Pilates vs Functional Movement Therapy (FMT)
Have you received a notice from your Health Insurance provider about future funding/rebates on Pilates?
Confused about our exercise sessions that are Pilates informed? Why the changes?
Pilates simply refers to an extensive repertoire of exercises developed under the ‘Pilates Method’ by Josef Pilates back in the mid 1900’s. He developed the repertoire primarily to help rehabilitate injured Ballet dancers and athletes.
Its popularity has grown over the last few decades with Australian Physiotherapists adopting the repertoire and applying, along with many other exercises to assist todays patients improve their pain and physical function.
The Health Insurance Commission, a Federal Government body has stepped in and are now regulating Private Health Insurance (PHI) companies. They have ruled that PHI can no longer pay rebates on some therapies that they have assessed as being non-evidence based.
THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO EXERCISE REHABILITATION SESSIONS CONDUCTED UNDER PHYSIOTHERAPY CODES AND STANDARDS. THERE IS HIGH LEVEL EVIDENCE EXERCISE REDUCES DISABILITY AND COSTS FOR PERSISTENT MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS.
PILATES INFORMED PHYSIOTHERAPY WILL STILL ATTRACT REBATES FROM PRIVATE HEALTH INSURERS.
At Central Bassendean Physiotherapy Pilates is incorporated in exercise rehabilitation as part of Physiotherapy management. Each patient is individually assessed prior to commencing. During the assessment the Physiotherapist will work with you to establish goals and determine likely causes and contributing factors to your problems.
Our physiotherapists are trained to identify and target postures and movement patterns that maybe contributing to your pain and dysfunction. Your program will then be individualized to help you achieve your goals, improving and optimising your movement patterns.
What is the difference between Pilates at my local gym/studio and Pilates informed Physiotherapy?
Our Physiotherapists have undergone extensive extra training on top of their university degrees to be able to manage your problems appropriately. Pilates instructors outside of Physiotherapy will have varying levels of training and as there is no regulatory body, there is no limitation on who can call themselves a Pilates instructor. Your gym instructor may have done a
reputable course or only a brief weekend one!
To be able to claim you must:
Have completed an individualized assessment with a Physiotherapist
Have a program of exercise based interventions that are specific to your needs and goals
Your Physiotherapist must document your progress as Clinical notes What does this mean for existing clients?
Check you receipts do not say PILATES
Refer to your treatment as Physiotherapy Exercise
In the unlikely event that you have issues with your PHI, please let us know.
How do I start FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT THERAPY (incorporating Pilates) at Central Bassendean Physiotherapy?
Simply call 92797411 to book your initial assessment with a Physiotherapist. This assessment will depend on your presentation.
The initial assessment may take anywhere from 30 min to 40 min and occasionally your physiotherapist may need to do it over two sessions. This will depend on how complex your problems are.
Once your initial assessment/s has been completed you can book into our FMT sessions. We have a huge variety of times available for FMT sessions, meaning there are no excuses to not get started!
If you are still not sure, call and speak to our helpful staff. They can answer your questions!
Senior Physiotherapist | Senior Pilates Instructor | Owner
South Australian Institute Technology 1987
Sarah has always had a keen interest in working with Sporting Clubs and spent many years at ‘grass roots’ level working with Football, Rugby League and Rugby Union Clubs. She continues to work closely with Athletes and musculo-skeletal injuries, now in the rehabilitative setting. Read more