There is a sense of optimism and wellbeing inside the Dalkeith based Fluid Therapy clinic as two enterprising young women take groups of older people through their exercise class.
Nicole Mudford and Emilie Stockwell started Fluid Therapy last January and already people attending the classes are feeling the benefit.
“We wanted both men and women taking part to feel comfortable and safe without judgment,” says Nicole.
“Our classes, which run Monday to Friday, cater for various needs and include advanced strength, functional strength, balance and clinical Pilates. The 12-week evidence based GLA:D (Good life with Osteoarthritis) class designed by researchers in Denmark is specifically tailored to help people with hip and knee osteoarthritis. Conservative management should always be the first line of treatment for people living with arthritis.
“We also run a Parkinson’s class for people suffering the disease.”
Each class has a maximum of 10 people, ensuring that everyone’s individual needs are met. Three people take part in the one-hour clinical reformer Pilates class.
Nicole and Emilie both worked in aged care after graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Notre Dame. They now divide their time between the studio and working as site physiotherapists at Curtin Heritage Living in Cottesloe.
“People are often aware they have to stay well mentally but it is equally important to stay active physically,” Nicole says. “We have about 60 people attending our classes weekly, many people coming twice a week.
“We also do private sessions for 30-minutes to an hour, covering a wide range of health conditions and also make home visits in the western suburbs for those who prefer their own environment.”
Nicole says older people often face physical issues at home and don’t know where to turn for help.
“Apart from going to the gym there are few other options. We aim to deliver a specialised service while also extending our reach, with the goal to open more clinics in the future.
“We would like to run free education sessions for the public and raise awareness so people can make informed choices.”
People living with dementia can attend some of the classes or Nicole or Emilie can visit people at home.
“There is strong evidence that remaining physically active helps so much,” Nicole said. “We want to help our clients safely remain in their own home for as long as possible.”
People interested in taking part in the clinic can do so through their private health insurance. Department of Veterans Affairs clients and a GP management plan are also accepted.
Interested people can contact Fluid Therapy movement and wellbeing on 6323 2362, email admin@flu idtherapy.com.au or visit the website www.fluidtherapy.com.au.