Prenatal Pilates Classes

Prenatal Pilates classes

Sports Focus Physiotherapy has small group prenatal Pilates classes commencing at Northbridge, for women 12-38 weeks pregnant.

Our Women’s Health Physiotherapist will progress you through stretches and strength exercises specifically designed for pregnancy – using mat, gym ball and small apparatus.

 Learn specific exercises and stretches to guide you through labour
 Get in touch with your Pelvic Floor
 Maintain your ‘core’ control and improve your health as your
body shape changes
 Develop awareness, understanding and knowledge of your body and … POWER through your pregnancy!

The class is held on Tuesday evenings, 7-8pm $30.00 per class or pre-pay your program and save – just $125.00 for 5 weeks!

To join the class or for more information come in and see us or call Northbridge Physiotherapy on 9958 8986.

Is Prenatal Pilates for me?

Prenatal Pilates informed exercise prescription does not build bulk but strengthens weak muscles and stretches tight ones. It is suitable for people of all ages – everyone can achieve wellness. This is done by carrying out safe and gentle, though demanding exercises. The whole process is challenging and stimulating with each graduated exercise becoming more powerful. Pilates informed exercise sessions are an excellent preventative technique that will strengthen your body against injury.

Whether you need to:

  • strengthen and balance the body after injury
  • relieve chronic pain
  • enhance performance
  • prevent sports injuries or
  • simply to improve posture.

We can tailor a program to your specific needs. Pilates informed exercise programs are adapted to an individual’s needs, level of fitness and personal goals.


Work related activity programs are designed specifically for the injured worker depending on their injury and the duties needed to be performed at work.

Our therapists provide education on injury management and prevention and provide the foundations to return to work through a range of exercise techniques.

Hydrotherapy, home exercise programs and gym programs are used to promote self-management and adherence for the injured worker.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy refers to the examination, treatment and management of problems in and around your pelvis. We focus on the function of the Pelvic floor muscles which lie within the body, but each woman is treated sympathetically for her ‘whole wellness’.

Areas of your health where we can help include:
• Pelvic floor muscle concerns
• Urinary incontinence
• Pelvic pain
• Dyspareunia (pain with intercourse)
• Endometriosis / Severe period pain
• Pre and post-natal care/exercise
• Diastasis Recti Abdominius (tummy muscle separation)
• Overactive bladder
• Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
• Return to exercise at all stages in your life

For more info visit Women’s health page

The temporomandibular consists of two joints between your cheek bone and jaw bone and it is the most commonly used joint in your body for eating, drinking, talking, and expressing emotions.

The most common symptoms include grinding, jaw clicking, and popping, restriction of the joint or deviation while opening, and inability to clench your jaw completely. Dysfunction of this joint can cause headaches, ear pain, dizziness, upper neck pain, and ear ringing (tinnitus).

Together with help from your Dentist, Physios can assess and treat for pain relief including; massage, dry needling, coordinated mobility exercises, and stretches.

Sports injuries can occur during any sporting activity or gym session. The most common sports injuries include sprains and strains/tears, which can be categorised as being an acute, chronic or an overuse injury.

Physiotherapy management of sports injuries usually involves manual therapy, a tailored exercise rehabilitation program, taping, and sometimes bracing – all with the aim to return to your pre-injury level of function.

Our physiotherapists are skilled in diagnosing and managing all varieties of sports injuries and working with you to help prevent further injury.

Spine-related pain is a very common occurrence, and research indicates that most of the population will be afflicted with back pain at some point during their lives.

This can involve the cervical spine (neck); thoracic spine (upper back); the lumbar spine (lower back), or the sacrum /coccyx (pelvis).
For most people, back pain can be managed quickly and easily with physiotherapy treatment.

Whether you have occupational neck pain from spending hours at a desk; or acute pain from a bending or lifting injury; we can help. The physios at Sports Focus are all trained to perform a biomechanical assessment of your spine; and to provide treatment for restoring normal function.

Shockwave therapy covers a wide range of acute and chronic conditions such as Achilles heel pain, Tennis elbow, Plantar fasciitis and Jumper’s knee.
Shockwave therapy utilises acoustic pressure waves to trigger a biological effect which promotes regeneration and healing of the tissue.

More importantly, the stimulus has an impact on your body’s pain sensors, effectively desensitising painful tissue.

Ask one of our friendly physio staff if you think you may have a condition that could be treated by shockwave therapy.

Visit Shockwave Physiotherapy for more info.

Our Senior services are one-on- one programs designed to improve senior wellbeing and independence.

After an assessment our Physios can recommend either an individual treatment program or one of our ‘classes’ that specialise in Senior’s health. These include;

  • Falls prevention
  • Strength and Mobility – cardiac & respiratory
  • Balance and Bones

Visit special programs for more info.

Real time Ultrasound uses a diagnostic ultrasound machine to build an image on the screen.

Different layers of muscles can be viewed to see how they contract, relax and work together.

This is very relevant for your “deep abdominal muscles “core” Transverse Abdominus.

It is common for these deeper muscles to not work correctly after any episode of Back or Pelvic pain.

Real Time Ultrasound
Make an appointment for 2 weeks after delivery with our experienced Women’s Health Physiotherapists.
At Sports Focus Physio we can examine and assess

• Breast problems from feeding – Mastitis
• Abdominal /scar examination – Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) assessment
• Pelvic Floor Muscle (PFM) assessment
• Prolapse assessment
• Postural and Pelvic / lumbar spine assessment

Early assessment and advice is really valuable for a good safe recovery and return to exercise.

