe – We require a letter from your employers insurer that your claim has been accepted. Some of our physiotherapists charge a gap fee.
Do you have after hours appointments?
Our usual hours of operation are on our contact page.
What is Pilates?
- Pilates is a method of body conditioning developed early last century by Joseph Pilates.
- It incorporates a large range of exercises that focus on improving the co-ordination and strength of the core stabilising muscles (the deep abdominal and back muscles).
- It allows the body to move more efficiently and emphasises spinal awareness & control.
- Pilates is safe and beneficial for everyone and can be adapted to suit all levels and needs.
- Pilates is the perfect way to prevent your body from becoming injured!
What is Clinical Pilates?
- Clinical Pilates is taught by experienced clinicians who have undergone extensive post graduate Clinical Pilates training.
- The Clinicians have up to date knowledge of scientific research regarding core stability and exercise rehabilitation.
- They combine their physiotherapy knowledge of injuries and biomechanics with that of Pilates to rehabilitate injured people safely and effectively.
What is the difference between Pilates & Clinical Pilates?
- Clinical Pilates at Bellbird Sports & Spinal is run by experienced physiotherapists who have completed post graduate training in Clinical Pilates.
- This allows our physiotherapists to manage a large range of clients with significant injuries through to elite sports people looking for a competitive edge.
- Physiotherapy and in turn Clinical Pilates run by physiotherapists is regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
- Traditional Pilates is generally run by people trained in the fitness industry who have limited injury, pathology or medical training. The general Pilates community is unregulated so instructors have a variable understanding of the complex nature of the human body’s anatomy and how it interacts with exercises, pathology and performance.
Who can do Clinical Pilates?
- Sports people.
- People with injuries, especially lower back, pelvic / hip pain and neck injuries.
- Pre and Post natal women.
- It is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
- Increases muscle strength, tone and flexibility.
- Improves posture, physique and wellbeing.
- Develops optimal core control.
- Reduces physical, mental and emotional stress.
- Excellent as an injury management and rehabilitation tool.
- Assists in injury prevention by addressing the underlying causes.
Are the Clinical Pilates sessions run by Physiotherapists?
Yes – all our Pilates sessions are run by Physiotherapists.
Is Clinical Pilates claimable through private health insurance?
Clinical Pilates is run by qualified physiotherapists and should be claimable under private health insurance extras cover. Different insurance companies have different requirements regarding payment of classes run by physiotherapists, you should contact your health fund to find out your eligibility and rebate.
Do I need a one to one assessment before I join a Clinical Pilates class?
This depends on your current and past medical history. Everyone is required to complete our Clinical Pilates Enrolment form found on the Forms & Resources page.
All clients with a current injury are required to do a one on one assessment prior to commencing. Depending on your past injury history you may be required to also have one.
If you are unsure it is always safer and valuable to have the assessment prior to commencing.
Why do you medically screen all our Clinical Pilates clients?
- We screen all our clients so we can offer you the best possible service and outcomes.
- A lot of injuries and medical conditions require special consideration when performing Pilates.
- Our physiotherapists are trained to identify and mange these conditions but the first step in doing this is to understand more about you.
- In certain circumstance we require an in rooms assessment to properly assess you. Occasionally group classes are not appropriate and this can be identified by the medically screening or an in rooms assessment. These clients are usually better suited to one-on-one Clinical Pilates Sessions.
Can I join a Clinical Pilates class once the term has started?
Yes – Assuming there is availability in the classes. You still need to fill out the Clinical Pilates Enrolment form and submit it via email, fax or post.
How many people do you have in a Clinical Pilates session / class?
At Bellbird Sports & Spinal:
- A Clinical Pilates Small Studio Session has a maximum of 4 people per session all doing individual programs.
- A Clinical Pilates Circuit Class has a maximum of 10 people per class.
How long do the Clinical Pilates sessions / classes run for?
Both our Small Studio Sessions and Circuit Classes run for 45 minutes.
Can I book Clinical Pilates classes online?
Yes – but only once you have completed our Clinical Pilates Enrolment form. Once your medical history has been screened you will be contacted by one of our physiotherapists.
Do you run ‘beginners’ Clinical Pilates sessions / classes?
No – We offer one on one Clinical Pilates Sessions which is a great way to teach people the basics of Pilates. From these sessions clients progress to either our Clinical Pilates Small Studio Sessions or Circuit Classes. Once a client has the basics it is easy for our experienced physiotherapists to easily manage having ‘beginners’ through to ‘advanced’ clients in the same session / class.
Do you have physiotherapists who expertise in treating different injuries?
All of our physiotherapists undergo regular continuing professional development and use the latest evidence based research when assessing, diagnosing and treating.
For a list of our physiotherapists and their special interests have a look at the practitioner profiles.
Should I bring X-rays and Scans to my appointment?
Yes, bring all relevant reports, images and letters to your appointment.
General hydrotherapy information
- Report to reception before entering the pool area.
- For hygiene reasons you should keep the soles of your feet covered in the area around the pool and in the shower area. Clean sandals or thongs are appropriate for this.
- Have a quick rinse using the showers provided before entering the pool.
- Wait until your physiotherapist is present before entering the pool.
- Enter the pool via the stairs.
- Do not jump or dive into the pool or run in the pool area.
- Do not use the pool if you have an open wound or skin irritation. Speak to your physiotherapist, it may be possible to seal an open wound for the pool.
- Bookings are essential for hydrotherapy as class places are limited. Cancellation is required for non attendance.
What do I need to bring to hydrotherapy?
- Please bring your own bathers, towel and toiletries.
- Please wear thongs or similar footwear around pool / showers for hygiene reasons
- You are more vulnerable to becoming dehydrated in a pool than when on land. It is therefore advisable to drink water prior to and following the class. You may choose to bring your own water bottle or use the water cooler provided.
- If you are taking any medication for a heart condition or asthma, please bring it to the pool side with you.
What if I feel unwell?
- Please do not attend hydrotherapy if you have had diarrhoea in the last 2 weeks.
- Please inform your physiotherapist if you are feeling unwell.
- Make sure you have any urgent medication by the pool deck – ie asthma puffers or heart medication.
- Class places are limited so please call to cancel your booking to allow others access to the pool.
Does private health insurance cover Myotherapy treatment?
Yes, most private health funds will provide rebates on Myotherapy. How much and how often you can claim depends on the health fund you are with and what type of membership you have with them. For a full listing of health funds that cover Myotherapy services view www.myotherapy.org.au or contact your relevant health fund.
Do you do dry needling?
Yes, dry needling is a component of study within the Myotherapy qualification. Bellbird Myotherapists have theoretical and practical experience to deliver dry needling as appropriate.
What conditions can benefit from Myotherapy treatment?
Myotherapists treat nearly all muscles of the body. Conditions that may benefit from Myotherapy include (but are not limited to) back pain, headache, sciatica, tennis/golfers elbow, hip pain, frozen shoulder, shin splints and general tension.
Do I need to be in pain to make an appointment?
No, Myotherapists are trained to assess for muscular imbalances which often occur before the onset of pain. If you are noticing stiffness or restricted movement in any area, early Myotherapy intervention can be a good method of avoiding pain.
How does Myotherapy differ from massage?
Myotherapy practice evolved using massage techniques so there are some similarities, but Myotherapy also applies clinical reasoning to determine a more specific approach for treating pain and/or dysfunction rather than applying a general massage for relaxation purposes.
How long does a Myotherapy session go for?
Initial appointments are 45 minutes to allow for thorough history taking. Subsequent appointments are 30 minutes duration.