Meeting Your Body's Requirements
Hills and Hawkesbury based Physiotherapy and Pilates. Specialising in Women's Health, Musculoskeletal, Vestibular and Pilates
Our Response to COVID-19.
We are open for Physiotherapy treatment sessions in our Hills District Clinic. Our Oakville clinic and equipment are being sanitised between clients including clean towels and pillow slips being replaced between clients.
Please note if you have travelled overseas or a Hotspot in the past 14 days or been in contact with anyone who has OR are experiencing any flu like symptoms such as a sore throat, cough or fever PLEASE DO NOT come into clinic. We will reschedule your appointment if required.
While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.
Frequently asked questions
Is Physiotherapy for me?
What areas do you treat?
Pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions you may experience before, during and following pregnancy, including:
Neck and shoulder pain related to Postural Dysfunction
Pelvic girdle pain including SIJ or Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction
Low back pain
Wrist pain/over-use injuries including Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and DeQuervains Tenosynovitis.
Abdominal Separation you may experience during or following pregnancy
Incontinence and Prolapse
Bowel related conditions including constipation
Pelvic floor dysfunction
Exercise during and following pregnancy
Back & Neck Pain
Disc Bulges and Sciatica
Migraines and Whiplash
Rotator Cuff Injuries and Dislocations
Knee Ligament strains
Meniscal cartilage tears and Patello-femoral pain
Heel pain – Plantar fasciitis
Biomechanical Foot Problems and Shin Splints
Imbalances and Muscle re-education
Recovery from Fractures
Orthopaedic and Re-constructive Surgery
Joint Replacements (Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, Hip, Knee, Ankle)
Osteoarthritis (Rheumatoid, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriatic, SLE, Polymyalgia Rheumatica)
Hip pain and Sacro-iliac dysfunctions
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
What am I required to bring to an appointment?
Please bring any referrals and/or scans you have in relation to injury. You are not required to have either only bring them if you do. Please see ‘what do I wear to my Physio appointment’ for clothing.
What do I wear to my Physiotherapy appointment?
Please wear comfortable and flexible clothing. Please bring a pair of shorts with you if you have a lower limb injury as you may be asked to change into them.
What happens if I cannot make my appointment? What is the cancellation Policy?
We have a strict 24hours cancellation policy. If you know you are going to be unable to attend, please ensure you give us 24hours notice. If you fail to do this a 50% cancellation fee to the value of your appointment type will be charged to your card and/or charged at your next consultation. If you do not attend your appointment without the courtesey of calling/messaging you will be charged 100% of your consultation fee. This ensures we can offer your appointment type to other clients who require an appointment immediately.
What if I am running late to my appointment?
If you are running late, we ask that you contact us immediately by phone to let us know. If you are unable to make the appointment, please email or phone immediately. Cancellation policy applies if you do not attend your scheduled appointment at our Oakville Physio clinic, located near Box Hill.
What is the price of your consults?
Every session is differently priced based. Please view our pricing on our online bookings or phone/email for further information.
Can I use my Private Health Insurance
Physiotherapy consultation are covered under private health care insurance, you may need to contact your provider to determine your level of cover. If your health fund is not registered for HICAPS, we will supply you with a receipt to claim your rebate back. Please be aware that amounts vary between insurance companies and we recommend that you contact your insurer for more information regarding your individual cover.
What payment methods are available?
Payment is required at the time of treatment. Payment can be made via the terminal or by cash.
Do I need to see a Doctor prior to starting Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapists in Australia are first contact practitioners qualified and skilled in the management of musculoskeletal injury and dysfunction as well as women’s health conditions. However, our team will ask you about who you Doctor is so that your Doctor is informed about your condition and progress. If your problem is related to WorKCover, DVA, EPC or CTP you will require a GP referral and appropriate proof of liability.
Do I need a referral?
No referral is necessary for private clients. A referral is required if you are claiming your treatment through DVA, WorkCover, CDM Plan or CTP. If this information is not available at the time of treatment you will be asked to pay for the session and a tax receipt for be provided for you to give you to your insurer or appropriate party responsible.
Will my Physiotherapist treat more then one person at a time?
No, we pride ourselves on giving our clients 100% of our focus at all times.
