Pilates is a comprehensive strength and conditioning program for the mind and body that integrates multiple areas of health and wellness such as: strength, flexibility, core stability, posture, balance and breathing. Pilates can assist in retraining the way the body moves, increasing efficiency, muscle recruitment and optimizing movement patterns. This can result in improved athletic performance, and assist with both injury recovery and prevention.
Clinical pilates involves a combination of pilates based exercises and principles, with the medical knowledge and advanced movement analysis skills of a Physiotherapist. Clinical pilates has many benefits and can be incorporated into a rehabilitation program while recovering from an injury. It can also be used for patients wanting to improve their overall level of fitness and core strength, and for athletes looking to increase their training efficiency and performance.
Conditions that may benefit from Pilates
Neck Pain & Stiffness
Complex Pain Conditions
Shoulder Pain & Weakness
Mid back Pain & Stiffness
Core Muscle Weakness
Lower Back Pain & Stiffness
Post Natal Rehabilitation
Chronic Reoccurring Injuries
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Post Surgical Rehabilitation
Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
This list is not exhaustive. Other conditions also benefit from pilates.
What to Expect
A complete medical history and full body assessment will be performed prior to starting a clinical Pilates rehabilitation or strengthening program. At the end of the assessment, the results will be reviewed and discussed with the patient. Recommendations will be made if Pilates is the best choice to assist with a patients injuries and recovery or training program.
Exercises prescribed may involve the use of a reformer, a type of Pilates machine, mat exercises and the use of balls, bands and other training apparatus. All sessions are private, one on one, allowing for a more focused approach to recovery and training. All exercises prescribed are tailored to the unique needs of each patient, taking into account their injury, recovery and overall health and fitness goals.
Please wear something comfortable that you can easily move in for all appointments.
Benefits of Pilates
Pilates has many beneficial effects for a wide variety of patients such as: improved core strength, more efficient movement patterns, improved posture and increased flexibility and strength. Patients learn to focus on their movements and feel what their bodies are doing, allowing them to develop an awareness of any compensations or ineffective movement patterns. With this increased awareness, patient's can learn how to optimize their movements by relaxing overactive muscles, releasing tension in areas of the body that are working too hard and activating muscles in the body that are weaker and under developed. This allows the body to develop a more balanced state of strength and flexibility, reducing the chances of injuries, decreasing pain and optimizing healing and recovery from injuries.
If you have further questions or concerns regarding clinical Pilates, or if you are not sure if this is best type of treatment for your health care needs, please contact the clinic.
For more information on pilates, please visit: Balanced Body Pilates