Pilates incorporates the use of specialised apparatus and equipment into movement routines designed to enhance flexibility, strength, coordination, proprioception and balance. Pilates exercises used in physiotherapy and exercise physiology exercise programs to rehabilitate injuries and recondition muscles is commonly referred to as ‘Clinical Pilates’.
Pilates exercise has been shown to improve core stability, enhance biomechanical efficiency of movement, reduce acute and chronic pain (such as lower back pain) and increase strength, flexibility and balance. The nature of the Pilates method and apparatus is such that exercise routines can be tailored to suit all fitness levels and abilities and as a result, is suitable for almost everyone.
Pilates, as originally developed by Joseph Pilates, and following the principles of centrology, focuses on improving movement, strength, control and core stability. Joseph Pilates designed apparatus and exercise that specifically involved:
- muscles of the trunk or torso to provide central or ‘core’ stability
- a mind-body connection for improved movement control, flexibility, proprioception and balance
- task orientation – your brain learns tasks, not specific movements when it forms new patterns.
- resistance with repetition to train and develop muscle strength, without compromising movement control.
Clinical Pilates adds that additional element of clinical knowledge to the Pilates exercises. Clinical Pilates, using physiotherapy and exercise physiology knowledge and training, is able to adjust, modify and specifically choose Pilates exercises that meet your individual needs, based on clinical assessment, taking into account an individual’s injuries, pathologies and specific physical needs. Registered and trained physiotherapists are skilled in the identification and correction of poor postural habits, faulty movement patterns and muscular imbalances. The specific choice of Pilates exercises that you do is the difference between a routine that works and one that doesn’t.
At Aim Physiotherapy, we offer both one-on-one and group options for Clinical Pilates. Clients wishing to begin Clinical Pilates classes require up to three one-on-one consultations prior to commencing group classes. This is due to the nature of our clinical Pilates programs being tailored to each individual’s fitness level, rehabilitation requirements and capabilities.
Clinical Pilates can be used in the remedial treatment of a host of injuries and conditions. It is also used as a preventative approach for conditioning, cross-training and technique modification for sports and dance.
Our Adelaide physiotherapy clinics in Oakden and Toorak Gardens are staffed by Physiotherapists and certified Pilates instructors who can help you regain strength and fitness using the clinical Pilates method. Both locations are fitted with state-of-the-art equipment including the full range of Pilates Apparatus – Pilates reformers, Trapeze Tables, Ladder Barrel and Wunda Chair.
Clinical Pilates exercise programs can be used to treat conditions including:
- Lower back pain
- Joint replacements
- Arthritic conditions
- Neck pain
- Chronic pain
- Poor abdominal strength
- Proximal (core) instability
- Pelvic floor conditions
Mat Pilates is great exercise for all ages and levels of fitness. The program is designed to get you to work with your body using only minimal equipment such as chi balls or therabands. The class will follow the instructor through the exercises however it will be adapted for your body. This way the class will work through the exercises together yet be as challenged as able.
Mat Pilates is great for someone who needs to relax and stretch after a hard day of work or get back into touch with their core and other muscles.
Jumping from Health and Fitness or Clinical Pilates classes to Mat Pilates is simple and recommended. 1 or 2 Mat Pilates classes can help you connect with your core- to make Health and Fitness classes easier or give you a new perspective/look on how your body moves after doing a few sessions of Clinical Pilates.
If you are unsure, ask your physiotherapist whether this is the right choice for you- or better yet give it a go and let Kelsey take you on a while ride discovering how much fun laying on the floor can be.
If you feel as though you and your body could benefit from Pilates, call our clinics in Adelaide today on 8331 1557, or contact us online and discuss your needs with our friendly staff.