Author Archives: Carla Mullins
Boots and all – ankle & feet fracture
Mon,Dec 30, 2019 at 06:39AM by Carla Mullins
Moon-boots are a common sight in my life these days both at work but also on various friends and family members. Post Christmas parties and post new years resolutions are also a time of moon boots. I do wish they were a little bit more fun than the standard black, but I guess they have…..
Parkinson’s Disease, exercise, medications & pilates
Fri,Oct 18, 2019 at 08:07PM by Carla Mullins
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is the most common neurological condition in Australia with 1 in 340 Australians living with the disease, and Queensland is considered a hotspot for the condition. Nearly 1/4 of all Australians living with Parkinson’s disease live in Queensland. The reasons for the increases in numbers, or the higher prevalence in Queensland, are…..
Pilates teacher or pilates instructor – Why does it matter?
Mon,Sep 09, 2019 at 05:39PM by Carla Mullins
Alice is walking along a path when she comes to a fork in the path, and suddenly she sees the Cheshire Cat in a tree. Alice said. “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat……
Tennis Elbow – lateral epicondylitis
Wed,Aug 07, 2019 at 08:05AM by Carla Mullins
Tennis elbow is quite a common injury not just amongst tennis players but among many people who have fixed grip positions eg pilates teachers who are constantly changing springs. The conditions other name is lateral epicondylitis, but i must admit everytime I hear the term I think that it is the name of a…..
Balance and falls prevention – Don’t be the fall guy!
Mon,Jun 24, 2019 at 04:00PM by Carla Mullins
“I had a fall” is something that no one wants to hear their older parents or clients say. Balance and falls Falls are sometimes thought of as ‘just one of those things’ that are part and parcel of getting older, with balance and falls issues being all too common. There is no dispute that balance is…..
Knee replacement exercises for pre and post surgery
Tue,May 28, 2019 at 11:12AM by Carla Mullins
Knee replacement exercises pre and post surgery can be an important factor for successful rehabilitation Why are knee replacement exercises such an important topic? There were 50,000 knee replacement surgeries in Australia alone in the last year! The most common reason for knee replacements is osteoarthritis, a condition which affects one in nine Australians (AIHW…..
A joint action on Rheumatoid Arthritis with Pilates
Wed,Mar 27, 2019 at 02:41PM by Carla Mullins
I have a distinct memory of a girl in my grade 4 class having Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and how this impacted her. At the time I did not appreciate the pain and the fear that she was experiencing – but I did understand what it was like to be different, and so we became friends……
Wristing all – hand and wrist exercises, considerations in a pilates studio setting
Mon,Jan 28, 2019 at 08:13PM by Carla Mullins
More than two decades ago I started to experience severe wrist and hand pain for the first time, and unfortunately not the last. I must admit it was excruciating and incredibly frustrating not to be able to use my hands for basic living tasks. Probably one of the lowest points of my life was during…..
Plantar fasciitis exercises using Makarlu Lotus
Fri,Jan 04, 2019 at 03:24PM by Carla Mullins
Those who suffer from plantar fasciitis well know that familiar, sharp pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. Taking those tentative first steps when you get out of bed each day can be a less than pleasant experience! Pain is also frequently brought on by bending the foot and toes up towards the shin, making walking painful…..
Pilates strategies for foot drop
Tue,Jan 01, 2019 at 03:28PM by Carla Mullins
Pilates strategies for preventing and treating foot drop This article was written in 2016 and has been updated in 2019 to include additional exercises and information What is Foot Drop? Foot drop, is a simple way to describe the loss of Range of Movement (ROM) in your ankle. Dorsiflexion is what occurs when your…..
Collared & Tied
Collarbone fracture rehabilitation in a pilates studio setting
Wed,Dec 19, 2018 at 07:12AM by Carla Mullins
The collarbone is an area of the body that is commonly fractured in falls. Collarbone fractures can result from simple activities such as falling off our bicycle, playing tennis, skateboarding, skiing, playing touch football, car accident, or even an accidental trip after a few drinks! This article is about collarbone fracture rehabilitation, of particular relevance…..
