Services we Offer
- Specialist Clinical Pilates
What is Clinical Pilates ?There are three basic styles of Pilates which have evolved over the years. Repertory, Modern and Clinical Pilates. The Repertory style is based on the original teachings of Joseph Pilates and is mainly aimed at the dance population. The Modern style is a modification of the original form but similarly, both these styles have an emphasis on stretching and strengthening with close attention to exercise accuracy and technique. Classes can be both mat or equipment based and most of the exercises particularly in mat classes are done lying on your back. There is currently no evidence to support the efficacy of these two styles in the management of low back injuries and the prevention of low back pain. These styles of Pilates can provide a general form of exercise but for those people who may have an underlying problem, it may explain why they continue to have recurrent problems and why for some people it may even make them worse. Research is showing that a different approach to these traditional strengthening programs are required to improve the control and efficiency of the way our deeper core muscles function to stabilise our spine, shoulder and pelvic girdles. The Clinical Pilates repertoire is research based and is focused on improving the quality and control of movements rather than retraining strength and power. Unlike Joseph Pilates who discouraged mindless exercise this is the essence of what we try to achieve with Clinical Pilates. As your core muscle control improves the exercises should become mindless and automatic just like any other motor skill you acquire with practice and improved co-ordination.
Specialist TrainingPhysiotherapists undergo specialist post-graduate training before beginning to teach Clinical Pilates. DMA Clinical Pilates is a leading international pioneer of physiotherapy based Pilates training. The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute also provides specialist training Courses for Physiotherapists. Much of the efficacy of the Clinical Pilates program is in the ability of physiotherapists to adapt and modify the program to meet the specific needs of the patient. The program can also be used as an effective tool in diagnosing and identifying underlying causes of many injuries.
What can be gained?Improved postural awareness and flexibility Improved core stability of the trunk, shoulder and pelvis Decreased recurrence and incidence of back pain Improved sporting performance and injury prevention Ability to identify and rectify underlying movement dysfunctions that lead to injuries Firmer and more toned stomach and body muscles Improved breathing control Safe and effective way of exercising during pregnancy to minimise pressure on the spine Based on scientific research
- Specialist Physiotherapy
'Pawel, thank you so much for everything you have done for me'
'Jennie, what a difference! You are a star!'
'I didn't think I would walk again! The function you have given me has made me able to live life again'There are 6 Physiotherapists at Active Solutions each bringing with them huge experience and background to provide you with the attention you need. Depending on your needs, our Admin team will direct you to the best fit for you so please provide as much information as possible when booking with us. All of our Clinicians use specialist techniques which enable a deeper understanding of you. This might be a sprained ankle that is not improving quick enough because of an underlying imbalance from a previous back injury. You may have had an operation and now have pain that is not subsiding due to an underlying compensation that needs to be addressed. An injury you had 5, 10, 20 years ago may have meant that your body works differently now and that means that your shoulder niggles though trying to work differently every day. We make sure that whatever your challenge, we can get you back on your feet by getting to the root cause of the problem. Call 01344 623633 or email email@example.com to get in touch.
- Women’s Health
Diane’s BiographyDiane Wootton is a clinical physiotherapy specialist with over 20 years experience working in the field of bladder and bowel dysfunction and chronic pelvic pain. She has a graduate diploma from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and trained at The Middlesex Hospital, London. Her NHS work is at The Hillingdon Hospital, Uxbridge and at The Grove Surgery in Egham and she treats men, women and children. Diane is a full member of The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Women’s Health, is on the Executive Committee of Chartered Physiotherapists Promoting Continence and is a clinical reviewer for The Prostate Cancer Charity. This year she completed an advanced acupuncture course for the treatment of bladder and hormonal symptoms in men and women.
Andrew’s BiographyAndrew Hill is a HCPC registered clinical Podiatrist with over 9 years of experience since qualifying from The University of Brighton in 2006, and he has held positions in both NHS and private clinics including a year working in Melbourne, Australia. Since 2008, Andrew has held a senior academic position at The SMAE Institute in Maidenhead, Berkshire where he is the clinical services manager and programme lead on 2 specialist post-registration Podiatry programmes approved by the HCPC. In 2010 he obtained his Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching at Higher Education level and in 2015 obtained his Masters in Podiatry with distinction and will soon be working towards his clinical doctorate. Andrew’s clinical interests are in disease pathology, minor foot surgery and he specialises in the diabetic foot. He delivers key note lectures at local and national level to fellow professionals and is also hired in a partner role with the HCPC.
