Clinical pilatesBy Nigel Chua
Pilates as a discipline is a proven method of strengthening core muscles which goes back more than 100 years and is an appropriate tool to use in a physiotherapy setting.
What differentiates Clinical Pilates from the everyday pilates variety is that
- it is done by a certified and qualified physiotherapist
- it is specifically tailored to the individual/patient needs
Clinical Pilates alone by itself may not bring about the improvement you require, so it needs to be undertaken after clinical treatments with your physiotherapist have been implemented. Focuses such as
- improving body tone
- improving fitness
- improving flexibility
- improving strength
via Wellness Pilates and Clinical Pilates will aid in your rehabilitation, but will also help to relieve any stress and tension that you may also be experiencing.
8 FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL PILATES
There are 8 fundamentals of Pilates which are:
- Flowing movement
These fundamentals are all concerned with the approach you take with the exercises and movements and are part of each session.
SO WHAT DO YOU DO DURING CLINICAL PILATES?
A Clinical Pilates session is held on a one to one basis at Phoenix Rehab, and it consists of a series of body conditioning exercises tailored to the areas of the body that is in need of strengthening.
Our certified senior physiotherapist, after having assessed you and understanding your injuries, strengths and weaknesses, will select a range of exercises that will challenge your core muscles, targeting particularly the deep postural muscles of the spine and abdomen.
These muscles can lose function after experiencing an injury, as such, it is important to reactivate them.
This form of Pilates is useful in the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal, orthopedic, sports and women's health injuries and suits many of our clients.
What is also worth noting is that having a targeted approach to the areas of your body that have been injured will strengthen those areas and help to prevent further injuries.
Pilates exercises are either
- mat-based (using yoga mats) and/or
- equipment based (using pilates reformers)
They are not intensive nor strenuous, and are generally quite relaxing.
Many of our clients use them as a layer to improve their usual exercises and activities. Others enjoy them so much they choose to continue with Wellness Pilates long after their injury has healed and their physiotherapy rehabilitation is complete.
WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO BRING TO A CLINICAL PILATES SESSION?
Actually there isn't much that you need to bring along with you.
We have all the equipment you need (including coffee and water too), and all you need to do is to:
- wear loose, comfortable fitting clothing
- just contact us to make your appointment, and show up
- no trainers or special footwear necessary
At Phoenix Rehab, we are highly experienced in a range of treatment options and we are able to offer our clients a series of Clinical Pilates sessions if they are suitable.