Pilates for face and neck problems
Mon,Dec 17, 2018 at 11:50AM by Carla Mullins
In 2018 Body Organics launched Makarlu Lotus product at the Pilates Method Alliance conference in the USA. The product was very well received and many people said “Oh, it is so beautiful, but what do I do with it?”. I of course said there is so much to do, let’s start from the top with…..
Meniscus injury of the knee (Part One)
Thu,Nov 29, 2018 at 12:21PM by Carla Mullins
Meniscus injury of the knee This article about meniscus injury of the knee will be delivered in two parts. Part one is a broader discussion of the meniscus, its anatomy and considerations for exercises and recovery. Part two will be a case study scenario of one of our Diploma Students, who is a former ballerina…..
Shouldering On: Shoulder exercises and considerations for pilates studios
Sun,Sep 30, 2018 at 04:40PM by Carla Mullins
Shoulder pathology and shoulder exercises for pilates and movement studios The shoulder complex is tricky because its inherent range of motion can compromise joint stability, so often we have to “shoulder on” despite the pain. It is of little surprise that shoulder pain is the third most common cause of consultations for musculoskeletal pain in…..
Ankylosing spondylitis – treatments and pilates exercises
Sat,Aug 25, 2018 at 08:52PM by Carla Mullins
What is ankylosing spondylitis? Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an autoimmune condition affecting the joints of the spine, particularly the sacroiliac joint (SIJ), but can affect all parts of the spine and other joints within the body. Ankylosing spondylitis symptoms can include: // Stiffness. One client described the sensation that their back moved like a…..
Baker’s cysts and exercise
Sun,Jul 15, 2018 at 06:33AM by Carla Mullins
“Bury me standing because I have lived my life on my knees” (old Romany proverb) It is not unusual for a person to come into a movement class complaining of tightness or restriction behind the knee, with the pain increasing when they fully flex or bends the knee. The physiotherapist or doctor tells them it…..
Raynaud’s syndrome – ideas for working with movement
Wed,Jun 20, 2018 at 03:00PM by Carla Mullins
And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. (William Blake – Auguries of Innocence) My father died from complications associated with systemic scleroderma in 2005. In the years before his death I would sometimes notice a blue tinge to his hands and feet,…..
Gluteal tendinopathy explained – symptoms, exercises and more
Tue,Jan 02, 2018 at 04:30PM by Carla Mullins
Gluteal tendinopathy and why it’s “Love me tendon…” Using an unashamed pun from Elvis and his classic song Love me Tender, our article Love me Tendon explains gluteal tendinopathy, its pathology and its symptoms. It also provides exercises and great ideas on programs for recovery and rehabilitation. And your clients will love the improvements to their glute med…..
Trendelenburg gait – causes, considerations and exercise videos
Thu,Sep 21, 2017 at 08:18PM by Carla Mullins
What is Trendelenburg gait and Trendelenburg’s sign? Trendelenburg’s sign is an abnormal gait pattern caused by weakness and impaired control of the abductor muscles of the lower limb, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. In a positive Trendelenburg’s sign the body is not able to maintain the centre of gravity on the side of the stance leg……
Ideas for peripheral neuropathy and exercise
Tue,Aug 29, 2017 at 04:51PM by Carla Mullins
Tingling and numbness in the peripheries – could it be peripheral neuropathy? Our hands and feet are essential for daily life, and so it is little wonder that peripheral neuropathy can be so devastating. It can impact daily activities and walking or even holding a cup can be extremely painful. There are many reasons why…..
Osteoporosis treatment and exercise
Thu,Aug 10, 2017 at 12:56PM by Carla Mullins
Osteoporosis treatment and exercise is a mantra of doctors, physiotherapists and rehabilitation practitioners worldwide, however it can be a little overwhelming to understand what this actually means. How does this translate into reality for many people? What is proven to be effective and what is actually a fad? In this article we explore osteoporosis and how it…..