- Restorative Yoga
‘Relax and Restore’Lisa brings a Relax and Restore Class which aids our ethos of reducing tension and chronic pain at Active Solutions. This can be seated or lying on the floor with bolsters and aids to reduce tension.
Class InformationFor both classes wear warm, comfortable layers plus socks as your body temperature may cool down. For Relax and Restore if you would like to bring a light blanket, a thin cushion and an eye mask these will enhance your relaxation.
Lisa Williams BiographyLisa brings a love of yoga that began over thirty years ago. She took that interest further with a British Wheel of Yoga Foundation course and then embarked on the Yogacampus teacher training course in London, where she qualified in 2011. Lisa has enjoyed bringing Yoga to a wide spectrum of people, ranging from early years children with additional needs to chair Yoga for students in their 90’s! Over the years her continuing professional development has focused on subjects including; Feldenkrais, Yoga for stress and anxiety, meditation, mindfulness, using NLP with Yoga and Restorative Yoga. She is a Relax and Renew Trainer and Reiki healer. Lisa is currently working for Sport in Mind, teaching Yoga to support people with mental health issues. She is also employed as a Community Tutor to bring yoga to students who may find regular classes hard to access. Lisa’s classes are friendly and inclusive and she loves to share her enthusiasm about the joy and healing powers of Yoga.
- Osteoarthritis Programs
'I don’t know how to thank you, three months ago, I walked into your room in great discomfort. I was amazed when you showed be a 10kg discrepancy of weight distribution between my left and right leg. After three months of my commitment, I can honestly say the result has been truly remarkable'
Our Hip and Knee ProgramsOsteoarthritis is a condition that affects your joints and develops as a result of normal age related wear. Other factors can increase the risk of developing osteoarthritis. In severe cases, joint replacement surgery is recommended when all other forms of conservative management have failed. Although total hip and knee replacement surgery can be an effective way of managing severe osteoarthritis, there are a group of patients whose symptoms remain unchanged and in some cases are worse despite having joint replacement surgery. Our program offers a function of screening tool to determine the root of your presenting problems. If there are significant other contributing reasons as to why your joint is under so much load then effectively dealing with these factors can help take the pressure off your hip or knee and you can achieve a good outcome without surgery.
What is the program?The program is intensive and one that will demand motivation to avoid surgery and improve your general health and wellbeing. This is the first of its kind and the only area nationally to provide this program.
Over 85% of patients who have been accepted onto the program have successfully avoided surgery and report significant changes to their levels of pain, stiffness and function (April 2016)For more information please contact us.
Helen’s highly specialised work delves into how food can factor into a range of chronic conditions. With the work Helen does with Active Solutions, it is clear how Nutrition can help long term health, to increase well being.
Helen Halliday BiographyHelen Halliday is a Nutritional Therapist with a post graduate diploma in Personal Nutrition obtained from the college of Nutritional Education and Lifestyle Management (affiliated to Middlesex University). She is fully registered with BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy) and the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council). Helen uses the principles of functional medicine to offer a personalised approach to nutritional therapy. This considers the individual person, their history, environment and lifestyle, their genetic and biochemical individuality supported by the use of evidence based scientific research and testing to identify any potential nutritional imbalances, intolerance or toxic burden so that a individual nutrition programme can be formulated. Helen is passionate about helping people to improve their health and works on a one to one basis with men, women and children who may have a range of conditions or health goals. She has an interest in weight loss, digestive issues, hormonal imbalance, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, food allergy and intolerance, stress, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and skin problems. Helen is a certified neuro-linguistic programming practitioner and uses these techniques to coach clients to help them achieve the dietary changes they are striving to achieve to support their health goals. She is also in the final year of completing an MSc in Personal Nutrition.
- Specialist Chronic Pain treatment
'I thought I was gong to be in pain forever'
'I felt like I was left in a black hole and there was no way out'
'You have given me a quality of life I never thought possible, thank you'We use our specialist equipment to reduce pain associated with fibromyalgia, Complex regional pain syndrome, Hyper mobility syndromes, Chronic fatigue to name a few. Our enabling machines and specialist therapists help to restore the implicit neurological system that becomes heightened in its level of pain with a number of chronic pain dysfunctions. No matter how complex, our therapists are taught how to examine from a whole body perspective, to really understand what you have been through and to plan a way forwards. To find out more email: firstname.lastname@example.org