What happens in my first session?
On the first visit the physiotherapist will ask you for detailed health history and discuss your injury and/or condition. A thorough assessment will be completed of your whole body, specifically site of pain will be conducted, and treatment commence as appropriate. Treatment within the first session generally involves hands on soft tissue work, joint mobilisations and/or dry needling. You may be asked to expose the area of pain or another area as appropriate for the therapist to access. Your Hawkesbury physiotherapist will provide education throughout the session and set realistic goals and a plan with you.
What am I required to bring to a group Mat Pilates Session
Please bring your own mat 6mm is recommended, towel, water bottle and optional grip socks. All products can be purchased directly through Ripple Physio & Pilates.
What am I required to bring to Rehab/Studio sessions?
Please bring your own towel, water bottle and grip socks. If you do not own grip socks you can purchase directly through Ripple Physio & Pilates.
What do I wear to Pilates sessions?
We recommend you wear firm fitting clothing to allow us to see your movement clearly. We recommend ¾ or full-length leggings and a top. Shorts and crop-tops are not recommended. Please do not wear any make-up or jewellery to studio sessions that may damage/stain the equipment. Please wear hair tied back.
What is the associated cost of the sessions?
Every session is differently priced. Please contact us via email or phone for the exact cost associated.
What is the difference between Rehab/Studio Sessions and Mat Sessions?
Mat sessions are an all-inclusive program delivered in a group setting whereas, the rehab/studio are tailored to your body’s requirement and delivered in a private or semi-private session. Please see the ‘Pilates’ tab for further information on this.
What happens if I cannot make my appointment? What is the Cancellation Policy?
We have a strict 24hours cancellation policy. If you know you are going to be unable to attend, please ensure you give us 24hours notice. If you fail to do this a 50% cancellation fee to the value of your appointment type will be charged to your card and/or charged at your next consultation. If you do not attend your appointment without the courtesy of calling/messaging you will be charged 100% of your consultation fee. This ensures we can offer your appointment type to other clients who require an appointment immediately.
What if I am running late?
If you are running late, we ask that you contact us immediately by phone to let us know. If you are unable to make the appointment, please email or phone immediately. Cancellation policy applies if you do not attend your scheduled appointment.
I currently watch online videos, Youtube and/or book to do Pilates. What is the difference to participating in your sessions?
There are many amazing books and videos available to the general public. However, what these resources are lacking is visual, tactical and verbal feedback, the ability to provide modifications for your body and guide you through the movements. A good instructor will not do the class with you. The instructor is there to instruct, not use the class as their own exercise program. Our instructors will demonstrate as required, use hands on cueing to adjust body positioning and a variety of cues to help you achieve the most from your sessions.
Do I require previous Pilates or Exercise experience?
No experience is necessary. We will guide and instruct you through the exercises.
I have an injury am I able to do Pilates?
Yes, Pilates is a fantastic rehabilitation tool for all injuries. If you have an injury it is required you complete an initial rehab/studio session to clarify your capabilities. At the end of the session the instructor will discuss if rehab/studio and/or mat class would be most suitable for you.
I have a health condition is it safe for me to do Pilates?
Pilates is a safe form of exercise when prescribed appropriately. Our instructors will be able to assist and modify exercises for your condition. Please contact us with your exact condition and we will be able to provide further information on how we can help.
What is the difference between Ripple Pilates Instructors versus others?
Ripple Physio & Pilates Instructors are fully qualified Pilates Instructors recognised by the Australian government. This means that they have completed over 1000hours of course content, self-mastery, apprentice teaching and observation; as well as having completed a theoretical and practical examination. We have our certificates within our studio and are happy discuss our qualifications with you further on request.
Is Pilates for Males too?
Of course! Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates for both males and females, as well as all ages and exercise abilities.
Is Pilates and Yoga the same thing?
What is the difference between Pilates and Strength Training e.g. lifting weights?
Strength training usually focuses on the large global prime mover muscle groups whereas, Pilates targets the deeper intrinsic muscle groups. For correct body function and muscle patterning we are required to have both groups working equally, in balance and succession. The structure of Pilates not only addresses strength but facilitates flexibility and joint mobility.