Orthotics are shoe inserts that support the foot. They are designed to assist in changing gait abnormalities that are causing pain or discomfort.

Orthotic prescription can be done after a biomechanical assessment by your Physiotherapist to determine your individual needs. First steps will often involve taping and sometimes shoe prescription to help change problematic movement issues.

At Sports Focus we have experienced Massage Therapists who work to restore optimal function, wellness and health through various types of massage therapies. Relaxing and restorative or remedial and injury specific our therapists can help.

Contact your nearest Sports Focus location to book a Massage today.

The purpose of a musculoskeletal athlete screen is to develop a clinical picture of an athlete’s capability regarding their sport.
Athletes require strength, range of motion and co-ordination, not only to maximise their performance, but reduce the risk of injury.

During the screening process the athlete is asked to perform a battery of tests and the results of these tests are compared to normative values to identify areas which may place the athlete at risk of injury.

Injury prevention should be the top priority for all athletes to maximise their performance, and longevity of their sporting careers.

Manual therapy is a “hands on” approach to the body’s joints and soft tissue structures in order to restore normal function.
Our highly qualified clinicians are experienced in delivering various methods of manual therapy tailored to everyone.

With the use of palpation, our therapists are skilled in identifying whether these structures are abnormally tight, in spasm or in some cases hypermobile (too much movement).

Manual therapy can be practiced on all regions of the body.

Kinesiology tape (K-tape, kinesio tape, rocktape, dynamic tape) is a form of stretchy sports tape that’s used to dynamically assist muscle function without restricting any range of movement. Our physio’s can use kinesio tape with most athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders in all phases of rehab.

For example, K tape can be used in early post-operative rehab, muscle injuries or in late stage rehab assisting return to sport exercises.

These specialised classes available at our Northbridge location are designed to do more than improve your fitness!
Classwork includes specific drills to address knee control, whole body strength and flexibility. Exercises are targeted to technique improvement and your best performance.

We run these classes pre-European and Australian ski seasons.

Click Get Fit To Ski for more details.

Contact our Northbridge rooms for all other queries.

We provide general physiotherapy treatments to patients of all ages. Doctor referral is generally not necessary for private self-pay clients and our HICAPs system can provide you on-the-spot private health fund claiming.

Our physiotherapists also collaborate with your GP, other allied health professionals or insurance company when providing physiotherapy services via Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Medicare Chronic Disease Management (CDM) program, workers compensation or third-party insurance claims.

Dry needling is a useful and effective technique using fine filament needles which are inserted into the fascia or muscle to correct imbalances within the tissue. Often, we target the active trigger points which elicit a twitch response and allow the muscle to release and relax. It can also be used to stimulate a weak or inactive muscle.

It can be used in the treatment of muscular pain, myofascial dysfunction, tendonitis, tension headaches and back pain.

Sports focus physiotherapy can help you manage fractures and injuries that require casting, bracing or splinting.

This service is available for people of all ages and includes the application and removal of casts, moulding thermoplastic splints and fitting braces across a wide range of joints in the body.

We use a fiberglass casting material with the option for a waterproof Delta-Dry liner, which allows the water to pass through the cast, has great ventilation properties and dries very quickly.

The human body is complex and has many moving parts. At Sports Focus, our physiotherapists have a great understanding of the body’s anatomy and are able to identify biomechanical patterns or faults within the system.

Whether your recovering from an injury or aiming to reduce your risk, a biomechanical assessment can determine areas of weakness or tightness so that a tailor-made exercise program can be created to your specific requirements.

The biomechanics of the human body can be viewed in many different functional tasks such as walking, running, squat and overhead lifting. Whether you are struggling with repetitive injuries, poor posture or trying to ensure your body is working optimally for your sport; a biomechanical assessment can help you to achieve your goals safely.

Aquatic Physiotherapy is a tailored programme of exercises and mobilising techniques prescribed and monitored by an Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapist. Programmes are conducted on a 1-on-1 basis at our Willoughby and Mount Pritchard clinics.

Aquatic physiotherapy uses the buoyancy and resistance of water to decrease pain and swelling, increase function, strength and range of movement. It is helpful for orthopaedic, spinal and arthritic conditions as well as sports injuries, work related injuries and neurological conditions.

It is never too early or too late to visit a physiotherapist!

Acute care

It’s important to seek help after any injury. Here at Sports Focus Physio, our Physio’s can assess your problem and decide on suitable immediate treatment or referral on for further investigations.

We can provide you with early support for soft tissue injury or mobilisation for stiff and painful joints. An exercise program tailored specifically to your injury will assist with quick recovery.

Chronic Injury/problems

Physiotherapy treatment is very effective in the later stages of an soft tissue injury or chronic joint problem.

At Sports Focus Physio we are experienced in rehabilitation of long-term sporting injuries (such as ACL reconstructions), post-operative joint replacements, as well as ongoing management of degenerative injuries such as osteoarthritis.

A mix of hands-on treatment as well as an independent exercise program will be tailored to meet your needs until you have returned to your pre-injury ability and promote ongoing self-management.

Learn more about our prenatal Pilates classes in Sydney. Sports Focus Physiotherapy are available to cater to all your physio needs.